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Startup Offers Free Cyberattack Simulation Service
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danelleau1
danelleau1,
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12/2/2015 | 4:26:30 PM
Attack Validation
If attackers are being successful, it makes sense to play that role. Attack validation allows organizations to adopt an offensive security mindset in the right way (i.e. without the implications and potential legal backlash from fighting back against attackers), and complements existing security solutions. 
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
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12/3/2015 | 5:36:28 AM
Counter to M&M Security
Sounds like a great service lest we become to complacent about M&M security (hard on the outside, soft inside).  Security is not just about the outer gates; it's about everything that happens within the walls as well.
Sara Peters
Sara Peters,
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12/4/2015 | 11:35:55 AM
Good news for SMBs
This is something that SMBs could actually afford, and might teach them more about security than the average static monitoring software. But it could also be good for the larger companies if they actually do use it as an "in-between pen tests" maintenance tool. 
theb0x
theb0x,
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12/8/2015 | 12:27:01 PM
Cyberattack Simulation Service
How is this any different than a vulnerability assessment? No exploits are actually launched and the probable damage is based on the value of a company's assests and the severity of a successful attack. That's what CVEs are for. Even running scans on a production network can have a negative impact depending on how many nodes and how aggressive it is. Even without using any exploit code things can and will still break.
danelleau1
danelleau1,
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12/9/2015 | 4:00:18 AM
Re: Cyberattack Simulation Service
It's different from vulnerability assessment. Here you are simulating the actions of an attacker, and the breach methods used may or may not take advantage of a vulnerability. It's more like an automated red team on a platform. 
theb0x
theb0x,
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12/9/2015 | 9:57:06 AM
Re: Cyberattack Simulation Service
The first phase of any cyberattack is always reconnaissance. This is public information gathered about the company. The second phase is enumeration. This where systems can be port scanned and the querying of individual services are performed to identify specific systems of weaknesses. It is not until the exploition phase is launched where the information identified as weaknesses can actually be confirmed. 

A simulation of this does not really confirm any weaknesses discovered. There is also a high probability of false positives.

A cyberattack does not involve deploying SaaS agents internally to the network to gather information. This is not how reconnaissance and enumeration are performed. Also loading such an agent may very well be exploitable by an actual attack through it's own weaknesses. 

 

danelleau1
danelleau1,
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12/9/2015 | 2:35:51 PM
Re: Cyberattack Simulation Service
theb0x - I understand your question now. You are correct, it would not make sense to simulate "reconnaissance". But reconnaissance isn't the only way to attack an organization, i.e. insider threats etc. It is important to validate lateral movement and data exfiltration as well.

As for the architecture, there are various deployment options available. The SaaS model is the vThreat model, talk to Marcus. We (SafeBreach) have an on-premise model that doesn't require SaaS. Happy to chat offline. 
jeromeo1969
jeromeo1969,
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2/9/2017 | 2:22:26 PM
Excellent!
This dovetails nicely into what I have thought all along. Penetration Testing shouldn't be a twice a year endeavor, instead Red Teams should be constantly attacking the environments they are protecting. There is no such thing as a static environment, and new vulnerabilities are being found all the time!


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