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Month: September 2017



NIST 800-171 Do-It-Yourself Compliance Class Update, More Training Scheduled

    by David Gray CyberDefenses hosted my third NIST 800-171 DIY Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) class the second week of September and according to the students, it went really well. The class continues to evolve, from four separate webinars, to an on-premise two-day class, to an online two-day class. This version allowed time…

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CyberDefenses Announces Expanded Threat Hunting Capability

Ziften Zenith Enriches Endpoint Visibility, Monitoring and Historical Data Collection   Austin, TX September 25, 2017 – CyberDefenses, Inc., a leading provider of military-grade managed security services, today announced the addition of Ziften’s SysSecOps platform, Zenith, to its Threat Hunting and Response service.  Zenith provides all-the-time visibility and control for client devices, servers, and cloud…

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Yara, Entropy and a bit of Math

When people ask what I think the number one tool in my arsenal is, I tell them without pause it is YARA.  From versatility to function, YARA beats the stuffing out of just about everything else I use.  Mainly, from the fact that in investigations, in research, in threat hunting, and even in practicing my…

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Selling Canned Snake Oil

“Pew Pew” maps. You know, those world maps with arcing lines traveling from city to city, country to country going “pew pew”. They definitely look impressive (and is pretty to watch). A little wanting on the effectiveness scale, but they distract in a way pretty pictures always do. How about a massive volume of structured…

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Beware Putting on the Blinders

        I’ve mentioned before that I like YARA. It’s been a nice quality these past few years that I’ve averaged about 6 classes each year. I’m batting a higher average for 2017, but I’m by no means complaining. It is one of my favorite subjects to teach. While teaching a recent YARA…

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