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On Centralized Logging and SIEM

September 23rd, 2011 | Posted by Brett Edgar in Logs | Monitoring | SIEM - (0 Comments)

The results of the investigation into the recent DigiNotar SSL CA breach reads like a laundry list of “Things Not To Do™” on your critical servers and networks: no antivirus, no centralized logging, and outdated/vulnerable software exposed to the Internet, among other items.  What’s funny about the above list is that if the breached systems had been part of DigiNotar’s PCI cardholder data environment, then DigiNotar could never have passed a PCI QSA audit as all three items I noted above are required by the PCI DSS.  While I couldn’t verify that DigiNotar accepts credit card payments for its SSL certificates, it almost assuredly does (or did!).  It almost certainly had undergone a PCI QSA audit, too.Read more

Brett Edgar

Brett Edgar

Brett is a Founder and the former Director of Managed Security Services at TRUE. He has been working in the system and network forensics field since graduating from the University of Tulsa with a B.S. Computer Science in 2003. He speaks hexadecimal fluently and is TRUE's resident human Ethernet transceiver. He holds CISSP, CSSLP, and CNSS 4011-4015 certificates, loves MLB and NCAA Football, and when he gets tired of hexadecimal, he goes home to hang out with his wife and kid.

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With the current US economy downturn, cyber crime is increasing at an alarming rate. Let’s face it – data loss can quickly become a public relations nightmare for any business. Solid Core conducted a survey [solidcore.com] of 201 IT and compliance professionals and found that more than half of the respondents admitted their organization either experienced or did not know if they had experienced a compliance control deficiency in the last year.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, released the 2008 Annual Report on the number of Internet crime complaints received. This report [ic3.gov] was made available on March 31, 2009.

The 2008 Annual Report states that complaints of online crime hit a record high in 2008. The Internet Crime Complaint Center received a total of 275,284 complaints, a 33.1% increase over the previous year. The total dollar loss linked to online fraud was $265 million, about $25 million more than in 2007. The average individual loss totaled roughly around $931 dollars.

Now more than ever, it’s extremely critical for everyone to do their part and be vigilant when it comes to network and enterprise security. Still, with the recent gains in the stock market, I’m hopeful this trend will become more positive.

Walt Conway has some interesting commentary [treasuryinstitute.org] on the recently released Verizon data breach report [verizonbusiness.com].

All the valuable PCI compliance insight aside, I found the statistics on the prevalence and value of targeted attacks to be especially interesting.  We are frequently engaged to perform social engineering exercises for our clients, primarily to help them stress the importance of security policies, procedures, and communication to their employees.

While our generic email campaigns typically fool a few of the overly curious or too-quick-to-click crowd, the more informed (targeted) phishing campaigns are overwhelming effective to the point that we often need to reassure our clients that the world is not ending.  Unfortunately, this report highlights the fact that targeted attacks are not just elements of security company sales talk.

Dominic Schulte

Dominic Schulte

Dominic Schulte currently serves as the Managing Director of Security Services & Consulting at TRUE, where he is responsible for the execution of a wide range of security and regulatory compliance services. Previously, Dominic worked with the National Security Agency (NSA) as a Global Network Exploitation and Vulnerability Analyst in the National Security Incident and Response Center (NSIRC). He holds CISSP, QSA and CNSS 4011-4015 certifications.

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