Blue Team Tactics and Techniques – PSW #631

It's often said that attackers need only to get it right once, where defenders have to be right all of the time. Those of us who have worked in a security role as a defender know we don't always get it right, in fact, there are often many exposures in our defenses. This segment will aim to help defenders learn tactics and techniques that are effective and try to answer some of the following questions:

- How do you prioritize your defensive efforts?

- How do you best detect attacks?

- How do you best protect against attacks?

- We always say "patch your stuff" but how often should you patch? Which systems should you patch?

- What techniques work best to defend against email phishing?

- How do you provide a "good enough" level of security for your Active Directory?

- What are the fundamentals of defense? How do they differ per environment and organization?

- How do you get management to buy-in to your security plans and spending?

Full episode and show notes

Guests

Bill Swearingen
Bill Swearingen
Sr Cyber Strategist at IronNet Cybersecurity

Bill has devoted his career to protecting critical infrastructure and Fortune100 companies from advanced cyber threats. He brings direct experience with being on the front lines, and an in-depth understanding of the challenges our customers are faced with — and what problems they are wanting to solve. Bill has a proven track record of creating, developing, and managing strong technical teams needed to provide Incident Response, Digital Forensics, Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, and Policy enforcement for large (Fortune 150) corporations such as CenturyLink and Sprint.

Chris Kubecka
Chris Kubecka
CEO at Hypasec

Chris CEO of HypaSec. Previously, Chris headed the Information Protection Group, NOC, SOC and joint-international intelligence team for the Aramco family. Helping to recover Aramco from a nation-state attack, implementing digital security and reconnecting international business operations. Responsible for all digital IT and ICS assets throughout the EMEA region (minus KSA) and Latin America. Subsequently, establishing and assisting global digital security teams, standards, security-driven legal contracts for secure software development with third parties, the Aramco EU/UK Privacy group with internal and external counsel and computer emergency response teams. Chris has practical and strategic hands-on experience in several cyber warfare incidents. USAF Space Command, detecting and helping to halt the July 2009 Second Wave attacks from the DPKR against South Korea and helping to recover and re-establish international business operations after the world’s most devastating cyber warfare attack, Shamoon in 2012. Expert advisor and panelist for several governments and parliaments.

Jason Neester
Jason Neester
CISO at A company in the financial sector

Jason has been in the IT industry since the late ’90s and has worked in manufacturing, government, retail, and finance verticals in every IT-related job role imaginable. He is passionate about defending organizations and greatly enjoys creative, unique solutions to complex problems. His favorite past time is trolling the red team and driving them to profanity.

Jim Nitterauer
Jim Nitterauer
Senior Security Engineer at Zix - AppRiver

Currently a Senior Security Engineer at AppRiver, LLC., a Zix company, his team is responsible for global network deployments and manages the SecureSurf global DNS infrastructure and SecureTide global spam and virus filtering infrastructure as well as all internal applications. Jim works directly with the CISO helping to bring the Zix compliance standards to AppRiver’s services. He holds the CISSP and CISM certifications in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology from Ursinus College and a Master of Science degree with a major in microbiology from the University of Alabama.

Michael Gough
Michael Gough
Malware Archaeologist at NCC Group

Michael is a Malware Archaeologist, Blue Team defender, Incident Responder and logoholic. Michael developed several Windows logging cheat sheets to help the security industry understand Windows logging, where to start and what to look for. Michael is a primary contributor to the Open Source project ARTHIR. Michael is also co-developer of LOG-MD, a free tool that audits the settings, harvests and reports on malicious Windows log data and malicious system artifacts. Michael also is co-host of the “Brakeing Down Incident Response” BDIR Podcast to education on Incident Response daily tasks. Michael also ran BSides Texas for five years for the Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston cons.

Ron Gula
Ron Gula
President at Gula Tech Adventures

Ron is President at Gula Tech Adventures which focuses on cyber technology, cyber policy and recruiting more people to the cyber workforce. Since 2017, GTA has invested in dozens of cyber start-ups and funds and supported multiple cyber nonprofits and projects. From 2002 to 2016, Ron was the co-founder and CEO of Tenable Network Security. He helped grow the company to 20,000 customers, raise $300m in venture capital and grow revenues to $100m, setting up the company for an IPO in 2018. Prior to Tenable, Ron was a cyber industry pioneer and developed one of the first commercial network intrusion detection systems called Dragon, ran risk mitigation for the first cloud company, was deploying network honeypots in the mid 90s for the DOD and was a penetration tester for the NSA and got to participate in some of the nation’s first cyber exercises. Ron is involved in a variety of cyber nonprofits and think tanks including Defending Digital Campaigns, the Center for Internet Security, the National Security Institute and the Wilson Center. In 2020, Ron was honored to receive the Northern Virginia Technology Council Cyber Investor of the Year award and the Baltimore Business Journal Power 10 CEO award.

Trent Lo
Trent Lo
Co-Founder & Security Professional at SecKC

Trent is a seasoned security professional with a distinguished career defending a Tier 1 Network from skillful adversaries. His versatile background in both offense and defense has helped him architect visionary security solutions that are deployed within numerous Fortune 500 Companies. He is an established Security Researcher who has reported vulnerabilities in organizations like Microsoft, Google and Southwest Airlines. He is also the creator of ‘OvRfLoW’ (Microsoft Flow Attack Framework). Trent is a key contributor to Government Cyber Exercises like Cyber Shield and Cyber Storm. He has also built relationships on Threat Intelligence Sharing by speaking at the Network Security Information Exchanges (NSIE,) National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ND-ISAC) and Multilateral Network Security Information Exchanges (MNSIE.) Trent has worked with industry partners and government agencies to dismantle botnets like “3ve” and “themoon”.

Hosts

Paul Asadoorian
Paul Asadoorian
Founder at Security Weekly
April Wright
April Wright
Preventative Security Specialist at Architect Security
Doug White
Doug White
Professor at Roger Williams University
Larry Pesce
Larry Pesce
Principal Managing Consultant and Director of Research & Development at InGuardians
Lee Neely
Lee Neely
Information Assurance APL at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Matt Alderman
Matt Alderman
VP, Product at Living Security
Tyler Robinson
Tyler Robinson
Director of Offensive Security & Research at Trimarc and Founder & CEO of Dark Element at Trimarc Security
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