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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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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Comparing iOS to Android – Which is more secure?

Android-Vs-iOSI have been asked a bunch of times “Which is the more secure mobile platform? Android or iOS?”. There are tons of articles on this topic found by searching on Google. Here is my two cents on the topic.

When looking at Apple iOS and Android, both take completely different approaches to security giving pros and cons to each option. Apple is extremely strict with how applications can leverage resources while Android is open source. For example, Apple devices sandbox APPs meaning they can’t interact with other APPs. Only “jail broken” phones open up the ability for applications to interact with other resources. So for those thinking its smart to jailbreak your iPhone, just be warned that you are also putting your device at risk for compromise. Continue reading

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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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Article In Hack Insight Press – Sophisticated Phishing with the WiFi Pineapple Mark V

SecMag1Hack Insight Press published one of my blog posting in their February issue that focuses on the WiFi Pineapple. My original post can be found HERE. The magazine article can be found HERE. In summary, this article talks about how to use the Wifi Pineapple Mark V by Hak5 to perform a phishing attack attack.

A description of the what the February Issue contains is shown below. Continue reading

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Penetration Testing with Raspberry Pi – Book Now Available!

PenTestingRas1My buddy and coauthor Aamir Lakhani and I are very proud to present our second book … “Penetration Testing With Raspberry Pi“. This book can be found on Packt’s website HERE and should start being seen on most online stores such as Amazon, Barns and Noble the next few days.  Continue reading

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Why Migrate From Cisco NAC Appliance To ISE?

why1I have received the question why should I migrate from NAC appliance to Identity Services Engine (ISE)?” a handful of times. This post will provide some reasons why you should consider migrating over. Regarding how to migrate and what discounts you could receive by migrating, see this post that covers these questions HERE.

Lets start off by looking at Cisco NAC and ISE.  Continue reading

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Don’t Trust All Phone Calls: Phone Scams 2.0


There are many methods criminals will use to steal money that fall outside of normal attack channels. I was having dinner with a buddy from work and heard one of the most outrageous social engineering attack methods he recently experienced. To summarize, he had attackers call his home phone and try to get him to install malicious software. He figured out they were full of it yet went along with the scam for 20 minutes to see where they would take things. This post will cover his experience and variations of this attack seen in the wild.

Lesson learned …. don’t trust somebody just because they called you. Make sure to tell your friends and family this message. If you do some Google research, you will find many non-technical people are being tricked by this form of attack. Continue reading

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