The Emotional Toll of Incident Response Events

Navigating the 5 Stages of Grief Following an Incident Response Event Are you a victim of a data breach and are you feeling signs of grief? You’re not alone. As an incident response professional, I have met many different types of corporate staff, from the IT staff to the C-suite. Unfortunately, it was probably on… Read more »

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Assessing Microsoft’s Social Engineering Attack

Breaking Down Microsoft’s Response to the Lapsus$ Gang’s Social Engineering Compromise Microsoft has done an excellent job in explaining the social engineering breach that originated against them from the Lapsus$ group. In their recent blog post, they detail the Lapsus$ attack and how access was obtained, as well as provide some decent recommendations to enhance… Read more »

Tales From the Road: Got Critical Infrastructure?

Avoid these three pitfalls that are inherent to most SCADA systems that manage critical infrastructure. A multinational corporation enlisted the services of DirectDefense to perform a security assessment of the organization’s newly-developed battery energy storage control (BESS) that would enable the company’s vendors and integrators to manage the voltage and power output for massive batteries.… Read more »

PolicyKit Vulnerability Exposed After 12 Years: Why You Need to Patch Your Linux Today

Security company Qualys has uncovered a truly dangerous memory corruption vulnerability in polkit’s pkexec, CVE-2021-4034, dubbed “PwnKit”. Polkit, formerly known as PolicyKit, is a systemd SUID-root program. It’s installed by default in every major Linux distribution, which means that tens of millions of devices are vulnerable to this easily-exploitable bug. What makes this flaw even… Read more »

Planning PCI in the Cloud

What PCI Compliance for Cloud Data Looks Like: Challenges and Maintenance Moving to the Cloud is not as simple as “Just put it in the Cloud and we won’t have to do PCI.” The Cloud can reduce PCI Scope but it can also add to the complexity of maintaining PCI compliance. As we will discuss,… Read more »

A Look Ahead at the Security Threats Looming in 2022

What to Know, How to Prepare, and How We Got Here When 2021 began, everything from the pandemic to the economy felt uncertain. Security threats increased both as a result of those uncertainties and the ever-growing sophistication of the threat landscape.  In this post, we’ll review the events that created security threats in 2021 and… Read more »