CYBRIC CTO and Co-founder Mike Kail and I connected to discuss DevSecOps. First, Mike tells us what DevSecOps is and why we need it. We talk about the advantages and disadvantages (although we couldn’t really think of any compelling disadvantages) of changing the corporate culture of DevOps to include security. DevSecOps is really fixing the corporate mindset to include security in all facets of operations. It puts forth the radical notion that security is everyone’s responsibility. And, although I’m being a bit sarcastic with that previous comment, I do believe that for some companies and some individuals that this notion of everyone owning security is radical.
It shouldn’t be. Security affects us all. It affects us to the tune of $16+ billion in losses due to credit card fraud and identity theft. And that number grows every year.
Listen to the podcast for more details on DevSecOps and how you can help change the culture at your company to make security a priority for everyone.
Length: 16:52 mins. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences and venues.
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I spoke with Exabeam‘s Chief Security Strategist, Steve Moore, about post-breach cleanup, specifically related to the healthcare industry. Steve and I discussed why the healthcare industry is a prime target for hackers, what steps to take after a breach, and some preventative steps. Post-breach cleanup can seem daunting and as we say in the podcast, “How do you know what’s clean?” The problem with breaches is that you don’t know what’s clean nor do you always know to what depth the breach has penetrated. I think it’s best to wipe a system clean and reimage it from scratch rather than trying to poke and prod your way through the maze of malware, backdoors, fake user accounts, and other persistent threats that remain after a breach. Opinions differ in this area but the peace of mind that comes with installing fresh is far more valuable and often less time-consuming that individually examining thousands of files, filesystems, and backups for elusive infections.
Length: 23:53 mins. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences and venues.
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Ken “The Virus Doctor” Dwight and I sat down at SpiceWorld 2017 to discuss ransomware and other malware threats to you and your security. Ken Dwight has been in the cybersecurity business for as long as cybersecurity has been a thing and long before anyone coined the term, cybersecurity.
Ken also offers his book and a Virus Remediation class from his website. He has helped many companies recover from virus infestations, ransomware attacks, and various malware infections. He is a consultant, a speaker, and a practitioner in the dark art of virus killing.
It was a pleasure to speak with Mr. Dwight on camera at SpiceWorld 2017.
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Hillary Sanders and I sat down for a chat at SpiceWorld 2017 in Austin about data science and security. We discussed the ins and outs of data science, machine learning, neural networks, and how this data helps security researchers. Ms. Sanders is a data scientist and data science researcher at SOPHOS. As you’ll see in the video, she loses me in part of the discussion. I’m very familiar with biological neural networks but the computer ones are pretty complex. These neural networks and their reliance on big data is the significant first step toward some pretty impressive artificial intelligence (AI) possibilities.
Although Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have warned us about the future of AI, I think that AI is the true future of computing. And I’ve thought so for a very long time, beginning back in the day when I wanted to learn LISP and Prolog programming. Unfortunately, I did not have the financial resources to learn those languages at the time. I digress.
Hillary explains data science and her work in such a way that I hope many more young people will be inspired to follow her into this next exciting chapter of computing. She is also an accomplished artist and you should view her work at hillarysanders.com. Her site isn’t just art, it’s also about her work as a data scientist and a programmer. Check out the Cheatsheets page.
Perry Chaffee, WWPass VP of Strategy, and I turn our attention toward online shopping because it is the holiday shopping season and security is a big concern, or should be, for anyone making online purchases. You don’t want your shopping experience to be tainted with unusual charges, identity theft, or account compromise of any kind. For these reasons, you need to be aware of your shopping experience and your security.
Here are a few guidelines that Perry and I talk about during the podcast:
Use a strong password.
Use a password manager.
Use a credit card rather than a debit card for purchases.
Enable two-factor authentication for better security.
Before entering passwords or credit card information, look for the https in your browser’s URL.
Close your browser after shopping on a site and reopen it for your next purchase.
Be sure that the site you’re on is the one you want to use.
Never give anyone your password over the phone.
Be VERY careful of links embedded in emails as they can look very similar to real sites.
Be aware of your surroundings and don’t speak your credit card information out loud in public places.
This is not a sponsored podcast but WWPass is a commercial security solution for individuals and businesses to help keep all your online transactions and shopping experiences secure.
Length: 18:02 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G
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Recurring guest Richard Henderson (Global Security Strategist for Absolute) and I discuss what we think are the greatest threats to security in 2018. We ponder ransomware, standard threats, cryptocurrencies, and other advanced persistent threats. Richard and I agree that 2018 will be another significant security threat year. One thing to note is that while attackers are more persistent, there are some threats that are actually waning such as certain types of ransomware, viruses, and malware that’s easily stopped by smarter browsers, host-based firewalls, and operating system security. That said, we don’t expect attacks to decrease in 2018.
As always, our podcasts are licensed CC BY and are rated G for all audiences and venues.
Length: 29:07 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G.
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Richard Henderson, The Global Security Strategist for Absolute, and I spoke about the global Ransomware threat, its prevention, and what to do if you’re victimized by an attack. Richard and I disagree a bit on what you should do if you’re a Ransomware victim. I say that you should never pay. He says that there are circumstances where it makes more sense to pay the ransom.
I write the introductory column for ADMIN magazine and in the most recent issue (Number 40), I wrote about this very topic. I titled it, “Feeding Seagulls is Wrong.” It is a light-hearted look at feeding seagulls, which I compare to ransomware writers. To me, paying ransomware writers is like feeding seagulls: You’re down a bag of Cheetos (Some amount of Bitcoin) and the seagulls (Ransomware writers) are never satisfied.
Listen to the podcast. Read my column. Make a decision. And feel free to tweet me @kenhess to start a discussion.
Length: 24:11 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.
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