Author: Al Berg

Make your near misses count

Security near misses are opportunities for learning and improvement, but when they are ignored, they can play a role in setting the stage for serious incidents. Use them wisely!

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Hunting for secrets on GitHub

We need to work with system designers and developers to make them understand that using a secure credential vault with programmatic access is not an optional luxury – it is a basic security requirement. Credentials do not belong in code, even if that code is stored in a safe inside a vault inside a volcano.

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Another killer woodpecker

Way back in 1977, a computer scientist from the University of Nebraska coined “Weinberg’s law:” If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then…

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LinkedIn and LOLBINs

Yet another example of how LinkedIn can be abused by the bad guys… a phishing campaign which used job titles scraped from user profiles to…

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It’s official… SMS is not a security tool

UPDATE: The three major US mobile carriers have closed this particular loophole… however, it is not clear if carriers in other parts of the world…

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Malware protection is easy – Malinformation protection is hard

Whenever it seems like the challenges of protecting my employer from risks to information security or business continuity are towering above me, I stop and…

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Too much information?

An interesting piece in the Harvard Business Review highlights the one of the challenges information security professionals face when dealing with security awareness; we actively…

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It could happen to anyone…

The headline is eye catching: a data breach at a highly respected security training organization when an employee falls for a phishing email. It is…

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EmailRep – Squeezing actionable info from malicious email addresses

Yes, I know it has been quite a while since I have posted anything to the old blog, but I do have an excuse… in…

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The elusive USB drive attack

Stories of hackers attacking companies by dropping malware infected USB flash drives in the firm’s parking lot are a standard infosec cautionary tale – don’t…

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