I have been playing around with some wireless security for one of my
customers lately. Having a pretty solid understanding of how things work, but
also having been challenged to try out “everything there is to try” by
the client, I went off to look for new tools that I might not have tried
It did not take too long, and with the accidental help of TechCrunch (btw
TechCrunch – you may want to change this link to something else after you
read this…) I ran into this “Wifi Security” site.
Yes, I know, the design is horrible, the scrolling thing on the top of the
page is just missing a
This paper has been published in several security conferences during 2011,
and is now being made fully available (as well as a PDF version for
Penetration testing and red-team exercises have been running for years using
the same methodology and techniques. Nevertheless, modern attacks do not
conform to what the industry has been preparing for, and do not utilize the
same tools and techniques employed by such tests. This paper discusses the
different ways that attacks should be emulated, and focuses mainly on data
The ability to “break into” a... (more)
So, Source Boston proved to be a great venue for the inauguration of the
Sexy Defense paper and talk that I was working on recently. Had a great time
both developing the concepts, as well as discussing them before, on stage,
and … Continue reading →
Here’s a common question I get asked a lot: “What technology should I use
to secure my server/network/[some technology]?”
The question is usually presented by someone who’s in charge of
“Security” in an organization. Now, I wouldn’t have had a problem with
this if this was a technician, or a pen-tester of sorts, but I get really
nervous when the CISO/CIO/Security manager is the one asking.
I think that this question is highly inappropriate for two reasons:
You should not be looking for “technology”. Buying a product is not going
to make you more secure or less secure. You should n... (more)
This is going to be painful, so hold on.
Instead of mumbling short tweets about things I think that suck, I decided to
keep everything in and just formulate a post on it.
This post is a rant. It’s a complicated rant by an “old” guy (my excuse
for cynicism) in the industry who’s had a chance to see a lot going.
Disclaimer: I’m going to give some examples here, real life examples from
my own experience in the security industry. Some are from my consulting days,
some from the vendor days, some from freelance and other gig days. If you
think you are someone who I’m describing here ... (more)