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E5 – The Flies and the Hornet – Swatting Flies

“How’s it coming?”  Marty entered Erin’s office unannounced.  They had spent so much time shuttling back and forth between his desk and her office that they dropped all formalities and decorum. Erin looked up from her screen.  “Swatting flies,” she said wearily. ‘Swatting flies’ had become their slogan as they tracked down compromised accounts and…

E4 – Storms on the Horizon – Gathering Forces

Marty was getting use to his spot in the executive conference room.   He awaited the arrival of the host of the meeting – Howard Mentinger, the Chief Risk Officer of MagnaCorp.  The CRO had been with the company for many years and had held multiple roles in the business.  His analytical mind reduced business problems…

E4 – Storms on the Horizon – The Weather Turns Cold

Marty went through packet captures once more to make sure he wasn’t missing anything important.  He had pulled traffic logs and netflow data for the last few weeks specifically looking for anomalous activity.  His sixth sense was piqued by the vNextGen’s security team mentioning increased commotion on their network.  As he drilled deeper into the…

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…

A Pivotal Year

For the past several years, the information security industry has been saddled with labels annually. 2013: year of the breach; 2014: year of the BREACH (we really mean it); 2015 year of the MEGA breach (its gotten worse!). And with those labels every year I hear the phrase ‘this is a pivotal year in the…