Threat Detection and Response

Four Characteristics of Top-Notch Threat Intelligence

Threat intelligence is a hot topic these days and was arguably one of the top themes of RSA Conference 2016. However, organizations need to realize that simply having more data about the latest threats, vulnerabilities, and exploits is not the answer to all their cybersecurity problems. On the contrary, threat intelligence is only helpful if…

The Criminal Appeal of Advanced Ransomware: How Can Companies Protect Their Files?

Advanced ransomware—malicious software designed to take control of a computer system and hold it hostage until the victims pay for its release—is one of the fastest-growing areas of cybercrime. Another closely related threat is cyberextortion, where attackers threaten to cause harm to a company by releasing sensitive information to the public or sustaining distributed denial-of-service…

Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Ambiguity?

Authored by Gareth Pritchard, Azeem Aleem, Peter Tran From the days of Slammer, Stuxnet, Shamoon, etc., to the recent Ukrainian (black energy) Power Grid and “Panel Shock” Attacks, we are witnessing a sophisticated surge in the attack domains across industrial control systems. The shift from legacy systems towards process control networks with connectivity around enterprise…

Tales from the Black Hat NOC: Are We Broken?

Walking through the expo hall at Black Hat Europe was uplifting – if the vendor booths were to be believed, APT’s can be stopped in their tracks, Ransomware protection can be guaranteed, and phishing can become a term applied to lake activities again. All it requires is buying this tool! It made me wonder why people…

Tales from the Black Hat NOC: Finding Mr. Robot?

The most significant part of Black Hat Europe 2016 finally started, and as expected – we are watching the arrival of smart security experts, who have come to the event to exchange information or show off their latest tools and products. While it’s hard to say what kind of skilled “hackers” we can expect during last…

Tales from the Black Hat NOC: Setup in London

Arrival into London went without a hitch. I then took the train to Angel station and walked to the Business Design Center, which is my home for the next week, during the Black Hat Europe 2016. After walking through the doors and finding my way I was greeted by a room full of boxes. Time to…