Security Operations

Tales from the Black Hat NOC: The Stages of Security Adolescence (Part 1)

Maturity is often spoken of in the security community as a binary value – “Customer X is mature,” “Customer Y is immature…” This notion was not dispelled at Black Hat where one vendor after another claimed, “Evolve your security. Buy our product and stop breaches today!” But we know that maturity is not binary, and neither is…

TALES FROM THE BLACK HAT NOC: WHAT’S IN YOUR CLASSROOM?

  Hanging in the NOC these last couple of days has confirmed one thing.  Creation of content to support an information security program is an ongoing process.  It starts with the identification and deployment of out-of-the-box content useful for the audience, but a good security operations plan does not stop there. The RSA NOC team…

Tales from the Black Hat NOC: Attendee Attacks, Loud and Proud

We are approaching the end of Black Hat‘s training days. It’s an interesting time when the expo floor still sits quiet, but the Black Hat network is as noisy as ever – as seen by the RSA volunteers working inside the Black Hat NOC. The majority of this noise is being generated by teachers and students, demonstrating…

TALES FROM THE BLACK HAT NOC: Data in the Clear

        I started my day by reading an article about how to stay safe during Black Hat and DEF CON.  There were suggestions like – don’t bring a laptop, not to bring your smartphone, to leave your wallet at home, and only carry cash.  Why would such recommendations be made?  Black Hat and DEF CON attract security professionals, as well…

Tales From The Black Hat NOC: Organizing the Chaos

A glimpse into training day. Yesterday marked the official start of Black Hat 2016, kicked off with various training courses spread throughout the convention center. For the RSA NOC team this meant a chance to validate yesterday’s installation and get an initial glimpse into the activity within and around the classroom and conference networks before the…

Tales from the Black Hat NOC: I’ll Show You Mine, We Can Already See Yours

With the start of Black Hat 2016 merely a day away, white, black, and grey hats from around the world are whetting their appetites – eagerly waiting to show off and consume the fruit of an entire year’s research. Whether for education, research, bragging rights, or mal-intent, the Black Hat network will host anything from basic brute force attacks to…