Reports and Data

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I want to call out some impressive aspects of a report by Proofpoint: TA410: The Group Behind LookBack Attacks Against U.S. Utilities Sector Returns with New Malware. There are many praise-worthy aspects of this report, starting from the amazing lack of hyperbole, and the focus on facts, rather than opinions. The extraordinary lack of adjectives…

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The Sonatype 2020 DevSecOps Community Survey is a really interesting report. Most interesting to me is the importance of effective communication, with both tools and human communication in developer happiness. But even more important is my belief that to reach developers Star Wars is better than Star Trek is confirmed. No bias there.

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Understanding the way intrusions really happen is a long-standing interest of mine. This is quite a different set of questions compared to “how long does it take to detect,” or “how many records are stolen?” How the intrusion happens is about questions like: Is it phishing emails that steal creds? Email attachments with exploits? SQL…

Read More How Are Computers Compromised (2020 Edition)

Most of my time, I’m helping organizations develop the skills and discipline to build security in. We give the best advice available, and I recognize that we’re early in developing the science around how to build an SDL that works. That’s why I spend time working with academics who can objectively study what we’re working…

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The Berryville Institute of Machine Learning (BIML) has released “An Architectural Risk Analysis of Machine Learning Systems.” This is an important step in the journey to systematic, structured, and comprehensive security analysis of machine learning systems, and we can contrast it with the work at Microsoft I blogged about last month. As always, my goal…

Read More Threat Model Thursday: BIML Machine Learning Risk Framework

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Earlier this year, I helped to organize a workshop at Schloss Dagstuhl on Empirical Evaluation of Secure Development Processes. I think the workshop was a tremendous success, we’ve already seen publications inspired by it, such as Moving Fast and Breaking Things: How to stop crashing more than twice, and I know there’s more forthcoming. I’m…

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There was a really interesting paper at the Workshop on the Economics of Information Security. The paper is “Valuing CyberSecurity Research Datasets.” The paper focuses on the value of the IMPACT data sharing platform at DHS, and how the availability of data shapes the research that’s done. On its way to that valuation, a very…

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I’m happy to say that some new research by Jay Jacobs, Wade Baker, and myself is now available, thanks to the Global Cyber Alliance. They asked us to look at the value of DNS security, such as when your DNS provider uses threat intel to block malicious sites. It’s surprising how effective it is for…

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The House Oversight Committee has released a scathing report on Equifax. Through the investigation, the Committee reviewed over 122,000 pages of documents, conducted transcribed interviews with three former Equifax employees directly involved with IT, and met with numerous current and former Equifax employees, in addition to Mandiant, the forensic firm hired to conduct an investigation…

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