OpenSSL Heartbleed Bug Impacting More Than Half Of The Internet

My buddy Aamir Lakhani wrote a great post covering the recently exposed security vulnerability that impacts more than half of the websites on the Internet. Its something everybody needs to be aware of. The original article can be found HEREheartbleed OpenSSL Heartbleed Bug Impacting More Than Half Of The Internet

Heartbleed is a serious vulnerability affecting OpenSSL cryptographic libraries. The Heartbleed vulnerability allows an attacker to steal information protected under normal SSL TLS conditions.

Here is what you need to know:

  • This is a very serious vulnerability.
  • It harms personal computers and everyday users. Attackers could possibly steal user information. 
  • Many popular websites, including social media, search, email, banking, and health sites are vulnerable.
  • The bug is found on most systems and has been present since 2012.
  • Most likely, attackers knew about the vulnerability, and may have been exploiting it for a long time.
  • Patching and updating systems will not protect owners from attackers who have already captured data.

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Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems changing the game for Cyber

My buddy Aamir Lakhani wrote about how traditional security products such as Stateful firewalls and older IPS/IDS solutions are not cutting it for today’s level of threats. This post covers why the “Next-Generation” of security technology matters. The original post can be found HERE

Organizations are replacing their Stateful firewalls with Next-Generation firewalls (NGFW) and Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention systems (NGIPS).  Most traditional firewalls are nothing more than packet filters that keep track of who initiated the traffic to automatically allow response traffic back to originator. IPS vendors such as Sourcefire and McAfee (Intel Security) are rapidly adding advanced features to protect against insider threats, application vulnerabilities, mobile devices, and malware. One must wonder are the days of traditional perimeter security devices such as Stateful firewalls and single-pass IDS systems numbered?

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Stopping Both Attackers and Attacks – The Future of Network Security

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The future of security must reach beyond the capability of an appliance. There are too many attack vectors that are continuously changing to detect with a silo solution. It basically comes down to this …. there are only so many signatures that can be checked against as well as behavior algorithms that can be put in place before you must let traffic pass. Odds are, a malicious attacker will eventually bypass detection based on the fact that there are hackers out there with a rack of all the latest vendor IPS, Firewalls, etc. in a lab designed to test how effective a piece of malware is against any enterprise security solution. So in a nutshell, you will only be able to stop the majority of attacks launched against your network. Something will eventually get through. This means detecting and preventing can’t be your only security strategy. Continue reading

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Comparing ASA Management: Internal vs. External Cisco Prime Security Manager Overview

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Management of security devices is a critical function for maintaining the best performance and being aware of security related events. Cisco has released their second generation of ASA, which includes new management options. This post will cover the new management interface and compare it to the previous options. Continue reading

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Chained Exploits compromise valuable Twitter account

Aamir Lakhani from drchaos.com wrote a good article on how chaining together social engineering tactics compromised a highly visible twitter account. The original post can be found HERE

Who can we trust? It’s a tough question. We think we can trust our friends, co-workers, mentors, and colleagues because they are people we see and interact with often as frequently as we do with our family members. Unfortunately, there is risk in trusting others, particularly when those we trust have privileged access to our accounts and sensitive information. When our trust and exposure extends to those who we work with, and incorporates intimate knowledge of our business concerns, corporate cultural developments, and technology secrets, we must face the reality of insider threats. Unlike external attackers, those we consider to be on the inside of our trust circles do not need to hunt for valuable information, nor do they need to exploit strong perimeter defenses; insiders already know what is valuable and where it is stored.

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Cool Penetration Testing Application: Cobalt Strike

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If you are familiar with penetration tools, then you should know Metasploit. For those that love GUIs, there is a fantastic open source GUI management for Metasploit known as Armitage (found HERE). The same developers of Armitage created a more advanced penetration testing package for a $2,500 annual cost. The tool is called cobalt Strike (CS) and can be downloaded at www.advancedpentest.com for a 21day trail. They also have a 4-hour lab that lets you try out the core cobalt Strike features. It is worth spending the time to  test the tool and get some lab time even though the lab itself is is pretty easy. Continue reading

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How to Protect Children When Using Mobile Devices And The Internet

Katrin Deres is a passionate blogger, and works in a marketing team at a mobile tracking company. For more information visit mSpy. Here is a guest post with some of my input covering how to protect mobile devices used by children and young adults. 

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Smartphones have revolutionized the way we live and are an important tool that most of us depend on daily. With that being said, a smartphone in the hands of a responsible adult is very different from allowing children access to them. Giving smart devices to children without considering its impact can spell big trouble for parents! Continue reading

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Dont Just Click Any Link – Avoiding Phishing, Social Engineering And Other Attacks

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I’ve said this many times before … the Internet is full of bad things. Of those bad things, one of the most common threats is Phishing attacks. Wiki defines phishing as “the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication”. The majority of successful phishing attacks clone popular social networking sources and provide hyperlinks with the hope a target will click the link without questioning the authenticity of the source.

I wrote a post about what to look for regarding fraud email and craiglist sales HERE and 2 example craiglist cons HERE. The concepts are generally the same regarding identifying phishing attackers however in some cases, the attack will be a clone of a real message or website, which makes it very difficult to detect. Best practices is THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK! Here are some examples why this is important. Continue reading

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VMware Buys AirWatch for $1.54 Billion

This was bound to happen. We saw Zenprise get picked up by Citrix. Many of expected Mobile Iron, Airwatch or Good to be next. William Alden from Dealbook gives us the skinny on the VMware purchased of mobile device security company AirWatch. The original post can be found HERE

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Looking to shift its software offerings, VMware has struck a $1.54 billion deal to bolster its mobile technology.

VMware said on Wednesday that it had agreed to buy AirWatch, a start-up based in Atlanta that makes mobile management and security software for businesses. VMware is paying about $1.18 billion in cash and $365 million in installment payments and assumed unvested equity. Continue reading

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