How I Retained My QSA Certification

January 21, 2021

In 2019, the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (SSC) modified the Qualification Requirements for Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) employees. Prior to the modification, the requirements stipulated that QSA employees must hold either an Information Security certification or an audit certification, but now QSA employees must have a minimum of two (2) industry certifications:…

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Nine Things to Know About the CMMC

November 10, 2020

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) (https://www.acq.osd.mil/cmmc/) is a program being developed to help ensure that specific types of unclassified data that exist outside of government systems remain adequately protected. Specifically, the CMMC applies to Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in non-government systems. Eventually, this certification program will replace the process…

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Fear, Cybersecurity, and Right to Repair

November 5, 2020

Massachusetts is the latest state to grapple with Right to Repair legislation. A ballot question in the 2020 election asked the state’s voters to decide whether or not automobile manufacturers must make the telematics data collected by cars’ on-board computers available to independent repair shops. What seems like a debate over who can access the…

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The Tale of the Lost, but not Forgotten, Undocumented NetSync: Part 1

October 27, 2020

They say, “Everything old is new again.” Or, if you are a Game of Thrones fan, “What is dead may never die.” For me, however, a mentor once told me, “Everyone is going forward. I’m going backward.” Enter NetSync… I find Twitter to be a good source for InfoSec tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs). Anytime…

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The Tale of the Lost, but not Forgotten, Undocumented NetSync: Part 2

October 27, 2020

This is a continuation of The Tale of the Lost, but not Forgotten, Undocumented NetSync (part 1) and in this section, we will look to answer: What are Some Early Indicators to Detect NetSync at the Host-based Level? What are Some Possible Controls to Deter NetSync? In an accompanying blog post, Are You Seeing What…

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Making EDR Work for PCI

September 10, 2020

The Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) and Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) marketplace is abuzz with products that blur the lines of personal firewall, host-based intrusion detection system (IDS) and intrusion prevention system (IPS), anti-virus, system logging, and file integrity monitoring (FIM). These solutions are centrally managed from your web browser and include advanced dashboards for…

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Using Effectiveness Assessments to Identify Quick Wins

June 23, 2020

An organization’s overall security posture can be viewed from multiple different angles, such as technical assessments, program assessments, controls assessments, and risk assessments. A number of different frameworks for each of these assessment types exist, intended to help both technical teams as well as leadership organize security program building activities. Some of these include: Penetration…

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20 Tips for Certification Success

June 2, 2020

Over the years, it has been my experience that industry certifications have become standard for job consideration and/or advancement for many technical positions. This is, of course, in addition to having experience in the particular field. I obtained my first (modern-day) technical certification in 2014. It was the System Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) offered by…

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Want Better Alerting? Consider Your Business Processes

May 19, 2020

Logging, monitoring, and alerting programs are some of the most critical elements of any security and compliance program, but traditional approaches for implementing and upgrading these capabilities are often noisy, expensive, and laborious. Traditional Alerting Approaches are Failing During program assessments, we find that a lot of clients are generating so many alerts that they…

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Vendor Enablement: Rethinking Third-Party Risk

April 30, 2020

Third-party risk management is an essential element of information security. It is common to see news about a large company being breached, and after learning more, you find out the breach was the result of a vendor. When you depend on another organization for a critical business process and allow them access to your network,…

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