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Your Ransomware Choices: The Bad, The Ugly and The Mean

You can’t read the news these days without being blasted with yet another Ransomware story. Almost daily, there seems to be a new variant, a new name, and inevitably, new victims. The rise of Ransomware shouldn’t come as a surprise, since its execution is quite simple and the demands on the victims are not onerous.

Ransomware is not like an APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) - there is no need for long-term stealth operation, no need to explore the victim’s networks and resources, no need to steal credentials and no need to quietly and patiently exfiltrate sensitive data. With Ransomware, an exploit kit opens the door, and BANG, there it is, your PC is displaying a ransom note with detailed instructions on how to pay.

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Topics: Cyber Attack, APT, Ransomware

A Case for Security Prioritization in Retail


I was shoppping with my daughter the other night for indoor soccer socks at a major sporting goods retailer here in Massachusetts. As we rolled up to the register with bright pink and purple options, I noticed something at checkout - the retailer was not ready for chip and pin credit cards. 

As I swiped my chip and pin credit card, I got to thinking...there are cyber risks everywhere, during every transaction, before and after every transaction, at any store, any company, coffee shop, airplane, airport, organization you visit...but back to the example here. 

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Topics: Cyber Security, APT, CounterTack, Breaches, Breach, retail data breach, data breach, EDR, chip and pin, retail security

The Next Generation Endpoint Is Truly Here

The RSA Conference was an interesting experience, particularly for those in the endpoint security market, or those attempting to break into this emerging market. It seems everyone at this point has some type of endpoint play, regardless of their technology heritage, or prior security focus.

It was at the America’s Growth Capital conference, a simultaneous gathering of investors and security types, that perhaps one of the more interesting panels took place, albeit, the final panel session of the day. With 1 billion endpoints in need of help, its clear this is the hottest market across the broadening security industry. 

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Topics: Cyber Attack, APT, cybersecurity, Tom Bain, Sentinel, endpoint security, CounterTack, Breaches, Zero-day Attack, Neal Creighton, data breach, Big Data Security, EDR, Big Data EDR, RSA Conference 2015, endpoint detection and response, AGC

When Zombies Attack - Hacker Halted and CISO Forum Wrap-up

It’s only so often that you can attend a conference with the dominant theme being the Zombie Apocalypse.

And no more fitting location than Atlanta, where it all started for the ‘Walking Dead.’ Yes, the walkers took Atlanta first and swarmed in an outward fashion from there to swarm the rest of the world for complete domination.

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Topics: APT, cybersecurity, Tom Bain, Sentinel, endpoint security, CounterTack, cybersecurity research, Hacker Halted, CISO Forum 2014, Michael A. Davis, Zombies, EC Council, Hacker Halted 2014, CISO Forum

West Point Focuses Efforts on Cyber Defense with the Army Cyber Institute

CounterTack would like congratulate the Army Cyber Institute (ACI) at West Point on its ribbon cutting ceremony on October 3, 2014. The ACI’s mission is an important one for our country and they have assembled an incredible team led by Colonel Greg Conti and Chair LTG (R) Rhett Hernandez. I was fortunate enough to be present for the ribbon cutting on a beautiful, sunny day along the Hudson River at West Point. 

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Topics: Cyber Defense, APT, cybersecurity, endpoint security, CounterTack, Breaches, Security Intelligence, Neal Creighton, Gartner Cool Vendor, Army Cyber Institute, General Rhett Hernandez, Colonel Greg Conti, U.S. Army

The First Federally-Funded Cybersecurity Center of Excellence

This news flew under the radar for the most part, and I neglected to pick this up in a timely fashion through my feeds. But MITRE announced that it was awareded $29M to start the first federall-funded cybersecurity of excellence of its kind. Reports also state that this initiative could receive over $5B over the next 25 years. 

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Topics: Cyber Defense, Network Security, APT, cybersecurity, Tom Bain, endpoint security, CounterTack, Security Intelligence, cybersecurity research, cybersecurity R&D

Cyber Resiliency is a Message That Resonates

I've been attending the Inbound Conference, hosted by HubSpot this week, to brush up on a few things in my discipline (Marketing). Speakers present new Marketing strategies, and mainly inspiration for Marketers to find truly different ways to communicate to audiences. Every session focuses on specific tactics, like blogging or email or telling better stories.

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Topics: Cyber Crime, Cyber Defense, Cyber Security, Cyber Attack, APT, cybersecurity, Tom Bain, Sentinel, endpoint security, CounterTack, threat detection, Zero-day Attack, Security Intelligence, Breach, Gartner Cool Vendor

True Analytics with Context Are a Game-Changer in Security

Analytics are an incredibly powerful source of information that can help teams drill down into often obscure or hard-to-analyze information, and make sense of data they wouldn’t normally have collected and organized. 

In security, its becoming more important to manage information so teams can review, digest and react to prioritized data sets that might map to areas of expertise across the team, certain types of attacks or even responsibilities such as network vs. applications. 

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Topics: APT

Show Us the Way CryptoLocker!

Ransomware is a class of crimeware that locks down an infected system by preventing user’s access to their data stored locally or via accessible shared network drives. Access is only sometimes restored to the victim after a sum of money is transferred to a digitally remote blackmailer.

CryptoLocker is one of the latest variants in this family surfacing over the last few months has recently made some noise across the industry. Ransomware is one of the busiest (and most annoying) threats of 2013, and is experiencing another comeback tour so we decided it’s time to take a peek under the hood of the latest variant’s campaign to see what the author team is up to as of late and how different is the actual threat compared to the evasion techniques.

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Topics: Cyber Crime, Cyber Security, malware, Cyber Attack, APT, cybersecurity, malware infection, malware analysis, Scout, Sentinel, endpoint security, CounterTack, Breaches, Zero-day Attack, in-progress attacks, Sean Bodmer

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