A Ransomware Discussion with Absolute’s Richard Henderson (Podcast)

RansomwareRichard Henderson, The Global Security Strategist for Absolute, and I spoke about the global Ransomware threat, its prevention, and what to do if you’re victimized by an attack. Richard and I disagree a bit on what you should do if you’re a Ransomware victim. I say that you should never pay. He says that there are circumstances where it makes more sense to pay the ransom.

I write the introductory column for ADMIN magazine and in the most recent issue (Number 40), I wrote about this very topic. I titled it, “Feeding Seagulls is Wrong.” It is a light-hearted look at feeding seagulls, which I compare to ransomware writers. To me, paying ransomware writers is like feeding seagulls: You’re down a bag of Cheetos (Some amount of Bitcoin) and the seagulls (Ransomware writers) are never satisfied.

Listen to the podcast. Read my column. Make a decision. And feel free to tweet me @kenhess to start a discussion.

Podcast details:

Length: 24:11 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

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ISACA Report Confirms SSH Keys Need To Be Properly Managed To Ensure Compliance and Reduce Risk

HELSINKI, WALTHAM, Mass. and ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., Sept. 12, 2017 – The use of Secure Shell (SSH) is ubiquitous, a critical service on which the security profile of most organizations depends. Yet, according to a new report issued by ISACA and sponsored by SSH Communications Security, only rarely is that usage appropriately secured, assessed, documented and managed in a systematic and risk-aware way. Consequently, poorly managed SSH key environments may lead to compliance challenges and security breaches. The full report can be downloaded free of charge from the ISACA or SSH Communications Security websites.

The report outlines considerations that technology risk professionals, auditors, security practitioners and governance professionals should take into account as they approach the use of SSH in their enterprises. It offers guidance for the assessment of SSH usage, including items to incorporate in audit plans to ensure SSH access control and management is in place. Key areas auditors should consider regarding SSH keys include:

  • Security issues: Practical challenges include managing and tracking cryptographic keys at scale, responsibility for “key hygiene” and executive oversight for the use of SSH.
  • Assurance considerations:The ubiquity and transparency of SSH access makes the surface area for consideration very large, while the underlying mechanics of operation make it specialized and potentially complex. The report explores the core areas that auditors should consider when evaluating SSH usage.
  • Suggested controls: ISACA recommends specific areas to focus on when evaluating enterprise networks for SSH compliance, including configuration management and provisioning.

Frank Schettini, Chief Innovation Officer, ISACA, said: “SSH is one of those rare technologies that is in frequent use in almost every type of organization around the world. The report from ISACA examines the specific steps audit practitioners should take to ensure that they are not ignoring SSH usage and the access it provides, and gives general guidance on appropriate controls to assess and manage SSH keys. Our goal is to provide a practical starting point for improving any organization’s security posture and overall governance.”

Fouad Khalil, VP of Compliance, SSH Communications Security, said:

“Audit, risk, security and governance practitioners have a huge and complex job on their hands when it comes to SSH user key management. ISACA’s new report recommends that practitioners systematically address, assess and periodically re-evaluate the mechanics of SSH usage within their environments. Our robust set of solutions removes the complexity and difficulty from these urgent, critical tasks so organizations can become or remain secure and compliant.”

About ISACA

Nearing its 50th year, ISACA® (isaca.org) is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. ISACA leverages the expertise of its half-million engaged professionals in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI® Institute, to help advance innovation through technology.

About SSH Communications Security

SSH Communications Security (NASDAQ OMX) is a leading provider of enterprise cybersecurity solutions that monitor, control and automate trusted access to critical data. Customers worldwide trust our flagship Universal SSH Key Manager® and other solutions to manage access, enhance security and achieve compliance. SSH sells direct through offices in North America, Europe and Asia and through a global network of certified partners. Access more at www.ssh.com

“Manage Access, Not Keys” with Tatu Ylönen (Podcast)

SSH CommunicationsGreetings SSH fans. Preston and I had the pleasure of speaking with SSH Communications Security founder Tatu Ylönen about keyless access and how system administrators and system security professionals should “manage access, not keys” when using the SSH protocol.

Preston and I debate the security of a decision to use passwordless and keyless access. During the call, we asked how to implement keyless access and what the deployment looks like to a system administrator. Preston and I are both system administrators, so we are definitely interested in the ins-and-outs of deployment.

Tatu YlönenAs always, Tatu is very engaging and extremely knowledgeable about the topic of security, SSH, and access management.

Podcast details:

Length: 15:52 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

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Black Hat 2017 Conference Trends with Richard Henderson (Podcast)

Black Hat 2017I’ve never been to a Black Hat Conference but I’d love to go. Richard Henderson, Global Security Strategist for Absolute and regular SecurityNOW podcast guest, is going. Before he left, he shared some ideas and trends for this year’s conference in fabulous Las Vegas.
Richard and I discuss a lot of different things in this episode but our main focus is Black Hat 2017 and what he thinks the trends are going to be.

I think this was a fun one. Unfortunately, Preston was not able to join us, but we had a good time anyway. Richard is always a great guest and I think you’ll enjoy hearing a longer, calmer podcast than usual.

Podcast details:

Length: 36:22 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

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SecurityNOW’s Mid-Year 2017 Cybersecurity Review

HalfPreston and I took a few minutes to recap the year so far in cybersecurity and to catch you up on what’s going on with breaches, security tips, and ransomware. We have a lengthy (for us) conversation that covers all things cybersecurity for the first half of 2017 and all that it had to offer. I want you to pay particular attention to my five rules concerning ransomware. Please take this advice as wisdom from not only Preston and myself but from other cybersecurity professionals as well.

Podcast details:

Length: 33:56 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

True Digital SecurityThis podcast was sponsored by True Digital Security.

Introducing True Digital Security and CEO and Founder Dr. Jerald Dawkins (Podcast and Video)

True Digital SecurityPreston and I had the pleasure of speaking with, Dr. Jerald “Jerry” Dawkins, the CEO and founder of True Digital Security, the premier local security company here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For this one, I stayed behind the scenes (literally) and Preston took the solo spotlight for this rare interview with Dr. Dawkins. This podcast is actually the audio extract from the video (Coming soon) we captured during the interview. True Digital Security is headquartered in Tulsa but has offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and cover clients globally.

Jerry and Preston discuss passwords, compliance issues, security pain points, and how to engage True Digital Security for your corporate security needs. This is a special focus on a growing company of security experts who are ready to help you navigate HIPAA, PCI, FFIEC, NERC CIP, and your other corporate security requirements and needs.

I think you’ll agree that after listening to this interview that Dr. Dawkins and his team knows security. You’ll also agree that this discussion is far too short. We hope to have Jerry and other True Digital Security folks on the show in the future so that you can get to know the whole team.

Podcast details:

Length: 22:12 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

Our video interview is up and ready and available above. You can meet some of the True Digital Security team in their spotlight video.

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Agari’s Markus Jakobssen discusses Phishing trends (Podcast)

AgariThe old saying goes, “Give a man a fish and he feasts for a day; teach him to phish and he becomes a rich cybercriminal who retires at 30.” OK, so maybe it doesn’t go exactly like that, but I think you get the idea that phishing is bad for the majority of us who aren’t making a profit from other people’s pains. Phishing is the act of sending out email messages that look legitimate but whose only purpose is to get your banking, credit card, social media, or other online credentials in order to steal money from you.

Markus Jakobssen, a researcher at Agari, gives us his perspective on this trend that can cost larger companies millions of dollars. Markus tells us why phishing scams are so successful and what we can do to protect ourselves from this criminal trespass into our personal accounts and online identities. If you’ve been the victim of a phishing attack, you know how expensive it can be in trying to repair the damage that a single email message can have. Listen carefully to the podcast to find out what you can do to fight against this growing threat.

Podcast details:

Length: 17:54 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

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