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What Are Ephemeral Accounts & How Do They Defend Against Attackers?

What Are Ephemeral Accounts & How Do They Defend Against Attackers?

Privileged Account Management (PAM) software has been around for decades, resulting in many different approaches to securing privileged access to critical assets. Accounts with more access need stronger protection, which is what PAM solutions strive to provide. Over the years PAM software has evolved from simply vaulting passwords to using proxy servers to handle those vaulted passwords, resulting in blurred lines between the distinction of Privileged Account Management and Privileged Acc…
What Comes After the FireEye Attack

What Comes After the FireEye Attack

By now it’s common knowledge that FireEye has disclosed they were the victims of an attack by a nation-state seeking government information. If you aren’t aware of the particulars of this attack, I strongly encourage you to take a few minutes and read the blog posted by the FireEye team. It includes details about the attack and what was compromised, as well as how the company plans to address the situation. In the next few days, we will face a barrage of messages from vendors seeking to r…
South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) Compliance

South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) Compliance

| Dan Piazza | | Leave a Comment
Following in the footsteps of GDPR, CCPA, and LGPD, South Africa’s data privacy law, Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), took effect on July 1st, 2020, with an effective date for enforcement of July 1st, 2021. What this means is that affected organizations have a year to prepare and should take advantage of the grace period to stay ahead of requirements. POPIA is modeled after the EU’s GDPR, as many recent data privacy laws and frameworks have been. By doing so POPIA grants us…
How to Create and Mount NFS Exports on CentOS Linux

How to Create and Mount NFS Exports on CentOS Linux

| Dan Piazza | | Leave a Comment
NFS, the Network File System, is a common method for sharing files over a network from a Unix host. In this blog, we’ll go over how to create NFS exports (i.e., shares) on a CentOS 8 host, as well as how to mount those exports from a Linux client. NFS exports are supported on most Linux distributions, although the specific required packages may differ per your distro (e.g., CentOS/RHEL, Ubuntu, etc.). However, the overall workflow and methodology will be the same. To start, you need a …
Installing SQL Server 2019 on Centos 8

Installing SQL Server 2019 on Centos 8

| Sujith Kumar | | Leave a Comment
Microsoft announced the release of SQL Server 2019 at Ignite 2019 with some exciting new features including Scalar UDF inlining, always-on connection, and Linux support. In my previous blog, I walked through the steps of integrating a Linux host running on CentOS 8 into a Windows Active Directory (AD) domain configured on Windows 2012 R2 Server Standard Edition. In this blog, I will be using the same AD domain joined CentOS 8 server to install and configure SQL Server 2019 for Linux. Whet…
Malware’s Growth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Malware’s Growth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

| Dan Piazza | | Leave a Comment
If recent years have taught us anything about the intent of threat actors, it’s that no victim or circumstance is off limit when there’s a profit to be made. Throughout the year attackers have used COVID-19 to take advantage of victims’ fears of the virus, exploited new attack surfaces resulting from the increase in remote work, and even attempted to steal vaccine research. Earlier this year, it was reported that the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has seen reports in cybercri…
Authentication, Authorization, Single Sign-On, & Federated Identity Explained

Authentication, Authorization, Single Sign-On, & Federated Identity Explained

Identity and access management (IAM) is a major part of day-to-day enterprise workflows, and with that often comes confusion around authentication, authorization, single sign-on, and federated identity. Let’s break each down in simple terms, which also apply to consumer workflows in addition professional environments. Authentication (AuthN) vs. Authorization (AuthZ) Authentication is confirming a user is who they say they are, when logging-in to an account, service, website, applicatio…
What Active Directory Groups Am I In?

What Active Directory Groups Am I In?

It’s often helpful to know which Active Directory groups your current user is a member of when joined to a domain. That information is typically easy to obtain, however you need to know where to look. For many, having a graphical UI is helpful for any task. While this isn’t the quickest way to locate your AD group membership, it’s the best way if you want to avoid the command line (i.e. PowerShell or Command Prompt). Let’s discuss several methods to achieve our goal, including via the …
What is the Difference Between an O365 E5 and an E3 License with Respect to Security Features?

What is the Difference Between an O365 E5 and an E3 License with Respect to Security Features?

Microsoft’s licensing can be a little confusing when it comes to figuring out exactly how many E5/E3 licenses you will need to actually leverage the security features associated with a given license. This blog is written with the assumption that you know what features you are interested in buying and/or at have a basic understanding of the O365 E3/E5 license suites security features. One of the main reasons I looked into this in the first place was to figure out how features which require…

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