"Cyberattacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today," reads gaming company Zynga's data breach notification, thus breaking the first rule of crisis management: Own your mistakes. Hacker Gnosticplayers claims the company was still storing passwords using outdated SHA1.
Deception technology has emerged as a hot practice - but not one that is necessarily on every enterprise's budgeting radar. Don Gray, CTO of PacketViper, talks about the emergence of deception technology and how security leaders can make the case - and find the budget - for its usage.
In just a few years' time, deception technology has matured to become a critical - and recommended - element of fundamental cybersecurity defense. Tony Cole, CTO of Attivo Networks, discusses critical success factors for deploying deception.
Deploying deception technology can give organizations a leg up when it comes to more quickly spotting and responding to data breaches, provided they configure and utilize the technology appropriately, says Rocco Grillo of the consultancy Alvarez & Marsal.
In 2018, the Cybereason Research team identified a series of attacks targeting telecommunications companies. These attacks shared the same TTPs and consisted of a webshell execution followed by the deployment of Poison Ivy, a well-known RAT attributed to Chinese APT groups.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses the latest improvements in deception technology and how best to apply it. Also featured: a report on the growth of mobile fraud, plus insights on Merck's experience recovering from a NotPetya attack.
Deception technology is attractive in that it offers - in theory - low false positives and critical clues to attackers' methodologies. But the benefits depend on its ability to fool attackers and whether organizations can spare the time to fine-tune it.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the significance of fines against British Airways and Marriott for violations of the EU's GDPR. Also featured are discussions of California's privacy law as a model for other states and the next generation of deception technologies.
With attackers continuing to hammer weaknesses in software, organizations must prioritize application security more than ever, says Ian Ashworth of Synopsys. Thankfully, developers and middle management - bolstered by agile methodologies and DevOps - are increasingly leading the charge.
It's becoming increasing important to detect adversaries that have bypassed your security controls and moved laterally in your environment, says Carolyn Crandall of Attivo Networks, who describes the role deception can play.
The recent Black Hat Europe conference in London touched on topics ranging from combating "deep fake" videos and information security career challenges to hands-on lock-picking tutorials and the dearth of research proposals centered on deception technology.
A security breach is always a sensitive topic - but especially so during a merger or acquisition. Ofer Israeli, CEO of Illusive Networks, discusses how deception technology can help prevent disruption by a cyberattack during M&A activity.
Beset by increasingly aggressive threat actors, many security leaders have decided their best defense is a stronger offense. John Wilson of Agari offers insights into the active defense movement - including the ethical and legal concerns associated with it.