NIST Guide for Cybersecurity Incident Recovery

NIST, National Institute for Standards and Technology, just released a new guide for incident response and recovery for a cyber security incident. What is a Cyber Security Incident? According to NIST Special Publication 800-61, Computer Security and Incident Handling Guide, an event is any observable occurrence in a system or network. Events include a user ... Read More
 

Windows Event Forwarding/Collector Resources

Depending on your SIEM you are going to have different requirements here.  For some SIEMs, there is no issue with EPS and only the number of devices.  In that case, this will immediately reduce your licensing needs by allowing you to watch Events from Servers and/or workstations from a single (or few) devices.  You can ... Read More
 

The Hitlist: Compliance

This post is focused on compliance and cyber security.  What we mean is if your organization is attempting to become compliant to an industry standard or regulation, these are things that will have to be considered and more than likely implemented across the board for things such as PCI-DSS, HIPAA, ISO27k, FISMA and more.  Here ... Read More
 

Heartbleed: What you need to know

Summary Heartbleed is a serious vulnerability that can allow attackers to intercept secure communications.  Email, Websites, VPNs, and other trusted security technologies are at risk – passwords and encryption keys can be breached.  You most likely have something that is affected.  What to do Update anything using OpenSSL, see below for more information. Check to see ... Read More
 

Trustwave Global Security Report 2014

Cross posted from http://www.securit360.com/blog where I am a regular author. The Trustwave Global Security Report for 2014 was recently released.  There are a number of very useful and insightful statistics in this report, which we can corroborate, based on our assessments of numerous organizations’ networks.  We wanted to highlight a few of these statistics below: Top 10 ... Read More
 

Study: Cost of Data Breaches Increasing

Cross posted from http://www.securit360.com/blog where I am a regular author. A study published by Ponemon Institute, and sponsored by IBM, purported that the average total cost of data breaches increased 15% in the last year to $3.5 million, or $145 per record containing protected information.  The study included participants from 314 companies in at least 10 ... Read More
 

Tips for Spotting a Phishing Email

Cross posted from http://www.securit360.com/blog where I am a regular author. Every day users are targeted with phishing emails from all around the world.  These emails can range from overtly “spammy” and easy to detect, to quite sophisticated an difficult to notice.  We have found that this is typically the least defended position in an organization, ... Read More
 

Verizon Breach Report 2013: What does it mean for your organization?

Cross posted from http://www.securit360.com/blog where I am a regular author. Each year Verizon releases their Breach Report; it is sort of a state of the union with regard to last year’s breaches.  It is worthy research to help determine the industry trends that could help steer the budgets and focus of IT departments.  This year’s ... Read More