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Driving Security with Blind Spots

Posted January 31, 2012    Morey Haber

For those of us who commute in Southern California, driving isn’t as always as cut and dry as it is in other locations.  For example: say you’re driving down the highway at 70 mph and you realize at the last minute you need to exit 3 lanes over. Obviously you know this requires more than just a look in the rear view mirror. Any sudden, unforeseen variables due to your driving (or someone else’s) could result in an accident. One of the most often causes of these accidents (apart from last-second 3 lane sweeps) is the presence of “the blind spot”. No matter which make or model of car you drive, you’ve got one. Just as it’s important to consider your blind spot while driving, it’s just as important to consider which devices make up your security blind spot. These can be anything from consumer devices legitimately on your network, to new cloud services, or legacy devices still on your network that span beyond your control. Traditional vulnerability assessment has a weakness just like your favorite car, it has no provisions for looking into the security blind spot. That is until now.

eEye Digital Security has been promoting a concept of zero gap coverage for vulnerability assessment for the last year. With the new release of Retina CS 3.0, eEye has made advances in providing a vulnerability assessment vehicle that reduces your IT security blind spot to nearly zero, including devices that remotely connect to your network using agent based vulnerability assessment and mobile devices such as smartphones. These devices and new technology such as public and private computing, if not assessed, could be the fatal flaw that compromises even the most stringent of security environments. They represent the fast lane of technology and most times, a blind spot for many corporations.

As an example, let’s start with exploring mobile device vulnerability assessment. Ask yourself this question and see if you know the answer: “How many mobile devices (smartphones and tablets regardless of operating system) are connected to your email or network?”. If you can answer that, ask yourself “what are the operating system versions and applications installed on each device?”. If you can’t answer either of those questions, you have just identified your first vulnerability blind spot within your environment. Below is a screen shot of how Retina CS 3.0 manages this new challenge and provides answers like no other solution on the market.

Having to make safe and accurate moves is something that is required of us every single day – on and off the fast lane. As we quickly approach the release of Retina CS 3.0, I encourage you to stay tuned to the eEye blog. More details on how to manage your vulnerability blind spots will be published, and more tips and tricks on how to complete your visibility, with zero gap coverage, for all your IT resources.

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How To Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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