2019 was already an incredible year. I was allowed to be on stages this year that I would never have dreamed of. Fantastic!
Definitely an absolute highlight has been RSA 2019, where I was invited to speak with my buddy Josh Harriman about “The Lost Boys: How Linux and Mac Intersect in a Windows-Centric Security World”. An awesome experience to be on stage with an expert like Josh!
Now two more top conferences are casting their shadow – Microsoft Ignite and ExpertsLive Europe.
At RSA 2019 I’ll be speaking about the Lost Boys: How Linux and Mac Intersect in a Windows-Centric Security World. We often see that Windows has such a large market share as the platform of choice, it can render Linux and Mac the Lost Boys in the world of security. This is also reinforced by the fact that the management of the two platforms for enterprise environments is simply not comparable to the administration of Windows client or server operating systems. But from the perspective of a security officer, this is as important as necessary. In November 2017, Microsoft announced that it will extend Windows Defender ATP partners across platforms. With that, the public availability of the WDATP integration of Ziften, Bitdefender and Lookout went live. With this comprehensive approach, Microsoft unites forces against cyber threats and adds lack of knowledge about behavior-based security solutions on these platforms through the industry expertise of its partners. This integration has now been extended to include two additional platforms, SentinelOne and Corrata. In this blog post I’ll give you a first introduction how the integration with Ziften can be done. Later we will have a look how the agent behaves on Mac and Linux machines with two different examples of real world attacks, that we have seen in the past couple of months.
I just arrived home from my trip to Prague Czech Republic. It was an amazing conference with a big firework at the end :). The conference counted over 400 attendees from 29 countries. In six different session tracks you could listen to 42 experts presenting a wide range of topics in the Microsoft universe. Besides the VIP party in Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge my absolute highlight was the Intro Video below.
after Microsoft Ignite and IT:SA I’m looking forward to Experts Live Europe. I’m part of the community for more than 4 years now. Back in the days the conference was called System Center Universe Europe. I attended twice and I really liked the warm and welcoming atmosphere and the good quality and selection of the speakers. Honestly I’m super proud to be back as a speaker. Last year I had three sessions – check out the according blog post if you are interested.
in the previous post we’ve focused on the authentication technique of Kerberos, we went through the 3 way handshake and had a look at the encryption types. With that in mind we will have a look at goldenticket attacks.
many enterprise IT departments these days are afraid of goldenticket or pass the ticket attacks -which is good because privilege escalation and privileged account exploitation are at the center of cyber attacks as we see them. Attackers crash through the network perimeter, hijack credentials and use them to move laterally throughout the network, taking additional credentials and escalating privileges along the way to accomplish their goals. In this blog series we will have a look at kerberos golden ticket and silver ticket attacks. I’ll try my best to explain how it works and how Azure ATP / Advanced Threat Analytics can help to detect.
in June 2018, Mark Simos who works as Lead Architect, Enterprise Cybersecurity Group at Microsoft published the updated “Cybersecurity Reference Architecture”. I find this a very valuable collection of architectural information as it often gives a good impression of the big picture approach. As there is a webcast coming up, where Mark is going to explain the design and how you as a architect or systems engineer can use this reference architecture, I decided to wrap that information up in a blogpost.
we recently had a customer that was affected by a sticky keys attack. That made my team and myself dig deeper in how you can prevent these kind of attacks. The best way to protect is easier than you might expect…
the third attack simulation method is a password spray attack. In a password-spray attack, a hacker tests a single password against multiple user accounts at an organization. The method often involves weak passwords, such as Winter2018 or Password123!, and can be an effective hacking technique against organizations that are using single sign-on (SSO) and federated authentication protocols, but that haven’t deployed multi factor authentication.
A Brute Force Attack is the simplest method to gain access to a site or server. It is an automated, trial-and-error method of generating multiple password guesses from a dictionary file against a user’s password. Automated software is used to generate a large number of consecutive guesses as to the value of the desired data. An attack of this nature can be time- and resource-consuming. Hence the name “brute force attack;” success is usually based on computing power and the number of combinations tried rather than an ingenious algorithm.