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CyberDefenses - Incident Review

The Military-Grade Difference in Incident Response

by Brian Engle In support of an overarching information security program, a resilient, sustained incident response program comes from the organization developing the capability in conjunction with the incident response program. The incident response program involves activities that occur in advance of an actual incident event with the goal of ensuring that the organization is…

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The Tao of Investigation

by Daniel Cohen The tent-pole show ‘Law and Order’ ran on NBC for twenty years. Its durability made it the longest-running crime drama in American primetime television history. It was so successful that it spun off multiple successful times, creating SVU, Criminal Intent, and Trial by Jury. The original ran for 456 episodes (with re-runs…

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The Four Cyber Ninjas

(Based on the four villains from Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work, by Chip and Dan Heath). by Daniel Cohen No one wants to make the wrong choice. And not only because of possible repercussions like losing a job, mucking up a relationship, or creating a situation that will require months…

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From Cyber Fiction to Cyber Fact

by Dan Cohen Technology follows the imagination. It’s always been that way. The great leaps in tech (civilian, military, or intelligence sectors) are never entirely accidental. Someone somewhere has an idea, and if they’re capable, tries to wrenchit out of the ether to make it a reality. Sometimes they’re lucky enough to ignite a single…

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Strengthening Your Defenses: 5 Tips to Protect Your City from Cyber Threats

The wealth of citizen data municipalities manage daily combined with the critical services that depend on this data makes them attractive targets for cybercrime . If you’re following recent headlines then you’re aware of some cities that have been caught in the cross-hairs of ransomware attacks and the intent behind them range from simple annoyance…

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"Lose Now, Win Later" Principle in Security

By Monty St John Every decision has a distinct set of consequences. Some outcomes can be predicted with particular certainty — others remain dark to any oracular vision. Over time, the effects of a change or shift to security play out. The measured outcomes often become the deciding factors as to whether the original scions…

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CyberDefenses - Python

Credential Dump Collection Automation

by Monty St John In this previous article, it was mentioned at various points that collection should be automated.  After a few emails and slack conversation about it, sharing some approaches to automation seemed in order.  Mind you, CDI teaches a course on Python automation, which covers these topics in more detail.  Still, below covers…

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CyberDefenses - Dumpster Diving

Credential Dumpster Diving

by Monty St John Credential dumps. Leaked identities. Stuffing lists. Data leaks. The names of the contents change, but the data stays pretty consistent. It is the use, discovery method, and origin of the data that ends up applying the pretty label.   Ever been assigned the task to find out what credentials from your…

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Apprentice Program Launch

Colin Tepfer Director of Education I am pleased to announce the launch of the pilot cohort for the innovative new program from Round Rock, Texas based CyberDefenses, Inc. – the Cybersecurity Apprentice Program™.  Through this exciting new program, we are creating our nation’s next generation of world-class cybersecurity threat hunters. Registered under the US Department…

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Clearing a View to NIST 800-171 Compliance

By Dave Gray Last year, to help government contractors navigate the uncertainty and complexity around NIST 800-171 compliance, I launched a training and security program with CyberDefenses. It includes monthly online classes and a 500-page System Security Plan (SSP) template, and I’m happy to report that the program is receiving good reviews. The SSP template…

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