How Next-Generation Firewall Platforms Help Protect Your Perimeter at Each Stage of the Cyber Kill Chain*
November 16, 2017, Mark Bedell, Senior Consultant, Cyber Engineering, Coalfire
Whether you need to upgrade your firewalls on-premise or in the cloud, next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) can significantly reduce the risks associated with the modern threat landscape. Since attacks have evolved using techniques such as encryption, polymorphism, etc., firewalls have also evolved to protect against some of the most sophisticated attacks. Whether they are deployed as physical appliances or virtual machines, these firewalls are not only “application aware,” but they have become complete threat intelligence managers guarding you against known and zero-day threats.
News and Updates from the PCI Europe Community Meeting
November 06, 2017, Sam Pfanstiel, Solution Principal, PCI, Coalfire
In September, Hurricane Irma forced the PCI SSC to cancel the North America Community Meeting; and the uncertainty of Catalonian independence from Spain may have led some to stay home from the Europe Community Meeting held in Barcelona last week. Nevertheless, the Coalfire team was well-represented in Barcelona. Because there were so many valuable updates, we offer this summary to keep you informed of these important developments in the world of PCI.
Capital One Fraud Seminar Recap
October 26, 2017, Michael Pitcher, Vice President, Technical Cyber Services, Coalfire Federal
Recently, I was honored to be invited as a panelist at a recent seminar hosted by Capital One Spark Business to share some views on fraud prevention and cybersecurity with their customers. I was joined by a few other industry experts, Gerald Glickman, a Manager of Capital One’s Fraud Analysis team, and Jennifer Smith, who led the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy group at the Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker law firm, to round out a diverse group from various parts of the industry. Each of us deal with fraud daily, but we have very different roles: Jennifer on the litigation side, Gerald from inside a bank, and myself from the technical perspective. Read more
Scripted Inputs and Splunk
October 19, 2017, Josh Porto, Senior Consultant, Cyber Engineering, Coalfire
Splunk is an extremely versatile tool when dealing with data:
- Monitor files? Check!
- Listen in on an open port? Check!
- Monitor the file system? Performance monitor? HTTP Event Collector?
- Check, check aaaaand check!
But what if the data you want to ingest does not have a method listed above? Say, something like a database or a security tool’s API? Scripted inputs are the solution! Splunk can even employ a variety of scripts to include (but not limited to) PowerShell, shell scripts, and Python. Besides working around data sources, which do not use log files and cannot send via TCP or UDP, the advantages abound and include:
Top 10 Things CSPs Need to Know about FedRAMP Authorization on Amazon Web Services
October 18, 2017, Jennifer Tonisson, Partner Marketing Manager, Technology & Cloud, Coalfire
Coalfire conducted a webinar, FedRAMP on AWS: What you need to know. The discussion covered what cloud service providers need to know when pursuing FedRAMP authorization leveraging AWS U.S East/West or GovCloud. Below you’ll find the Top 10 things that cloud service providers should know.