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Blogs | INSIGHTS | March 26, 2014

A Bigger Stick To Reduce Data Breaches

On average I receive a postal letter from a bank or retailer every two months telling me that I’ve become the unfortunate victim of a data theft or that my credit card is being re-issued to prevent against future fraud. When I quiz my friends and colleagues on the topic, it would seem that they too suffer the same fate on a reoccurring schedule. It may not be that surprising to some folks. 2013 saw over 822 million private records exposed according to the folks over at DatalossDB –…

Gunter Ollmann
Blogs | INSIGHTS | February 27, 2014

Beware Your RSA Mobile App Download

It’s been half a decade since Apple launched their iPhone campaign titled “There’s an app for that“. In the years following, the mobile app stores (from all the major players) have continued to blossom to the point that not only are there several thousand apps that help light your way (i.e. by keeping the flash running bright), but every company, cause, group, or notable event is expected to publish their own mobile application.    Today there are several hundred good “rapid development” kits that allow any newbie to craft…

Gunter Ollmann
Blogs | INSIGHTS | August 20, 2013

FDA Medical Device Guidance

Last week the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally released a couple of important documents. The first being their guidance on using radio frequency wireless technology in medical devices (replacing a draft from January 3,2007), and a second being their new (draft) guidance on premarket submission for management of cybersecurity in medical devices. The wireless technology guidance document seeks to address many of the risks and vulnerabilities that have been disclosed in medical devices (embedded or otherwise) in recent years – in particular those with embedded RF wireless functionality……

Gunter Ollmann
Blogs | INSIGHTS | June 20, 2013

FDA Safety Communication for Medical Devices

The US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) released an important safety communication targeted at medical device manufacturers, hospitals, medical device user facilities, health care IT and procurements staff, along with biomedical engineers in which they warn of risk of failure due to cyberattack – such as through malware or unauthorized access to configuration settings in medical devices and hospital networks. Have you ever been to view a much anticipated movie based upon an exciting book you happened to have read when you were younger, only to be sorely disappointed…

Gunter Ollmann
Blogs | INSIGHTS | May 29, 2013

Security 101: Machine Learning and Big Data

The other week I was invited to keynote at the ISSA CISO Forum on Incident Response in Dallas and in the weeks prior to it I was struggling to decide upon what angle I should take. Should I be funny, irreverent, diplomatic, or analytical? Should I plaster slides with the last quarter’s worth of threat statistics, breach metrics, and headline news? Should I quip some anecdote and hope the attending CISO’s would have an epiphany that’ll fundamentally change the way they secure their organizations? In the end I did…

Gunter Ollmann
Blogs | INSIGHTS | April 2, 2013

Spotting Fake Chips in the Supply Chain

In the information security world we tend to focus upon vulnerabilities that affect the application and network architecture layers of the enterprise and, every so often, some notable physical devices. Through various interrogatory methods we can typically uncover any vulnerabilities that may be present and, through discussion with the affected business units, derive a relative statement of risk to the business as a whole.   An area of business rarely dissected from an information security perspective however is the supply chain. For manufacturing companies and industrial suppliers, nothing is more…

Christopher Tarnovsky
Blogs | INSIGHTS | March 25, 2013

SQL Injection in the Wild

As attack vectors go, very few are as significant as obtaining the ability to insert bespoke code in to an application and have it automatically execute upon “inaccessible” backend systems. In the Web application arena, SQL Injection vulnerabilities are often the scariest threat that developers and system administrators come face to face with (albeit way too regularly).  In fact the OWASP Top-10 list of Web threats lists SQL Injection in first place. More often than not, when security professionals…

Gunter Ollmann
Blogs | INSIGHTS | March 14, 2013

Credit Bureau Data Breaches

This week saw some considerable surprise over how easy it is to acquire personal credit report information.  On Tuesday Bloomberg News led with a story of how “Top Credit Agencies Say Hackers Stole Celebrity Reports”, and yesterday there were many follow-up stories examining the hack. In one story I spoke with Rob Westervelt over at CRN regarding the problems credit reporting agencies face when authenticating the person for which the credit information applies and the additional problems they face securing the data in general (you can read the article…

Gunter Ollmann
Blogs | INSIGHTS | February 25, 2013

IOAsis at RSA 2013

RSA has grown significantly in the 10 years I’ve been attending, and this year’s edition looks to be another great event. With many great talks and networking events, tradeshows can be a whirlwind of quick hellos, forgotten names, and aching feet. For years I would return home from RSA feeling as if I hadn’t sat down in a week and lamenting all the conversations I started but never had the chance to finish. So a few years ago during my annual pre-RSA Vitamin D-boosting trip to a warm beach an…

Jennifer Sunshine Steffens
Blogs | INSIGHTS | February 6, 2013

Hackers Unmasked: Detecting, Analyzing, And Taking Action Against Current Threats

Tomorrow morning I’ll be delivering the opening keynote to InformationWeek & Dark Reading’s virtual security event – Hackers Unmasked — Detecting, Analyzing, And Taking Action Against Current Threats. You can catch my live session at 11:00am Eastern discussing the “Portrait of a Malware Author” where I’ll be discussing how today’s malware is more sophisticated – and more targeted – than ever before. Who are the people who write these next-generation attacks, and what are their motivations? What are their methods, and how do they chose their targets? Along with how…

Gunter Ollmann

Commonalities In Vehicle Vulnerabilities

With the connected car becoming commonplace in the market, vehicle cybersecurity continues to grow more important every year. At the forefront of security research, IOActive has amassed real-world vulnerability data illustrating the general issues and potential solutions to the cybersecurity threats today’s vehicles face.

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