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Tales From the Road: The Power of Physical Penetration Testing

Is Your Organization’s Physical Security Top-Notch? Having high-level security measures at any organization is a must, especially for large corporations that deal with specific clientele and hold confidential and sensitive information. We know attackers find ways to gain access to corporate networks remotely, but physical access poses even more risk, as attackers can potentially get… Read more »

Tales From the Road: What An Enterprise Risk Assessment Looks Like

Has your corporation been keeping up-to-date on the latest security practices? An important one to bring into your security repertoire is an enterprise risk assessment. It’s crucial to regularly conduct enterprise assessments to ensure the effectiveness of your corporation’s security measures. An enterprise risk assessment helps your organization continuously update and measure all security protocols,… Read more »

Tales From the Road: A Cybersecurity Breach is Only A Phone Call Away

How DirectDefense Compromised a Banking Institution’s Help Desk and Member Services Using a Phone Social Engineering Attack + 5 Common Vishing Pitfalls to Avoid Cyber criminals will stop at nothing to steal personal and confidential information from their target. In recent years, many high-profile attacks have leveraged targeted phone social engineering attacks, known as vishing.… Read more »

Tales From the Road: When it comes to your SCADA Network: Segment. Segment. Segment.

How DirectDefense uncovered weaknesses in a municipality’s SCADA systems and a need for SCADA network segmentation A large municipality enlisted the services of DirectDefense to perform a Critical Infrastructure Assessment of the SCADA network controlling their water and electric services. During the SCADA assessments, our team identified several weaknesses that demonstrated the need for SCADA… Read more »

Tales From the Road: Minimize Third-Party Software Security Risks

How to Prevent Credential Stuffing with IPv6 Protocol Security Third-party software security risks are created when third-party vendor products lack security, giving attackers wide open access to your organization’s networks and databases. When a vendor has access to your network, including customer and corporate information, your own company’s security doesn’t cover all the gaps, so… Read more »

Is This Thing On? Privacy and Your Smartphone Sensors

Smartphone Snooping Without Microphone Access Can your smartphone sensors still enable apps to eavesdrop on your conversations even after the app has been denied microphone access? It does seem possible. We dug into this question based on two research papers, “AccEar: Accelerometer Acoustic Eavesdropping with Unconstrained Vocabulary”, and “Side Eye: Characterizing the Limits of POV… Read more »

Tales From the Road: Oops, We Did it Again! Breaking the Bank During a Red Team Assessment

Plus: 10 Tips to Keep Your Organization Out of the Red A financial institution enlisted our services to perform a Red Team assessment – an effective approach to simulate a real-world threat actor attempting to compromise an organization from the outside in. Using an email phishing campaign combined with a physical breach, DirectDefense consultants uncovered… Read more »

Tales From the Road: The Best Defense Against Injection Attacks is to Protect Your Legacy App

How DirectDefense accessed sensitive financial and personal data through injection vulnerabilities The best defense against injection attacks is to secure legacy applications by leveraging an app security assessment. Got a legacy app? Then listen up: Legacy applications can be particularly susceptible to injection attacks and organizations should take immediate action to remediate this vulnerability before… Read more »

Tales From the Road: How DirectDefense Got a Free, Round Trip Ticket to an Airline’s Internal Network During a Physical Pen Test

Using Simulated Security Attacks to Test Network and Physical Vulnerabilities DirectDefense was asked by an airline to conduct security testing through simulated security attacks to help identify vulnerabilities that could put the airline’s data and operations at risk. As part of the engagement, DirectDefense: Spoiler Alert: Through effective tactics, like tailgating, we were able to… Read more »