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'Tis the Season for Phishing

It’s that time of year again, the holiday season. A time filled with friends, family, good food, and celebration. But of course it has its downsides as well; stress, debt, long lines and crowds. Many of us try to make the holiday shopping season a little easier by purchasing our gifts online in the safety and comfort of our homes. [...] Read more

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Empowering the CISO

A security-focused business culture can empower the CISO to effectively perform their job, and allow them to become a respected member of the “C” level. As a result, they are able to implement a business-aligned security program that brings real value to the company. [...] Read more

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Decoding IBM WebSphere Portlet URLs

Portlet based web applications built with the IBM Web Experience Factory, previously known as the WebSphere Portlet Factory, produce long URL's containing GZIP'd and base64-encoded data. Viewing and tampering with the data transmitted between the client browser and backing application server is quintessential to application penetration testing. [...] Read more

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Shellshock Burp Scanning

The following is a Java plugin for the web proxy Burp designed to detect CVE-2014-6271, or shellshock, during active scans of web applications. Further versions of the shellshock vulnerability, e.g. CVE-2014-7169, are not detected by this plugin. [...] Read more

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Building a Security-Focused Business Culture

In the recent months, we have seen a disturbing thread in companies hit by major security breaches. In many cases, the problem can be attributed to a number of things; an internal security function that was never properly built, inadequate funding, existing leadership that was not empowered, or existing security leaders deciding to move on to other companies. [...] Read more

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In my previous blog post, I discussed the importance of segmentation and network design. Moving along in the series brings us to micro-segmentation. This concept goes beyond just segmenting past the traditional network segments, to actually segmenting hosts from each other on the same or different networks. [...] Read more

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How to Reduce Attack Surface

An effective strategy to help protect your organization is to reduce the noise, allowing for easier detection of an exploit; while at the same time increasing the difficulty to compromise. This, in effect, reduces the adversaries operating surface [...] Read more

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