Joe Marshall, a central figure in the story of how Cisco Talos and other teams within Cisco worked together to protect the Ukrainian power grid, joins the show this week. He recaps a recent CNN story highlighting the new piece of equipment he and a group of volunteers worked on together to ensure the clocks that power the Ukrainian electric grid can withstand GPS disruption in the face of Russian cyber attacks and kinetic warfare.
Guilherme Venere from Talos Outreach joins the show this week to talk about his research into the 8Base threat actor and its use of a variant of the Phobos ransomware. He recently published several works on the many variants of Phobos that exist in the wild, and why 8Base has been so successful using it for years now.
Tiago Pereira from Talos Outreach joins the program this week to talk about his research into the different types of scams that appear in the online game "Roblox." Many underage users are at risk of being targeted by malicious users looking to steal their money, in-game items or even install malware on their devices.
This week is a special edition of Talos Takes. We have the audio version of Talos Incident Response's recent On Air stream, where they discussed the top attacker trends they're seeing in the field. Talos' incident responders discuss the malware they're seeing most often in infections, how attackers are shifting their tactics, and what other defenders can learn from these findings.
Jerry Gamblin from Cisco Kenna joins this week's episode to talk about all things patching. If you're the average user, you probably don't think about patching much because many of them happen automatically in the background. However many admins and users can unknowingly fall behind when it comes to protecting themselves against the latest vulnerabilities.
Everyone is tired of getting spam emails at this point, and it can feel exhausting always to click that "report spam" button just to get another phony email a few hours later. But we're here to assure you that reporting and filtering spam really does help in the long run! Nick Biasini joins the show this week to discuss all things spam for Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
To continue our Cybersecurity Awareness Month series, Harpreet Singh from Talos Incident Response joins Jon to talk about password managers. They discuss the upside of using a third-party service like 1Password or LastPass, the potential dangers of using built-in browser password managers like Google Chrome and Safari, and other good password hygiene advice.
All of October, we'll be covering broad security-related topics for Cybersecurity Awareness Month. First up, we address the basics of implementing MFA in any environment, why any type of MFA is better than no MFA, the pitfalls of certain types of authentication, and whether going passwordless is the future.
Hazel Burton takes over as guest host for this episode as she talks to Nate Pors from Cisco Talos Incident Response. Nate was part of Talos IR's team that helped Veradigm, a healthcare technology company, prevent a Qakbot ransomware attack. Nate and his team recently wrote about this experience for the Talos blog, and Veradigm's CISO even joined the Cisco Security Stories podcast recently to discuss his company's relationship with Talos IR. Nate discusses how his team's pre-existing relationship with Veradigm helped them respond quickly and effectively. If you've ever wanted to hear a play-by-play of a security event, this is your chance.
What happens when the hackers become the hacked? Black Hat is one of the largest cybersecurity conferences in the world, and Talos had a hand in defending the on-site network for the past few years. Yuri Kramarz from Talos Incident Response worked in Black Hat's Network Operations Center this year to help defend Black Hat's network and attendees who connected to the network while attending the conference in August in Las Vegas. He joins Talos Takes this week to discuss what he's learned from the past few years working in the NOC, what types of threats Black Hat faces, and the lessons learned he now takes back into the field with customers. You can also read his reflections on working in the NOC in 2022 here.