Cisco Anyconnect 4.0 – Whats New – Why Consider – Free Migrations

AnyconnectLogo1Cisco released Anyconnect 4.0 this past November (more on the announcement HERE). Here is a really good video summarizing Anyconnect HERE.

Anyconnect is Cisco’s flagship VPN solution providing users access to internal sources from anywhere, on any device regardless of physical location. Anyconnect has many bells and whistles such as “always on” meaning auto-connecting when off network yet turning off when on a trusted network, throttling apps that eat up bandwidth, checking the posture of devices prior to permitting connectivity (anti virus, system updates, etc), security for selective apps and many more. Cisco’s old VPN client IPsec is end of life (more HERE) so hopefully those using IPsec have migrated. Continue reading

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CVE-2015-0235: A GHOST in the Machine

ghost-170Nick BiasiniEarl Carter, Alex Chiu and Jaeson Schultz from the cisco security research team posted about the real impact of the recent announced ghost vulnerability found by Qualys. It seems to not be as scary as the market is advertising. The original post can be found HERE.

On Tuesday January 27, 2015, security researchers from Qualys published information concerning a 0-day vulnerability in the GNU C library. The vulnerability, known as “GHOST” (a.k.a. CVE-2015-0235), is a buffer overflow in the __nss_hostname_digits_dots() function. As a proof-of-concept, Qualys has detailed a remote exploit for the Exim mail server that bypasses all existing protections, and results in arbitrary command execution. Qualys intends to release the exploit as a Metasploit module. Continue reading

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Cisco 2015 Annual Security Report

Cisco ASR2015Cisco just released its Annual Security Report for 2015. You can download this report for free HERE. The Cisco 2015 Annual Security Report, which presents the research, insights, and perspectives provided by Cisco Security Research and other security experts within Cisco, explores the ongoing race between attackers and defenders, and how users are becoming ever weaker links in the security chain. Continue reading

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Top 10 Splunk and Cisco Highlights in 2014

Summary_-_Cisco_Security_Suite_-_Splunk_4.2_(96430)Friea Berg at Splunk wrote a nice article summarizing some of the latest highlights of how Splunk and Cisco have been teaming up to provide end to end security visibility and protection. You can find the original post HERE.

Over the past 7 years Cisco and Splunk have built a broad and multi-faceted relationship.

Internally Cisco IT, security, engineering and other teams use Splunk software every day for operational intelligence and security analytics. Cisco shared details at Splunk’s 2014 user conference in a session titled How Cisco IT Moved from Reactive to Proactive and Even Predictive with Splunk” and Cisco’s CSIRT team commented a blog post on Security Logging in an Enterprise … [W]e moved to Splunk from a traditional SIEM as Splunk is designed and engineered for ‘big data’ use cases.” Continue reading

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When Does Cloud Make Sense For Security?

cloudsecurity1I see a lot of hesitation from administrators when having a conversation about cloud based security. People seem to be uneasy with the idea of having anything security related managed outside of their company walls. Some administrators express concerns that there is a potential weakness opening up a connection from their inside network to the cloud (even though it is encrypted) while others feel uneasy about having people outside their staff accessing equipment for maintenance or other purposes. I’ve also had the question “what happens if a client sharing a security device in the cloud gets compromised? Will that impact our business”? (I’ve never heard of this happening and there are hundreds of cloud offerings available today). These are just a few concerns that gives cloud based security a bad reputation before it is evaluated for its true potential.

Cloud Security should be looked at as a method of outsourcing security. Why would you want to do this? There are many benefits and for some situations such as locations spread across the world, cloud is the only feasible answer. Here are some of the top benefits of going cloud based security. Continue reading

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81 Percent Of Tor Clients Could Be Identified With NetFlow

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Pierluigi Paganini from Security Affairs posted a great article about how Cisco NetFlow could possibly be used to identify Tor clients. The idea is a NetFlow sensor could monitor a certain percent of random generated Tor circuits and possibly link clients back to their users. The original post can be found HERE. Here is the post. 

The research revealed that more than 81 percent of Tor clients can be de-anonymized by exploiting a new traffic analysis attack based on Netflow technology.

A team of researchers conducted a study between 2008 and 2014 on the de-anonymization of the Tor users, the team worked to disclose their originating IP addresses.  Continue reading

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Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Neohapsis

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Cisco announced yesterday that they intend to acquire Neohapsis. Neohapsis is a security, risk and compliance company, which is a very interesting move by Cisco. Many people not only want data from security reports, but also desire how that data will impact their business. This means how changes or risk can impact compliance to mandatory regulations as well as how much impact could a vulnerability have to a system. Neohapsis is a services based company so this seems to be a security services play yet could also trickle in Cisco products.It would be really cool to see more compliancy based reporting in future Cisco products as an outcome of this acquisition.

You can find more about Neohapsis HERE.

The official announcement from Cisco can be found HERE.

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Detecting Malware With ThreatGRID Overview

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Cisco acquired the leader for identifying day zero threats ThreatGRID around may of 2014. ThreatGRID’s statement The First Unified Malware Analysis and Threat Intelligence Solution sounds like a mouthful however represents its purpose of going beyond what most “sandbox” technologies accomplish in this market space. What is also interesting is this technology is being moved into other Cisco security offerings now that they are part of Cisco’s breach detection strategy. Continue reading

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