Tag Archives: Incident response

The Best Malware Defense: Strategy First, Technology Second

I’m one of those fortunate information security professionals who plays both sides of the technology defense game: I’m your incident response guy and your preventive technologies guy. When I’m working with a company after they’ve been breached I can see pretty quickly what defenses they were missing that allowed the breach in the first place, […]

An Open Letter to Antivirus Vendors: It is Time for Antivirus Software to Flag Memory Dumping

Dear Antivirus Vendors, On more and more incident response investigations, my clients (victims) have been asking the question “Why didn’t our Antivirus software detect the malware when we always keep it up to date?” I respond by telling them that they had targeted malware on their system. Their follow up question usually is whether antivirus […]

NEXT-GEN MALWARE DEFENSE

‘Malware’ has come a long way – next-gen malware. From merely annoyance applications coded by bored engineering students for notoriety all the way to professionally developed stealth applications for financial gains and stealing state secrets. According to Verizon’s 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report, 69% of the breaches were attributed to malware infections. The business impact of […]

My Back Door is Secure but I Think I Left the Front Door Unlocked!

I received an email last night from my online video rental provider that they were compromised and that my personal information may have been stolen. I immediately thought that this was a “phishing” scam and deleted the email. With all the compromised data in recent years though, Sony, and Barnes and Noble to name a […]