threat intelligence

January 26, 2018

SECURITY

Demystifying the API (Using Threat Grid as an Example)

Let's talk about API usage. An API is a means of interacting with a program via another program. Just like a UI is a User Interface, an API is an...

January 23, 2018

DEVELOPER

Explore the Threat Intelligence Capabilities in the Threat Grid API

Cisco Threat Grid offers a powerful combination of automated malware analysis and advanced threat intelligence. Threat Grid is the file analysis backend of all Cisco Advanced Threat Solutions (ATS) products, and is directly usable via a portal account in the cloud deployment or portal access to a local appliance version. What is less well known, […]

November 27, 2017

SECURITY

#CiscoChat Podcast: Cisco and INTERPOL Join Forces to Fight Cybercrime

On 21 November 2017, Cisco and INTERPOL announced an agreement to share threat intelligence and jointly fighting cybercrime. In this podcast, I talk about the significance of this global agreement.

August 28, 2017

SECURITY

What’s in a Name? Threat Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, and Extreme Snack Foods

What is in a name? A lot, actually. A rose by any other name would certainly smell just as sweet. But if I sold you a dozen dandelions, calling them roses, as the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart, neither of you would be none too pleased, would you? It makes me think of […]

August 7, 2017

SECURITY

Open Source Threat Intel: GOSINT

It’s our pleasure to announce the public availability of GOSINT – the open source intelligence gathering and processing framework. GOSINT allows a security analyst to collect and standardize structured and unstructured threat intelligence. Applying threat intelligence to security operations enriches alert data with additional confidence, context, and co-occurrence. This means that you are applying research […]

September 15, 2016

SECURITY

Protecting against the latest variant of H1N1

This is the third and final installment in our technical analysis of the H1N1 loader. In case you missed it, my colleague Josh Reynolds peeled apart the latest variant of H1N1 and analyzed its obfuscation tactics and techniques in the first blog, and in the second blog provides deep technical analysis of its execution. While […]

April 11, 2016

THREAT RESEARCH

Ransomware: Past, Present, and Future

The rise of ransomware over the past year is an ever growing problem. Business often believe that paying the ransom is the most cost effective way of getting their data back – and this may also be the reality. The problem we face is that every single business that pays to recover their files, is […]

March 21, 2016

THREAT RESEARCH

Malware Word Search: Identifying Angler’s Dictionary

This post authored by Steve Poulson with contributions from Nick Biasini. Exploit kits are constantly evolving and changing. We recently wrote about some subtle Angler changes but then Angler changed drastically on March 8. In this blog post, we will briefly cover these changes, examining different characteristics of the URL structure for Angler and the […]

October 13, 2015

THREAT RESEARCH

Project Aspis

One of the hardest jobs on the Internet is to work the abuse desk at a hosting provider.  These teams have to strike a difficult balance between protecting their customers, ensuring that their services aren’t being abused by malicious actors and delivering the service and convenience their customers expect.  They don’t get near enough credit […]