A Straightforward Workflow to Define Your Cloud Security Strategy

Security is a big concern for organizations of pretty much every size and shape. Once you have organization-wide agreement that security is a priority (for most companies today, this is a no-brainer), it’s time to get to work.

So where do you start? Of course, you’ll need an individual or an interdisciplinary group to lead your security initiatives, but beyond that, it’s a matter of focusing on the right things at the right time to get your security program up and running as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Getting it done right should always be an objective, and getting it done quickly is also highly desirable — especially if you have a legal or customer requirement to become more secure.

In our latest webinar, “Automating Security and Compliance for Your Cloud Deployment,” Chris Gervais, Threat Stack’s VP of Engineering, and Katie Paugh, G2 Technology Group’s Security Architect discussed a simple workflow that every company can follow to successfully implement an effective security plan. Watch the full recording or read the main points below. Read more “A Straightforward Workflow to Define Your Cloud Security Strategy”

5 Years in Review: 5 Can’t-Miss Posts From Our Archive of 450+

Five years is a blink of the eye in time, but in technology, a lot can happen. This year, we’re celebrating the fifth year of the Threat Stack blog. We’ve been digging around our archives and analyzing the metrics to see what’s changed in the market since our inception, how our own product has evolved, and what topics are still tried and true.

Some things changed, and some stayed the same. Most interesting, we saw five of our personal favorite topics rise to the top in terms of article popularity. Some written several years ago, some written this year, they’re indicative of how the market is shifting and what companies are focused on today.

Without further ado, here are the five most-read articles of all time on our blog, and if you haven’t read them, data says you should. Read more “5 Years in Review: 5 Can’t-Miss Posts From Our Archive of 450+”

How We Can Turn National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Into Cybersecurity Action

Want to take a peek at the World’s Worst Data Breaches? Here you go:

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/worlds-biggest-data-breaches-hacks/


Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s start this blog post over again. Our goal isn’t to frighten you or deepen the numbness you might already be feeling from the drip, drip, drip of bad cyber news.

It’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), which was launched in October 2004 as a collaboration between the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with the goal of raising awareness and providing education on cybersecurity issues.

The name is something of a misnomer, however. NCSAM is really designed to do more than make you aware of cyber risks. It’s bigger goal is to arm you with information and tools you can use to strengthen yourself, your social groups, and your businesses against the cyber criminals who prey on us.

In the spirit of NCSAM, we at Threat Stack want to do our part by sharing some of the advice our bloggers have offered on how to take action to protect yourself and your company from cyberattacks. With that in mind, here are summaries of four recent blogs. Read more “How We Can Turn National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Into Cybersecurity Action”

11 Questions to Ask Before Investing in a Cloud Security Solution

Whether you’re in security, operations, or another related discipline, choosing the right cloud security products can be a complex process. With thousands of options, each with their own nuances, how do you know which tool, or mix of tools, is going to be right for your organization? The following questions are designed to help you identify the solutions that will fit your specific needs and requirements. Use them as you make your decision, and the entire process will be much more seamless. Read more “11 Questions to Ask Before Investing in a Cloud Security Solution”

6 Ways to Adopt a Cloud-Specific Security Paradigm

Cloud technologies and traditional security processes are as bad a match as stripes and polka dots. They simply aren’t built to mix well together. As companies adopt cloud technologies, security teams are scrambling to apply what they know to this new way of doing business. But they’re quickly realizing how different an on-prem mindset is from one that’s geared to the cloud. Namely because, in an on-premise environment, security is based on the perimeter. In the cloud, however, there is no defined perimeter, and a seemingly endless number of endpoints. In the face of this, security needs to shift in a major way.

In this post, we will define six ways you can effectively shift your security paradigm so it’s suited to a cloud-defined world. Read more “6 Ways to Adopt a Cloud-Specific Security Paradigm”

7 Ways Business Processes Have Changed the Need for Security

Considering how fast every facet of business is changing today, the job for Security teams has become much more complex — and critical. Not only are there more data and endpoints to protect, but there are also new threats and adversaries to detect.

Since speed and continuous release cycles can be a major competitive advantage for businesses, Security professionals need to identify ways of keeping up. In this post, we’ll cover seven important ways business processes are changing and how security can adapt to support the speed of business. Read more “7 Ways Business Processes Have Changed the Need for Security”

What You Need to Know About the Apache Struts Vulnerability – Updated

Post updated by:
Christian Lappin,
Threat Stack Senior Security Engineer & David WeinsteinThreat Stack Senior Security Engineer

Four months ago we wrote the following:

The Apache Struts “vulnerability is . . . extra-concerning because exploiting it is trivial. Hackers can easily spot vulnerable systems, the Struts exploits are publicly available, and the attack is easy to carry out and repeat. Attackers need to modify just one line of code to trick servers into downloading malicious binary from the internet.”

We warned about the Apache Struts vulnerability before the massive cyber attack that Equifax Inc. experienced — or at least before Equifax announced the breach to the public. Read more “What You Need to Know About the Apache Struts Vulnerability – Updated”

When It’s Time To Put An Engine In Your Cloud Security Lifeboat

Oftentimes companies wait until they grow to a certain size or have a full technology stack before they begin thinking seriously about security. The problem with this is that, statistically, it’s a matter of when you will have a security problem, not if.

So our observation is: If you wait until your company reaches some arbitrary milestone before implementing mature security practices, you may already be late to the game. (If you’ll pardon the obvious, it’s not a great practice to put your life jacket on after your boat gets in trouble; it’s much better to put it on at the very start — i.e., as soon as you board the boat.)

Security maturity actually has nothing to do with the size of your operations — and a great deal to do with how you manage the risk that is inherent in any environment. Even in the smallest companies, security can have a major impact. And we’re not just talking about implementing two-factor authentication or using VPNs (although these are, of course, important). We’re talking about the importance of starting to use a comprehensive approach to monitoring and protecting your infrastructure (on-prem, cloud, or hybrid) as early as possible.

The good news is, today you don’t need dozens of security tools or a major budget to start building end-to-end protection. But you do need to be smart about when and how you implement security. If you haven’t integrated security into your operations from Day 1, this post reviews four transformative events (planned or otherwise) that signal when it’s time to get serious about your organization’s cloud security maturity. Read more “When It’s Time To Put An Engine In Your Cloud Security Lifeboat”

5 Cloud Security Tips for Emerging Tech Companies

True or false: Companies born in the cloud naturally understand security.

Young and tech-savvy companies running in the cloud often deal with the same cloud security issues as larger organizations that are moving to the cloud from legacy or on-prem solutions. In fact, the unique requirements of tech companies — like continuous development cycles and cutting-edge, rapidly evolving processes — can sometimes add even more complexity to security. If you fall into this camp, you may find this blog useful. In it, we’ve rounded up some of our best advice so you can learn how to strengthen your cloud security posture and start building out a cloud security strategy starting now, without a big drain on your budget and resources. Read more “5 Cloud Security Tips for Emerging Tech Companies”

Prevention Isn’t Enough. Why All Companies Need Detection Too

How would you know if your prevention methods failed to catch a critical threat? One of two ways: Either a customer, an auditor, or another third party would find out about it (an embarrassing situation for you) or  you could get lucky and find it yourself — which is rare without detection.

Prevention techniques and technologies (e.g., security controls, firewalls, encryption, antivirus), are designed to block an attacker from getting in, and can be critical to your security strategy. However, they can’t be the only defense you have in place. If history is any indicator (and we believe it is), attackers will find a way in. So, as a defender, you also need the ability to detect threats once they are inside your modern cloud infrastructure. That’s why companies are shifting their focus to detection techniques and technologies (e.g., monitoring, alerting).

In this post, we’ll explain what detection does that prevention cannot, what to watch out for if you’re relying on prevention alone, and how you can use them in parallel. Read more “Prevention Isn’t Enough. Why All Companies Need Detection Too”