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2017-029-CIS benchmarks, Windows Update reverts changes used to detect malware

This week was one heck of a show. If you are a blueteamer and make use of the "Windows Logging Cheat Sheet", you are no doubt aware of how important it is to log certain events, and to set hostile conditions to make malware/Trojans/virus have a harder time avoiding detection. What if I told you the same updates we suggested last week to NEVER delay actually undoes all your hardening on your system and leaves your logfiles set to defaults, all file associations for suspect files like pif,...

Duration: 01:17:40

2017-028-disabling WU?, Comcast wireless hack, and was it irresponsible disclosure?

This week went in a different direction from what we normally do. We discussed some news, a twitter conversation about someone from the 'ahem' "media" that suggests that you disable Windows Update on your home devices. We discuss the pros and mostly cons of doing that, and alternatives to protect your home and work devices from that. We talked about the Comcast Xfinity applicances and how they have a vulnerability that could make it appear that traffic created by people outside of your...

Duration: 00:54:44

2017-026-Machine_Learning-Market Hype, or infosec's blue team's newest weapon?

Direct Link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/brakeingsecurity/2017-026-Ally_miller_machine-learning-AI.mp3 Ally Miller (@selenakyle) joined us this week to discuss Machine Learning and #Artificial #Intelligence. It seems like every new security product employs one or both of these terms. She did the keynote at Bsides Las Vegas on topics of #Machine #Learning and #Behavioral #Economics. We asked Ms. Miller to join us here to discuss what ML and AI are, how algorithms work to analyze the data to...

Duration: 01:09:01

2017-025-How will GDPR affect your Biz with Wendyck, and DerbyCon CTF info

Direct Link:http://traffic.libsyn.com/brakeingsecurity/2017-025-How-GDPR-affects-US-Biz-with-Wendyck-Derbycon2017-CTF-info.mp3 GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is weighing on the minds and pocketbooks of a lot of European companies, but is the US as worried? If you read many of the news articles out there, it ranges from 'meh' to 'OMG, the sky, it is falling". GDPR will cause a lot of new issues in the way business is being done, not just in the realm of security, but in the...

Duration: 01:10:48


Direct Link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/brakeingsecurity/2017-024-mental_health_podcast-with-Rand0h-and-tottenkoph.mp3 The infosec industry and the infosec culture is so diverse, with many different points of view, many different thoughts and opinions, and many of us deal with our own internal demons, like addictions, mental afflictions like depression or bipolar disorders. And 'imposter syndrome' is another thing that seems to add to the mix, making some believe they have to be constantly...

Duration: 01:30:55

2017-023-Jay_Beale_Securing Linux-LXC-Selinux-Apparmor-Jails_and_more

Direct Link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/brakeingsecurity/2017-023-Jay_Beale-selinux-apparmor-securing_lxc.mp3 Jay Beale works for a pentest firm called "Inguardians", and has always been a fierce friend of the show. He's running a class at both BlackHat and Defcon all about hardening various parts of the Linux OS. This week, we discuss some of the concepts he teaches in the class. Why do we disable Selinux? Is it as difficult to enable as everyone believes? What benefit do we get from...

Duration: 01:09:43

2017-022-Windows Hardening, immutable laws of security admins, and auditpol

Direct Link to Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/brakeingsecurity/2017-022-windows_and_AD_Hardening.mp3 This week, we discuss hardening of windows hosts, utilizing CIS benchmarks. We talk about the 'auditpol' command. And we dredge up from the ancient times (2000) the Microsoft article from Scott Culp "The 10 Immutable Laws of Security Administration". Are they still applicable to today's environment, 17 years later? Brakesec also announces our "PowerShell for Blue Teamers and...

Duration: 00:53:47

2017-SPECIAL- Michael Gough and Brian Boettcher discuss specific ransomware

Due to popular demand, we are adding the extra content from last week's show as a standalone podcast. Michael Gough (@hackerHurricane) and Mr. Boettcher (BrakeSec Co-Host, and @boettcherpwned) sit down and discuss the popularity of ransomware as a topic They discuss what email attachments to block, how to test your own email gateway, and what controls you should implement to help defend against the #petya #notpetya ransomware.

Duration: 00:19:25


This week, we discussed Ms. Berlin's recent foray to CircleCityCon, 614con (@614con), and her recent webinars with O'Reilly. One topic we discussed this week was how to reach out to small businesses about information security. Mr. Boettcher (@boettcherpwned) had just came from a panel discussion about an initiative in Austin, Texas called "MANIFEST", which sought to engage small business owners with #information #security professionals to help them secure their environments. So we got to...

Duration: 01:18:46


Hector Monsegur (@hxmonsegur on Twitter) is a good friend of the show, and we invited him to come on and discuss some of the #OSINT research he's doing to identify servers without using noisy techniques like DNS brute forcing. We also discuss EclinicalWorks and their massive fine for falsifying testing of their EHR system, and implications for that. What happens to customers confidence in the product, and what happens if you're already a customer and realize you were duped by...

Duration: 01:16:36

2017-019-Ms. Jessy Irwin, Effective Training in Small/Medium Businesses

This week, we invited Ms. Jessy Irwin (@jessysaurusrex) on to discuss the issues Small and medium businesses and startups have with getting good training, training that is effective and what can be done to address these issues. We also go through several ideas for training subjects that should be addressed by training, and what maybe would be addressed by policy. ------- Upcoming BrakeSec Podcast training: Ms. Sunny Wear - Web App Security/OWASP 14 June - 21 June - 28 June at 1900...

Duration: 01:11:33

2017-018-SANS_course-EternalBlue_and_Samba_vulnerabilities-DerbyCon contest details

We discuss SANS courses, including the one I just took (SEC504). How did I do in class? You can listen to the show and find out. Since it's been a few weeks, we also discuss all the interesting WannaCry reports, the ease at which this vulnerability was exploited, and why would a company allow access to SMB (tcp port 445) from the Internet? We discuss some upcoming training that we are holding starting 14 June. Ms. Sunny Wear will be doing 3 sessions discussing the use of Burp, and...

Duration: 00:50:39


Zero trust networking may be a foreign concept to you, but Google and others have been utilizing this method of infrastructure and networking for quite a while now. It stands more traditional networking on it's head by not having a boundry in the traditional sense. There's no VPN, no ACLs to audit, no firewall to maintain... Sounds crazy right? Well, it's all about trust, or the lack of it. No one trusts anyone without a proper chain of permission. Utilizing 2FA, concepts of port...

Duration: 01:25:45

2017-016-Fileless_Malware, and reclassifying malware to suit your needs

Malware is big business, both from the people using it, to the people who sell companies blinky boxes to companies saying that they scare off bad guys. The latest marketdroid speak appears to be the term 'fileless malware', which by definition... FTA: “Malware from a "fileless" attack is so-called because it resides solely in memory, with commands delivered directly from the internet. The approach means that there's no executable on disk and no artefacts ("files") for conventional...

Duration: 01:05:42

2015-015-Being a 'security expert' vs. 'security aware'

This week, we have a little story time. Developers should be aware of the kinds of vulnerabilities their code can be attacked with. XSS, Buffer overflows, heap overflows, etc should be terms that they understand. But is it enough that they are 'aware' of them, and yet seem to do nothing? Or should they be experts in their own particular area of development, and leave infosec people to deal with more generic issues? We discuss the pros and cons of this argument this week, as well as how...

Duration: 00:44:42


So, I (Bryan) had a bit of a work issue to discuss. It has become one of my myriad jobs at work to write up some policies. In and of itself, it's not particularly fun work, and for whatever reason, this is causing me all kinds of issues. So this week we take a quick look at why I'm having these issues, if they are because I don't get it, or because the method I must follow is flawed. After that, we add on to last week's show on #2FA and #MFA...

Duration: 01:00:11

2017-013-Multi-factor Auth implementations, gotchas, and solutions with Matt

Most everyone uses some kind of Multi-factor or '2 Factor Authentication". But our guest this week (who is going by "Matt" @infosec_meme)... Wanted to discuss some gotchas with regard to 2FA or MFA, the issues that come from over-reliance on 2FA, including some who believe it's the best thing ever, and we finally discuss other methods of 2FA that don't just require a PIN from a mobile device or token. We also discuss it's use with concepts like "beyondCorp", which is google's concept of...

Duration: 00:48:42

UK Gov Apprenticeship infosec programs with Liam Graves

One of our Slackers (people who hang with us on our Slack Channel) mentioned that he was writing exam materials for one of the programs created by the UK Government to train high school and/or people headed to university in skills without the traditional 4 year education track. I was very intrigued by this, since we don't appear to have anything like this, outside of interning at a company, which means you're not considered a full-time employee, have no benefits, and there's no oversight...

Duration: 00:54:11

2017-011-Software Defined Perimeter with Jason Garbis

We talked with Jason Garbis this week about Software Defined Perimeter (SDP). Ever thought about going completely without needing a VPN? Do you think I just made a crazy suggestion and am off my medications? Google has been doing it for years, and organizations like the Cloud Security Alliance are expecting this to be the next big tech innovation. So much so, that they are already drafting version 2 of the SDP guidelines. So after talking with a friend of mine about how they were trying...

Duration: 00:52:40

2017-010-Authors Amanda Berlin and Lee Brotherston of the "Defensive Security Handbook"

Our very own Ms. Berlin and Mr. Lee Brotherston (@synackpse), veteran of the show, co-authored an #O'Reilly book called the "Defensive Security Handbook" We talk with Amanda and Lee (or Lee and Amanda :D ) about why they wrote the book, how people should use the book, and how you can maximize your company's resources to protect you. The best thing is that you can pick up the ebook right now! It's available for pre-order on Safari books (Link), or pre-order on Amazon.com (Link) Hope you...

Duration: 01:13:41

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