Written By Josh Harriman And Presented By Charles Leaver Ziften CEO


Another infestation, another nightmare for those who were not prepared. While this newest attack is similar to the earlier WannaCry risk, there are some distinctions in this newest malware which is a variant or new strain similar to Petya. Dubbed, NotPetya by some, this strain has a great deal of issues for anyone who encounters it. It might encrypt your data, or make the system completely inoperable. And now the e-mail address that you would be needed to call to ‘perhaps’ unencrypt your files, has been removed so you’re out of luck getting your files back.

A lot of information to the actions of this hazard are openly readily available, however I wished to touch on that Ziften customers are safeguarded from both the EternalBlue exploit, which is one mechanism utilized for its proliferation, and even much better still, an inoculation based upon a possible flaw or its own kind of debug check that gets rid of the danger from ever operating on your system. It might still spread nevertheless in the environment, however our defense would currently be rolled out to all existing systems to halt the damage.

Our Ziften extension platform enables our customers to have defense in place versus particular vulnerabilities and harmful actions for this danger and others like Petya. Besides the particular actions taken against this particular variation, we have taken a holistic approach to stop particular strains of malware that conduct numerous ‘checks’ versus the system prior to executing.

We can also utilize our Browse ability to search for residues of the other proliferation techniques used by this danger. Reports show WMIC and PsExec being utilized. We can look for those programs and their command lines and usage. Despite the fact that they are legitimate procedures, their usage is usually unusual and can be alerted.

With WannaCry, and now NotPetya, we expect to see an ongoing increase of these kinds of attacks. With the release of the current NSA exploits, it has actually provided enthusiastic cyber criminals the tools required to push out their items. And though ransomware risks can be a high commodity vehicle, more harmful hazards could be released. It has always been ‘how’ to get the hazards to spread (worm-like, or social engineering) which is most tough to them.

Written By Dr Al Hartmann And Presented By Ziften CEO Charles Leaver


In the online world the sheep get shorn, chumps get munched, dupes get deceived, and pawns get pwned. We have actually seen another terrific example of this in the recent attack on the UK Parliament e-mail system.

Instead of admitting to an e-mail system that was insecure by design, the main statement read:

Parliament has strong steps in place to secure all our accounts and systems.

Yeah, right. The one protective procedure we did see at work was deflecting the blame – pin it on the Russians, that constantly works, while accusing the victims for their policy infractions. While information of the attack are scarce, combing numerous sources does help to put together a minimum of the gross outlines. If these accounts are fairly close, the United Kingdom Parliament email system failings are scandalous.

What failed in this scenario?

Depend on single aspect authentication

“Password security” is an oxymoron – anything password secured alone is insecure, period, no matter the strength of the password. Please, no 2FA here, may impede attacks.

Do not impose any limitation on unsuccessful login efforts

Helped by single factor authentication, this enables basic brute force attacks, no skill required. But when attacked, blame elite foreign hackers – no one can verify.

Do not carry out brute force violation detection

Enable hackers to perform (otherwise trivially detectable) brute force attacks for prolonged durations (12 hours versus the United Kingdom Parliament system), to make the most of account compromise scope.

Do not impose policy, treat it as simply recommendations

Integrated with single element authentication, no limit on unsuccessful logins, and no brute force attack detection, do not impose any password strength validation. Supply enemies with extremely low hanging fruit.

Rely on anonymous, unencrypted email for sensitive communications

If assailants are successful in jeopardizing e-mail accounts or sniffing your network traffic, offer plenty of opportunity for them to score high value message material entirely in the clear. This likewise conditions constituents to rely on readily spoofable e-mail from Parliament, developing an ideal constituent phishing environment.

Lessons learned

In addition to adding “Sound judgment for Dummies” to their summer reading lists, the UK Parliament e-mail system administrators might wish to take further actions. Reinforcing weak authentication practices, implementing policies, improving network and endpoint visibility with constant tracking and anomaly detection, and totally reassessing protected messaging are advised actions. Penetration screening would have revealed these fundamental weak points while staying outside the news headlines.

Even a few sharp high-schoolers with a free weekend could have duplicated this violation. And lastly, stop blaming Russia for your very own security failings. Presume that any weak points in your security architecture and policy framework will be penetrated and made use of by some party someplace throughout the global web. All the more incentive to discover and repair those weaknesses before the hackers do, so turn those pen testers loose. And then if your defenders do not cannot see the attacks in progress, upgrade your tracking and analytics.

Written By Charles Leaver Ziften CEO


It was nailed by Scott Raynovich. Having worked with numerous companies he recognized that one of the greatest obstacles is that security and operations are two different departments – with drastically varying goals, varying tools, and varying management structures.

Scott and his expert firm, Futuriom, recently finished a study, “Endpoint Security and SysSecOps: The Growing Pattern to Build a More Secure Enterprise”, where one of the essential findings was that contrasting IT and security objectives hamper specialists – on both groups – from accomplishing their objectives.

That’s precisely what our company believe at Ziften, and the term that Scott created to discuss the convergence of IT and security in this domain – SysSecOps – explains perfectly what we have actually been speaking about. Security teams and the IT teams must get on the very same page. That implies sharing the same objectives, and in many cases, sharing the very same tools.

Consider the tools that IT people utilize. The tools are created to ensure the infrastructure and end devices are working appropriately, and when something fails, helps them repair it. On the endpoint side, those tools help ensure that devices that are permitted onto the network, are configured correctly, have software that’s licensed and properly patched/updated, and have not registered any faults.

Think of the tools that security folks use. They work to implement security policies on devices, infrastructure, and security apparatus (like firewall programs). This might involve active tracking events, scanning for irregular behavior, analyzing files to guarantee they don’t contain malware, adopting the latest danger intelligence, matching against recently found zero-days, and performing analysis on log files.

Discovering fires, combating fires

Those are 2 different worlds. The security groups are fire spotters: They can see that something bad is occurring, can work quickly to separate the problem, and determine if harm happened (like data exfiltration). The IT teams are on the ground firefighters: They jump into action when an event strikes to guarantee that the systems are made safe and revived into operation.

Sounds excellent, right? Unfortunately, all too often, they don’t talk to each other – it resembles having the fire spotters and fire fighters using dissimilar radios, dissimilar lingo, and different city maps. Worse, the teams can’t share the same data directly.

Our technique to SysSecOps is to supply both the IT and security teams with the exact same resources – and that indicates the exact same reports, presented in the proper ways to professionals. It’s not a dumbing down, it’s working smarter.

It’s ludicrous to work in any other way. Take the WannaCry infection, for instance. On one hand, Microsoft released a patch back in March 2017 that attended to the underlying SMB defect. IT operations groups didn’t set up the patch, due to the fact that they didn’t believe this was a big deal and didn’t speak with security. Security teams didn’t understand if the patch was installed, because they do not speak to operations. SysSecOps would have had everyone on the same page – and could have potentially avoided this issue.

Missing out on data suggests waste and danger

The inefficient space in between IT operations and security exposes organizations to threats. Preventable threats. Unneeded threats. It’s simply inappropriate!

If your company’s IT and security groups aren’t on the same page, you are sustaining risks and expenses that you shouldn’t need to. It’s waste. Organizational waste. It’s wasteful due to the fact that you have numerous tools that are providing partial data that have gaps, and each of your groups only sees part of the picture.

As Scott concluded in his report, “Coordinated SysSecOps visibility has already shown its worth in helping companies examine, analyze, and avoid considerable threats to the IT systems and endpoints. If these objectives are pursued, the security and management dangers to an IT system can be considerably decreased.”

If your teams are interacting in a SysSecOps sort of way, if they can see the very same data at the same time, you not only have much better security and more efficient operations – however likewise lower danger and lower expenses. Our Zenith software application can assist you attain that performance, not only working with your existing IT and security tools, but also filling in the gaps to make sure everyone has the right data at the right time.