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By AMSAT Nov 27,2020

Cybersecurity Weekly News Roundup

In the outgoing week, reports of security breach, hijacking of firmware, security flaws in web hosting software, discovery of a zero-day flaw, and more made headlines in the world of cybersecurity.

Here is a brief review of news that stood out in the
cyberworld.


Manchester United revealed security breach


European football club Manchester United divulged a cybersecurity incident that impacted its internal systems. The football club said it was unsure if the breach allowed the attackers to access data associated with fans.


Security researcher discovered method to overwrite and hijack the firmware of Tesla


A Belgian security researcher Lennert Wouters came up with a method to overwrite and hijack the firmware of Tesla Model X key fobs, allowing them to steal any car that is not running on the latest software update.

Security experts found major security defect in web hosting software cPanel

Security experts from Digital Defense discovered a major security flaw in cPanel, a popular software suite that facilitates the management of a web hosting server. The vulnerability allows cybercriminals to avoid two-factor authentication (2FA) for cPanel accounts used by website owners to access and manage their websites and server settings.

Security researcher accidentally discovered Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 zero-day

A French security scientist inadvertently found a zero-day vulnerability that affects the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems. The bug was discovered in two misconfigured registry keys for the RPC Endpoint Mapper and DNSCache services that are part of all Windows installations.

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    Mobile Application Assessment: Top 5 Security Threats to Mobile Devices

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    By AMSAT Nov 27,2020

    Mobile Application Assessment: Top 5 Security Threats to Mobile Devices

    Application security is the method of testing and evaluating an application to ensure that mobile or web applications are protected against malicious attacks perpetrated by threat actors and cybercriminals. Organizations often have little or no expertise and sufficient bandwidth to monitor their applications effectively and adapt their security protocol to allay emerging threats. In addition, varying compliance laws require organizations to adhere to strict mandates to keep people from ineffective security.

    Each organization is unique and needs professional guidance to develop a security policy that could effectively meet compliance, thwart attacks, and defend user data. Application security is vital because companies, large and small, can work on developing and improving business with the guarantee that applications are protected against potential danger. Application security also raises operational productivity, highlights compliance requirements, decreases risk, and improves confidence between a business and users. Public security breaches and compliance abuses seriously smear an organization’s reputation and make potential users cagy of relying on the business’s services. Enforcing effective application security is a highly valuable investment.

     

    Mobile App Security

    The sweeping rise of smartphones in the workplace and everyday situations has made them the major target for threat actors and cybercriminals. Well aware of the security hole of computing devices, hackers continue to explore new ways to exploit vulnerabilities on mobile devices. According to an estimate, mobile application attacks rose 67% in 2020, making it all the more important to be aware of the biggest mobile security threats.

    1. Unsecured Wi-Fi

    Unverified servers and leaky Wi-Fi networks at coffee shops or bookstores are a threat actor’s paradise, and are doubtless one of the biggest mobile security threats. Per Jennifer Schlesinger, a CNBC reporter, cybercriminals are seeking to compromise enterprises through mobile flaws because of an increase of endpoint smartphones in the workplace. Despite prompts warning smartphone users of potentially damaging and unconfirmed servers, users will continue to connect to unsafe networks. Hackers can leverage these vulnerable networks to access important data directly from phones or apps.

    1. Apps with Malicious Code

    Smartphone users downloaded 204 billion mobiles apps in 2019. Nevertheless, people can download apps from third-party websites outside the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Cybercriminals can use unsafe apps to take advantage of sensitive data from mobile users. For example, a malicious mobile app malware strain called “Gooligan” impacted 1.3 million Android users, and cybercriminals were able to steal user data.

    1. Operating System Vulnerabilities

    Smartphone manufacturers must unceasingly update operating software to make room for technology enhancements, new features, and augment overall system performance. A smartphone user is occasionally advised to upgrade operating systems such as iPhone users on iOS operating systems. Software engineers supervise emerging flaws and fine-tune operating systems to deal with threats.

    Nevertheless, users may choose to avoid system updates or possibly their device is no longer compatible with the latest update. The best defense against emerging mobile threats is to update your operating system at the earliest and upgrade your mobile device if the operating system is no longer compatible with new updates.

    1. Data Leaks

    Mobile apps typically store data on remote servers. Users often download apps and immediately fill out prompts to begin using the application but often do not adequately review the permissions. Advertisers can mine the data to learn more about target demographics, but cybercriminals can also gain access to servers and leak confidential data. Unintended data leaks can come from caching, insecure storage, and browser cookies.

    1. Cryptography Issues

    Mobile cryptography is critical for security, which ensures that data and applications operate safely. iOS software must confirm the application is digitally signed from a reliable source and then decode the app to perform it. Android software merely authenticates the application is digitally signed, and doesn’t essentially validate the reliability of the signer. This design of digital belief raises the significance of downloading applications from an authorized source.

    Important data at rest on a mobile device usually falls victim to accidental revelation due to poor, or complete lack of, cryptographic applications. Developers with tight deadlines may use encryption algorithms with current vulnerabilities or not use any encryption whatsoever. Cybercriminals can use these flaws or plunder data from a compromised mobile device.

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      Intrusion Detection and Its Types
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      By AMSAT Nov 25,2020

      Intrusion Detection and Its Types

      Intrusion detection is the practice of supervising and possibly foiling attempts to encroach upon or otherwise compromise a system and network resources.

      What Is Intrusion Detection?

      Broadly speaking, intrusion detection works like this: You have a computer system which is attached to a network, and maybe even to the internet. You have a web server, attached to the internet, and you are keen to let your clients, staff, and potential clients access the web pages stored on that web server.

      Nonetheless, you are not willing to allow unlawful access to that system by anyone, be that staff, clients, or unknown third parties. For instance, you do not want people, except the web designers hired by your company, to be able to change the web pages on that computer. Typically, a firewall or authentication system of some kind will be put to use to avert unauthorized access. Occasionally, though, simple firewalling or authentication systems can be wrecked. Intrusion detection is a set of instruments that you put in place to warn of attempted unlawful access to the computer.

      Why Use Intrusion Detection?


      There is only one underlying reason why using intrusion detection systems is important: an organization, or individual, wants to defend their data’s and systems’ integrity. The fact that you cannot always secure your data from threat actors in today’s digital environment with instruments such as ordinary password and file security, leads to a series of problems. Sufficient system protection is certainly the first step in safeguarding data protection. For instance, it is futile to attach a system directly to the internet and hope that nobody infiltrates it, if it has no administrator password! By the same token, it is imperative that the system avert access to critical files or authentication databases except by authorized systems administrators. Additional measures beyond those usually expected of an intranet system should always be made on any system connected to the internet. Firewalling and other access prevention mechanisms should always be put in place.

      Types of Intrusion Detection Systems

      Intrusion Detection systems fall into two extensive categories: Network-based systems and host-based systems.

      Network-based systems are placed on the network, close to the system or systems being monitored. They scrutinize the network traffic and determine whether it falls within satisfactory limits. Host-based systems, on the other hand, actually run on the system being monitored, assessing the system to find whether the activity on the system is adequate. More recent types of intrusion detection system are those that are located in the operating system kernel and supervise activity at the lowest level of the system.

      These systems have lately started becoming available for a few platforms, and are fairly platform- specific.


      Monitoring Incoming Connections

      It is likely on most hosts to screen packets that seek to access the host before those packets are passed onto the networking layer of the host itself. This mechanism seeks to secure a host by intercepting packets that reach for the host prior to inflicting any damage.

      Some of the measures that can be taken include:

      • Spot incoming connection attempts to TCP or UDP ports that are unauthorized, such as attempts to connect to ports where no services are available. This is often symptomatic of a possible cracker having a “poke around” to discover vulnerabilities.

      • Spot incoming portscans. This, again, is a certain issue that should be dealt with, and forewarning a firewall or adapting the local IP configuration to deny access from a likely prowler host is one action to take.

      Monitoring Login Activity

      In spite of the network administrator’s best efforts, and the most recently deployed and supervised intrusion detection software, a hacker seldom manages to trespass and log on to a system using an unidentified type of attack. Possibly an intruder will have acquired a network password by some means (packet sniffing or otherwise) and now has the capability to log on to the system remotely.


      Monitoring Root Activity

      The objective of all threat actors is to acquire super-user (root) or administrator access on the system that they have been affected. Well-maintained and dependable systems that are used as web servers and databases will typically have little or no activity by the super-user, barring at specific times of the day or night for scheduled system maintenance. Luckily, crackers do not believe in system maintenance, who hardly stick to scheduled downtime windows and often work at odd hours of the day. They carry out activities on the system that are rare for even the most propeller-headed system administrator.

      Monitoring the File Systems

      Once a hacker has affected a system, then they will begin to change files on the system. For instance, a successful hacker might want to install a packet sniffer or portscan detector, or adapt some of the system files or programs to incapacitate some of the intrusion detection systems that they have worked around. Installing software on a system typically involves adapting some part of that system. These changes will typically take the form of adapting files or libraries on the system.

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        Cybersecurity Weekly News Roundup
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        By AMSAT Nov 20,2020

        Cybersecurity Weekly News Roundup

        In the outgoing week, reports of APT attacks, flaws in Cisco Webex, launch of security enhancements, and more dominated the cybersecurity landscape.

        Here is a brief review of news that stood out in the cyberworld.


        Microsoft spotted three APTs that targeted seven Covid-19 vaccine makers

         

        Technology giant Microsoft said it had spotted three state-sponsored hacking operations, or APTs, that targeted as many as seven leading companies involved in the research and manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccines.


        Zoom introduced security enhancement

         

        Videoconferencing app Zoom unveiled the launch of additional security enhancements designed to help meet hosts block Zoombombing attempts and to flag unruly users or participants.

        Chinese APT Hackers Attacked Southeast Asian Government Institutions


        On Wednesday, cybersecurity experts divulged a targeted spying attack on potential government sector victims in South East Asia that they believe was conducted by a sophisticated Chinese APT group at least since 2018.

        Cisco Webex flaws let hackers join meetings as ghost users


        Technology giant Cisco said it was planning on fixing three vulnerabilities in the Webex video conferencing app that can let cybercriminals sneak in and join Webex meetings as ghost users. The flaws were revealed earlier this year by security experts from IBM.

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          Application Security Control: Its Features and Benefits
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          By AMSAT Nov 20,2020

          Application Security Control: Its Features and Benefits

          While a number of cyberattacks have traditionally been quite malicious, carried on by hardcore threat actors, some can be quite subtle, and high-level network visibility may not be sufficient to protect against data breaks and other attacks. Application control, a system intended to distinctively identify traffic from various applications on a network, allows an organization to define and apply highly granular security and network routing procedures based upon the source of a specific traffic flow. Consequently, it can prevent unlawful applications from acting in ways that pose a threat to the organization.

          How Application Control Works


          Application control functions by matching diverse types of network traffic to predefined models. In order for computers to speak to one another, their traffic ought to adhere to certain standards. Once a specific traffic flow is identified as belonging to a certain application, it can be categorized in several ways:


          Type:
          Applications could be classified based on their objective, such as teleconferencing systems. This can help to describe the importance of the traffic.


          Security risk level:
          Different applications pose different levels of cybersecurity risk. For instance, protocols that carry data, such as email or FTP, may be categorized as high risk because of the potential for data exfiltration. Recognizing traffic security risks can allow a company to implement security controls based upon informed risk evaluations.


          Resource usage:
          Some applications are much more resource-driven than others. For instance, videoconferencing applications, which need to livestream both audio and video, may need a large amount of high-speed network bandwidth. Recognizing traffic from applications with high resource usage can help a company optimize network performance.

          Productivity implications:

          Some applications, such as social media apps, have a positive or negative effect on employee efficiency. A company may wish to sieve certain types of traffic on their networks due to this.


          After a network traffic flow has been allocated to a specific application and set of groups, policies can be implemented based upon those assignments. This gives a company a high level of visibility and control over its network infrastructure.

          Features and Advantages of Application Control


          Without application control, a company is restricted to defining policies based on features such as IP addresses and port numbers. While these can help recognize the application producing a traffic flow, there is no assurance of precision.


          With application control, network traffic is recognized by matching packets to recognized models of how different applications’ traffic is designed. This identification is more precise and allows an organization to see the fusion of traffic within their network. This level of visibility can also be implemented in a number of different ways, as follows, and provides numerous benefits to an organization:


          Application-Centric Policies:
          Application control enables the execution of security policies specific to application security, allowing an organization to block or restrict different types of application traffic. Moreover, since these policies are built on robust application identification, an organization can enforce automated controls with a higher level of confidence.


          Authentication and Access Control:
          Application control distinctly recognizes and applies policies based upon the applications generating traffic. An enterprise can outline policies for specific users and groups that control access to certain resources and confirm input authorization. This allows easy application and enforcement of a zero-trust security model.


          Enhanced Networking:
          The aptitude to apply application-centric rules can also improve the performance of the corporate network. Traffic from certain applications can be arranged, ensuring that latency-sensitive Software as a Service (SaaS) applications enjoy high performance, while low-priority types of traffic, such as social media, can be restricted or choked completely.


          Improved Network Visibility:
          Application control also gives an organization grainier discernibility into the traffic flowing over its network. Application control helps security teams see the types of application traffic coming over the network all together or between sets of termini, helping identify irregularities, such as a potential data breach under way.

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            By AMSAT Nov 18,2020

            Challenges of Managing an Intrusion Detection System (IDS)

            IDS, an acronym for intrusion detection system, monitors network and system traffic for any suspicious activity and sends an alert once any possible threats have been recognized. The latest IDS software evaluates and detect designs indicative of an array of cyberattack types. A workable solution should be able to discover any threats before they fully penetrate the system.

             

            Firewalls and anti-malware programs are only one minor part of an all-inclusive method to security. You need an IDS when a network increases, and unidentified or new devices frequently jump in and out. This software — usually combined with components designed to shield information systems as part of a broader security solution — should be able to capture snapshots of your entire system, using information of possible intrusions to effectively thwart them. A complete security solution also features authorization and authentication access control measures as part of its protection against invasion.

             

            While this is the elementary function and purpose of an IDS, not all programs are created alike. Some allow you to enforce rules, which the program then employs to inform and perform certain actions and tasks, while others do not. Open-source IDS options are also available, which can vary considerably from closed source software, so it’s imperative to appreciate the nuances of an open-source network intrusion detection system before choosing it. The modern IDS software programs may comprise cutting-edge features, making it all the more important to consider the efficiency and output of these highly advanced components to your organization.

            Challenges of Managing an IDS

            There are three key challenges linked with managing intrusion detection software. At the time of choosing your IDS, always opt for a program that are able to reduce or cope with these challenges as much as possible.

            1. Identifying false positives:

              This is probably the key challenge that experts often face when managing an intrusion detection system. False positives can exert pressure on IT teams, who must update their IDS regularly, ensuring it has the required information to spot real threats and differentiate those threats from genuine traffic. This is an endless fight against false positives, which is long and laborious. If the IDS is not state-of-the-art and appropriately modified, which takes a great deal of time in and of itself, then more time is lost dealing with false positives.

              A number of organizations use a secondary assessment platform, like a security incident and event manager, to help them evaluate and examine alerts in a more effective way. In principle, when an IDS causes an alert, it’s sent to the secondary analysis system, which helps cope with the problem of false positives.

            1. Staffing:

              The is the second most pressing issue. Appreciating the background of threats and wary activity is a very significant feature of IDS management. The broader context is changing almost daily, as threat actors strive to keep pace with security software. Moreover, every IDS is executed within the precise context of the business in question. To manage the intricacies of the business-centric context and the broader setting, having access to a well-informed and trained system analyst is very important. The IDS expert will modify the IDS to the context but finding someone who has the credentials and experience to do this efficiently is a difficult undertaking.

            2. Spotting genuine risks:

               False positives can be onerous and unwieldly but missing a genuine threat can be even worse. With an IDS, you should determine the nature of the attack to recognize and avert it. This is often referred to as the “patient zero” problem: someone has to fall sick before you can detect the disease in the future.

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              5 Major Application Security Threats and How They Can be Prevented

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              By AMSAT Nov 16,2020

              5 Major Application Security Threats and How They Can be Prevented

              Although cybersecurity experts are typically aware of the most prevalent application security threats, vulnerabilities still exist because organizations, both large and small, tend to have a lackadaisical approach towards taking strong measures to prevent them and ensure security.

               

              Therefore, it’s imperative for developers, security teams, managers and enterprises to make the most of the following roster of known application attack vectors. Organizations, by becoming more security-conscious at every level, can more effectively thwart security incidents that may cost them dearly.

              SQL injection vulnerabilities

              This is arguably among the worst application security threats. SQL injections not only leave sensitive data exposed, but they also enable remote access and control of compromised systems. What makes it all the more damaging is the outsourcing of web application development and hosting, as well as dearth of sufficient constant security testing.

               

              To fight SQL injection, organizations must start by recognizing it. Mitigation requires the right tools and refined vulnerability and penetration testing, while commercial vulnerability scanners and source code analyzers spot application security threats, such as SQL injection. Organizations should, therefore, use several analyzers because no single scanner will expose everything.

              Cross-site scripting attacks

              Cross-site scripting (XSS) flaws are important for successful application threat actors, system administrators and pen testers to comprehend. Not new, XSS vulnerabilities have been abused for more than two decades. Successful XSS attacks allow cybercriminals to steal or create cookies to imitate valid users, which results in using privileged accounts to do everything from changing content to perform remote code execution.

              Buffer overflow attacks

              Often the outcome of bad programming, buffer overflow attacks are a favorite exploit for threat actors. They occur in a specific block of memory or buffer. When a program or process seeks to put in more data than the buffer is designed to hold, it will spill over, allowing attackers to crash, control or adjust the system. Stack-based is the most widespread type of buffer overflow attack. While a majority of commercial applications have patches available to reduce buffer vulnerabilities, applications designed locally are just as vulnerable to buffer overflow.

              CSRF attacks

              A cross-site request forgery (CSRF) takes place when a prowler cloaked as a genuine user attacks a website or application. The threat actor influences an authentic user, who is often ignorant of the attack, into executing unauthorized actions. Users may be tricked into sending HTTP requests, allowing sensitive data to be returned to the threat actor. Possible harm includes customized firewall settings, deceptive financial transactions or email address changes. If the counterfeit victim is an administrator, a CSRF attack can land the entire application in trouble.

               

              CSRF attacks, occasionally known as reverse XSS attacks, are more difficult to prevent than XSS. For one, they are less regular. It can also be hard to bear out whether a user’s HTTP request was deliberate. Security measures to prevent such attacks, for example frequent authentication requests, may be met with user aggravation, while cryptographic tokens can be used to provide relentless verification.

              Broken access control vulnerabilities

              Designed to alleviate risk to an organization, broken access control a security measure that ascertains and regulates which users and processes can view or use resources in a given setting. This type of vulnerability takes place when there is a dearth of or inadequate central access control. Even in situations where organizations are protected against unauthenticated users, cybercriminals can impersonate as a user relied on by the system— for example, when there are lapses in a system’s access control that can result in a attacker’s or malevolent insider’s entry to sensitive data or resources.

               

              Access control must be the top priority of organizations globally. They should increase security by enforcing the principle of least privilege and role-based access control, which restrain user access rights as much as possible for job function. What’s more, enterprises should ensure developers include access control units and devise a rock-hard identity and access management (IAM) framework to manage digital identities.

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                The Challenges of Firewall Management for Strong Protection
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                By AMSAT Nov 13,2020

                The Challenges of Firewall Management for Strong Protection

                Firewalls, also known as network security devices, are a central element of any organization’s cybersecurity policy. A strong set of perimeter and internal firewalls on a network can help keep potentially harmful traffic out and decelerate the breakout speed of attacks arising from within the network.

                Today, when corporate security has emerged as a head-scratcher for even some of the biggest conglomerates, it’s important to find challenges—and the ways to overcome them—for effective management of firewall for enhanced security.

                The following is a brief list of some of the biggest challenges companies and individuals face in effectively managing firewalls, as well as some solid practices to overcome them:


                Challenge #1: Choosing the Right Firewalls

                Surprisingly, there are several types of firewall architectures to choose from. Many of these architectures are the outcome of building upon previous types of firewalls to enhance the security they provide. The essential sequence of firewalls in order of intricacy and protection goes something like this:


                Packet-Filtering Firewalls.


                The oldest and most rudimentary types of firewalls, they make a superficial check of data packet information such as target and origination addresses, packet type, and port number without opening the packet for closer examination.

                 

                Circuit-Level Gateways.


                These basic firewall types tend to provide swift, low-impact authentication of data packets, while checking the transmission control protocol (TCP) handshake to confirm that the session is genuine. It is significant to note that they do not check the packet at all, so malware with a genuine TCP handshake can easily get along.

                Stateful Inspection Firewalls.

                These types of firewalls work as a blend of both packet filtering and circuit-level gateway technology, providing better security than either of the preceding two firewalls alone.


                Application-Level Gateways.

                These firewalls, also known as “proxy firewalls, prevent the data packet from interacting directly with the network. Instead, they examine the packet at the application
                layer before interacting with the network. They comprise the identical protections as a stateful inspection firewall but may also add profound packet inspection to look at the contents of a data packet, potentially recognizing malware code that other firewalls might overlook.

                So, which one of these firewalls should you choose for your organization? There’s no one specific firewall that you should opt for as several organizations use different firewalls and firewall management practices for diverse parts of their network to produce sturdy network segmentation and protection.

                 

                In addition, the choice of firewall that you use may also hinge on your organization’s explicit objectives. A firewall management process that works for one organization may not be just as effective as yours.


                Challenge #2: Creating Robust Network Segmentation

                Network segmentation is a major strategy for setting up defense-in-depth against cybercriminals. This also helps slow down attackers, and improve overall data protection. Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of network segmentation is that it makes enforcing a policy of least privilege much easier, while reducing the damage caused by a breach.


                Due to these benefits, it’s important to configure firewall deployments in order to create robust network segmentation. The longer it takes hackers to escaping from one system to another, the more time your cybersecurity specialists have to recognize and prevent the breach. It also means decreasing the total amount of data and number of assets that cybercriminals can access immediately, limiting damage.


                Challenge #3: Blocking unreceptive Traffic without Affecting Genuine Requests


                While firewalls need to block potentially aggressive traffic, they also need to shun hampering valid traffic requests. Or else, it will bode badly for the network’s user experience, causing inconveniences and falling productivity. To offset this, it’s often indispensable to create tailored configurations for firewall settings to let through explicit traffic types while blocking others. Here, having a managed firewall service can help provide the know-how required to configure the firewall for better security and less intervention.

                Challenge #4: Managing Firewall Program Updates


                Since a number of firewall solutions are software-based, they need sporadic updates to their software to close likely flaws and to update their definitions of aggressive traffic. Keeping a firewall up-to-date is one of the most fundamental firewall management measures that organizations need to engage in, but such software updates are still easily missed when worn-out IT departments have other priorities.

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                  Cybersecurity Weekly News Roundup
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                  By AMSAT Nov 13,2020

                  Cybersecurity Weekly News Roundup

                  In the outgoing week, reports of security patches, discovery of new ransomware, and phone-based multi-factor authentication dominated the cybersecurity landscape.

                   

                  Here is a brief review of news that stood out in the cyberworld.


                  Security firm discovers Linux version of RansomEXX ransomware

                  Security firm Kaspersky found a Linux version of the RansomEXX ransomware, marking the first time a key Windows ransomware strain had been ported to Linux to help in targeted interferences.

                  The ransomware had been used in attacks against the Texas Department of Transportation, Konica Minolta, US government contractor Tyler Technologies, Montreal’s public transportation system, and, most lately, against Brazil’s court system (STJ).

                  Microsoft released monthly roll-up of security fixes

                  Tech giant Microsoft released its monthly roll-up of security fixes known as Patch Tuesday. In November, the software behemoth patched 112 security flaws across an extensive range of products, from Microsoft Edge to the Windows Wallet Service.

                  Google patched two more zero-day flaws

                  On Wednesday, search engine behemoth Google released Chrome version 86.0.4240.198 to fix two zero-day flaws that were exploited in the wild. These two vulnerabilities marked the fourth and fifth zero-days that the search engine giant fixed in Chrome over the last couple of weeks.


                  Microsoft urged users to stop using phone-based multi-factor authentication

                  Microsoft advised users to stop telephone-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) solutions like one-time codes sent via SMS and voice calls and instead replace them with newer MFA technologies, like app-based authenticators and security keys.

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                    What is the Difference between Red Team VS Blue Team
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                    By AMSAT Nov 06,2020

                    What is the Difference between Red Team VS Blue Team

                    You must have seen the terms ‘Blue Team’ and ‘Red Team’ frequently used in cyber security, ever wondered what does it mean and what’s the difference between the two?

                    Well, these terms made their ways to cyber security from the old days in the military when the term, ‘Red Team’, was used for a group who were trained in attacking the enemies while ‘Blue Team’ was associated with the group who used their techniques to defend. When it comes to cyber security, the purpose behind frequent use of these terms is much similar. 

                    As more data is getting digitized, the need of having strong cyber security is the dire need of the time. To ensure this high-end protects, there have been many new regulations and penalties enforce, therefore every organization must strengthen its cybersecurity to eliminate the risk of getting entangled in this snare and protect its data.

                    Easily said than done as it’s not always easy to make wonders happen for your company especially when we are talking about cybersecurity, it’s a little difficult to get 100% surety. However, there are a few techniques that make the work a little easier, such as dividing red and blue teams. Many organizations use this tactic for their cybersecurity. Let’s dig into the details of how the Red team and Blue teamwork and their impact on cybersecurity.

                    The importance of cybersecurity

                    Why should security figure at the top of every organization’s top priority list? Why should senior management of every small and large organization be concerned about cybersecurity?

                    The answer: The digital world in which business is conducted is susceptible and prone to being attacked. Digitization brings with it boundless opportunities for innovation. It still has a long way to go before becoming a fully protected system that is set to control and regulate itself. Decision-makers ought to ensure that all systems in their company abide by the latest high-security protocols. Employees, particularly not so tech-savvy, must also be competent in basic cyber-security etiquettes. For example, everyone needs to know how to recognize a phishing email and how to isolate it, while informing the proper authority, both internal and external.

                    Without the right security strategy, you might be in for an irreparable damage for your organization. Even with the sturdiest controls in place, an organization would do well to bank on those controls to be tested. Threat attackers know how to find weak spots and take advantage of them, opening holes up that bring down robust systems. The solution lies in being offensive rather than defensive, and practicing the essential security tasks that will keep most of the threats at bay.

                    ·      Red team:

                    Just as in the military, a red team in cybersecurity is on the field to attack the loopholes that can be used to breach the company’s data with the help of all the necessary attacking techniques.

                    Red teams in cybersecurity are designated to test multiple systems and evaluate their programs to understand their incorporated security levels. The prime function of these teams is to track down the weak points in security that are at high risk of getting breached. These teams are also responsible for not only stopping such mishaps to take place by turning these vulnerable points into strong ones.

                    Many organizations hire professionals outside the organization who have adequate knowledge of breaking into other’s data through backdoors. Organizations do that because an outsider would not know their defense mechanisms and their security would not be at stake.

                    The common practices utilized by the red teams are phishing employees, impersonating them to get admin access. They tend to find out all the tactics, and backdoors an attacker would use to breach data.

                     

                    Red teams are very beneficial for the companies as they provide a better comprehension of the possible ways through which the company’s data can be accessed and misused. Red Teams also give an insight into the ways of preventing the upcoming threats of data exploitation. All of these things help a company ensuring high levels of security by stimulating its defense mechanism.

                    ·      Blue team:

                    The functionality of the blue teams seems much similar to that of the red team as it also watches over the cybersecurity and looks out for any problem arising there however, the thing that differs both the teams is that a red team targets the attacks on network security while a blue team tries to find out the possible ways of preventing such a malicious attack. Blue teams do that by alternating the company’s defense mechanisms so that the security structure is strong enough to give a timely response to these attacks and flounder them.

                    Similarly, a blue team should have excellent experience and adequate knowledge of encountering these attacks on network security as it helps in coming up with practical ways of strategizing the responses of future attacks. A blue team keeps working continuously to make the cybersecurity of a company even stronger with the help of multiple software such as, IDS (Intrusion Detection System) that keeps them updated about any suspicious activity around the company’s data. Blue teams also work on the following steps, to ensure the cybersecurity:

                    • Analysis of Log and memory
                    • Analysis of Risk intelligence data
                    • Analysis of Digital footprint
                    • DDoS testing
                    • Developing risk scenarios

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