The six most dangerous infosec attacks – Hackers – SC Magazine Australia – Secure Business Intelligence

The six most dangerous infosec attacks – Hackers – SC Magazine Australia – Secure Business Intelligence.

SC Magazine Autralia summarized Ed Skoudis’s and Joannes Ullrich’s RSA presentation on the six most dangerous IT Security threats of 2011 and what to expect in the year ahead. They are:

  1. DNS as command-and-control
  2. SSL slapped down
  3. Mobile malware as a network infection vector
  4. Hacktivism is back
  5. SCADA at home
  6. Cloud Security
Additional trends:
  • IPv6
  • Oldies
  • Social Networking
  • Malware
  • DNSSEC
The reference to the Malware item above is that blacklisting is a losing proposition and organizations need to move to whitelisting. IMHO, this especially true for establishing positive network control at the application level.

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Anonymous, Decentralized and Uncensored File-Sharing is Booming | TorrentFreak

Anonymous, Decentralized and Uncensored File-Sharing is Booming | TorrentFreak.

Despite efforts to curb file-sharing, it’s booming. New file-sharing apps have been developed that are harder for enterprises to control.

The file-sharing landscape is slowly adjusting in response to the continued push for more anti-piracy tools, the final Pirate Bay verdict, and the raids and arrests in the Megaupload case. Faced with uncertainty and drastic changes at file-sharing sites, many users are searching for secure, private and uncensored file-sharing clients. Despite the image its name suggests, RetroShare is one such future-proof client.

If your Next Generation Firewall uses a Positive Control Model and monitors all 65,535 ports all the time you do not have to worry about these new file-sharing products because they will be blocked as unknown applications. Of course, before you go into production, you must investigate all of the unknown apps to assure that all business-required apps are identified, defined, and allowed by policy.

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