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How much is ransomware-as-a-service like a McDonald’s franchise? More similar than you’d think! The RaaS model has entered the mainstream over the past few months with groups such as DarkSide attacking the Colonial Pipeline. In these transactions, what’s in it for the original ransomware creator? And what do the operators themselves get out of it? …
 
We started out the COVID-19 pandemic by thinking we’d be away from the office for a month — maybe two. More than 12 months later, we’re still here, working from home (at least part-time). But some businesses are starting to reopen now and welcoming workers back into the office. After so much time working out of the office, what should security prof…
 
This is a very different episode in that it isn’t really a BWT episode at all. Hazel Burton from the Security Stories podcast invited Matt and Mitch to come on with the leader of Talos, Matt Watchinski. The idea was to chat with Hazel and her co-hosts Ben and Sana about burnout from three levels of a security research team. What followed as we all …
 
Welcome to the unofficial incident response week at Talos! As part of the RSA Conference, we’ve released two new case studies detailing some malware cases Cisco Talos Incident Response helped resolve. Brad Garnett, this week’s guest, also released a new blog post where he wrote about why incident response is “the ultimate team sport.” Brad joins ho…
 
Nic Conroy and Prerna Sivadas join host Kevin Klous to discuss the recent release of Cisco DevNet certifications and why network and security professionals should consider adding them to their career development roadmaps. In addition, the team engages in SDN-related topics such as APIs, scripting, containerization, etc. and how they converge into w…
 
Recorded March 30, 2021 – What better way to discuss supply chain attacks than to have Matt demonstrate how easily you can blend your payload into normal operations via Twitter shenanigans? We’re talking about (surprise!) supply chain attacks and how their rise to prevalence is notable, albeit expected. Supply chain gets linked in with privacy conc…
 
Everyone had jokes when it came to the vulnerabilities we recently disclosed in a WiFi-connected air fryer. But there are actually some lessons to take away from this, such as: “Not everything needs to be connected to the internet.” Joe Marshall joins the show this week to discuss all things “smart” appliances, how to protect your network and the r…
 
To celebrate World Password Day this week, we’re talking about getting rid of passwords! Dave Lewis, a global advisory CISO for Cisco Secure, joins Jon to talk about all things passwordless. This is a new initiative Cisco Secure and Duo have undertaken to get network administrators to move away from using passwords in favor of other forms of authen…
 
We can set our watches to tax scams every year in April. The bad guys are always looking to steal your information, promising to get you a bigger tax return or do your taxes for you. This year is a bit different because Tax Day is a bit later than usual thanks to — you guessed it — COVID. Attackers are now combining these two topics to create spam …
 
Cisco Talos recently discovered a wave of attackers spreading malware via collaboration apps like Discord and Slack. On this week’s episode of Talos Takes, Nick Biasini joins the show to bring us inside his research process for this post and discuss why these attacks have been so successful. Jon brings up his Dungeons & Dragons group, too, if you’r…
 
Recorded March 2021 – ICS and SCADA systems are deeply embedded all around us in critical infrastructure. Today we talk about some of the inherent issues in infrastructure security and take a wide-ranging look at the ICS- and SCADA-specific issues found there. Joe Marshall from the Talos Outreach group joins to share his insights on the space and h…
 
Chris Neal from Talos Outreach has followed LodaRAT for years now. It’s gone from a fairly small threat to a full-on malware with several features that target all sorts of Android devices. Chris joins the show this week to discuss his history of researching LodaRAT and updates us on its latest TTPs. Find out how this trojan tries to trick users int…
 
After researching and writing about ObliqueRAT for several months now, Asheer Malhotra joins Talos Takes for the first time to discuss this trojan. We’ve seen this malware evolve over the past year or so to ad new evasion techniques and find ways to avoid email filters and usual antivirus protections. Asheer talks about his history researching this…
 
We’ve been quiet for a minute, but we have a few new EPs ready to go, starting with some of your questions from Twitter. And yes, one of the first questions concerns Craig and the robots. Do you have a question you’d like to ask us for the next listener questions episode? Send us a tweet (links below). Ask us anything security related or something …
 
We’ve got another special XL episode this week, this time about Snort 3. This roundtable covers everything you could know about Snort 3’s life, going back as far as its inception in the early 2010s. We even went out of our way to get Marty Roesch, the creator of Snort. Marty, along with our other panelists, discusses the origins of Snort 3, what be…
 
It was only a matter of time before we had Wendy Nather from Cisco Secure Duo on the show. We finally met Beers with Talos’ level of stardom, as Wendy joins the show to discuss SMS messages as a form of multi-factor authentication. We break down why SMS authentication is still around and used by some of our most important services like banks, and w…
 
Welcome to the first-ever XL edition of Talos Takes. This one is a little longer than usual, but we promise you it’s worth it. We recently brought together researchers from all corners of Talos to talk about what we know about SolarWinds so far, and what’s still to be discovered. Our various teams have spent the past several months diving deep into…
 
We put this week’s Talos Takes episode together last minute to discuss the Microsoft Exchange Server zero-day vulnerabilities Microsoft disclosed earlier this week. Nick Biasini joins the show to discuss mitigation strategies and what these vulnerabilities mean for your environment at-large. Plus, we discuss why this is another case of patching abo…
 
When Pierre Cadieux steps into a Cisco Talos Incident Response engagement, the first thing he wants to do is check out the customer’s logs. But if there are no logs to be found, he’ll be pretty limited in the kinds of insights he can provide. This has come up several times during the SolarWinds era, when customers are wanting to know if they were t…
 
We get a lot of questions in Talos about HOW to get a job in security. This ep takes a look at figuring out IF Security is the right career choice for you - and if so, where? The industry is a big place with so many different skills in demand, so having a good idea of your strengths and weaknesses is a good place to start. One constant is that curi…
 
For this week’s episode of Talos Takes, we’re switching back to Snort talk. For anyone who hasn’t been on security Twitter over the past month, you may not know that we released the Snort 3 GA last month — formally known as Snort 3.1.0. To celebrate, Nick Mavis joins the show again to discuss Snort 3’s new features and upgrades over 2.9.X. Nick, wh…
 
Recorded January 8, 2020 – It’s hard to believe that we have made 100 episodes of BWT. It easily feels like two or three times that many. This is a long winded show, as we welcome back our buddy Nigel for this special milestone. As an unintentional nod to our early episodes, the opening roundtable gets way off track and we basically host an “In-bet…
 
For the first time in Talos Takes history, we have a whopping TWO guests on to talk about Talos’ latest research paper. In this episode, Dmytro Korzhevin and Azim Khodjibaev discuss their work interviewing a LockBit ransomware operator. They spent multiple weeks speaking to this actor over social media, and eventually turned their conversations int…
 
We know we just talked about supply chain attacks and SolarWinds last week, but it’s still all anyone in security is talking about. Joe Marshall joins the show this time to approach the SolarWinds breach from an internet-of-things and operational security perspective. He recently co-wrote a blog for Cisco detailing how outsourcing OT over the past …
 
The major SolarWinds campaign has been generating headlines for weeks now. And while its specific targets make this attack unique, this is far from the first-ever supply chain attack. So what is a supply chain attack? And should your organization be prepared for them? In this episode of Talos Takes, Nick Biasini talks about the history of supply ch…
 
This EP was recorded toward the end of the year and lived a quiet, but meaningful life in the production queue patiently waiting it’s turn to get released. In this Ep, we dig into a discussion on passwords and some of the issues both conceptually and in practice. Passwords aren’t inherently problematic, but how they are used…sometimes is. We discus…
 
Recorded early November, 2020 – This is an EP we recorded in early November but got pushed back in the end of year shuffle to make production schedules work. We’re happy to put this one out now with somewhat belated takes on (somewhat recent) health care ransomware attacks. We discuss a few key questions that are rather evergreen. Why is health car…
 
Everything was on fire this year, and the internet was no different. Ransomware was the leading cause of headaches and late night for defenders and IT experts this year. On the latest Talos Takes episode (and last of 2020), Azim Khodjibaev joins us to talk about ransomware’s big year. We talk about why adversaries wanted to go big-game hunting, and…
 
Recorded November 24, 2020 –On this EP, Mitch and Matt are joined by Wendy Nather to discuss the newly released Cisco Security Outcomes Study. The results and findings of the research are interesting and somewhat surprising. As often happens with most good research, we end up asking more questions - in this case, geared toward the nature of the rel…
 
We got delayed with the holidays and PTO, but here is a long awaited ep. The rest of the year is on deck to release through the holidays, so fret not. In this EP we talk about QR codes becoming pervasive as easily deployed “touchless tech” (and how they could help the robots try to kill Craig), and then we take a look at some recent DOJ and APT act…
 
More shoppers are expected to buy online this year than ever. Everyone’s encouraged to stay home and avoid lines and crowds due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left retailers offering deals earlier in November than ever before. So how can you stay safe while doing all your holiday shopping online? In this episode of Talos Takes, we’ll talk thro…
 
Recorded October. 9, 2020 –We are running a short bench today after Nigel’s retirement and Joel being on vacation. We start off talking about how specific use cases don’t equate to the death of entire defensive technologies, despite the frequent assertions otherwise you may find on Twitter. The key to defense in depth is that no silver bullet stops…
 
Recorded Sept. 25, 2020 –Today is Nigel’s last episode as a regular host of BWT. Join us in wishing him a happy transition to his next chapter - as we all know, Nigel won’t ever actually retire. Today’s show is us chatting with Nigel - about his career and his take on the industry as he entered, and now as he moves on to whatever comes next. Every …
 
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