Risk management in information security

Information security risk management is the process of identifying vulnerabilities to your information assets that could impact their confidentiality, integrity or availability along with the threats that could exploit those vulnerabilities – together these define the risk.  The next step is to evaluate the risk to determine its severity, usually by considering the impact if…

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Browser in the Browser (BitB) attack: Visually perfect phishing

Criminals are constantly coming up with novel techniques to launch attacks and there’s a new phishing technique available to them that’s a terrifyingly convincing.  Users have been told for years to double check domain names, look for padlocks to confirm encryption is enabled and that using SSO (Single-Sign On) services is a good thing –…

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ISO 27001 Update Due

As anyone who has worked with ISO standards know, they can be a great tool in the right hands and ISO 27001 (the information security management standard) is no different. In the fast-changing world of information security however, some elements of the standard and it’s controls have dated and do not quite align with modern…

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Tech minimalism & Living off the Land

IT technicians and support providers have long advised that users remove any applications they don’t need and never install any without good reason. Historically the reasoning was that it was to improve performance and reduce the impact of buggy software and conflicts. While the historic reasoning is still valid, stripping applications and keeping operating systems…

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MFA: What it is and what it’s not

When a user ‘logs on’ to a system or application with a username and password, they are going through the process of authentication – literally verifying that the login is ‘authentic’. Unfortunately, an authentication system based on two pieces of text (username and password) is only as strong as the security of the pieces of…

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Social Engineering Explained

Social engineering is the term used to describe manipulating others in to providing or doing things on your behalf.  In popular culture, it is most commonly associated with cyber criminals but in reality many of the techniques used are similar to those used by confidence artists (“con artists”) for decades. Given then the widespread use…

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Remote iPhone Hack

Ian Beer of Google’s Project Zero recently posted an article describing a vulnerability in iPhones allowing for a remote explotation, a simple video he posted on YouTube really demonstrates the terrifying scope of this vulnerability.  In it 26 iPhones of various types are laid out on the flaw with a laptop in shot with some additional…

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SolarWinds Supply Chain Breach: The Worst in History?

SolarWinds touts its Orion enterprise monitoring software as providing a single pane of glass solution, that has quickly turned in to a single glass of pain. A sophisticated supply chain attack against the product has resulted in at least one – and almost certainly hundreds more – high profile breaches, including FireEye, a respected cyber…

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