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Oct/10

30

Back from Day-Con

… which was, as in the years before, an awesome event. Great talks, great people, great fun.
Bruce Potter gave a keynote which did exactly what a good keynote should do: make the audience think and entertain it at the same time.
[Those readers familiar with ERNW's security model will certainly notice that we do not necessarily agree with everything he said. We still think that - in particular in times where infosec resources are scarce anyway - putting your bets on prevention provides a better cost/[security] benefit ratio than going for extensive detection capabilities.
Fix the doors first, then think about installing a CCTV.
Still, human nature tends to exchange “good security with low visibility” for “poor security with potentially good visibility” quite easily… as can be noted every day in many environments.]

Sergey provided an excellent & insightful piece on security in times of very large numbers of embedded devices (like smart meters).
And, last but not least: football is coming home. The “ERNW Troopers” team consisting of Rene Graf and Michael “Bob the Builder” Schaefer managed to win the event’s PacketWars contest. Congrats! Great job, guys.

have a great weekend everybody,

Enno

For the record: Graeme’s and my presentation on Supply Chain Security can be found here.

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Today we dare to (mis-) use the blog for a shameless self promotion ;-)
We’re happy to announce that ERNW will contribute to a government sponsored research project called ASMONIA (which stands for the German title of the project that is Angriffsanalyse und Schutzkonzepte für MObilfunkbasierte Netzinfrastrukturen unterstützt durch kooperativen InformationsAustausch [Attack analysis and Security concepts for MObile Network infrastructures, supported by collaborative Information exchAnge]. those readers familiar with that kind of projects will have an idea of the importance of such acronyms ;-).

Our input in the project will happen in the areas of threat and risk analysis in 4G mobile telecommunication networks and, of course, we will “carefully evaluate practical attacks” in some parts of those networks ;-).
We just got a bunch of devices to undergo some lab testing in the next months. And you might expect some presentations on results from the project, e.g. for ShmooCon we plan to file a talk on “Attacking and Securing Juniper Backbone Routers”.

Stay tuned & have a great day,

Enno

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Oct/10

11

Some recent presentations

Just a short notice today on some recent presentations from our team. As some of you might know we regularly give talks at conferences. This not only encompasses highly sophisticated security events like Black Hat or Troopers. Additionally – on our mission for a safer world – we try to spread the (security) word at various industry events that are usually focused on some aspect of the large and ramified IT world, not necessarily equipped with a strong focus on information security.
A number of such events took place in the last few weeks and here’s some links on presentations given there. While not being as technically deep as the average Black Hat or Troopers attendee might expect, we still hope that one or another valued reader finds them useful (pls note that some parts are in German).

This one is a talk given by myself on “Compliance in the Cloud” in the course of the “Azure Day” of BASTA which is one of the largest and most important developer events here in Germany. The presentation discusses what to keep in mind if compliance with some “regulatory frameworks” is strived for when going to “the [public] cloud”.

Here‘s a piece on virtualization security, namely the architectural changes on basic security principles induced by (server) virtualization. It was provided at the “IIR Admin Tech Talk 2010″ and, again, I myself was the speaker.

Rene Graf, who’s a member of the “Architecture and Risk Team” at ERNW and a long-time large-environment security guy, gave this overview talk on “Industrial Firewalls” at the LANline TechForum “Industrial Ethernet” which took place in Stuttgart.

Last but not least, Matthias Luft (being another member of the same team and pursuing his academic career in parallel) delivered this talk on DLP at ISSE in Berlin, together with Thorsten Holz.

Have a great day everybody,

Enno

Btw: our next stop will be at fabulous Day-Con. If any of our readers from the US – very appropriately – is worried about missing it, pls shoot me an email. Given our long term friendship with Angus we might be able to provide you a ticket.

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