Podcast: What is OSSEC and Why People Use It

Posted on by Mike Shinn

OSSEC, which is short for open source security, was founded in 2004. It is an open source project for cybersecurity and delivers the most robust endpoint detection and response (EDR) capabilities available to enterprises today. Scott Shinn, OSSEC project manager, introduced its most recent update to 3.0 at the OSSEC conference this past April. In […]

Podcast: What Is Virtual Patching and How Can It Enhance Security

Posted on by cody woods

Virtual patching is a way of implementing a security policy to eliminate or mitigate a vulnerability. It is not actually patching, but is a way to do something quick and external to the application. Why not just use a patch? Sometimes there is no patch available and other times speed is of the essence. And, […]

Podcast: What the Equifax Hack Tells Us About Cybersecurity

Posted on by Mike Shinn

The Equifax data breach quickly arose to become one of the most notorious in history. It was large. Over 147 million people had their financial records exposed to hackers. At least as of March 2018 that was the number. It has been revised upward a number of times and there could be more. The data […]

Podcast: What is a WAF and How Are They Different from Firewalls

Posted on by Mike Shinn

Web application firewalls (WAFs) have become ubiquitous in our always connected, cloud-driven world. Any device that is exposed to the internet is vulnerable and WAFs can eliminate the risk of entire classes of attacks and vulnerabilities from ever threatening system security. However, not all WAFs and configurations are created equal. Good WAFs block what you […]

Podcast: OSSEC, SIEM and Log-based Intrusion Detection Systems

Posted on by Mike Shinn

Atomicorp’s CEO Mike Shinn walks through his experience with logging, SIEM and OSSEC approaches. He breaks down what is important and how the logging space has evolved over the past 20 years from a security perspective, including the introduction of security automation. Log-based Intrusion Detection System – LIDS Log-based intrusion detection (LIDS) was one of […]

Podcast: Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities and Countermeasures Explained

Posted on by Mike Shinn

It is not an overstatement to say that the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities were a surprise to the security and microprocessor industries. Chip-level vulnerabilities this severe are rare. Part of the issue stemmed from the fact that the vulnerabilities were created by engineering choices designed to improve microprocessor speed. The engineers had simply not contemplated […]

OSSEC Conference Video: File Integrity Monitoring and OSSEC

Posted on by cody woods

File Integrity Monitoring is the process of validating the integrity of operating system or application software files using a verification method based on the comparison of the current file state and a known good baseline. Dan Parriott is an OSSEC contributor who has been using the open source solution since 2006. He is a self-proclaimed […]

Atomicorp Launches Linux Security Podcast

Posted on by Mike Shinn

Today, Atomicorp formally launches the Linux Security Podcast. Why? Well, we get a lot of questions about Linux and security and have been working across these two domains for about 25 years. There is clearly interest in discussing these topics, learning more about about them and also shedding light on the latest high-profile exploits and […]