Endpoint security is where it all starts. The client is the target most attackers go after. Once you have access there (let’s say by emailing cute cat videos), you are in. Compromised systems are the daily routine of information security. Even without contact with the outside world, you have to think about what happens next. Thomas Fischer has thought a lot about scenarios concerning the endpoint, and he presented his findings at the DeepSec 2015 conference. To quote from the talk: This presentation will demonstrate that one of the most complete sources of actionable intelligence resides at the end point, and that living as close as possible to Ring 0 makes it possible to see how a malicious process or party is acting and the information being touched. There you go. Have a look!
When did you write your last business letter? You probably don’t recall, because you write one all of the time. When did you last use ink and paper to do this? If you can’t remember the answer to this question, don’t bother trying. Digital communication is part of our daily life, not only in the business world. We are very accustomed to communicate in the here and now, up to the point where being offline feels unnatural. In turn this means that we are constantly exposed to networks of all kinds, especially the Internet. Our door is open all around the clock. We can’t close it any more, thus openly inviting every kind of threat also using networks. It’s time to seriously think about this. What does it mean? What do we need to
Occasionally we get questions regarding the technical level of presentations at DeepSec. Some are worried about talks at DeepSec being too „in-depth“ for their level of knowledge. You are either a coder turned security researcher hacking bits and bytes, or you are someone dealing with hierarchies and the organisational aspects of information security. It seems there is no middle ground. Well, there should be and here’s why. Information security covers a very broad spectrum of components and technologies. You can start at the physical level and work your way up, just like the OSI model of networking. The OSI layers end where the human interaction starts, and while the network engineers and software developers go to rest, security administrators still have problems to address (they always have „issues“, their psychotherapists will confirm). In other