Recertification Brings many new and important security capabilities . . .
Securing cloud data centers is an ongoing challenge. Your adversaries—cyber criminals, nation state attackers, hacktivists—continue to develop sophisticated, invasive techniques, resulting in a continually evolving threat landscape.
Because clouds are dynamic in nature, with new application and services being spun up or taken down and virtual workloads being moved, security for the cloud should be dynamic also. That poses the question, are traditional firewalls that are focused on layer 3 and 4 inspection sufficient in today’s threat environment? Also, next-gen firewalls are powerful, yet not designed to protect from the velocity and variety of new attacks being created every day. In today’s world, shouldn’t firewalls be able to take immediate action based on known or emerging intelligence?
With the shift to cloud architectures, traditional firewall administration has become burdensome and fraught with human error due to the sheer complexity of distributed security. What’s needed is an effective network security solution that fights cyber criminals head-on and can adapt to emerging threats without exerting excessive load on the enforcement point.
What other fears or concerns about securing the cloud data center keep you up at night?
Stay tuned to my blog for ideas on how to address these challenges.Read more...
Welcome to the August edition of Microsoft Patch Tuesday Summary. In this edition there are 9 updates; two are marked "Critical" and seven are rated "Important". A total of 37 vulnerabilities were fixed over 9 bulletins this month. One of the Critical update MS14-051 is an all version Internet Explorer (IE 6 to 11) patch. This single update resolves 25 CVE's (Common Vulnerability and Exposure).
Here is a list of Security bulletins which were rolled out in today's Patch Tuesday release.Read more...
This is an exciting year for me. I joined Juniper Networks and my first week, I submitted a lab proposal representing Juniper for the VMworld 2014 Hands-on Lab. Weeks later, it was approved and two weeks ago, I finalized the lab and document. I am so incredibly excited that for the first time ever, Juniper Networks is represented in the VMworld Hands-on Lab.Read more...
The Joint Information Environment requires new solutions.Read more...
Today organizations need to be prepared for a number of different types of DDoS attacks on their networks. Juniper Networks announced several new enhancements that allows its DDoS Secure solution to help the network better defend itself by using routers as enforcement points.Read more...
Juniper Networks has the ingredients and lineage to remain one of the top three players in network security, according to a report by Jeff Wilson, principal analyst with Infonetics Research. See what he had to say after attending Juniper's annual Industry Analyst Event.Read more...
As I was reading this article describing examples of certain healthcare practitioners using data mining and analytics of patients’ lifestyles (e.g. foods they eat, activity levels, where they live, etc.) to help predict their risk factor for ailments, I started to draw a parallel to the state of the network. I was thinking about how security analytics of a network may help predict the onset of a data breach. The common goal in both cases, human and network, is to maintain a certain level of health – call it an “equilibrium” state, one that doesn’t require immediate intervention or repair.
Inspired by the table shared in the article describing what certain collected data about a patient could indicate about his/her health habits, I came up with a table containing types of network state related which could be indicators for a potential data exploit/breach.
State of Network
Weak password for an online account
This could allow a hacker to uncover the password (by using automated tools), gain access to user data (name, address, phone #, bank account/credit card data) and perform unauthorized transaction (e.g., purchase of product/service or withdrawal of money from bank account) on the user’s behalf.
Multiple unsuccessful attempts to search for usernames and passwords via Web browser exploitation techniques
This could result in a data breach.
Improper isolation of HR records, financial, medical, credit/debit card, or other PII data within Enterprise data center/private cloud network
This could inadvertently allow an insider (e.g. employee) access to the network for obtaining and selling data on black market for profit.
Excessive communication requests to a Web server or other resource, slowing it down considerably or rendering it unavailable
This could indicate someone is trying to gain access to the server for malicious intent.
No application layer protection at Enterprise edge
This could allow a hacker to launch an application-layer attack and access data for further exploitation.
Enterprise and service providers would benefit greatly from self-monitoring and constantly improving the health of networks, to minimize the possibility of a data breach.
One of the ways to do this is via technology, including application-aware, next generation firewalls, and strong SIEM solutions and network security management solutions (for firewall management), which provide visibility, analyze network security posture, and alert administrators about unusual network activity.
In addition, humans themselves should be held accountable for security. For one, it is imperative that the IT security team is proactively monitoring the network security posture, carefully balancing access to certain network resources, applications and data with control over the same. In addition, trust plays a big role in maintaining security and privacy, so it is ultimately the responsibility of individuals (business owners and employees) to not exploit data for personal gain.Read more...
It’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday! In the July edition there 6 updates; two are marked "Critical", three are rated "Important" and one is rated "Moderate”. A total of 29 vulnerabilities were fixed over 6 bulletins this month. One of the Critical update MS14-037 is an all version Internet Explorer (IE 6 to 11) patch. This single update resolves 23 CVE's (Common Vulnerability and Exposure) including one publicly disclosed vulnerability.
EAL 4 Level Common Criteria Certifications without the appropriate protection profile are like Nigel Tufnel carrying on about his amplifiers in This is Spinal Tap- Much Ado About Nothing.Read more...
As a three year “veteran” at Juniper, I have seen the evolution and uptake of Juniper security solutions by customers to solve their key business challenges. Security is CORE for Juniper and our customers.
Juniper’s security solutions solve customers’ most important challenges, as they demand hybrid cloud environments and build high IQ networks. Juniper’s security solutions don’t hinder cloud adoption. Rather, they enable secure, reliable clouds. Our newest security offerings (DDoS Secure, WebApp Secure, and Spotlight Secure) employ advanced techniques to detect and mitigate advanced threats with greater efficacy than traditional security solutions, helping customers achieve faster ROI, increase operational efficiency, maintain brand reputation and drive customer loyalty.
The Junos platform, on which many of our security offerings, including SRX firewalls, are based, offers a revolutionary software platform that allows customers to directly program their networks and run applications developed by an ecosystem of partners for rich user experiences, smart economics, and fast time to market. We don’t restrict customers in terms of how they want to build, optimize and scale their networks and associated security. In fact, recently, we even extended the ability for customers to leverage the proven Junos-based SRX firewall in virtualized environments by launching Firefly Perimeter in January 2014. Firefly Perimeter addresses the new security challenges required to protect virtualized and cloud environments for enterprises and service providers by leveraging the same advanced security and networking features of the Branch SRX Services Series Gateway in a virtual machine format.
In terms of market share, Juniper continues to lead in the high-end firewall and SSL VPN markets* and strengthen its offerings in these categories. For example, in anticipation of growth in the adoption of next generation firewalls, Juniper just released new enhancements to its SRX Series Services Gateways. These next-generation security products help customers protect against threats and control what’s on their network without adding a heavy administrative burden.
Also, Juniper’s high-end SRX5400 Services Gateway was recently awarded at the Interop Tokyo 2014 event. It received the Best of Show Award Grand Prix in the ShowNet Product category and the Best of Show Award Special Prize in the Security category. The SRX5400 is the latest offering in our SRX Series portfolio, based on a revolutionary new architecture, and uses new line cards to provide market-leading connectivity, performance and service integration.
Evolution through Innovation
Every day, Juniper Networks is helping our customers build the best networks on the planet. Every innovation we envision and every technology we create is informed by our desire to help solve our customers’ toughest challenges so they can compete and thrive today and into the future. Our solutions really make a difference by helping to “connect everything” and “empower everyone”.
And, just to underscore Juniper’s resolve to deliver what customers need, we’ve embarked on a journey where we ask our customers to partner with us -- to co-create and deliver secure hybrid cloud ecosystems and highly intelligent networks of the future. Gone are the days when customers would be at the receiving end of “marketing” speak, sold a product, and then just left to their own devices. Now, you can be part of the action early on. So, are you ready to join Juniper and together embark on the “Bridge to the Future”, as our CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir, so eloquently puts it?
*Source: Report: Infonetics Network Security Appliances and Software, Jeff Wilson, May 30, 2014Read more...
It’s a familiar routine and not just for comedy duo Abbott & Costello. It’s familiar for any network administrator or security expert. How do you know what applications are running over your network? How do you know who’s doing what in your infrastructure?Read more...
Welcome to the June edition of Microsoft Patch Tuesday Summary. In this edition there are 7 updates out of which 2 are marked "Critical" and 5 are rated "Important". A total of 66 vulnerabilities got fixed over 7 bulletins this month. Internet Explorer received patches for a whopping 57 vulnerabilities including fix for one of the publicly disclosed vulnerability(CVE-2014-1770).
Here is a list of vulnerabilities fixed in today's Patch Tuesday releaseRead more...
Trusted security “informant” Brian Krebs just shared that the United States Postal Inspection Service is investigating reports that fraudsters are installing skimming devices on automated stamp vending machines at post office locations across the United States. Alarming, right? We’ve heard umpteen times about various retail brick and mortar stores falling victim to payment card skimmers, but here’s a first.
Moreover, according to the Verizon 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report, payment card skimming, is one of just nine total patterns of threats which are tied to 92% of the 100, 000 security incidents analyzed over the last 10 years. And, according to the same study, this type of criminal activity has been primarily targeted at the Finance and Retail industries to date. Looks like perpetrators are looking for a wider range of targets.
What is further disturbing is that now it has become somewhat easier for would-be criminals to more surreptitiously steal data. For one, they can purchase skimming devices that are Bluetooth enabled, which allows them to download the track and PIN data easily and remotely, from the safety of a parking lot! In addition, they can get skimming devices with built-in SIM cards, allowing for remote configuration, remote uploading of data, and tampering alerts that, if triggered, can cache the data and send it out immediately to the thieves, making it difficult for the victims to discover that there has been a data exfiltration.
Given the recent multiplicity of payment card skimming occurrences targeted at retail and post office locations, I have become quite wary of shopping using my credit and debit cards. Are you, too? The thing is, it’s convenient to pay by card vs. cash.
Still, prevention is better than cure. If you aren’t already, take note of and follow Verizon’s suggestions. I certainly plan to:
Safe shopping everyone!Read more...
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