threats

November 18, 2014

THREAT RESEARCH

Reversing Multilayer .NET Malware

This post was authored by Dave McDaniel with contributions from Jaeson Schultz Recently, we came across a malware sample that has been traversing the Internet disguised as an image of a woman. The malware sample uses several layers of obfuscation to hide its payload, including the use of steganography. Steganography is the practice of concealing […]

October 28, 2014

THREAT RESEARCH

Threat Spotlight: Group 72, Opening the ZxShell

This post was authored by Andrea Allievi, Douglas Goddard, Shaun Hurley, and Alain Zidouemba. Recently, there was a blog post on the takedown of a botnet used by threat actor group known as Group 72 and their involvement in Operation SMN.  This group is sophisticated, well funded, and exclusively targets high profile organizations with high […]

October 14, 2014

THREAT RESEARCH

Threat Spotlight: Group 72

This post is co-authored by Joel Esler, Martin Lee and Craig Williams Everyone has certain characteristics that can be recognised. This may be a way of walking, an accent, a turn of phrase or a style of dressing. If you know what to look for you can easily spot a friend or acquaintance in a […]

July 8, 2014

SECURITY

The Expanding Burden of Security

[ed. Note: This post was updated 7/9/2014 to include new information not available to the author at the time of original publishing] I just returned from the Gartner Security Summit at the Gaylord Resort in National Harbor Maryland. Each morning I took my run along the Potomac River and passed this sculpture of a man […]

May 22, 2014

SECURITY

Executing on our Vision: Cisco’s Comprehensive Advanced Malware Protection

The increased scrutiny on security is being driven by the evolving trends of expanding networks, mobility, cloud computing and a threat landscape that is more dynamic than ever. A combination of these factors has led to an increase in attack access points and a re-definition of the traditional network perimeter. Due to these concerns, we […]

May 21, 2014

SECURITY

Intelligent Cybersecurity at Cisco Live

We are all struggling with the Security problem today. Zero-day attacks and advanced persistent threats have outpaced the capabilities of traditional security methods that rely exclusively on single-point-in-time detection and blocking. There is a tremendous amount of complexity in our environments and security expertise is in short supply. At the same time, the movement to […]

May 21, 2014

SECURITY

Trends in Data Center Security: Part 1 – Traffic Trends

Organizations are quickly discovering that a “one size fits all” approach to security across the network falls short of addressing the unique trends in the Data Center. So what’s really that unique about the Data Center (DC)? This is a multi-part blog to highlight various trends related to securing the DC, with Part One focusing […]

May 5, 2014

SECURITY

The Continuum Approach for Secure Mobility

A couple weeks ago, we spoke about the mobility journey and the phases that organizations take as they embrace the widely accepted mode of mobility—Beyond BYOD to Workspace Mobility (device-focus, application-focus and experience-focus). Whatever phase your organization is in, security is a top priority. These phases can help determine your secure mobility approach but your […]

July 30, 2013

SECURITY

How Secure is Your Secure Access?

In June, I attended the Gartner Security Summit in Washington, D.C. where I was asked by quite a few security executives, “My network folks just bought ISE, but what is ISE and what type of security does it provide?”  Fast forward to July, and I wish I had this SANS review on ISE to offer […]