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DisruptOps: What Security Managers Need to Know About Amazon S3 Exposures (1/2)

By Rich
As we spin up Disrupt:OPS we are beginning to post cloud-specific content over there, mixing theory with practical how-to guidance. Not to worry! We have plenty of content still planned for Securosis. But we haven’t added any staff at Securosis so there is only so much we can write. In the meantime, linking to non-product posts from Securosis should help ensure you don’t lose sleep over missing even a single cloud-related blog entry. So here’s #1 from the Disrupt:Ops hit parade! What Security Managers Need to Know About Amazon S3 Exposures (1/2) The accidental (or deliberate) exposure

Firestarter: Hardware Hacks and Lift and Pray

By Rich
Did China manage to hardware hack the Apple and Amazon data centers? Or did Bloomberg get it wrong? And what the heck can you do about it anyway? This week we start with a discussion of today’s blockbuster security news, before shifting gears back to cloud. It turns out most organizations are having to lift and shift to cloud, even when that is not ideal. We talk about some of your options, even in the face of ridiculous management timelines. Watch or listen:

Firestarter: Advanced Persistent Tenacity

By Rich
Mike and Rich discuss the latest Wired piece in Notpetya and how advanced attacks, despite the hype, are very much still alive and well. These days you might be a victim not because you are targeted, but because you are a pivot to a target or share some underlying technology. As a new Apache Struts vulnerability rolls out, we thought it a good time to re-address some fundamentals and evaluate the real risks of both widespread and targeted attacks. Watch or listen:

Firestarter: Black Hat and AI… What Could Go Wrong?

By Rich
In this episode we review the lessons of this year’s Black Hat and DEF CON. In particular, we talk about how things have changed with the students we have in class, now that we’ve racked up over 5 years of running trainings on cloud security. then we delve into one of the biggest, and most confusing, trends… the mysteries of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Considering our opinions of natural intelligence, you might guess where this heads… Watch or listen:

Firestarter: It’s a GDPR Thing

By Rich
Mike and Rich discuss the ugly reality that GDPR really is a thing. Not that privacy or even GDPR are bad (we’re all in favor), but they do require extra work on our part to ensure that policies are in place, audits are performed, and pesky data isn’t left lying around in log files unexpectedly. Watch or listen:

The Security Profession Needs to Adopt Just Culture

By Rich
Yesterday Twitter revealed they had accidentally stored plain-text passwords in some log files. There was no indication the data was accessed and users were warned to update their passwords. There was no known breach, but Twitter went public anyway, and was excoriated in the press and… on Twitter. This is a problem for our profession and industry. We get locked into a cycle where any public disclosure of a breach or security mistake results in: People ripping the organization apart on social media without knowing the facts. Vendors issuing press releases claiming their product would have prevented the issue, without

Firestarter: The RSA 2018 Episode

By Rich
This week Rich, Mike, and Adrian talk about what they expect to see at the RSA Security Conference, and if it really means anything. As we do in most of our RSA Conference related discussions the focus is less on what to see and more on what industry trends we can tease out, and the potential impact on the regular security practitioner. For example, what happens when blockchain and GDPR collide? Do security vendors finally understand cloud? What kind of impact does DevOps have on the security market? Plus we list where you can find us, and, as always, don

Firestarter: Old School and False Analogies

By Rich
Old School and False Analogies This week we skip over our series on cloud fundamentals to go back to the Firestarter basics. We start with a discussion of the week’s big acquisition (like BIG considering the multiple). Then we talk about the hyperbole around the release of the iBoot code from an old version of iOS. We also discuss Apple, cyberinsurance, and the actuarial tables. Then we finish up with Rich blabbing about lessons learned as he works on his paramedic again and what parallels to bring to security. For more on that you can read these posts: https:/

Best Practices, Unintended Consequences, and Negative Outcomes

By Rich
Information Security is a profession. We have job titles, recognized positions in nearly every workplace, professional organizations, training, and even some fairly new degree programs. I mean none of that sarcastically, but I wouldn’t necessarily say we are a mature profession. We still have a lot to learn about ourselves. This isn’t unique to infosec – it’s part of any maturing profession, and we can learn the same lessons the others already have. As I went through the paramedic re-entry process I realized, much to my surprise, that I have been a current or expired paramedic for over
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