Identity Services Engine (ISE) 2.0 First Look – Compared to 1.4

ISEI recently posted about the new release of Cisco’s flagship access control solution Identity Services Engine (ISE) 2.0 HERE. That post lists the highlights of the new features including the highly requested TACACTS+ support. I downloaded the .ova file and performed a fresh install using the virtualized version supporting up to 6,000 devices. This post provides a first look overview of the new features as well as compares ISE 2.0 to the last release 1.4. Continue reading

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Out Now: Security Operations Center: Building, Operating, and Maintaining your SOC

IMG_2314My book has officially published and its a few weeks early! I’m touching the first one at a conference before I received my author copies. I believe the discount code still works if you are interested in purchasing it. You must go to the Ciscopress website to use it.

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Cisco Press Security Operations Center – Save 35%

NewSOCBookCoverThe publisher Cisco Press is offering a Pre-Order discount code to save 35% off my new book. You can order it from the Cisco press website HERE. The book should start being available on other popular sources soon however this discount is only available through Enjoy Continue reading

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LAN Turtle By Hak5 First Look – How To Setup Auto SSH + Cloud Fileshare


I have been a fan of the gadgets produced by Hak5. For example, you can find a post I wrote on the WIFI Pineapple HERE. I picked up the latest tool from Hak5 known as the LAN Turtle from DEFCON23 and have configured it to auto SSH to a server hosted in the cloud (thanks to Aamir aka DrChaos for the server). This post will cover an overview of the LAN Turtle and how to setup an auto SSH to remotely access the LAN Turtle as well as cloud folder to easily remove data from a target network. Continue reading

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Book Review: Penetration Testing With Raspberry Pi

raspberrypiBerislav Kucan from posted a nice writeup on the book Aamir Lakahni and I wrote on penetration testing using a Raspberry Pi. The original write up can be found HERE.


Raspberry Pi is a small and portable single board computer that can be transformed into a penetration testing system. This book will show you how. Continue reading

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2015 Verizon Breach Investigation Report (VBIR) Out Now – First Look


The latest 2015 Verizon Breach Investigation Report (VBIR) is now out and can be downloaded HERE. For those that have not seen these reports, they survey a number of customers and gather information about different types of breaches. It is a trend based report but great data to get an idea of which types of attacks are being seen by different types of businesses. Continue reading

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Installing and Troubleshooting Kali Linux On Raspberry Pi


I have been asked a handful of times about the steps to install Kali Linux on a Raspberry Pi. My buddy Aamir Lakhani and I went through the installation process a million times with different models to develop our best practices for the installation process. This post will cover a very short summary of how to install Kali Linux on a model B+ Raspberry Pi. The full details as well as many other Raspberry Pi penetration testing use cases can be found in our book HERE. Continue reading

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SourceFire Licensing And How To Get License Key for FireSIGHT / Defense Center

sourcefirelogoI am asked about Cisco Next Generation Security aka FireSIGHT licensing at least once a week. This post will explain the license options for Cisco FirePOWER and what is needed to request demo licenses to enable your demo system. NOTE: This is the current license model as of March 8th 2015.

For those that are not familiar with the new Cisco FirePOWER offering, it is a blend of Content Filtering, Reputation Security, Application Visibility and Controls, Vulnerability Scanning, IPS/IDS, Network and Endpoint Day Zero protection. These features are offered as a dedicated physical or virtual appliance, as a software option ran inside of a X generation ASA or as a Cloud service. For the dedicated appliance, virtual appliance and ASA version, there are three license options. Continue reading

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