Advanced Persistent Threats

E5 – The Flies and the Hornet – Insect Bites

A cool breeze whisked through the window causing the scrolls on the Wizard’s desk to rattle and tremor.  The wise man shifted a large scroll to weigh down some loose papers.  He reallocated a heavy paper weight to secure some more papers.  The weather had turned cold but the Wizard enjoyed the brisk air flowing…

E4 – Storms on the Horizon – Technical Dialogue

On the surface, the Kingdom appears generally calm and safe in Episode #4 of Defend the Kingdom “Storms on the Horizon”.  The massive siege from Episode #3 “Hordes at the Gate” has been survived, the alliance with the new trade partner is showing real promise and the Hunter is focused on the mundane task of…

E4 – Storms on the Horizon – First Winds

The Siren sat demurely in her corner booth at the café watching the patrons with an air of casual indifference.  A closer inspection of her after a few minutes though would reveal the intensity of a predator as her eyes smoothly moved from one customer to the next.  She surveyed every table for a few…

E4 – Storms on the Horizon – The Calm Before

Marty walked into the executive conference room and felt he had passed through a portal of luxury.  No battered pizza boxes in the trash cans.  No empty soda cans littering the table.  No crazy mess of networking cables running across the floor.  He was used to that type of working environment.  Instead, he saw an…

E3 – Hordes at the Gate – Technical Dialogue

In Episode 3 “Hordes at the Gate,” the Kingdom endures the full force of the Brute’s power. A devastating and impeccably planned siege and assault on the Kingdom’s defenses leaves the empire bruised and battered but not defeated.  Through valiant efforts, the fortifications hold and the hordes are repelled. However, it is revealed that the…

E3 – Hordes at the Gate – The Call of the Siren

“Don’t you think you are being a bit paranoid?” Greg asked Marty as the two exited the cafeteria.  “I mean, the DDOS attack was pretty severe. I think whoever was behind it accomplished their goal. Look at all the time and expense it took to control it. Not to mention the downtime, the annoyed customers,…

E3 – Hordes at the Gate – The Aftermath

Marty walked into the conference room and immediately sensed the buzz and tension.  He knew the debrief of the denial of service attack was going to be a long one but he didn’t anticipate this much friction.  The source of the stress wasn’t the actual attack or the mayhem that ensued to protect MagnaCorp from…

E3 – Hordes at the Gate – The Battle

The Hunter arrived on the wall of the fortress on the frontier out of breath. He had ridden through the night to get to the most active and dangerous part of the assault on the Kingdom’s walls. He leaned over the parapet and quickly surveyed the chaos below him. Within seconds an arrow whizzed past…

E3 – Hordes at the Gate – The Siege

The hulking figure dominating the corner of the crowded tavern was given a wide berth by the other patrons.  Even though the smoky room was packed with people, the table occupied by the massive man had plenty of space around it.  Several customers made obvious attempts not to trespass over the imaginary border circling the…

Fear Nothing: The Gamers Approach To Building a SOC

“You say the hill’s too steep to climb. Chiding! You say you’d like to see me try, Climbing! You pick the place and I’ll choose the time. And I’ll climb the hill in my own way” – from Fearless by Pink Floyd   Cliché alert! There is no silver bullet for security (I warned you).…