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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

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

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

Introducing CounterTack’s New Senior Vice President of Sales

We are very pleased to introduce Kirk Appelman to the CounterTack team today as senior vice president of sales. Kirk, a veteran security executive, will be responsible for the direction and management of our sales operations, as well as driving CounterTack’s overall revenue growth.

Specializing in information security for more than a decade, Kirk holds more than 20 years’ experience in technology sales and sales management. He joins our team from Damballa, where he served as vice president of service provider solutions and established the company’s Telco/ISP business, which under his leadership became a substantial piece of the company’s overall revenue. He also established the company’s international presence by signing marquis clients across Europe and Asia. Prior to Damballa, he was a director of sales at Proofpoint, where he restructured and led the successful growth of the company’s business in the Eastern United States. Throughout his career, Kirk has also held sales leadership positions with McAfee, Juniper Networks and Internet Security Systems (ISS). You can read Kirk’s full bio here.

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Topics: Cyber Defense, Cyber Security, Cyber Attack, Cyber attack intelligence, APT, Honeynets, Detecting in-progress attack, Breaches, Zero-day Attack, News, Breach

Lateral Movement – A Critical Opportunity to Detect an In-progress Cyber Attack

Industry discussion and analysis of many recent high profile cyber attacks– such as the RSA and Sony breaches – indicate that these attacks each followed a distinct, multi-stage approach to penetrating the organization’s network, targeting sensitive data and successfully stealing it. There’s been a tremendous focus on stopping an initial breach, but little focus on the following stages. That needs to change.

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Topics: Cyber Defense, Network Security, Breaches, Zero-day Attack, Security Intelligence

Intelligence-driven Information Security is Key to Combating APTs, Says Report

The future of battling advanced persistent threats will rely heavily on intelligence-driven information security, according to a new report from the Security of Business Innovation Council (SBIC), sponsored by RSA. 

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Topics: Cyber Attack, Research, Breaches, Security Intelligence, RSA

Timing is Everything

Time is of the essence when it comes to cyber crime, and according the latest numbers, determined cyber criminals are willing to take plenty of it – patiently waiting, watching, finding, and ultimately, compromising your assets. In fact, according to Verizon’s 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report, the company indicates more than 60 percent of 2011 breaches happened over a span of “months or longer before discovery.” That’s a long while for an intruder to spend casing the joint. By the time he’s ready to move on, no doubt he’s had enough time to uncover your organization’s most critical assets.

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Topics: Cyber Crime, Research, Breaches, Zero-day Attack, Security Intelligence, Virtualization

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