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“Patch Java and you’ll be protected against Java threats”
We seem to hear this constantly, not just in the last few months, but for years. Way back in Nov. 2011, we were told that if we had Java 6 Update 29 or Java 7 update 1, we wouldn’t be vulnerable to the security weaknesses in the headlines. Yet, with each update vulnerabilities continue to be discovered and exploited. We even had two Java 0-day exploits included in kits before Oracle had patches prepared. Yet despite the patches, we continue to hear about new vulnerabilities...
So what to do? Based on my discussions with other pros and my own experience I’ll be presenting a series on how to mitigate Java risks to protect your endpoints. We’ll look at: Proactive; Immediate; and Long-Term prophylactic measures. Here’s what you can start acting on now:
Today, web security threats are quickly shifting from signature-based threats to zero-day attacks, exploit kits, dynamic bot call-outs and many more. It’s absolutely critical that IT security teams stay ahead of cybercriminals with defenses that can analyze web traffic and threats in real time. That’s where the IDC MarketScape for Web Security report comes into play. Recently released, this report includes all major industry players. Below are four ways this report will help...
I recently hosted a Websense customer round-table discussion with 20 CSOs from top U.S. companies. We swapped war stories, hashed out the security challenges they face every day and they shared how they’ve been successful. These CSOs work in a variety of industries, including federal, finance and healthcare. Recently, there have been a number of highly public targeted attacks, which led to a lengthy discussion on spear-phishing. I found their insights very valuable and I wanted to share some key points...
Last week we announced several new, important core security technologies that we added to our TRITON architecture. Websense ACE now includes 10 new defense innovations; seven are focused on outbound traffic to keep data theft and call-home communications contained, preventing theft or loss. Because so many of them are industry firsts, I wanted to take a moment to explain what many of these do and why we created them.
Truth is, the bad guys are stealing corporate data and avoiding detection using advanced techniques. In just the last year, we've seen key intellectual property and user identities stolen from corporations and government agencies, including some you would least expect-including entertainment (gaming) and security companies!
Below are a few examples of how cyber criminals are going undetected, stealing your IP, and how we can stop it from happening.
Every day, organizations worldwide are targeted by data-stealing attacks. While these attacks have evolved in frequency and sophistication, many security defenses have failed to adapt. Old techniques don’t address containment against data theft and cybercrime call-home communications. The growing prevalence of cloud apps, along with increases in SSL traffic, mobility and remote users are also adding more blind spots to traditional defenses.
It’s imperative that we continue to stay up-to-date on the latest tactics and tricks. Join me this Wednesday, August 8, 2012 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. PT for a webinar on the seven stages of data theft. We’ll be covering each of these steps:
Reconnaissance - Targeted
attackers access credentials and research online profiles, email IDs, org.
chart information, hobbies and interests from social profiles to gain insight
on their victims.
Lures - Designed to prey
on human curiosity, web lures often link to videos or breaking news, while
email lures are more business-focused on transaction and fake delivery notices.
Redirects - Users are
usually directed to a survey, rogue anti virus offer or a fake web page where
an exploit kit is waiting. Traditional redirects are injection attacks, while
newer ones focus on social networking wall postings, fake plug-ins, fake
certificates and heavily obfuscated java script.
Exploit Kits - The
exploit kit objective is like that of a sniper: take the shot with a malware
dropper file only when an open door for tested vulnerabilities is found.
Dropper Files - This stage
is what most people consider the focus of their forward-facing defenses:
analyze every file that comes into the network for malware. The problem is
dropper files use dynamic packers, so known signatures and patterns are not
Call-Home - This stage
involves calling home for malware downloads and tools, and for sending back
information, standard procedure for any successful online attack. The problem
is that most defenses are only forward-facing and do not analyze the outbound
traffic from infected systems.
Data Theft - This is
what they are after. The ability to contain an attack and stop data theft raises
many questions that we will address. Can your defenses detect password files
leaving your network or the use of custom encryption on outbound files?
In addition, we’ll be covering: why current defenses are failing; today’s new security requirements; and the newest, bleeding edge advanced threat and data theft defenses to emerge thus far.
We look forward to having you join the webinar. Bring your questions and be ready to talk threats!
Before we begin, I recommended reading Getting Ready For Data Loss Prevention (DLP). Go ahead, I’ll wait for you…
Back? OK, now let’s talk what comes after; the “How” to implement DLP part.
As a next step, and at the risk of blowing my own horn, consider watching the recording of a webcast I did on April 5 here. You’ll get recommendations on how to deal with issues that are often overlooked in DLP deployments as well as some critical “how to” advice. This I position as an antidote to the all-too-common and none-too-helpful “just do it” approach to DLP advice. Because, on the path to DLP success, there are two deadly pitfalls to watch out for:
The first is in understanding where to start your data protection strategy using DLP (and why). Where to start influences your program’s effectiveness compared to how much risk you are hoping to eliminate from the business.
The second pitfall is in understanding how to execute. The "how" may be the most important part as it ultimately determines how soon you will benefit from DLP and determines the amount of resources that are required.
Surviving one of the pitfalls is hard enough, but trying to get through both on your own is nearly impossible.
Unfortunately, much of the historical “how” started with massive data-discovery projects, which usually meant at least six-months of project consulting before any data is protected.
Not every DLP vendor has the same vision for how to make DLP work, so make sure that you understand your vendor’s approach and agree with it.
Have a listen and let me know what you think.