Information Security Education Resources

A story about “free” antivirus

A colleague of mine was working on a coworkers personal computer. The job was a fresh Windows 10 installation, and my colleague decided to install Avast Antivirus Free. Shortly after installing Avast Security Onion lit up like a Christmas tree. I didn’t recognize the IP address that the alerts were originating from, so I went into our equipment room where I found the PC plugged in. When I unplugged the ethernet cable, the alerts stopped…

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Information Security Education Resources

Enough with the Hoodies: Education without the scare tactics

Growing up, I had DARE & abstinence-only education, which were comprehensive national education programs designed to educate children and keep them safe. They are an easy sell with a “wholesome” and straightforward answer to an otherwise complicated subject. “Just Say NO!” can be readily understood by young and old and easily marketed. Why not for InfoSec? Why not on a national scale? The ubiquity of electronics has grown exponentially. According to a 2017 article by…

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Linux Tutorials

Security Onion Set Up Part 4: Tuning

Once data starts flowing through the sniffing interfaces you are going to be presented with a lot of false positives. It’s essential to reduce the number of false positives because the identification of real indicators can become next to impossible and your hardware will thank you. When I fired up Security Onion on Ubuntu 16.04 for the first time, it was generating around 26 alerts a second using Emerging Threats and Snort rulesets. Now that…

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Security Awareness

Do you need to block advertisement shenanigans without blocking the advertisements?

If you’ve never heard of malvertising or need a better understanding, then you should read the article on malvertising first. If you’re familiar with malvertising and have run into issues with blocking advertisements, then I might have a solution for you. I recently ran into problems with blocking ads because non-ad images weren’t loading due to being served from an ad network which is ideal from a content delivery aspect, but terrible from a security…

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Information Security Education Resources

Security Onion Set Up Part 1: Planning for Version 16.04

The guidance in the article “Security Onion Set Up Part 1: Planning” no longer applies if you’re using the new Security Onion image because it uses Elastic Stack instead of ELSA. Elastic Stack might be a resource hog, but the workflow is superior compared to ELSA in the way you can visualize data in the dashboard and pick from pre-configured searches that touch on almost everything you would need to look at out-of-the-box.

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