Sever Message Block
A server message block (“SMB,” not to be confused with “small and medium businesses,” another common abbreviation) is an application layer network file-sharing protocol which allows systems within the same network to share and access files and resources easily. SMBs facilitate network communication between client applications and the server.
One of the ways to mitigate damage in the event of a breach is to “hash” password, or cryptographically convert a plaintext password to an irreversible output, like a key or token (i.e., “hash”) that is stored and can be used in place of the original input.
Cybersecurity has been gaining traction as a “board level topic” over the past several years. While boards of directors, along with executive management, all want the answer to, “How secure are we,” security professionals know that that answer doesn’t often come wrapped in a tidy little box.
Security teams fight many battles. There are threats, vulnerabilities, exploits, improperly configured systems, legacy equipment, lean budgets, staffing shortages, and users who are fallible. Any of these things, alone, add up to challenge, but possibly the biggest challenge security teams face is the battle between the security department and the CIO.
By Mark Arnold, Senior Research Analyst, Office of the CISO, Optiv
October 12, 2016
For companies on the path of cloud adoption, the fear that dark “clouds gathering” could impact business health and one's financial bottom is a source of anxiety. Despite recent data that show cloud adoption rates consistent growth over the last 18 months, a group of holdouts endure.
Cloud technology has been moving at a tremendous pace. For businesses, it seems to have happened in the blink of an eye. It’s faster and more agile, with the ability to re-architect an entire infrastructure. But why has this happened so quickly, and what does it mean for security practitioners?
By Marcos Colón
September 26, 2016
The cybersecurity industry is full of terms that both vendors and end users love to glom on to. Ok, maybe vendors lead the way, but their customers may not be doing a good job of speaking up and asking them to clarify what it is they do – taking the various mixed marketing messages as they come and running with it.
After the contentious Brexit vote last week, the British Parliament’s House of Commons Committee is investigating potential commandeering of an online petition calling for a second referendum on the matter.
Phishing is a social engineering technique through which an attacker spoofs (i.e., imitates) a known source in an attempt to fool a victim into providing information or performing an action, like clicking on a link or opening an attachment.