Talos Takes

Talos’ spin on security news

Every week, host Jon Munshaw brings on a new guest from Talos or the broader Cisco Secure world to break down a complicated security topic in just five or 10 minutes. We cover everything from breaking news to attacker trends and emerging threats.

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    What's new with CVSS 4.0, and does it really change anything?

    We're talking about vulnerabilities this week with Jerry Gamblin from Cisco Vulnerability Management. Jerry joins the show to talk about the release of CVSS 4.0 this year — the newest method the security community will use to score the severity of certain vulnerabilities. Jerry discusses what makes this scoring system different from previous iterations if it changes how he views the term "severe" and how that fits into Cisco's overall vulnerability management processes. 

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    XL Edition: Talos' 2023 Year in Review

    In this special edition of the show, we're bringing you the audio version of our Year in Review livestream. Recorded at the end of December, this stream included Hazel Burton, Nick Biasini and Laurie Varner from Cisco Talos Incident Response recapping the year that was in cybersecurity. They covered the highlights of our 2023 Year in Review report, their personal takeaways from the past year, and trends to watch for heading into the new year.

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    Year in Review: Why are attackers targeting the telecommunications sector so often?

    We're back from holiday break with the first new Talos Takes episode of 2024! We're continuing our dive into Talos' Year in Review report with Lexi DiSchola, one of the many researchers who helped put this report together. She discusses why we believe the telecommunications sector was the most-targeted industry in 2023, advice for companies in that space, and other popular targets for attackers. 

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    Year in Review: Why was 2023 the year of data theft extortion?

    Jon apologizes for how he sounds in this episode, he was having mic troubles we discovered only during post-production. But outside of that, we continue the series of episodes recapping 2023 with our Year in Review report. This week, Aliza Johnson from the Talos Threat Intelligence & Interdiction team comes on the show to talk about data theft extortion. She shares why her team saw such a spike in this type of activity in 2023, what can be done to stop it, and which ransomware actors are pivoting to this tactic. 

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    2023 Year in Review: Everything you need to know about Chinese state-sponsored actors

    To celebrate the launch of our 2023 Year in Review report, we're doing a series of episodes highlighting several of our key takeaways from the past year. First up, we have David Liebenberg from our Threat Intelligence team to discuss Chinese state-sponsored actors. This is an area David's been studying for many years now and actively researches. He'll discuss the latest Chinese APTs to step onto the scene and trends he's seeing from that area of the world. 

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    Inside Talos' effort to protect the Ukrainian power grid

    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. 

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    Why has the Phobos ransomware been working for so long?

    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. 

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    A warning about scams in "Roblox" (or any other online game, really)

    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. 

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    XL Edition: The top incident response trends of Q3

    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

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    Patching 101

    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. 

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