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From Low to p0wn (Part 1 of 3)

· By Doug Rogahn · 0 Comments

There is a growing trend in the information security and risk management world of ignoring low severity findings from security testing. Perhaps it stems from PCI allowing organizations to pass audits with outstanding, low severity vulnerabilities. Perhaps it is a result of the volume of findings needing remediation coupled with insufficient resources. Whatever the cause, the result is low severity findings being deprioritized and forgotten.

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Actionability Doesn’t Mean I Have to do More Work!

· By Ken Dunham · 0 Comments

“Actionability” is something we are starting to hear more and more from industry sales and marketing, but often doesn’t translate into reality for various components of cyber threat intelligence programs and services.

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Cloud Powered Without Compromise

· By JD Sherry · 0 Comments

Security OF the cloud versus security IN the cloud. This by no means is intended to be a riddle. In fact, the irony is that cloud computing has solved many riddles that have plagued IT and businesses for decades except for one – how do you get technology deployed at the speed of business?

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Escape and Evasion Egressing Restricted Networks

· By Chris Patten, Tom Steele · 0 Comments

A command kill chain consists of payload delivery, code execution on a target system, and establishing a command and control (C2) channel outside of a network. There are many ways to achieve each of these steps; for example, Microsoft Office Macro for delivery, PowerShell for code execution and HTTP as a transport for C2.

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Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) Within Cyber Threat Intelligence

· By Ken Dunham · 0 Comments

TTPs is a great acronym that many are starting to hear about within cyber security teams but few know and understand how to use it properly within a cyber threat intelligence solution. Tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) get at how threat agents (the bad guys) orchestrate and manage attacks. “Tactics” is also sometimes called “tools” in the acronym.

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New NIST Cyber Recovery Guide, What’s Your Plan?

· By Kevin Hiltpold · 0 Comments

The adversaries trying to breach your cyber defenses have a plan, do you? A few weeks ago, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released their Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery. The guide includes topics contained in a typical recovery plan and really boils down to documentation, communication and practice.

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Information vs. Cyber Threat Intelligence

· By Ken Dunham · 0 Comments

Cyber threat intelligence should always enable decision making and action, but what good is a cyber threat intelligence program if you take no action or it simply makes you do more work? One Optiv client said it best when he stated, “Actionability shouldn’t mean I have to do more work.” Sadly, in our current Information Age, we are drowning in data.

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Operationalizing a Cyber Threat Intelligence Solution

· By Danny Pickens · 0 Comments

Cyber threat intelligence is a process required to make action-oriented, judgement-based decisions that are not otherwise possible. Optiv recommends considering four essential attributes of threat agents mapped back to a security posture, as well as six essentials courses of action, known as threat modeling, in order to properly produce, consume and act upon cyber threat intelligence.

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Top 20 CIS Critical Security Controls (CSC) Through the Eyes of a Hacker – CSC 17

· By Jackson Byam · 0 Comments

For all functional roles in the organization prioritizing those mission critical to the business and its security, identify the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to support defense of the enterprise; develop and execute an integrated plan to assess, identify gaps, and remediate through policy, organizational planning, training, and awareness programs.

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Is an Effective Vulnerability Management Program in Your Future?

· By John Ventura · 0 Comments

The sad truth about penetration tests is that they are almost always successful in demonstrating dramatic security events. Even junior assessors can go from minimal access, below the level of most employees, and gain administrative domain credentials for an internal corporate network.

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