All Things Secured: January Newsletter

Jan 31, 2020 9:30:00 AM |


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Threat Runner Releases New Ryuk Ransomware Simulation

"HORNE Cyber recently announced a major update to Threat Runner.Specifically, the team of reverse-engineering practitioners and software developers responsible for Threat Runner has added a Ryuk variant, the same ransomware that affected the New Orleans government in December and is an increasing cyber threat. Ryuk has heavily targeted governments and municipalities, as well as private organizations. This variant is considered to be of high severity and is expected to see more attacks in the coming days and weeks." Read the full release, here.


Cyber Operations Specialist, Tyler Holland, Receives CVE for Previously-Unknown Vulnerabilities in Symantec Industrial Control Systems Protection Product

The vulnerabilities in Symantec ICSP were identified during an internal network penetration test of a client. As a result of combining the two identified vulnerabilities, an attacker with network access to the ICSP device can create an administrative account and potentially impact the effectiveness of the device in preventing USB malware from spreading into the ICS network. Symantec has patched the vulnerabilities as of version See the full case study, here.


January's Top Blog: The Case for Advanced Penetration Testing

Written by Chief Operating Officer, J. Brad Fuller:

"If you asked me what HORNE Cyber wants to be known for, I would quickly reply with “incomparable penetration testing.” From its conception, HORNE Cyber has placed heavy emphasis on the methodology used by its cyber operations specialists in penetration testing and red teaming engagements. Why do we feel penetration testing is so important? In our experience, we have found penetration testing and red teaming to be one of the most valuable investments an organization can make related to its cybersecurity efforts. However, there is no current standard when it comes to penetration testing services offered within the industry." Read more.


In the News: Ransomware, Phishing, and Cyberattacks Scare Business Chiefs the Most

"Worries about hackers and cyberattacks -- not business rivals or encroaching red tape -- are now most likely to keep CEOs awake at night. Cyber incidents are considered the top risk to businesses globally, according to a survey of 2,718 executives across 100 countries, including CEOs, risk managers, brokers and insurance experts, with 39% listing this as their biggest worry." Read more.


Threat Runner Launches Weekly Newsletter, "This Week in Ransomware"

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