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10 CSOC tools for simplifying your daily life as a CSOC Analyst

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CSOC Tooling

Working as a CSOC analyst is becoming more complex, with alert volumes increasing rapidly as perimeters are integrated, tools, regulatory constraints, and the need to detect suspicious behaviour as quickly as possible.

Increasing the number of analysts to solve these problems would seem utopian as cybersecurity skills are increasingly sought after and consequently hard to obtain. Even though attracting talent must continue to be a major challenge, implementing good CSOC tools to simplify daily life is also critical. As is usually the case with the triptych: process, competent personnel, and technology, which must be adjusted to implement an efficient CSOC. As a result, the technology part of this article will focus on the CSOC tooling.

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How to evaluate an “OAuth/OpenID Connect” system from a security point of view?

This post presents a collection of security-oriented validation points that should be verified on a system using OAuth/OpenID Connect (OpenID Connect will be called OIDC in the rest of the post). Therefore, it assumes you are familiar with all the concepts related to OAuth/OIDC. All references to OAuth refer to OAuth 2.0.

If it is not the case then you can refer to this free online course named Introduction to OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect kindly created and provided by Dr. Philippe De Ryck or the several tutorials from ConnectId.

Note that this post is mainly security-oriented feedback following a complete focused training that I have recently taken on the OAuth/OIDC topics.

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How to handle teleworking in Luxembourg while considering cybersecurity

On the 9th of April, 2021, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (hereinafter, “CSSF”) published a new Circular dedicated to teleworking (Circular CSSF 21/769), which comes into force on the 30th of September, 2021. This Circular applies to all supervised companies and is a clear example of how the pandemic has tumbled the world and is slowly letting the way towards the “new normal”. Where teleworking was seen as an exception, it is now slowly becoming the new rule or at least an option for employees at a larger scale.

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How to implement Security Automation

Welcome back to our fifth article from The Cyber Blog Times Edition. Today, we discuss security automation.

Without further ado, let’s see what security automation consists of. It consists of using technologies to perform tasks, with reduced human effort, to integrate processes, applications, and security infrastructure.

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How to automatically validate the configuration of your API Gateway?

API everywhere…

Today, it is common for software, companies, etc. to provide a web API to expose data to their customers or partners11. https://blog.postman.com/api-growth-rate/. The objective is to facilitate the integration between Information Systems and create new business opportunities. For example, for banks, API was a way to provide more services to their customers through mobile applications. Do you remember the last time you needed to contact your bank directly or go physically to your bank agency?

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MITRE ATT&CK: Yet another new framework to learn about

In the hope of preventing a breach, companies deploy various detectors: from border security (firewall, proxies, …) to endpoint protection (EDR, antivirus, …). And, potentially, centralize all these events in a SIEM to correlate and implement Use Cases.

So many solutions and vendors, but yet some questions remain: how well (or not) is your detection against the most common attack vectors for your business sector? Are you able to detect attackers’ activity once they breached your infrastructure? Do you have overlapping sensors?

This article presents a framework, Mitre Att&ck (Adversarial Tactics Techniques & Common Knowledge), which becomes more and more popular and attempts to address the above questions. We will first, remind the existing methods and detail how Mitre Att&ck contributes to improving the understanding of an attack. We will then describe the various objectives achievable with this, as well as the requirements to get the most of it. Lastly, we will consider the interface developed by Mitre to fulfil the objectives efficiently.

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Microsoft & Excellium Services for a secured cloud migration

Agility, flexibility, COVID, … Organizations are adopting the cloud! This is the observation made by Excellium Services during its security interventions (incident response, security assessment, security configuration, …). From cost allocation to the “Pay as you use” payment solution allowing more financial flexibility, to the management of the delegated service, including the centralization of logs favouring permanent access by the customer to the latest information, Microsoft is drawing attention with its new Azure Sentinel security offer.

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Passwords: hash them harder, better, faster, stronger

What have we learned from the latest 30 years of password storage? We went from plaintext passwords in databases to hashed passwords, salted and even peppered passwords. Distributed computing required algorithms to adapt to new types of workload. So, what are the best practices, and what makes a truly resistant password hash against offline cracking?

Let’s review the basics of password hashing and the usage of the different algorithms used by the industry. Read more

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