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Getting Inside Insider Threats: Response and Mitigation. Stopping malicious or simply incompetent insiders from doing damage isn't just an exercise in analyzing where the damage came from. Insider Threats aren’t just malicious employees. They can run the gamut from incompetent to accidental to theft.

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Managed Intelligence: Four Factors for Building Adversarial Context

By Landon Winkelvoss on May 26, 2020 8:48:50 AM

With limited time and resources for a SOC to prioritize threats for additional research, Mars CISO Andrew Stanley gives several important factors when considering adversarial context with regard to the “who, how, and why” of attribution.

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Managed Intelligence: Four Outcomes from Operationalizing Intelligence for Third-Party Risk Management

By Landon Winkelvoss on May 20, 2020 4:42:07 PM

Actionable intelligence is critical for third party risk management as it’s easy to chase false positives that waste resources. While automation enables timely response, deeper analysis is needed to make information from automated sources actionable. Zero touch diligence provides intuitive and actionable intelligence that matters for businesses assessing third-party risk by fusing robust analytic methodology with a suite of tools to collect, store, enrich, and integrate data from a wide variety of sources. Below are the four outcomes that result from thorough zero touch diligence efforts:

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Three Areas of Focus For Your Insider Threat Program During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Mike Davis on May 18, 2020 11:57:00 AM

Security teams are settling in to the “new normal” of remote work as the COVID-19 crisis nears its third month here in the U.S. As many teams have discovered, among the myriad of logistical issues of a remote workforce is the increased risk insiders can cause cybersecurity incidents, even if mostly unintentionally. For many companies, the combination of required changes to network access policies and the human element of uncertainty around layoffs, furloughs, and salary reductions has created a need to quickly re-think the priority placed on insiders.  

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Know Your Adversary: Russian APTs

By Vincas Čižiūnas on May 14, 2020 5:28:15 PM

In the previous two articles in this series, we examined the Iranian and Nigerian Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) under a sociohistorical lens in order to better understand the various drivers that instigate their threat activity.  Today, we examine Russia under the same optic, to see if we can gain more insight than the traditional Technique, Tactic, and Procedure (TTP) game of whack-a-mole generally provides.

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Four Priorities for Aligning Your Insider Threat Program

By Sean Weppner on May 6, 2020 1:30:50 PM

Organizations based in the United States continue to deal with considerable intellectual property theft and largely do not address the issue until there is a problem. The ability to effectively monitor for negligent or malicious insider threat activity is largely dependent on four main factors:

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Know Your Adversary: The Criminal Underworld in Nigeria

By Vincas Čižiūnas & Jonathan Neuhaus on May 5, 2020 10:52:03 AM

Having examined the underpinnings of Iranian culture and the nexus with its corresponding Advanced Persistent Threat (APT), we turn our eyes towards Africa.  Often overlooked as an APT, elements of postcolonial realities in Nigeria have contributed to an advanced criminal underworld.  

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Tracing the Technology Origin of a Presidential Candidate Deepfake

By Rob Volkert on Apr 29, 2020 12:57:50 PM

The recent tweet of a doctored photo, turned into a GIF and nicknamed “Sloppy Joe”, of US presidential candidate Joe Biden1 has prompted controversy over whether the image qualifies as a deepfake, which would make it the first used in a US election cycle. President Trump’s Twitter account retweeted the original post shortly thereafter which resulted in debate over whether the GIF was a deepfake, what the intention was, and whether it violated Twitter’s synthetic and manipulated media policy. Several prominent press outlets, including the Atlantic2 and Motherboard3, went back and forth whether this was the first documented deepfake use in US politics. 

Topics: deepfakes
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Risk and Reward – the Importance of Knowing the Network

By Sean Weppner on Apr 21, 2020 6:17:37 PM

The CISO’s role continues to evolve with the variables that change around them - ranging from the threat landscape, to the board of directors. These directly impact who targets you, who/what those attackers target to get access, and the resources you get to protect the company. But for the CISO, the foundation that everything builds on is their knowledge of the network that they defend.

Topics: gap analysis
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Disinformation in the Time of Pandemics

By Sean Weppner on Apr 15, 2020 6:33:21 PM

So here we are, caught in the middle of a pandemic stemming from some failed chiroptera cuisine and aside from all of the normal daily activities, ones which a month and a half ago would have pulled me physically in several different directions and locations, I otherwise find myself at the intersection point of these three things: (1) isolation, (2) reading (in this case, browsing the internet), and (3) lots of thinking. 

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Cybersecurity Diligence is Financial Diligence

By Mike Davis on Apr 7, 2020 9:11:54 PM

Healthy deal flow that enables investment at a price point in line with an exit strategy is the foundation of the private equity business model. It is a given investors will conduct detailed diligence around a target’s financials, market, structure, and many other factors to help confirm their thesis around an acceptable entry price point. Of course a deal should not move forward if the investor’s plans will not make the difference to achieve an outcome, and these diligence steps are designed to maximize understanding, and thus de-risk the investment.

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Cybersecurity Diligence Doesn’t Need to be a Heavy Lift

By Mike Davis on Apr 2, 2020 9:23:58 AM

Corporations large and small have always used acquisitions as a staple of their strategies to enter new markets, gain a competitive edge, and grow faster than they could organically. Similarly, private equity and venture capital firms have a prominent role in our modern economy and operate specifically to find value in acquisitions or investments. While financial and market diligence has always been a fundamental element of the acquisition process, many acquirers continue to place limited scrutiny on the cybersecurity risks and opportunities arising from an acquisition target.

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Know Your Adversary: Iran

By Jonathan Neuhaus & Vincas Čižiūnas on Mar 25, 2020 11:56:49 AM

While researching advanced persistent threats (APTs), the common analytic angle has always been to identify malware and infrastructure techniques, tactics, and procedures (TTPs), and to develop detections. While this is effective for big player APTs such as Russia and China, it results in a game of whack-a-mole as blocking known TTPs necessitates identifying new ones.  Without gaining an understanding of the human factors involved, it becomes like an endless game of cat and mouse.

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M&A should stand for “Mitigate, Not Avoid"

By Sean Weppner on Mar 20, 2020 8:09:36 AM

We’ve all read the horror stories over the past several years - the revelation of prior data breach in a target organization led to a massive decrease in the sale price, the unknown/unmitigated compromise led to a subsequent breach in the acquiring organization and massive PR fallout. It rings true to all of us in the business of cybersecurity, because the story really could be any of us. Moreover, from what I’ve seen, there are two truths to most large organizations:

  1. Bigger = More assets = larger risk surface area
  2. Growth is often achieved (and sustained) through inorganic growth
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Cyber Hygiene for a Remote Workforce

By Vincas Čižiūnas on Mar 12, 2020 4:12:29 PM

With coronavirus gaining strength worldwide, a lot of companies are faced with something that they may have been avoiding:  the prospect of a completely remote workforce. As is usually the case when situations are thrust upon a company, old mistakes come to light, new mistakes are made, and past actions turn out to have unintended consequences.  In our decades of collective experience and by virtue of being a mostly remote company, we have seen these mishaps occur. In that light, we have some recommendations for dealing with empty offices and a remote workforce to minimize threats to your company in the confusion of this new environment.

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Don’t let everyone (and their mother) have your PCI data

By Vincas Čižiūnas on Mar 2, 2020 10:54:48 AM

The other day, WIRED posted an article about “How a Hacker's Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden's Computer." Black Hills Cyber’s John Strand sent his non-hacker mother into a prison posing as a health inspector.  Not only did she manage to gain access to computer systems associated with various prison networks, she even managed to get the warden to implant his computer by opening a malicious document.  It reads like the screenplay to an Ocean’s Eleven reboot. 

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Purple With a Purpose

By Debra Richardson on Feb 12, 2020 11:08:50 AM

Nisos Purple Team engagements are much more than a simple check-the-box assessment. Ever-evolving threats from persistent malicious actors make your job of protecting the crown jewels difficult. Security-conscious organizations understand the importance of assessing their security team’s capabilities for effective detection and response. We know adversaries and we make it our business to track their use of new tactics, techniques, and procedures across industries and we are all too happy to share this knowledge during our Purple Team engagements.

Topics: Purple Team
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The Value of a Pentest

By Debra Richardson on Jan 16, 2020 1:56:26 PM

Businesses and organizations always seem to be a few steps behind adversaries; that is the natural consequence of asymmetric threats. True Penetration testing will make you a fierce competitor, enabling organizations to understand your weaknesses and see your gaps – allowing you to monitor, remediate and defend them.

Topics: Blogs
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Red Team: The Nisos Way

By Debra Richardson on Jan 9, 2020 9:48:00 AM

A Nisos Red Team simulates the full breadth of a sophisticated attacker, using the tactics, techniques and procedures employed by malicious actors. Our Red Team exercises are tailored to the needs of our individual clients. You need and deserve more than an automated report.

Topics: Blogs
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When Disinformation Targets Companies: The Case of #BoycottOliveGarden

By Cindy Otis on Sep 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

False information can spread faster than the truth on social media, and more and more, companies are feeling the impact of that reality. In early August, a handful of Twitter accounts began tweeting lists of companies it claimed supported President Trump’s re-election campaign and called for a boycott against them. One of the accounts (@maryruthedk) even tweeted the list in response to a Washington Post article that debunked the claims. One post from an account claiming to be a dual US and Swedish citizen living in New York (@DemocraticSurge) received more than 15,000 retweets and 17,200 likes.

Topics: Cybersecurity
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