Monthly Archives: February 2013

BSides Detroit 13 Episode 08

Ben0xA joins the podcast with J Wolfgang Goerlich to discuss user engagement and awareness training. Do you want to run an effective awareness campaign for less than $20 a person? Check out Ben0xA’s talk: Creating A Powerful User Defense Against Attackers.

Abstract. Does your security defense stop at the firewall, antivirus, logging, auditing, and the IDS? Regardless of the size or complexity of your perimeter security if your user clicks on a malicious link or opens an infected file it could still be ‘game over’ for your network. One of the strongest defenses is knowledge and empowerment. In this talk, I will show you how we were able to get our executives, IT team, and all of our users excited about security with a unique approach to User Security Awareness Training. I will show you examples of how we convinced everyone in our organization that they are a part of the security defense team. I will show you what worked and what didn’t work when we implemented this in our organization. I’ll talk about how these techniques that I used in an organization of 70 employees can work at organizations of all sizes. I will give you practical tools to sell the idea to your boss, sell the idea to your IT team, and sell the idea to your users which will help you create a powerful user defense against attackers.

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BSides Detroit 13 Episode 07

Steven Fox and Andrew MacPherson from Paterva join the podcast. We discuss Maltego and Steven’s Open Source Intelligence Workshop / Scavenger Hunt.

Abstract. The Internet is replete with information resources which communicate both trivial and useful information about people/organizations. Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) comprises an analytical process where this information is collected, distilled and deployed for use in a variety of scenarios. This process reveals the information associated with physical assets, enabling us to interface strategically with the world.

Attendees will learn, over two half-day sessions, the OSINT lifecycle in the context of a scavenger hunt. They wll become familier with the fundamentals behind cyber intelligence collection and analysis, and how these current methods can be deployed in their organizations. They will also learn to visualize connections between information and physical assets through the use of Paterva’s Maltego. Each workshop attendee will receive a 5-day enterprise license for us in both this workshop and the Security BSides Detroit CTF.

Note. This is a two part workshop. Part one is on Friday morning, part two is on Saturday afternoon, and the scavenger hunt runs through-out the conference. Exact times will be announced closer to the event.

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BSides Detroit 13 Episode 06

Keith Dixon (@Tazdrumm3r) joins us to share a brief retrospective of BSides Detroit 12, and to give a preview of his 13 talk on honeypots.

Abstract. Be vewy vewy quiet, we’re hunting hackers – Honeypots and the fun you can you have. This talk is to give a demonstration of what fun and interesting things you can discover and learn about by setting up a honeypot or two.

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BSides Detroit 13 Episode 05

Fresh from Twitter’s security breach with 250,000 passwords and the increased calls for Twitter to use two-factor authentication, John Moore (@RabidSecurity) joins the podcast to cover password strength and two-factor authentication. John covers his new BSides Detroit talk, Advanced Password Recovery Techniques and Modern Mitigation Strategies, along with his Cain and Abel password cracking workshop.

Abstract. Think about all the passwords we use to access information every day. Whether it is email, social media, financial institutions or numerous other services, passwords have become the keys to our digital kingdoms. So it’s no surprise that Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actors and malicious software target these credentials once they have compromised a system or systems in our network to further entrench and seek profit from unlocking our personal and corporate data. In order to curb this problem, most enterprises and operating systems encrypt this data to keep it safe. However, we have seen with the right tools these credentials can be unencrypted and used for more nefarious means. This problem has plagued even the largest organizations and the list of companies suffering from credential leaks is growing almost daily and includes such giants as LinkedIn, EHarmony and Yahoo. In this talk, we discuss how these breaches occur, the risks to the organization as well as the individual and what can be done to mitigate this growing security epidemic. An “Enclave Protected Defense-in-Depth” strategy toward creating, securing and managing passwords against this class of attack will be propounded and a focus will be placed on explicating the tools, techniques and practices (TTPs) used by malicious actors that leverage these attacks to gain access within the network to breach critical data that can bring harm to the individual and organization. Lastly, we will explore how to improve personal and enterprise password strategies, discuss alternatives like two factor authentication and Active Directory Group Policy strategies to help mitigate this risk and, finally, speculate to what the future of authentication may look like.

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