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Top Cyber Security Testing Tools in 2019

Top Cyber Security Testing Tools in 2019

Which cyber security testing tools should you use in 2019? Check out the list of the top tools our security experts are using. 

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Cyber attack is one of the nightmares of big companies.  Keeping their confidential records from being hacked is their biggest concern.  Banks, multi-national corporations and defense departments of every countries, they are all at risk.  This is the reason why, most of them invested a lot for securing their computer system and resulted in employing cyber specialists and buying modern technology.

Security Testing Tools

Cyber security is the reason of the birth of these many cyber security penetration testing tools.  These tools are use by security experts to test every computer systems for vulnerability of being hacked.  This testing tools are designed for different area of the system, checking its designed and pinpointing the possible area of attacked.

Here is a list of several security testing tools:

  • Metasploit. A collection of penetration tools which is used by cyber security experts to manage security evaluations and discover vulnerabilities. It used to evaluate the security condition of your infrastructure.
  • NMAP. Otherwise known as network mapper, this tool is used to monitor the host server and perform mapping of server vulnerability.
  • Wireshark. It is a very handy tool that is helpful in keeping up the real time details, of every activity that transpire in your system. It is an analyzer and an sniffer, which helps assess the vulnerability of your network.
  • Aircrack-ng. Set of utilities used to analyzing the weakness of a WIFI network. It captures data packet and export it to text files for analysis as a way of securing your WIFI network.
  • John the Ripper. Traditional password is the most popular security risk, as cyber criminals tend to take advantage of this weakness. Hackers used these passwords to compromise the system, by putting on damage on it or stealing important information. Expert used this tool, to simulate attack, to pen point its vulnerability.
  • Nessus. It is a paid-for tool, used to scan for vulnerabilities in your system. Easy to use, it also provides fast and accurate scanning for your system. In just a click of a button, it can also provide you with a complete and accurate result of the weaknesses of your network.
  • Burpsuite. Widely used, this is a utility to check the security of a web-based application. Consisting of various tools, it carries out different security tests. The tests includes mapping of attack surface, analyzing request and responses between servers and many more.

These are just some of the widely known cyber security penetration tools, which are being used by cyber security experts, to secure important credentials of big companies and other important government agencies worldwide.  It is up for the security experts, to determine, what types of tools your system requires.

Cyber security is a worldwide problem and unless this is addressed properly, every human and every businesses in this world, are at risk, of losing their vital information.  This information can be used by these criminals or sell it to syndicates, to be used in their illegal activities.  

Security Testing Tools: Penetration Testing

Penetration testing is commonly user service to check the viability of your cyber security stems.

When a penetration test is launched, the aim is to carry out a risk assessment on your organization’s security system and controls. This is done by evaluating and picking out the parts of your security firewall that may be targeted by attackers. These parts are then subjected to an attack through a penetration test. When vulnerabilities in the security system are detected, the individual or company may then find out ways to eliminate the potential risk that may arise from these loopholes. This may be done by either getting rid of the defective systems or strengthening them to ensure that they are not exploited.

Read more about the 7 Reasons you need a Penetration Test in 2019.

The evolution of the information technology is so fast, that everything is already dependent to computerization of everything.  From business industries, to governments in every country, they are all dependent on computers and the internet.  With this development, cyber security experts are trying their best, to be able to find ways to protect computer systems of big corporations, government agencies and private individuals.  The goal here is to keep their important information’s secured from being hacked.

What are these Security Penetration Testing tools?

Security Penetration Testing Tools are instruments that are used by cyber security experts, to check your computer system’s vulnerability to such cyber attacks.  It’s is because of the fast evolution of the computer technology, that system updates are inevitable.  Computer system should be tested, to able to determine, which part of their system is vulnerable. These is the reason employing these security testing tools.

Here is a list of some of popular Security Penetration Tools in addition to the tools listed above: 

  • Wifiphisher. This tool is an access point tool.  Using wifiphisher in assessment will lead to actual infection of the system.
  • Burp suite. This tool is best used with a web browser.  This tool is essential to check applications of their functionality and security risks.
  • OWASP ZAP. Another application tool, this one is better used for starters in application security.
  • CME. This exploitation tool helps to automate assessing the security of large active directory network.
  • PowerSploit. It’s a set of modules to be used for assessments.
  • Immunity Inc.-Debugger. This tool is use by security experts to write exploits, analyze malware and a lot more features.
  • THC-Hydra. A network log-in cracker, the tool holds several details to allow users to get started.

When is it necessary to do the testing?

The frequency of testing varies from each team.  It is up to the teams own life cycle and the availability of its application and resources.  Key exercises can performed with in a life cycle, such as in the design mode, while others can take place in the implementation mode.

A wider network and application analysis requires the acceptance of the customer and also done in the deployment phase of the project.

The methods used in penetration testing are:

  • Internal Testing.  Here, a tester which has the capability to access beyond the firewall will do a simulation attack on the system.
  • External Testing. This method targets company data that are visible to the web, such as the company’s website, emails and servers.
  • Blind Testing. Given only the name of the target, the tester gives security personnel real time scenario of an application assault.
  • Double Blind Testing.  Here in this method, security personnel have zero knowledge of the simulation, which make them unprepared of such eventuality.
  • Targeted testing.  This method shows teamwork between the tester and the security personnel, giving them a chance to hear from a hacker’s mindset.

Of course, if these tools aren’t familiar to you, penetration testing is a steep learning curve. It’s best to stick with a professional to do the work for you.

Conclusion: Security Testing Tools

There are many security testing tools on the market today. But none can match the experience of an educated and tested security team or individual.  Contact us for more questions about penetration testing. 

 

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Webinar: The Next-Gen Security Easy Button

Webinar: The Next-Gen Security Easy Button

When did an upgrade become “Next-Gen”?
Has marketing become so simplified that everything is an “Easy Button”? 

We are no marketing experts, but we do know a lot about cybersecurity. We’ve created a service that melds compliance needs with security musts. Join us on March 26 as we describe how we’ve helped our clients simplify cybersecurity.  

Register here: March 26 at 2 PM EDT.

Managing cyber risk, building a framework-based security program, and maintaining regulatory compliance are complex undertakings but it doesn’t have to be hard.  

At Cybriant, we make it easy for our clients. No matter the size of your organization or its regulatory environment, we deliver four core integrated services that reduce cyber risk and meet the most common requirements of security frameworks and regulatory acts.    

Join us on Tuesday, March 26 at 2 PM EST. Click here to register. 

We will discuss:    

  •  Business based cyber risk management 
  •  Common security framework standards 
  •  Common compliance standards 
  •  Leveraging managed services to achieve more for less time and money 
Don’t Let the Internet of Things Compromise Your Security

Don’t Let the Internet of Things Compromise Your Security

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become entrenched into every aspect of the modern pace of life. Learn how to incorporate cybersecurity into your IoT strategy from the beginning. 

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The Internet of Things, a broadly distributed, intelligent, autonomous network of smart devices, is already being rolled out all over the world, and with it come security concerns for every business network. Eventually expected to hit more than 25 billion objects by 2020, these devices can be as bulky as a soda vending machine or as innocuous as a smartwatch.

Computer security has lagged innovation in the industry for years. First through primitive floppy drives and then increasingly via the internet, as more and more machines were brought online, viruses and malware have cut through operating systems and productivity software almost without effort. No comprehensive defenses have ever emerged, and slapdash protection like antivirus scanners lag the threats by design.

Nonetheless, the patched-together defenses have been sufficient to allow the modern internet to function and even prosper with only a steady drip of breaches… albeit breaches costing approximately $6 trillion each year. With an average cost of $2.4 million and a time to recover of 50 days according to industry consultancy Accenture, businesses have been taking hits but making enough money in the process to write them off as just another cost of doing business.

But the advent of the IoT is likely to change that equation dramatically, and for the worse. While businesses today spend around $93 billion in cybersecurity services, the rapid explosion in both the number of devices to be secured and the difficulty of securing their proprietary and possibly unsupported operating systems will skyrocket.

To control those costs, it is imperative for businesses to develop strong, proactive strategies for securing their networks for the Internet of Things.

Recently, the Department of Homeland Security released a guide to strategic principles for companies to follow in this effort. The six steps are ones that every business and IT manager should know.

Incorporate Security at the Design Phase

Both the design of IoT devices and networks that will be supporting them will have to be carefully built from the ground up for security. Unlike today’s LANs and WANs, security cannot simply be an afterthought. Network-level security by default is the best practice, using explicit permissions for protocols and devices sending packets instead of the common default-permit procedures usually allowed on today’s networks.

Building networks tolerant of disruption and compromise is also important. Redundancy and segmentation capabilities can rapidly seal off compromised devices or network segments, allowing company business to proceed unmolested in other parts of the organization.

Advance Security Updates and Vulnerability Management

Some 80 percent of malicious attacks are conducted against security vulnerabilities that have already been found and fixed by the original vendors. Patch management is a chronic problem in today’s networks and it will only get worse with millions of more devices flooding corporate systems.

The brunt of this problem will fall on vendors themselves, but companies can assist them by selecting devices with strong patching support and moving aggressively to eliminate out-dated or unsupported IoT peripherals.

Build on Proven Security Practices

Although the IoT will undoubtedly lead to a sea change in corporate information security practices, the rest of the internet and its attendant weaknesses will not simply disappear. Current best practices are still important and can, in fact, mitigate many potential IoT vulnerabilities along with the more traditional holes they are designed to cover.

A solid, in-depth defense strategy that does not put all your security eggs in one basket is something every company should already have. Businesses that already use this technique are miles ahead when it comes to being prepared for their IoT roll-out.

Prioritize Security Measures According to Potential Impact

Risk models in the IoT may not conform to current ideas for structuring network security. IoT devices will cover the gamut from welding robots to coffee machines. Each of these is likely to have different intended uses and network environments and will come from the factory built with that use in mind.

But if there is anything that today’s internet has taught us, it is that users find their own applications for devices. IT departments will have to prioritize their security strategy to deal with unintended uses and to aggressively identify new devices on networks.

Promote Transparency Across IoT

Identifying and managing devices generally requires a new and powerful kind of transparency. Corporate networks that are managed piece-meal without network monitoring systems that cut across departmental boundaries will be especially vulnerable to insidious IoT breaches.

This transparency also has to include vendors, who will need to promote better customer awareness of device capabilities and vulnerabilities. Businesses buying IoT products will need to insist on a far greater amount of information about what they are plugging into their networks than is common today.

Connect Carefully and Deliberately

That leads to the final point, which is that IoT rollouts should be conducted carefully and deliberately. Only after engaging every other step in the strategic blueprint should IoT networks be brought online, and then only with close monitoring. Selective connectivity should be the rule of the day, even when this means preventing users from bringing in their own systems.

As DHS points out in their guide, mitigation in this area is a constantly evolving, shared responsibility. Businesses will have to learn to work more closely than ever with vendors of IoT devices, and those vendors will have to provide better support for longer periods more effectively than ever before if they hope to remain players in the market.

Like today’s internet, though, the IoT has the potential to entirely remake commerce and the daily life of every human being on the planet, and the economic benefits of ensuring security will pay huge dividends on the investment.

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4 Necessary Tools to Prevent Security Breaches

4 Necessary Tools to Prevent Security Breaches

Learn more about the four necessary tools to prevent security breaches. No matter your organization size, you are at risk. No company is secure unless you don’t use the internet or computers, which is highly unlikely.

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How to Prevent Security Breaches

Network security threats are constant and real. By simply using the internet, we are constantly being bombarded by multiple types of internet threats. All types of internet threats apply various forms of malware and fraud, in which every part of it uses HTTP or HTTPS protocols, and utilize other protocols and components, such as links in email or instant messaging, or malware attachments that have access to the Web. Read more on the Ultimate Guide to Network Security Threats

With all the many types of network security threats, how is it possible to prevent security breaches? Take a look at the four tools we use to help protect our clients.

Tool #1: SIEM

You need a SIEM to help log security events for your organization. This is the first line of defense to prevent security breaches. You may already have this tool on hand because it is required by compliance regulations. We recommend managed SIEM if you aren’t using the technology to its fullest capabilities or if you don’t have the resources needed to manage the SIEM.

Your organization likely has firewalls, IDS/IPS, and AV solutions installed that look for malicious activity at various points within the IT infrastructure, from the perimeter to endpoints. However, many of these solutions are not equipped to detect zero-day attacks and advanced persistent threats. Help prevent security breaches by adding SIEM technology to your arsenal.

What is a SIEM?

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) – A SIEM platform centrally collects data from multiple devices on your network, including your existing security appliances. Through an advanced correlation engine, it is able to proactively identify security events not otherwise detected by standalone security technology.

A SIEM system centralizes logging capabilities on security events for enterprises and is principally used to analyze and/or report on the log entries received. The analysis capabilities of SIEM systems can detect attacks not discovered through other means and can direct the reconfiguration of other enterprise security controls to plug holes in enterprise security. Some of the top SIEM products — assuming an attack is still in progress — can even stop detected security breaches.

Read more in our SIEM FAQs

If you already have a SIEM, why should you consider outsourcing the management of your SIEM to prevent security breaches?

There are many reasons to consider Managed SIEM including:

  • Finding and maintaining experienced SIEM/SOC Security Analysts is NOT EASY (and also expensive)
  • You could build it, but it will take much longer than outsourcing to a professional security services provider like Cybriant
  • You are getting everything from an MSSP only at a fraction of what you could spend internally
  • Scalable and Flexible
  • Greater Threat Intelligence – We’ve been doing this awhile and we’ve seen a lot of things.

Without the proper planning and expectations around people and processes up front, the odds of achieving even the minimal capabilities of a SIEM solution are slim to none.

Tool #2: Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)

Prevent security breaches with endpoint detection and response. Our team utilizes artificial intelligence that will help stop advanced threats and malware at the most vulnerable point – the endpoint.

Antivirus isn’t enough to protect endpoints.

The underlying technology for Cybriant’s EDR service is the only technology that stops over 99% of advanced threats and malware before they can execute to cause harm. It completely eliminates the need for legacy antivirus software, anti-exploit products, whitelisting solutions, and host-based intrusion detection and prevention systems.

Cybriant uses a “prevention-first” technology – we stop attacks before they cause harm, vs allowing attacks to happen, then clean up the mess.  By reducing the number of endpoint security products deployed on the endpoint, customers gain operational efficiencies by not having to manage signatures, policies, or deployments of additional protection.

Cybriant’s Managed EDR can help eliminate legacy endpoint security technology that are not effective against today’s threat problems, thus improving cost savings and management overhead. The technology was tested by HIPAA security assessors and found to be significantly superior to any other antivirus or anti-malware product in finding malicious software.

Managed Endpoint Detection and Response Benefits

When you outsource the management of your Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) to Cybriant, our security analysts are able to:

  • Perform root cause analysis for any blocked threat or any other artifact deemed important found on an endpoint
  • Proactively search endpoints for signs of threats commonly referred to as threat hunting
  • Take decisive action when a security incident, or potential incident, is identified

Tool #3: Patch Management

How many recent cybersecurity breaches you’ve read about in the news have been caused by known vulnerabilities that need to be patched?

According to a recent Poneman study, “To prevent data breaches, security teams need to patch more quickly,” the study says. “However, the survey shows that they are being held back by manual processes and disconnected systems that compromise their ability to patch in a timely manner.”

Patch management is a simple process that tends to be overlooked by already overwhelmed IT employees but, to prevent security breaches, this can have the biggest impact.

The best way to ensure proper patch management is to outsource to a company like Cybriant and use automation.

Our Responsive Patch Management solution will scan your systems, check for missing and available patches against our comprehensive vulnerability database, download and deploy missing patches and service packs, and generate reports to effectively manage the patch management process of the enterprise.

Our Responsive Patch Management solution handles every aspect of Windows, Mac, Linux and third-party application patch management. This includes deploying patches seamlessly across desktops, laptops, servers, roaming devices and virtual machines, from a single interface.

Our Responsive Patch Management solution will update the configuration baseline definitions to include the new patches, regularly analyze to assure that all endpoints remain in compliance, identify improvements and customize the patch management process accordingly.

Tool #4: Vulnerability Management

To prevent security breaches, it’s important to understand that an asset is no longer just a laptop or server. It’s now a complex mix of digital computing platforms and assets which represent your modern attack surface, including cloud, containers, web applications, and mobile devices. Proactively discover true asset identities (rather than IP addresses) across any digital computing environment and keep a live view of your assets with our managed vulnerability management service.

Performing only a single vulnerability scan each year or quarter puts organizations at risk of not uncovering new vulnerabilities. The time between each scan is all an attacker needs to compromise a network. With continuous scanning, our security experts automatically have visibility to assess where each asset is secure or exposed.

By using risk prioritization, our security experts have the skills to understand exposures in context. They will prioritize remediation based on asset criticality, threat context, and vulnerability severity. Our reporting will help you prioritize which exposures to fix first, if at all, and apply the appropriate remediation technique

The modern attack surface has created a massive gap in an organization’s ability to truly understand their cyber exposure.

The larger the gap, the greater the risk of a business-impacting cyber event occurring. Traditional Vulnerability Management is no longer sufficient. Managed Vulnerability Management extends vulnerability management by covering the breadth of the attack surface (IT, Cloud, IoT/OT) and provide a depth of insight into the data (including prioritization/analytics/decision support).

If you are ready to prevent security breaches for your organization, consider PREtect. It’s our tiered service that offers all four products in a flexible and affordable cyber risk management service.

 

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Are You Overlooking This Vital Patch Management Process?

Are You Overlooking This Vital Patch Management Process?

Are You Overlooking This Vital Patch Management Process?

patch management processPatch Management is a seemingly simple task that is often overlooked. And has been one of the causes of the biggest breaches in cybersecurity history. IT operations workers that apply the patches are often pulled many different directions, so patch management isn’t always a priority.

While the patch management process seems simple, the actual implementation is overwhelming. There are often many open vulnerabilities and patching them all just seems too complicated.

So, many companies just skip the patch management process and only focus on critical needs.

Sometimes even understand what is the most critical to patch seems difficult.

Enterprises typically have thousands of different pieces of software, ranging from mobile apps on phones to legacy systems of record running in on-premises data centers – and everything in between.

Furthermore, such software is typically a mix of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) packages, open source software, and custom-built applications. Vulnerabilities crop up in all of these on a regular basis.

Given this never-ending stream of available patches combined with perennially limited security staff, prioritization is essential. A recent Ponemon study underscored this point. “65% of respondents say they find it difficult to prioritize what needs to be patched first,” explains the ServiceNow-commissioned study Today’s State of Vulnerability Response: Patch Work Demands Attention. “To accurately prioritize vulnerabilities, you need to know both the severity—as measured by Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVVS) scores, for example—and the types of business systems affected.”

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2018/04/16/to-patch-or-not-to-patch-surprisingly-that-is-the-question/#cd948f658fe9

Importance of Patch Management 

“To prevent data breaches, security teams need to patch more quickly,” the study says. “However, the survey shows that they are being held back by manual processes and disconnected systems that compromise their ability to patch in a timely manner.”

If patch management is not a priority at your organization, consider Responsive Patch Management from Cybriant. As part of our PREtect ADVANCED service, it takes the stress and guesswork out of your hands and put it into our capable expertise.

An often-missed piece of the patch management process is understanding your inventory. Our Responsive Patch Management solution will scan your systems, check for missing and available patches against our comprehensive vulnerability database, download and deploy missing patches and service packs, and generate reports to effectively manage the patch management process of the enterprise.

Our Responsive Patch Management Process

By utilizing an industry-leading patch management software and our dedicated experts, your patch management process will always be a priority.

Our patch management process includes:

Step 1: Automatic System Discovery

You can choose the systems that are required to be managed and we take it from there. The agent will perform a vulnerability assessment scan and patch deployment.

Step 2: Online Vulnerability Database

A vital feature of our patch management process is our vulnerability database. This hosts the latest vulnerabilities that have been published after a thorough analysis. When we find a patch that matches a vulnerability on your system, we download the patch from this database. This provides the information required for patch scanning and installation.

Step 3: Vulnerability Assessment Scan

We scan all the systems for missing Windows patches in the operating systems as well as applications. It reports the level of vulnerability after the scan. Missing Windows patches are identified from the local vulnerability database.

Step 4: Approval of Patches

Most often, patches are deployed in a sandbox environment before they are introduced to your entire network. This extra set makes the patch management process error-free and stable. Our team can ensure that the patches tested are directly approved for deployment.

Step 5: Patch Deployment

When approval has been finalized, we will deploy the necessary patches. The status of the patch deployment is updated back to you. The installation process can also be scheduled for a specific time.

Step 6: Patch Reports

Reports are available for system vulnerability level, missing Windows patches, application Windows patches, and task status. These reports can be exported to PDF or CSV formats.

Step 7: Severity-Based Patch Management

Our team will work with you to determine and configure severity levels for missing patches, eliminating the need to evaluate system health and vulnerability status based on a common list of missing patches. This helps deploy patches based on severity and ensures accuracy on identifying missing patches.

Step 8: Automated Patch Management

An important piece of the patch management process is automating patches for computers on your network. We can automatically install software, patches, and services packs in regular desktop activities. This includes:

  • Scanning computers periodically to identify missing patches
  • Identifying and downloading the missing patches from the vendors’ websites
  • Downloading required patches and creating tasks related to patch deployment
  • Downloading required patches automatically and installing them on to specific computers

This process can be specified for a targeted set of client systems. You can choose to have different levels of automation for different sets of client systems. The process of deploying patches automatically depends on the level of automation you choose. This helps ensure that all computers remain up to date with the latest patch releases from OS and application software vendors.

If the patch management process is important to you, but you don’t have the necessary resources on staff to manage it, consider our Responsive Patch Management Service.

 

Patch Management is included in PREtect PREMIUM!