I am back to blogging, but my blog posts now appear on the Varonis blog. I will keep publishing links to those posts here for my loyal followers.
The media coverage of NotPetya has hidden what might have been a more significant attack: a brute force attack on the UK Parliament. While for many it was simply fertile ground for Twitter Brexit jokes, an attack like this that targets a significant government body is a reminder that brute force remains a common threat to be addressed.
It also raises important questions as to how such an attack could have happened in the first place. These issues do suggest that we need to look deeper into this important, but often misunderstood type of attack.
I live in a war zone. The Syrian border is just 15 miles from my home and a horrible civil happens there. Less than one mile from my house is another border which I have never crossed dividing me from people I may never meet. But when I jog along this border, with the wonderful view below, listening to the birds sing, it all seems quite unreal.
Is the quietness deceptive? Am I secure? Maybe this perspective enables me to understand better than my fellow information security folks that nothing is really secure. Security is relative. One can be more secure than his neighbor, or more secure than he was last year, but nothing, never, is just secure.
The most obvious outcome is that my interest has always been protecting rather than breaking. It is just not that much fun to break things that are inevitably breakable.