The rationale behind network firewalls was simple: build a moat around the castle to keep out the bad guys and allow only the people you trust, in over the moat. Essentially, protect your internal network from the big bad internet by selectively allowing or disallowing traffic between the two. Perimeter security relies on a set […]

Overview A recent study reported that it took organizations an average of 197 days to spot a breach and 69 days to remediate it 1. That is a mind boggling 6 months to detect a potentially disastrous event that could have grave consequences to the future of the organization. Manual steps to track vulnerabilities added 12 […]

Enough time has passed and far too many data breaches have been uncovered to warrant a fresh look at how organizations look at pro-active security efforts. Account and access management has evolved and organizations are much more vigilant to ensure multi-factor authentication is setup for customer and employee access to services and data. Data suggests […]

Everyone in the technology industry processing credit card data is familiar with PCI DSS and the associated process to get attested on a quarterly basis from a QSA ( Qualified Security Assessor ). In addition to the quarterly attestation , organizations also have to go through audits both internal and external audits to maintain PCI […]

Upgrade to Apache Struts version 2.3.35 or 2.5.17 ASAP ! If you use Apache Struts ( remember Equifax ? ) please upgrade to the versions mentioned above. As always NVD is lagging behind on details so dont depend on your scanning solutions to detect this in your environment just yet, CVE-2018-11776

The National Vulnerability Database (NVD) is considered to be the single source of truth for all software / hardware vulnerabilities that are in the public domain. However a few things get overlooked which makes it far less desirable to be relied upon when it comes to designing your vulnerability management program. Lets look at them. […]

                    With organizations moving towards higher levels of digitalization, the role of software has increased multifold. This has led to increased numbers of data breaches and the average size [1] of data breach has increased 1.8 in 2017. A breach is defined as an event in […]

One of the previous blogs on this topic provided an overview about vulnerability management for cloud environments using ThreatWatch. As the blog mentioned , there are two essential aspects to be able to meet that objective. Getting alerted when a cloud provider makes new patches available. Adopting a risk based approach towards applying patches and […]

Overview: As organizations move to greater cloud adoption via traditional cloud app environments or serverless architectures for edge and IoT, they depend heavily on cloud providers to ensure the operating environment remains secure. That doesn’t always happen at a cadence that is desired and even when it does, verification remains an important aspect to ensure […]

Summary: In May of 2016 , a massive security breach resulted due to the hack of servers at Mossack Fonseca, a major law firm involving emails, pdf files, photo files and excerpts of an internal database. It was around 2.6 TB of data that spanned a period of more than 40 years. This is the […]