Stealthy ransomware: Extortion evolves

| March 29, 2017

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It seems like a new variant or victim of ransomware is in the news every day. It’s newsworthy because it works so well and causes widespread destruction. So when the recent wave of stories hit about PetrWrap, a variation of the widely known Petya ransomware strain, it was easy to miss the significance. The “no-honor-among-thieves” narrative crowded out its true importance.

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Cybersecurity: Five Key Questions The CEO Must Ask

Article | December 15, 2020

Just about every single day, somewhere in the world, a company falls victim to cyber attackers, even with millions spent on cybersecurity. Every company is a target because they have data and there are too many doors, windows and entryways for cyber attackers to get in, whether on-premise or in the cloud. It is not a question of if, but when, the attackers will get in. Prevention efforts are of course important, but since attackers will get in, equal attention must be on detection going forward. And the focus must be on early detection, otherwise, it will be too late. My book, Next Level Cybersecurity, is based on intensive reviews of the world’s largest hacks and uncovers the signals of the attackers that companies are either missing or don’t know how to detect early, apart from all of the noise. So, the attackers are slipping by the cybersecurity, staying undetected and stealing data or committing other harm. In the book I explain the Cyber Attack Chain. It is a simplified model that shows the steps that cyber attackers tend to follow in just about every single hack. There are five steps: external reconnaissance; intrusion; lateral movement; command and control; and execution. At each step, there will be signals of the attackers’ behavior and activity. But the signals in the intrusion, lateral movement and command and control steps provide the greatest value because they are timely. The external reconnaissance step is very early and the signals may not materialize into an attack, while detecting signals in the execution step is too late because by this time the data theft or harm will have already occurred. My research uncovered 15 major signals in the intrusion, lateral movement and command and control steps that should be the focus of detection. My research of the world’s largest hacks reveals that if the company had detected signals of the attackers early, in the intrusion, lateral movement or command and control steps, they would have been able to stop the hack and prevent the loss or damage. My book shows how to detect the signals in time, using a seven-step early detection method. One of the key steps in this method is to map relevant signals to the Crown Jewels (crucial data, IP or other assets). It is a great use case for machine learning and AI. There is a lot of noise, so machine learning and AI can help eliminate false positives and expose the attackers’ signals early to stop the hack. There are two blind spots that just about every single company world-wide faces that cyber attackers will exploit, beginning in 2019, that companies must get on top of. One blind spot is the cloud. There is a false sense of comfort and lack of attention to detection, thinking the cloud is safer because of the cloud provider’s cybersecurity or because the cloud provider has an out-of-the-box monitoring system. However, if the company fails to identify all Crown Jewels and map all relevant cyber attacker signals for the monitoring, the attackers will get in, remain undetected and steal data or commit other harm in the cloud. The other blind spot is Internet of Things (IoT). IoT devices (e.g. smart TVs, webcams, routers, sensors, etc.), with 5G on the way, will be ubiquitous in companies world-wide. While IoT devices provide many benefits, they are a weak link in the chain due to poor built-in security and lack of monitoring. Cyber attackers will focus on IoT devices to make the intrusion, then pivot to get to the Crown Jewels. Detecting early signals of cyber attackers trying to exploit IoT devices will be critical. Companies world-wide need to make cybersecurity a priority, starting in the board room and with the CEO. It all starts at the top. My intensive reviews of the world’s largest hacks reveal in each case a common theme: inadequate or missing CEO and board cybersecurity oversight. Here are five key questions from my book that the CEO must take the lead on and together with the board ask of the management team to make sure the company will not become the next victim of cyber attackers and suffer significant financial and reputational harm: Have we identified all of our Crown Jewels and are not missing any? Do we know where all of the Crown Jewels are located? Have we identified all of the ways cyber attackers could get to the Crown Jewels? Have we mapped high probability signals of cyber attackers trying to get to the Crown Jewels with each Crown Jewel? Are we sifting through all of the noise to detect signals early and reporting to the CEO and the board in a dashboard report for timely oversight? If your answer is No to any of the questions or you are unsure, you have a gap or blind spot and are at risk, and you must follow up to get to a high confidence Yes answer. In my book, Next Level Cybersecurity, I provide other key questions to ask and a practical seven-step method to take cybersecurity to the next level to stay one step ahead of the attackers. It is written in plain language for boards, executives and management, so everyone can get on the same page and together mitigate one of the most significant and disruptive risks faced today, cybersecurity.

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Is the CEH v11 Course Worthwhile to Pursue After Windows 11 Update?

Article | September 13, 2021

If you are finding it confusing to decide whether to pursue the CEH v11 course now after the Windows 11 update, then you have certainly landed on the right page. We are here to make things clear to you so that you can make your decision without any hassle. When it comes to Certified Ethical Hacking, it is considered to be one of the most popular testing certifications at present in the industry. It is highly popular because it assists many with complete know-how of the skills that are required for the purpose of white hat hacking. The certified professionals are able to anticipate any kind of cybercrime from before and respond to it proficiently to avert any kind of business damage. In the time of the pandemic, many business organizations have to move to digital platforms to reach their customers without lockdown troubles. This is the reason why investment in the domain of cybersecurity has also gained a wave. Businesses have realized what the value of having their infrastructure cyber resilient is. This shows why the opportunities for skilled experts in the cybersecurity domain are never going to end in the coming future, and pursuing the course of CEH v11 is a great move to follow. To make things more convincing, we are here to help you with the importance the course of Certified Ethical Hacking brings into play and how you must choose the right career path in the respective field. Let’s get started. Ethical Hacking: What It Is To The World? When it comes to ethical hacking, it is acknowledged as the procedure of networks, applications, or smart devices to assess any kind of vulnerabilities if available. This type of assessment assists in reacting quickly and taking the right measures to enhance the cybersecurity of the entire infrastructure. A certified ethical hacker is basically an expert who understands the different vulnerabilities in the system and gets them fixed without any delay. This is done by following the ethical approach so that there is no such problem repeated again in the future. What do You get To Learn From CEH v11 in 2021? With the CEH v11 course, you get to learn 24 exceptional challenges in 4 different levels that include 18 attacking vectors. You get to know about various emerging attackers that include targeted ransomware, File-less malware, API threats, and more. In this course, you also get a complete understanding of different from enumerating techniques that include Telnet, NFS, SMB, IPV6, FTP, and BGP. This course also covers Malware reverse engineering, so you get a complete understanding of Dynamic and static malware assessment. Cloud computing is another prime concept that you get covered in this course, where you learn about Docker, Container Technology, Serverless computing, Kubernetes, Cloud Hacking procedures. CEH v11 also covers a proper understanding of Hacking web applications that includes web shell concepts, Web API. Webhooks, Web API security, and hacking. You also get to learn more about WPA3 Encryption and cracking. It also covers operation technology, side-channel attacks, HMI-based attacks, and more. Why is CEH An Ideal Career Option? Ethical hacking is possessing five phases of different procedures with every single process, including different actions that block any kind of vulnerabilities. With CEH v11 certification, you get a complete understanding of all these phases. These phases are basically divided in the form of network assessment, testing, and various other risk analysis procedures. As the world of technology is growing significantly, so is the risk of cyber-crime. This is the reason why businesses are looking for ethical hacking specialists who can assist them remain protected from all the potential risks. As the dependency on data science is growing across all industries, it is important that we protect the information and digital assets in the best possible way. There is no doubt that hacking is a heinous act, and almost all businesses are aware of the risks associated with it. To get protected from these risks, organizations around the world are in search of professional, ethical hackers who ensure that there is no vulnerability outside their doors. This is why the opportunities in the domain of ethical hacking have increased in the last few years, and there is no reason why you can’t say that pursuing CEH v11 is an ideal career option. Posts Up For Grabs After CEH v11 Course Anyone who is interested in developing their career in ethical hacking, including the following: Security Officer Security Analyst/Administrator Systems Security Engineer Security Manager /Specialist Auditor Security Professional Risk Analyst Vulnerability Analyst Network Administrator System Administrators Network Engineer Job Roles You Might Need To Take Responsibility As Certified Ethical Hackers Security Analyst Manual Ethical hacker Vulnerability Assessment Analyst Cyber Defense Analyst Cybersecurity auditor IT security administrator System security administrator Senior Security Consultant Security audit Network Security Engineer Cybersecurity Analyst Network Engineer SOC Security Analyst Information Security Analyst Warning Analyst InfoSec Security Administrator Benefits of Taking Up CEH v11 Certification To make it even convincing for you, below mentioned are a few of the benefits you avail with CEH v11 certification. Take a look: You are certainly able to open a lot of career opportunities with the respective course. It lets you advance in your career significantly. You get to understand what hackers might do to harm your business, and accordingly, you can take precautions. You get your knowledge related to risks and vulnerabilities improved with the assistance of the respective course. You benefit from a lucrative package in terms of salary as a Certified Ethical Hacker. Lastly, you also get to learn different types of real hacking tools as well. Wrap Up This shows why you must not hesitate and pursue the CEH v11 course even after the latest Windows 11 update. It gives you an edge over the other candidates and lets you have a successful career ahead. Good Luck!

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Guest Blog: Cyber security guidance for remote working

Article | March 20, 2020

In these challenging times, it’s sad to learn that cyber criminals are only increasing their activity as they look to capitalise on the Covid-19 crisis. With the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) issuing warnings of such activity on a daily basis, it’s important that we all work to protect our businesses from the damage of cybercrime. As many of us move to working from home, the opportunity for cyber attacks only increases, so it’s vital that we work together with our IT colleagues to adopt good cyber health practices. If you are working from home, you should only be using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) or a secure home network with strong end-to-end encryption; e.g. Office 365 SSL session. Don’t be tempted to use public wifi, as hackers can position themselves between you and the access point.

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3 Trends in Data Privacy Breach Laws That Will Carry Over to 2020

Article | February 12, 2020

During 2019, new privacy laws were introduced, and many current laws evolved in the United States and across the global landscape. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in full effect, we saw expensive fines levied upon companies that fell victim to data privacy breaches. As we move into a new year, probably the biggest takeaway from 2019 is that being proactive and having a data privacy strategy in place is important to help mitigate the risk of a data privacy breach. The regulatory landscape continues to evolve as states and countries actively pass new expanded requirements for privacy and cybersecurity regulations. While laws in the U.S., like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), are getting significant attention, many other states and countries are actively amending their breach notification laws to include tighter restrictions.

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