Past to Present – Lessons From the NotPetya Ransomware

And how they are still relevant today.

On a warm, sunny day in July 2017, one of the world’s most catastrophic and rampant demonstrations of ransomware began. Commonly referred to as NotPetya, the infection was released from a compromised software company located in Ukraine and quickly spread across the world. The outbreak impacted companies such as DHL, Mondelez International, and […]

An Introduction to Active Defense

Global research and advisory firm, Gartner, forecasts that information security spending will exceed $124 billion in 2019, yet cyber defenses continue to fail. Organizations large and small continue to experience breaches of all varieties resulting from zero-day exploits, failures in vulnerability patching, and phishing.

The market has responded with a variety of security governance and control frameworks including CIS 20, ISO 27001, […]

Managing an Organization’s Passwords

How to keep the keys to the kingdom from escaping the kingdom.

Proper password management is a huge step that an organization can take to strengthen security. It also addresses multiple criteria for all the major security frameworks. For example, see examples from ISO 27001 and SOC 2 as of the date of this writing:

ISO 27001 A9.4.2: Where required by the access […]

If It Can Talk to Networks, It Can Walk Across Them

Why the Internet of Things is a penetration tester’s most valuable asset.

As technology moves at a seemingly exponential rate of growth and changes every day, more and more devices are being developed to contain additional “customer-savvy” features. Collectively termed the Internet of Things (IoT), this new wave of technology is vast. Where historically a system in question would be a server […]

ISO 27001: Understanding Security Roles and Responsibilities and Why They Are Vital to the Success of Your Security Program

When building your Information Security Management System (ISMS) as part of ISO 27001 program implementation one of the most important elements of the system of management for your security program is ensuring all stakeholders understand their roles and responsibilities. (If you are unfamiliar with ISO 27001 and the “ISMS” you can  read our whitepaper on the ISO […]

Why You Need Penetration Testing

Capital One’s recent data breach is only the latest in the perennial series of high-profile data breaches that have occurred in the last few years.  What do Equifax, Home Depot, Target, and others have in common?  Great security programs with high-quality and competent people running them.

These companies experienced data breaches despite putting forth their best efforts and spending millions of dollars […]

Vulnerability Management Makes it Harder to for Hackers to Exploit Your Systems

From a penetration tester’s perspective, there are a few things that quickly indicate an organization’s maturity (and the likelihood our team will be able to exploit their environment). If any of these exist, the chance we will be able to successfully breach their environment increases:

Indicators a Hacker Can Breach Your Systems

Aging Infrastructure

One of the first things we do in a penetration […]