The National Security Agency (NSA), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) jointly released a Cybersecurity Advisory, “Russian SVR Targets U.S. and Allied Networks,” to expose ongoing Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) exploitation of five publicly known vulnerabilities. This advisory is being released alongside the U.S. government’s formal attribution of the SolarWinds supply chain compromise and related cyber espionage campaign. We are publishing this product to highlight additional tactics, techniques, and procedures being used by SVR so that network defenders can take action to mitigate against them.
U.S. President Biden has signed a new executive order imposing new sanctions on Russia for actions by "its government and intelligence services against the U.S. sovereignty and interests." The administration formally named Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), also known as APT 29, Cozy Bear, and The Dukes, as the perpetrator of the broad-scope cyber espionage campaign that exploited the SolarWinds Orion platform and other information technology infrastructures.
Meet Ray Espinoza, Chief Information Security Officer at Cobalt. With over 20 years of technology experience and 14+ years in information security, Espinoza’s collaborative leadership style has enabled him to build information security and risk management programs that support business objectives and build customer trust. Here, we talk to Espinoza about common cybersecurity hurdles leadership teams may encounter when restructuring.
In recent years, there has been a recognition that social engineering plays a huge part in the execution of cybersecurity attacks. The intersection of “non-physical” and “technical” social engineering is where criminals are mostly focused today. Enter deepfake technology, which poses a looming risk over enterprises and their security leaders as they figure out how to prepare for and mitigate such a risk.
Since Digital Shadows published its first report last year, Initial Access Brokers: An Excess of Access, the company has continued to closely monitor the IAB criminal category. Where it tracked roughly 500 IAB listings in all of 2020, already in 2021 it has found some 200 new listings published by IABs in cybercriminal forums and other dark web sources in just Q1.
Cybercriminals continue to exploit unpatched Microsoft Exchange servers. Cybersecurity researchers at Sophos report an unknown attacked has been attempting to leverage the ProxyLogon exploit to unload malicious Monero cryptominer onto Exchange servers, with the payload being hosted on a compromised Exchange server.
Recently, TalentLMS partnered with Kenna Security to survey 1,200 employees on their cybersecurity habits, knowledge of best practices, and ability to recognize security threats. Here are some of the staggering results that offer some explanation as to why cybercrime has grown into such a lucrative business:
Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) is a trendy term touted by cybersecurity vendors. But there isn’t a single ZTA solution. The architecture is composed of numerous components, that when taken together, form a new paradigm for dealing with cybersecurity that is appropriate in a modern world where corporate enterprises are no longer confined to a well-defined and trustworthy perimeter such as remote working and cloud environments. For reference, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a very detailed ZTA publication
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ON DEMAND: For seamless, simplified workplace access, we must flip our focus from the physical perimeter of the workplace and onto controlling the access of the identity. Some people work from home, some travel constantly to different facilities within their own company, and others are in multiple facilities across multiple companies.
ON DEMAND: The security ecosystem protects digital assets, physical assets, and people - the newly distributed workforce creates new and increased physical and cybersecurity risks. Situational and security awareness is a role every employee must play, and you’ll help get them there with awareness, cybersecurity hygiene and security practices that help keep company, employee and customer information safe.
ON DEMAND: Right now, in the pandemic environment, business leaders are balancing internal priorities – managing cost and impacts to productivity – with market and external priorities like government requirements, customer needs, and perceived standards of safety and health.