Beyond Vulnerability Scans: Mitigating and Monitoring for Malware Leveraging C2 Systems

Many modern forms of malware are now file-less and rely on Command & Control (C2) infrastructure to assist outsiders with gaining unauthorized access to networks. This malware “phones home” to remote attackers, who then leverage the internal foothold to infiltrate networks and execute attacks. These attacks can be difficult to detect when security monitoring is[…]

Securing Enterprise Networks with Port-Based Network Access Control

One of the biggest threats facing enterprises are outsiders plugging directly into an Ethernet port and being granted instant, unauthenticated access to the network. This threat is especially common in hospitals where there is heavy use of computer systems mixed with untrusted outsiders roaming the halls. Shutting down unused ports is the traditional mitigation. Still[…]

Simplified Guidance on Developing a Cyber Security Baseline for the CIO and CTO

Developing a cyber security baseline can be daunting. Oftentimes the burden falls on the Chief Information Officer or Chief Technology Officer. Before implementing any tool or assessments, management should establish a security baseline.

Analyzing Your Attack Surface Like A Hacker

When most people think of hacking, they think of what Hollywood portrays. In a dark basement, a hooded, perhaps tattooed outcast rapidly types nonsensical keystrokes at a flashy computer monitor for several seconds before snidely muttering, “I’m in.” By that representation, the hacking process seems pretty straightforward: find a vulnerability, exploit it and ride off[…]

GDPR: Understanding the Impact of Automated Decision Making and Profiling (Whitepaper)

Profiling and automated decision-making are not prohibited under GDPR.  However, both of these activities are subject to detailed requirements on when they can legitimately be performed and what must be communicated to data subjects. Key Questions: 1| How are automated decision-making and profiling defined under GDPR? 2| How do the general rules of GDPR apply[…]

New Guidance Clarifies GDPR’s Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) Requirements

The Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) is a significant new burden on data controllers under GDPR.  As many have noted, GDPR does not clearly outline when a DPIA is required, instead referring to processing “likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons.” Article 35(4) charges supervisory authorities with[…]

Build a Security Program and Run It Like a Business

I recently finished the book “Traction” by Gino Wickman. Next to Scaling-Up by Verne Harnish, I think it is one of the most actionable business books I’ve ever read. Our team has informally adopted both books as part of the risk3sixty cannon. While the book is largely about building a great running business – I[…]

How to Turn the Risk Committee Meeting into the Most Valuable Meeting on Your Calendar

Mention “Risk Committee” or “Enterprise Risk” to upper management and you will probably get an eye role. If you suggest a standing meeting about risk – it might get you fired. BUT – I believe the risk committee meeting can be the most valuable meeting on your calendar. Here’s how: Why Risk Committee Meetings Are[…]

Security Researchers Identify Critical Vulnerabilities in AMD Chips: Chimera, Ryzenfall, Masterkey and Fallout

Critical Vulnerabilities in AMD Chips Security researchers at CTS-Labs, based out of Israel, disclosed 13 critical vulnerabilities and backdoors in certain AMD chips used in workstations, laptops and servers. Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could grant deep system access to attackers from which they could launch malware attacks undetected. The vulnerabilities are four in name:[…]

State-by-State Breakdown of Cybersecurity Legislation (Whitepaper)

As cybersecurity incidents, such as the Equifax data breach, continue to occur, states are beginning to recognize the need to impose cybersecurity requirements on companies in order to protect the personal information of individuals resident in the state. Many states’ cybersecurity laws have traditionally been focused on penalizing hackers and cybercriminals for criminal behavior. However,[…]