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WannaCry: The Cost of Unnecessary Exposure

Global in scale, with across the board press coverage, the WannaCry ransomware attack has quickly gained a reputation as one of the worst cyber incidents in recent memory.

Despite the scale, this attack relied on the same tried and true methods as other successful malware: find exposed ports on the Internet, and then exploit known software vulnerabilities.

About our speaker: as a security researcher, Chris Vickery possesses a long track record of professional distinction and success discovering major data breaches and vulnerabilities across the cyber landscape.

To learn more about Chris Vickery's work check out http://gizmodo.com/top-defense-contractor-left-sensitive-pentagon-files-on-1795669632
Recorded Jun 15 2017 31 mins
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  • Unprotected Files on a Public Cloud Server: Live Panel on the NSA Data Leak Recorded: Dec 8 2017 59 mins
    Chris Vickery, George Crump, David Linthicum, Charles Goldberg, Mark Carlson
    Public, private and hybrid cloud are nothing new, but protecting sensitive data stored on these servers is still of the utmost concern. The NSA is no exception.

    It recently became publicized that the contents of a highly sensitive hard drive belonging to the NSA (National Security Agency) were compromised. The virtual disk containing the sensitive data came from an Army Intelligence project and was left on a public AWS (Amazon Web Services) storage server, not password-protected.

    This is one of at least 5 other leaks of NSA-related data in recent years. Not to mention the significant number of breaches and hacks we’ve experienced lately, including Yahoo!, Equifax, WannaCry, Petya, and more.

    The culprit in this case? Unprotected storage buckets. They have played a part in multiple other recent exposures, and concern is on the rise. When it comes to storing data on public cloud servers like AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Rackspace and more, what are the key responsibilities of Storage Architects and Engineers, CIOs and CTOs to avoid these types data leaks?

    Tune in with Chris Vickery, Director of Cyber Risk Research at UpGuard and the one who discovered the leak, along with George Crump, Chief Steward, Storage Switzerland, David Linthicum, Cloud Computing Visionary, Author & Speaker, Charles Goldberg, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Thales e-Security, and Mark Carlson, Co-Chair, SNIA Technical Council & Cloud Storage Initiative, for a live panel discussion on this ever-important topics.
  • Cyber Security Is Dead Recorded: Nov 15 2017 44 mins
    Chris Vickery, Director of CyberRisk Research at UpGuard
    The data is in: cybersecurity is dead. Even as global cybersecurity spending is expected to balloon to over $100 billion by 2020, the frequency and severity of cyberattacks continue to grow, with seemingly no end in sight.

    While exploits and hacking tools become even more widely available and simple to deploy, there has been little commensurate progress in beating back attackers, who continue to find success striking at persistent, common weak points. How is this possible?

    The answer is one that must chagrin any CISO spending exorbitant amounts of money on cybersecurity programs: The entire conception upon which cybersecurity rests -- of constructing a castle, against which any marauding attackers stand little chance of breaching -- is barely of use.

    Join UpGuard’s Director of Cyber Risk Research Chris Vickery in conversation to learn:

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    - What steps to take to become cyber resilient
    - How UpGuard can help
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    Enterprises are becoming increasingly cognizant of the massive business risk posed by incidents of cyber attacks resulting in data breaches. Less well-known, and perhaps more potent a threat, is the danger posed by third-party vendors entrusted with sensitive data in the course of a business partnership. While an enterprise can have the best and most resilient internal IT practices, there are no such guarantees their external partners will take the same care. The consequences can be enormous.

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    Learn how you can mitigate such third-party vendor risk and begin to evaluate and enforce your business partners’ cyber resilience against such threats.
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    Learn about Viacom's critical data exposure.

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    Dan O’Sullivan, the analyst who first broke the story, will go through the details of the discovery and the significant impact of this data exposure.

    For the original article: https://www.upguard.com/breaches/cloud-leak-viacom
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    The rise of DevOps teams is upon us. The most recent State of DevOps survey found that 16% of respondents were part of a DevOps department with 55% of respondents self-identifying as DevOps engineers or systems engineers. Interesting. And if you simply Google ‘DevOps jobs’ you get over 4.5 million hits. So like it or not, this DevOps thing is going mainstream.

    If your organization is among those who embraced DevOps, you are probably looking for people with wide-ranging interests who will help you to get rid of silos.

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    Greg Pollock, VP of Product at UpGuard
    Big things are happening in software. Agile Software Development and DevOps are delivering innovations at a rate never seen before. Prompting many to ask 'Is this the end of ITIL?'.

    There is a perception that DevOps and ITIL cannot play well together. That an you must choose one over the other or risk catastrophic failure. This is simply not true.

    Many do not realize that DevOps relieson core concepts and processes of ITIL to be successful. Ignoring this relationship means missing out on service improvements that may be introduced and developed by integrating key areas of the ITIL framework and the collective body of knowlege that is DevOps.

    In this webinar we will take a close look at the simple things organizations can do to get most out of a balanced blend of traditional and modern IT practices.
  • Blackout: How Engineering Firm Exposed Critical Infrastructure Data Recorded: Aug 15 2017 31 mins
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    Learn about a data exposure discovered from within the systems of Texas-based electrical engineering firm Power Quality Engineering (PQE), revealing the sensitive data of clients like Dell, the City of Austin, Oracle, and Texas Instruments, among others.

    Left accessible to the wider internet via a port used for rsync server synchronization but configured to allow public access, the breach allowed any interested browser to download sensitive electrical infrastructure data compiled in reports by PQE inspectors examining customer facilities.

    Dan O’Sullivan, the analyst who first broke the story, will go through the details of the discovery and the significant impact of this data exposure.

    For the original article: https://www.upguard.com/breaches/data-leak-pqe
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    Many of the largest and most well known breaches are cases of third party information exposure.

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    Chris Vickery, Cyber Risk Analyst at UpGuard
    Global in scale, with across the board press coverage, the WannaCry ransomware attack has quickly gained a reputation as one of the worst cyber incidents in recent memory.

    Despite the scale, this attack relied on the same tried and true methods as other successful malware: find exposed ports on the Internet, and then exploit known software vulnerabilities.

    About our speaker: as a security researcher, Chris Vickery possesses a long track record of professional distinction and success discovering major data breaches and vulnerabilities across the cyber landscape.

    To learn more about Chris Vickery's work check out http://gizmodo.com/top-defense-contractor-left-sensitive-pentagon-files-on-1795669632
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    Jon Hendren, Senior Security Researcher, UpGuard
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    Yet data breaches have been increasing steadily over the past five years. Simply adding more layers is not a sustainable approach. A deep understanding of your company and IT infrastructure is required.

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    Jon is an IT security and cyber risk evangelist at UpGuard. He doesn't *like* like risk, he just likes talking about it. More importantly, he likes talking about how it intersects with business risk, and how an accurate picture of cyber risk is one of the most important steps organizations can take toward proper cyber resilience.
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    Elias Okwara
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    Elias Okwara
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    About the presenter:

    Greg has previously managed products and product teams for gaming and education startups with a focus on meaningful, measurable engagement loops. His games have been ranked in the top ten by traffic on Facebook, the top ten by revenue on the App Store, and as the Editor's Choice in the App Stores of over 70 countries.
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