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7 Guidelines for Being a TRUSTED Penetration Tester

7 Guidelines for Being a TRUSTED Penetration Tester

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Karen Miller

The best way to learn is by doing. But when it comes to penetration testing, learners risk legal implications and bad habits if they don't follow ethical, safe procedures. Those wishing to develop penetration testing skills are often unaware of the number of resources available for legally and safely testing penetration tools and techniques. In this blog post, I'll describe seven general practices, outlined in the acrostic "TRUSTED," that pen testing learners and professionals should...

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September Is National Insider Threat Awareness Month

September Is National Insider Threat Awareness Month

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Daniel Costa

September 2019 has been declared National Insider Threat Awareness Month by the National Insider Threat Task Force, the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence), the Department of Homeland Security, and the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency. This blog post outlines the CERT National Insider Threat Center's activities in support of this effort....

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Patterns and Trends in Insider Threats Across Industry Sectors (Part 9 of 9: Insider Threats Across Industry Sectors)

Patterns and Trends in Insider Threats Across Industry Sectors (Part 9 of 9: Insider Threats Across Industry Sectors)

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Daniel Costa

In previous posts of our series analyzing and summarizing insider incidents across multiple sectors, we presented up-to-date statistics from the CERT National Insider Threat Center (NITC) Incident Corpus and looked closely at which types of insider incidents are prevalent within certain types of organizations. From there, we presented statistics on what types of assets those insider attacks target, the time frames associated with those attacks, and the tactics, techniques, and procedures the insiders used to...

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Cybersecurity Governance, Part 1: 5 Fundamental Challenges

Cybersecurity Governance, Part 1: 5 Fundamental Challenges

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Seth Swinton

This post was co-authored by Stephanie Hedges. Most organizations have good enterprise-level security policies that define their approach to maintaining, improving, and securing their information and information systems. However, once the policies are signed by senior leadership and distributed throughout the organization, significant cybersecurity governance challenges remain. This blog post examines five fundamental challenges of cybersecurity governance that, while not exhaustive, are essential to establishing and maintaining an effective cybersecurity governance program....

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Keeping an Eye Out for Positive Risk

Keeping an Eye Out for Positive Risk

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Mary Beth Chrissis

We commonly think about risks having negative consequences. With each month bringing new cybersecurity threats, breaches, and vulnerabilities, sound risk management practices are necessary to protect your organization. However, when performing risk management, do organizations unnecessarily limit themselves by only thinking about risks as negative effects and not looking at positive effects, too?...

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High-Level Technique for Insider Threat Program's Data Source Selection

High-Level Technique for Insider Threat Program's Data Source Selection

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Robert M. Ditmore

This blog discusses an approach that the CERT Division's National Insider Threat Center developed to assist insider threat programs develop, validate, implement, and share potential insider threat risk indicators (PRIs). The motivation behind our approach is to provide a broad, tool-agnostic framework to promote sharing indicator details. You might share these details among your insider threat team personnel and other key stakeholders, such as Human Resources, Legal, and Information Technology, before the direct dive into...

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Windows Event Logging for Insider Threat Detection

Windows Event Logging for Insider Threat Detection

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Derrick Spooner

In this post, I continue my discussion on potential low-cost solutions to mitigate insider threats for smaller organizations or new insider threat programs. I describe a few simple insider threat use cases that may have been detected using Windows Event logging, and I suggest a low-effort solution for collecting and aggregating logs from Windows hosts....

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The CERT Division's National Insider Threat Center (NITC) Symposium

The CERT Division's National Insider Threat Center (NITC) Symposium

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Randy Trzeciak

Addressing the Challenges of Maturing an Insider Threat (Risk) Program On May 10, 2019, the Software Engineering Institute's National Insider Threat Center (NITC) will host the 6th Annual Insider Threat Symposium, with this year's theme, "Maturing Your Insider Threat (Risk) Program." The purpose of the symposium is to bring together practitioners on the front lines of insider threat mitigation to discuss the challenges and successes of maturing their insider threat (risk) programs. You will have...

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A New Scientifically Supported Best Practice That Can Enhance Every Insider Threat Program!

A New Scientifically Supported Best Practice That Can Enhance Every Insider Threat Program!

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Michael C. Theis

(Or..."How This One Weird Thing Can Take Your Program to the Next Level!") The CERT National Insider Threat Center (NITC) continues to transition its insider threat research to the public through its publications of the Common Sense Guide to Mitigating Insider Threats (CSG), blog posts, and other research papers. We recently released an updated version of the CSG: the Common Sense Guide to Mitigating Insider Threats, Sixth Edition. In this post, I'll highlight the new...

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Are You Providing Cybersecurity Awareness, Training, or Education?

Are You Providing Cybersecurity Awareness, Training, or Education?

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Mike Petock

When I attend trainings, conferences, or briefings, I usually end up listening to someone reading slides about a problem. Rarely am I provided with any solutions or actions to remediate the problem. As a cybersecurity trainer with 17+ years of experience and a degree in education, I understand that developing a good presentation is a challenge in any domain. Fortunately for cybersecurity professionals, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can help you choose...

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Insider Threats in Entertainment (Part 8 of 9: Insider Threats Across Industry Sectors)

Insider Threats in Entertainment (Part 8 of 9: Insider Threats Across Industry Sectors)

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Mark Dandrea

This post was co-authored by Carrie Gardner. The Entertainment Industry is the next spotlight blog in the Industry Sector series. Movie and television producers have long entertained the public with insider threat dramas such as Jurassic Park, Office Space, or the more recent Mr. Robot. These dramas showcase the magnitude of damage that can occur from incidents involving our assumed good, trusted employees. Yet as we discuss in this post, movie producers and the entertainment...

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Insider Threats in Healthcare (Part 7 of 9: Insider Threats Across Industry Sectors)

Insider Threats in Healthcare (Part 7 of 9: Insider Threats Across Industry Sectors)

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Josh Vasko

This post was co-authored by Carrie Gardner. Next in the Insider Threats Across Industry Sectors series is Healthcare. As Healthcare-related information security conversations are predominantly driven by security and privacy concerns related to patient care and data, it's important to recognize the magnitude of security lapses in this sector. Patients can face severe, permanent consequences from medical record misuse, alteration, or destruction. And medical record fraud vis-a-vis identify theft, otherwise known simply as Fraud in...

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Top 5 Incident Management Issues

Top 5 Incident Management Issues

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Mike Fritz

The CERT Division of the SEI has a history of helping organizations develop, improve, and assess their incident management functions. Frequently we discover that an organization's primary focus is on security incident response, rather than the broader effort of security incident management. Incident response is just one step in the incident management lifecycle. In this blog post, we look at five recurring issues we regularly encounter in organizations' Incident Management programs, along with recommended solutions....

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Insider Threats in Information Technology (Part 6 of 9: Insider Threats Across Industry Sectors)

Insider Threats in Information Technology (Part 6 of 9: Insider Threats Across Industry Sectors)

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Michaela Webster

This blog post was co-authored by Carrie Gardner. As Carrie Gardner wrote in the second blog post in this series, which introduced the Industry Sector Taxonomy, information technology (IT) organizations fall in the NAICS Code category professional, scientific, and technology. IT organizations develop products and perform services advancing the state of the art in technology applications. In many cases, these services directly impact the supply chain since many organizations rely on products and services from...

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