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3 Benefits of an Incident Response Plan

3 Benefits of an Incident Response Plan

An incident response plan is critical for any business to continue operations in the event of an emergency, especially in the case of a cybersecurity attack. Take a look at the top 3 benefits of an incident response plan especially in the case of a cyber incident. 

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Significant downtime can happen due to a variety of reasons, such as a natural disaster, cyber attack, or hardware errors. An IT service company can help your business develop an incident response for any situation to ensure that your organization is well-prepared at all times.

3 Benefits of Incident Response Plan

Here are three of the main benefits of creating an incident response plan for any emergency.

#1 Reduce Downtime

One of the main advantages of following an incident response plan is that it will significantly reduce downtime for your company.

A managed service provider will create a detailed action plan for every situation, and give employees guidance on the best way to respond to various incidents.

An IT provider will also create and upload data backups each day on to an offsite cloud server. These data backups will give your company the peace of mind to know that your information is well-protected and you can quickly access this data from another location with an internet connection.

#2 Maintain Public Trust

Another benefit of using an incident response plan is that it is an excellent way to maintain public trust in the face of an emergency. For example, quickly recovering data from a natural disaster will help the public realize that your company understands the importance of developing a proactive business continuity plan.

On the other hand, the loss of significant data makes it much more difficult to regain the trust of the public and significantly damages the reputation of your company. Investing in an incident response plan is well worth the cost for any company and an IT provider will ensure that your company can quickly bounce back from any situation.

#3 Remain in Compliance

Remaining in compliance is critical for many organizations, especially in the healthcare and legal industry. Failure to follow data security protocols can result in substantial fines and costly lawsuits.

Many businesses cannot afford to take any shortcuts and violate these strict regulations. However, the creation of a business continuity plan will help ensure that your organization follows all of the rules in your particular industry. An IT service provider will also stay up to date on the latest standards and help your business create a detailed plan for a variety of situations to always remain in compliance.

A business continuity plan provided by an IT support company is the most effective way to prepare for any emergency. A managed service provider will also constantly look for ways to improve the business continuity plan to ensure that your company can overcome any situation.

Minimizing downtime, maintaining the public trust, and remaining in compliance are just a few of the many advantages of using an IT service company in today’s workplace.

Of course, a cyber attack or natural disaster can happen at any time, but it is the mission of an IT provider to keep your data protected and help your business create a detailed incident response plan.

Actively Block and Terminate Cyber Attacks

Ransomware, Advanced Persistent Threats, Viruses, and Hackers have industrialized information theft across the Internet, corporate networks, and governments. 

Do your organization understand how to contain and stop the attacks once they occur?  With every antivirus vendor on the market claiming they stop all hacker or ransomware threats it’s hard to break through the noise.  Especially, when that noise has outsmarted your antivirus software and has a foothold or total control of your infrastructure.  Or, perhaps you couldn’t get the budget approved for the managed security services provider, and now are paying the full price of risk exposure.

The answer to stopping the bleeding and fixing the problem is Cybriant’s Incident Containment Services (ICS).  During an ICS engagement Cybriant will advise your staff on immediate actions that must be taken in order to begin containment.  The Plan of Action will include active blocking and termination via a “Scorched Earth” policy for malware present in the infrastructure. 

Once containment has been initiated and shown to be effective, Cybriant will further analyze the infrastructure to determine the extent of the incident.  The breach data discovered from the infrastructure analysis will also provide information on what information may have been exfiltrated from an organization.

Finally, once an ICS engagement has finished a full report of findings, action items for remediation, and advisements to avoid breaches in the future will be provided.

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Jason Hill selected to speak at BSides Atlanta

Jason Hill selected to speak at BSides Atlanta

bsides atlantaRegister today for BSides Atlanta as Jason Hill, Director of Strategic Services for Cybriant, has been selected as a speaker.

BSides Atlanta Event Details

May 4, 2019
KSU Center, Kennesaw, GA
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The session title is “How to create a Compliance Baseline and Simplify Compliance Forever”

It seems there is a never-ending stream of acronyms that businesses now must learn and understand in order to be “compliant.” In fact, you may feel like a cat herder that is chasing one audit after another. Each new entrant into the pantheon of compliance complicates and weaves and even more complex web of checklists, procedures, policies, etc.  Each time new letters are added to our alphabet soup of regulations we must scramble to meet those specific lists of requirements.

What if there were a better way? In this presentation, we’ll take a step back and consider that all frameworks and requirements are very similar. In fact, about 80% of PCI and HIPAA controls overlap. Let’s look at the different framework audit requirements and see how we can take a common-sense approach to your next audit. 

At the end of the day, regulations have many of the same themes.  Check audit logs, protect desktops, train users, etc.  The first step is to start with a baseline, a starting point upon which all other compliances can be compared. After the baseline has been established, you’ll be able to quite the noise and provide a clear path towards meeting existing and yet to come compliance matrices.

Date: May 4, 2019
Event Time: 9am-5pm
Event Location: KSU Center at 3333 Busbee Dr NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144

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About Jason Hill

jason hillAs Director of Strategic Services, Jason serves on Cybriant’s management team. With over 20 years of experience in the areas of IT Security, Infrastructure and Managed Services, Mr. Hill is an accomplished security consultant and security trainer.

He has personally completed dozens of assessments and audits utilizing the NIST-RMF, NIST- CSF, and ISO 27001 frameworks including his work as a PCI QSA.

As an accomplished InfoSec speaker, he is also a leading certified instructor for AlienVault having delivered over 50 classes to end-users and MSSPs around the globe and across all industry verticals. Having a background in system architecture as well as security and compliance he brings a unique perspective to each engagement.

Background

Having a background in system architecture as well as security and compliance he brings a unique perspective to each engagement.

Mr. Hill has held strong leadership positions within various industries including manufacturing, education, and service providers.

Education

Mr. Hill has earned a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in CIS, Information Systems from Shorter University.

He has secret security clearance with the federal government and his personal certifications include, CISA and CISSP.

 

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5 Questions Every CEO Should Be Asking About Cybersecurity

5 Questions Every CEO Should Be Asking About Cybersecurity

As the CEO or technology leader of your organization, is cybersecurity a priority or just another headache for you? Here are 5 questions to consider that may make it less of a headache and more of a priority. 


cybersecurityThe corner office may have its benefits, but there are endless headaches as well. When you are CEO, everything that happens in the company is ultimately your responsibility, and that includes data breaches and the theft of valuable intellectual property.

Threats to cybersecurity are not going away. In fact, they are increasing with every passing year. Hackers and other nefarious actors are becoming more and more sophisticated, and their spearphishing efforts have netted everyone from bank vice presidents and board members to IT experts and high-paid consultants.

These breaches in cybersecurity defenses can happen anywhere, but they are more likely to be successful when the CEO involved has failed to take the lead. As CEO, it is easy to hand off cybersecurity concerns to the IT department, but that shortsighted decision could have long-lasting consequences for your company and your career. Here are five questions every CEO should be asking about cybersecurity and IT infrastructure.

Question #1 – Am I Storing More Information Than I Should?

That which is not stored cannot be stolen, and the more information you capture, the greater your cybersecurity risk. As CEO, you should be asking yourself how much data you need to capture, what type of information is included and how it will all be stored.

Walling off highly sensitive information in databases that are not connected to the internet is standard practice in many industries, and it is definitely something to consider. There are other ways to protect sensitive data as well, including sophisticated encryption methods, dedicated storage and simply limiting the amount of information collected.

Question #2 – Will Outsourced IT Increase or Decrease My Cybersecurity Concerns

From small startups to huge Fortune 500 from corporations, businesses large and small have been outsourcing their IT infrastructures. Those firms are rushing to store their data in the cloud and ditching their in-house data centers in favor of the new managed service model.

It is tempting to think those moves are always for the best, but that is not always the case. As CEO, you should be asking yourself if a move to managed services will increase or decrease your cybersecurity concerns.

While outsourcing IT infrastructure and adopting the managed service model can enhance security, not all managed service providers are up to the task. Trusting customer data and critical files to a third party could have devastating circumstances if the firm you outsourcing IT infrastructure and adopting the managed service model can enhance security, not all managed service providers are up to the task.

Trusting customer data and critical files to a third party could have devastating circumstances if the firm you choose turns out to be less competent than they appeared. As the CEO, you bear the ultimate responsibility for the protection of that information, no matter who is physically handling it.

Question #3 – Have I Adequately Addressed Insider Threats?

Not all cybersecurity threats come from the outside, yet many CEOs fail to address the risk of insider sabotage or IT incompetence. When the data on your network is lost, stolen or damaged, it does not matter if the perpetrator is a Russian hacker, a disgruntled employee, a recently fired worker whose access was not immediately terminated or a fat-fingered IT trainee, the results are much the same.

Addressing insider risks is the job of every CEO, and if you have not yet done so, a cybersecurity audit is a good place to start. A top to bottom audit of your existing protocols and procedures could uncover weak spots you may not have thought about, so you can take steps to shore up your defenses against internal and external threats.

Question #4 – Is the Legal Team Taking a Leading Role in the Cyber Security of My Business?

It is easy to see cybersecurity as a problem for the IT department, but the impact of a data breach or the loss of proprietary information goes far beyond the network infrastructure. While the IT team should be taking the lead on all things cybersecurity, the legal department has a huge stake in the proceedings as well

The loss or theft of customer data could put the business you run in legal jeopardy, with class action lawsuits and individual claims from those affected. Depending on the industry you are in, a data breach could also come with serious governmental sanctions. Businesses in the healthcare industry are at special risk due to HIPAA regulations, but those in other industries should be just as concerned.

Question #5 – Have We Invested in the Latest Monitoring and Detection Tools

The best way to improve your cybersecurity defenses is to test them, yet many businesses fail to invest in the latest monitoring and detection tools. The proper implementation of these tools can help your business uncover deficiencies and find weak spots, so you can tailor your response and enhance your level of protection.

Ask yourself if the business you run is on the cutting edge of cyber defense protection or lagging far behind the competition. If the answer is the latter it is time to talk to the IT department, and the board.

As CEO, your responsibilities run wide and deep, and those concerns include the need for cybersecurity. If you have not already done so, you should be asking yourself the five questions outlined above. The answers you give, and the steps you take next, could prevent your company from being the next victim of a devastating cybercrime.

 

 

 

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7 SIEM Problems You Will See in 2019

It is a reality that cybercrime is booming, the attacks suffered by companies of all kinds worldwide are becoming more numerous and more sophisticated. A SIEM is a necessary solution, but that comes with certain SIEM problems. 

siem problemsGovernments, public companies, and private companies must devote year-on-year, massive budget allocations to try to combat and mitigate the attacks of cybercrime. Even if you are a small to medium-sized company, you need to find out how to combat cyber criminals. 

With the aim of being able to solve this situation and face different threats, with a greater degree of security and knowledge, the popularly known as “SIEM” (Security Information and Event Management) systems have appeared, tools which are demonstrating their excellent performance before scenarios full of threats and attacks, which makes companies consider almost an obligation the fact of having an optimized SIEM among their computer security systems.

Only a few clicks separate us from a host of attack modes (DDoS, Botnets, malware installation, Spam or Phishing emails, and etc.), with which any user, domestic or business can be surprised, the simplest way and without realizing it, contribute to compromising the safety of your home or company.

SIEM is a platform that centralizes the collection, storage, and interpretation of relevant security data. Many compliance regulations require a way to log security events coming into your organization. A SIEM is often purchased as a way of meeting those compliance regulations, but with a SIEM comes certain SIEM challenges

A SIEM allows an analysis of the situation of multiple locations from a unified point of view, this situation, which facilitates the detection of unusual trends and patterns. 

Most SIEM information systems work by deploying multiple agents that collect security-related events, from different data sources from different environments and even from different physical locations.

Many organizations believe that setting up a SIEM is quite easy and effective, but they do not realize about the SIEM Problems which we are going to talk about here.

Following are the Top 7 SIEM Problems you will See in 2019:

1. Deploying a SIEM is not enough to completely secure your organization

SIEM solutions have limitations that make them ineffective without the right support and third-party solutions.
Unlike a Firewall Security or IDS, a SIEM does not monitor security events but uses log data stored by them. It is therefore essential not to neglect the implementation of these solutions.

2. A sharp configuration

SIEM is a complex product that requires support to ensure successful integration with the company’s security controls and the many hosts in its infrastructure.

It is important to not just install a SIEM with the manufacturer and/or default configurations, as they are often insufficient. Configurations must be customized and tailored to the users’ needs. Likewise, for the reports, it is better to create your own analysis reports, adapted to the different identified threats. Otherwise, there is a real risk that you will not be able to enjoy the benefits of a SIEM solution.

3. Budget Issues

Collecting, storing, and analyzing security events are tasks that seem relatively simple. However, their collection, storage, and execution of compliance reports, application of patches and analysis of all security events occurring on a company’s network are not trivial – the size of storage media, computing power for information processing, the integration time of security equipment, setting up alerts, and lot more. The initial investment can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to which must be added the annual support.

In addition, hardware and software licenses cover one-third of the SIEM Costs. In this way, expenses are more than expected and it is one of the major SIEM problems.

Analyzing, configuring, and integrating reports require the expertise of experts. For this reason, most SIEMs are managed directly within an often outsourced SOC (Security Operations Center). The bearer of great promises, the misconfigured SIEM can bring a lot of disappointments.

4. Maintenance and Configuration are Complex

According to many surveys, 75% characterize the time spending on customizing and configuring SIEM at the time of the implementation phase.

Once SIEM purchased, usually it takes 90 days or more of time in just installing before it starts working.

5. A Large Volume of Alerts to Regulate

SIEM solutions typically rely on rules to analyze all recorded data. However, the network of a company generates a very large number of alerts (on average 10000 per day) which can be positive or not. As a result, the identification of potential attacks is complicated by the volume of irrelevant logs.

The solution is to define precise rules that are generally written by a SOC and the perimeter to be monitored: what should be monitored first? The perimeter? The house? Network / system / app? Which technology to prioritize? etc.

6. Staffing Budget Higher than Expected

SIEM solutions receive security logs from a wide variety of systems: computers, servers, authentication systems, firewalls and more.

These logs record all events occurring on systems and networks. Their review can help you monitor activities, respond to events and protect your systems. Because a company’s logs track millions of events every day, the function of a SIEM solution is to store and analyze in real-time all of these security alerts generated by network applications and devices.

In addition, to work properly, SIEM solutions require 24/7 monitoring of alerts and logs. Trained staff or a dedicated team is required to view news, conduct regular reviews and extract relevant reports.

Many businesses assume that installing SIEM is quite easy but in reality, they do not realize that SIEM will require setting a specially trained and skilled staff to get most out of the SIEM data and respond to its reports. And thus staffing budget goes higher than expected which is another SIEM problems.

7. No Evidence of the Security Breach

An informed cyber attacker knows that event logs are usually sent in batches, rather than in real time, to limit the impact of their transmission on network bandwidth.

The hacker thus has an access window to the operating system, including the underlying logging system. If it can clear the log logging access with administrator rights before it is sent, you will not have any evidence of the security breach. No proof, no offense.

On the other hand, if the attacker succeeds in performing system authentication without triggering an anomaly alert or using malware, no event will be generated by the network monitoring systems.

The solution to these SIEM problems is to find the best tool that works best for your IT team. It is advisable not to select any solution rashly or blindly.

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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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