Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Mandiant Webinar Wednesday; Help Us Break a Record!

I'm back for the last Mandiant Webinar of the year, titled State of the Hack: It's The End of The Year As We Know It - 2011. And you know what? We feel fine! That's right, join Kris Harms and me Wednesday at 2 pm eastern as we discuss our reactions to noteworthy security stories from 2011.

Register now and help Kris and me beat the attendee count from last month's record-setting Webinar.

If you have questions about and during the Webinar, you can always send them via Twitter to @mandiant and use the hashtag m_soh.

Tripwire Names Bejtlich #1 of "Top 25 Influencers in Security"

I've been listed in other "top whatever" security lists a few times in my career, but appearing in Tripwire's Top 25 Influencers in Security You Should Be Following today is pretty cool! Tripwire is one of those technologies and companies that everyone should know. It's almost like the "Xerox" of security because so many people equate the idea of change monitoring with Tripwire. So, I was happy to see my twitter.com/taosecurity feed and the taosecurity.blogspot.com blog make their cut.

David Spark asked for my "security tip for 2012," which I listed as:

Improve your incident detection and response program by answering two critical questions:

1. How many systems have been compromised in any given time period; and

2. How much time elapsed between incident identification and containment for each system?

Use the answers to improve and guide your overall security program.


Those of you on the securitymetrics mailing list, and a few other places, have heard me speaking about this topic. I'll probably blog about it in the future, but suffice it to say that those are the key issues you should address in 2012 in my opinion.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Become a Hunter

Earlier this year SearchSecurity and TechTarget published a July-August 2011 issue (.pdf) with a focus on targeted threats. Prior to joining Mandiant as CSO I wrote an article for that issue called "Become a Hunter":

IT’S NATURAL FOR members of a technology-centric industry to see technology as the solution to security problems. In a field dominated by engineers, one can often perceive engineering methods as the answer to threats that try to steal, manipulate, or degrade information resources. Unfortunately, threats do not behave like forces of nature. No equation can govern a threat’s behavior, and threats routinely innovate in order to evade and disrupt defensive measures.

Security and IT managers are slowly realizing that technology-centric defense is too easily defeated by threats of all types. Some modern defensive tools and techniques are effective against a subset of threats, but security pros in the trenches consider
the “self-defending network” concept to be marketing at best and counter-productive at worst. If technology and engineering aren’t the answer to security’s woes, then what is?


Download and read my article starting on page 19 for the answer! July-August 2011 issue (.pdf)