Cyber Security Awareness and Vulnerabilities Blog

Interns – Gone but not forgotten

Aug 23, 2017
Internships are becoming more and more necessary in order for college students to land a job straight out of college. In fact, over 85% of college students complete internships every year. With numbers like these, it’s quite possible that you have a few interns in your office throughout the year. We had five this summer and they were amazing – and not just for getting coffee and making copies. They were integral parts of our business. As such, they had access to several different applications based on their area of focus within the business.

How to Choose: Penetration Tester vs. Red Team

Aug 22, 2017
Don’t be misled into thinking that because you have a Penetration Tester that you have a Red Team – or that because you have a Red Team you have a Penetration Tester. While some functions may overlap, you are getting two different things when enlisting the help of each. Both provide something beneficial to your organization and the security measures in place – so let’s further investigate what you can really expect from each.
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Why Hacking Your Network Is a Good Idea

Aug 14, 2017
The terms “hacking” and “hackers” often get a bad reputation. This tends to have a fairly negative connotation because of the nature these words are often used in. I’d like to think I’m not alone in envisioning some scary guy hanging out in a dark room in a black hoodie trying to break into my bank to steal my credentials or money for that matter. The way we perceive and hear “hacker” in the media has definitely misconstrued my perception of these folks.

I Dream of Full Roles Based Access Control

Aug 9, 2017
Imagine a world where the mundane parts of Identity and Access Management (IAM) are automated. We pass audits with ease. We don’t wake up in the middle of the night sweating about whether the right people have the right access. Our end users have the access they need and access reviews are completed on time. All while maintaining a high level of security posture for our organization.

Protecting Your Organization From Phishing Schemes: Tips From the FBI

Aug 7, 2017
It’s not just the bad actors that we at Core Security want to protect you from – we also want to protect you from yourself. It’s all hands on deck when it comes to securing your systems and the systems you interact with on a daily basis.
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Healthcare’s Unique Cyber Security Challenges

Aug 2, 2017
It’s no secret that healthcare organizations are constantly in the crosshairs of cyber criminals. One of the reasons healthcare records are 30 times more valuable than financial records is because they contain full identity profiles – including your social security number which is the gateway to acquiring any and all of your personal information.

Benefits of Core Impact

Jul 31, 2017
It's true - we've had a lot of updates and releases for Core Impact over the past month. From the New Named User Pricing to the continued improvements being shipped to Core Impact and just this past week the new release of Core Impact 2017 R2 - there's been a lot happening. But trust that the product is still the most comprehensive solution for assessing and testing security vulnerabilities within your organization. Today we're going through some of the benefits you can find when using this tool.

Are you prepared for DFARS?

Jul 26, 2017
For several years the Department of Defense (DoD) has been focused on protecting controlled and unclassified information. Seven years ago, around November 2010, the White House issued Executive Order 13556 that established an open and consistent program across all civilian and defense agencies for managing information. The issue this Executive Order was trying to rectify was that departments/agencies had ad hoc measures for safeguarding controlled and unclassified information.

New Release - Core Impact 2017 R2

Jul 24, 2017
After months of hard work by our outstanding team, I am pleased to announce the release of Core Impact 2017 R2 – the comprehensive software solution for identifying, assessing and testing security vulnerabilities that attackers will exploit. With Core Impact you are able to identify the most pressing cyber risks to your organization by using this tool that enables you to think, and act, like an attacker. Penetration Testers and Red Teamers can safely imitate real attacks within their own networks.

How to Build a Red Team

Jul 17, 2017
From phishing scams to ransomware, cyber-attacks are growing every day. But something else is growing too – as in the number of Red Teams being built by organizations just like yours. But is a Red Team right for you? Red Teams SANS defines a Red Team as “a process designed to detect network and system vulnerabilities and test security by taking an attacker-like approach to system/network/data access.”

3 Questions to Ask About Vulnerability Management

Jul 5, 2017
Vulnerability management is becoming a standard industry practice and, as such, is included in most regulatory compliance rules as a quick and easy path to threat remediation. However, the reality is that most companies are not actually managing vulnerabilities, but rather conducting scans that produce thousands of potential threats. Identifying possible security risks and actually managing them through to remediation are completely different things.

Petya - What Really Happened

Jun 29, 2017
There has been a lot of information shared this week around the Petya “ransomware” virus. I put this in quotes because, just as with most attacks, once you dive in and get more information you find out that everything is not as it seems.

Petya Ransomware Attack: Here We Go Again

Jun 28, 2017
For the second time in as many months, organizations around the world are feeling the effects of a ransomware attack. No doubt, you heard about the WannaCry virus that spread rapidly, worldwide last month demanding bitcoin ransom for company data. This time, the virus is called “Petya” but there are many similarities, and one important difference, compared to WannaCry. 

Before You Download: Penetration Testing Your Applications

Jun 26, 2017
Each day we are being inundated with information. This could be in the form of ads, articles or a new tool to use that will surely make our lives easier. While these applications could be very useful to the organization, they could also be the cause of breaches or the unlawful capture of your personal or business information. But there’s a way to ensure the programs you are downloading to your devices are secure – at least for now.
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The 4 Questions to Ask Your Security Consultants

Jun 19, 2017
While it can be nerve-wracking letting someone into a portion of your organization, look at it as though you are actually taking back control. Enlisting the help of trained and experienced experts is nothing to be ashamed of – if anything, this could be the smartest thing you do for your company. However, before completely letting go of the reigns here are some questions to ask so that you know you can trust the team you have enlisted the help from.

Do you know who your machines are talking to?

Jun 14, 2017
For those of you that have been living under a rock for the past few months, there has been quite a lot of talk about Russia and their interference in the 2016 U.S. election. From open session meetings to leaked documents and the tweets heard round the world, the question on everyone’s mind is – how much did Russia have to do with the election results? I’m not going to pretend I have the answer to that question nor do I want to talk about how to go about figuring this out – but it did get me thinking. Do we really know who our machines are talking to?
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How to Think Like an Attacker: Advice from the (Not So) Dark Side

Jun 12, 2017
We spend a lot of time talking around and about bad actors, but what if we sourced them to teach us about this industry instead? We know they exist and we know they’re working towards obtaining the sensitive data on our networks. But how do their minds work and how do they work differently than those on the ethical side of hacking? Let’s look at what sets bad actors apart and how you can leverage that information towards your future security initiatives.

Lessen the Blow of Ransomware or Social Engineering – Phish Your Users

Jun 5, 2017
So I know that everyone was worried about WannaCry and the Ransomware epidemic that we just had. Though this type of attack isn’t new, this one particular instance got so much attention because it was such a large attack and affected many in the world. Many organizations immediately started researching with their security vendors how to detect, deter and remediate…Sound familiar? Yeah, that’s Core Security’s line and we have products that could have helped then and can help today.

10 Reasons You Should Be Pen Testing

May 29, 2017
You may know that you need to penetration test your organization for the sake of compliance - but there is more to gain from a pen-test than just adhering to set regulations to avoid a fine.  We've compiled a list of reasons to pen-test your infrastructure to help your company operate out of a healthy security posture. 

The Benefits and Threats of the Internet of Things

May 24, 2017
There is no doubt about it, the Internet of Things (IoT) has made life better. I’m not just talking about the fact that I can be connected 24/7 through my laptop, tablet or phone. The rapid expansion of devices that are connected to the internet and weaved into our everyday life is remarkable. For example, this morning I woke up and didn’t have to get out of bed before Alexa told me today’s weather and top stories and my iPhone gave me a traffic alert that it would take longer than usual to get to my 8AM meeting.
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WannaCry and the Rise of Ransomware

May 17, 2017
WannaCry may be the latest outbreak or ransomware to hit the news, but it is not the 1st or the last. In 2016 alone, it is estimated that $1 billion dollars in cyber ransoms were paid out to cyber criminals. If this widespread attack proved anything it's that the threat is real. 
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Phishing: What Does It Look Like and How to Avoid It

May 15, 2017
According to the Anti-Phishing Work Group, 1.2 million individual phishing attacks took place in 2016 – a 65% increase from the year before. These attacks have been mentioned across all industries and the most recent Verizon Wireless Data Breach Report states that 95% of phishing attacks that led to a breach were followed by some sort of software installation- usually malware.
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The Biggest Problem with User Access and How To Fix It

May 10, 2017
Did you know that one of the top nine attack types consistently covered in Verizon’s Data Breach Report are insider threats and privileged misuse? According to this year’s report, 66% of insiders steal information in hopes of selling it for cash, 17% are just unsanctioned snooping and 15% are taking it in order to take the information to a new employer. What is the root cause of all of these problems? Access. 

How Pen-Testing Protects Your Federal Agency

May 8, 2017
It seems as if government agencies, both locally and nationally, are making headlines for mostly the wrong reasons these days. From scandals to breaches and cybersecurity this has become such a sensitive subject within the past year that these events have left most folks feeling even more on edge. As stated by Thales Data Threat Report, within the past year alone, 33% of government agencies reported that they experienced a data breach. Not to mention the ones that have remained unnoticed, for now at least.

How Penetration Tests Protect Your Retail Business

May 1, 2017
Retail is arguably the leader in terms of the most financial transactions executed in an industry. With that in mind, the retail industry also makes up 8% of all data breaches. It may feel nerve-racking to both work and participate in such a risk dense environment. However, if you have the right security measures in place and remain aware of other’s security breaches and best practices you may be able to breathe a bit easier.