Eric Cole

Profile of Eric Cole

Founder & Chief Scientist, Secure Anchor Consulting
Member Since: 4/21/2014
News & Commentary Posts: 15
Comments: 2

Dr. Cole has 20 years of hands-on experience in information technology with a focus on building out dynamic defense solutions that protect organizations from advanced threats. He has a Master's degree in computer science from NYIT and a Doctorate from Pace University, with a concentration in information security. He the author of several books, including Advanced Persistent Threat, Hackers Beware, Hiding in Plain Site, Network Security Bible, and Insider Threat, and holds more than 20 patents. He is a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th President and is actively involved with the SANS Technology Institute (STI). He also served as CTO of McAfee and Chief Scientist for Lockheed Martin.

Articles by Eric Cole

Understanding The Mindset Of The Evil Insider

Technology is typically going to serve as the basis for insider threat attacks. One of the major key technology areas is information extraction, and it must be clearly understood so an organization can try to stay one step ahead of the malicious insider.

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Why The Insider Threat Is Ignored

The insider threat is complicated, and most organizations do not fully understand the magnitude of the problem. There are three main reasons why the insider threat has been ignored: Organizations do not know it's happening, it's easy for organizations to be in denial, and organizations fear bad publicity.

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Different Flavors Of The Insider Threat

There are different categories of insider threats, based on the level of access the employee has. There are four types: pure insider, insider associate, insider affiliate, and outside affiliate. Each of these categories also has different motives. Understanding each is a key to building proper preventive and detective defenses.

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Missing The Insider Threat

"I trust everyone. It is the devil inside that I do not trust" is a great line from the movie "The Italian Job." Every single person has the potential to do harm if the right circumstances occur. Yes, this includes employees.

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Are We Missing the Point?

Recently there has been a lot of talk about nuclear weapons, terrorism, and peace treaties. At the end of the day, the question remains: how do we protect a country and its citizens from attack? If that is really the purpose of the summits and the meetings, why isn't cybersecurity part of the discussion -- more importantly, the insider threat?

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Advanced Persistent Threat: The Insider Threat

APT is the buzzword everyone is using. Companies are concerned about it, the government is being compromised by it, and consultants are using it in every presentation they give. But people fail to realize that the vulnerabilities these threats compromises are the insider -- not the malicious insider, but the accidental insider who clicks on the wrong link.

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A Real Insider Threat Story

I was sitting at my desk when my phone rang. I answered, and it was a large pharmaceutical company that was interested in consulting services. It had noticed a trend with one of its foreign competitors. Every time it went to release a new product (in this particular case a new drug), one of its competitors would release a similar drug with a similar name, several weeks before it, beating it to market.

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Stopping Insider Attacks

There is no single thing you can do to prevent an attack from the inside. The concept of defense-in-depth applies here as it does to all areas of security. No single solution is going to make you secure. Only by putting many defense measures together will you be secure, and those measures must encompass both preventive and detective measures.

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Measuring Insider Risk

The key thing to remember when dealing with insiders is they have access and, in most cases, will exploit the weakest link that gives them the greatest chance of access, while minimizing the chances that they get caught. Why try to break through a firewall and gain access to a system with a private address when you can find someone behind the firewall with full access to the system?

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Insider Threat Reality Check

Organizations tend to think once they hire an employee or a contractor, that person is now part of a trusted group of people. Although an organization might give an employee additional access that an ordinary person would not have, why should it trust that person?

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** REJECT ** DO NOT USE THIS CANDIDATE NUMBER. ConsultIDs: CVE-2014-9750, CVE-2014-9751. Reason: this ID was intended for one issue, but was associated with two issues. Notes: All CVE users should consult CVE-2014-9750 and CVE-2014-9751 to identify the ID or IDs of interest. All references and d...

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** REJECT ** DO NOT USE THIS CANDIDATE NUMBER. ConsultIDs: CVE-2014-9750, CVE-2014-9751. Reason: this ID was intended for one issue, but was associated with two issues. Notes: All CVE users should consult CVE-2014-9750 and CVE-2014-9751 to identify the ID or IDs of interest. All references and d...

Published: 2015-10-05
ntp_crypto.c in ntpd in NTP 4.x before 4.2.8p1, when Autokey Authentication is enabled, allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive information from process memory or cause a denial of service (daemon crash) via a packet containing an extension field with an invalid value for the length of its value...

Published: 2015-10-05
The read_network_packet function in ntp_io.c in ntpd in NTP 4.x before 4.2.8p1 on Linux and OS X does not properly determine whether a source IP address is an IPv6 loopback address, which makes it easier for remote attackers to spoof restricted packets, and read or write to the runtime state, by lev...

Published: 2015-10-05
Omron CX-One CX-Programmer before 9.6, CJ2M PLC devices before 2.1, and CJ2H PLC devices before 1.5 rely on cleartext password transmission, which allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive information by sniffing the network during a PLC unlock request.

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