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I am the course Author of SANS SEC573 Automating Information Security with Python. Check back frequently for updated tools and articles related to course material.




Good enough Compliance??

Check out this article..

http://www.cio.com/article/102751/Your_Guide_To_Good_Enough_Compliance?page=5&taxonomyId=1419

What is "Good enough Compliance?" You either ARE complaint or you ARE NOT. Its a switch. The article should be a guide to "Good enough security". Good security is no the same a being compliant. I would much rather have good security then being compliant with any given regulation. But good security often covers many of the security requirements outlined in compliance standards. Two things caught came to mind reading the article.

1) Don't trust Sony Pictures with any personal data or credit card information.
2) How many data breaches are REALLY happening?

What does this paragraph suggest?
"According to Behnam Dayanim, a privacy attorney with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, state security breach notification laws are among the most frequently ignored types of security regulation. About 35 states have passed security breach notification laws, which lay out, to varying degrees, when an enterprise needs to notify customers and clients if their private information may have been exposed to an unauthorized user. According to CIO and PricewaterhouseCoopers’ “The Global State of Information Security 2006” survey, 32 percent of U.S. organizations admit to not being compliant with state privacy regulations."

According to this paragraph 32% of organizations admit to not being compliant with state privacy laws. The only way to be non-compliant with those laws is to have a breach and not disclose it properly right? That is a significant number of unreported breaches.

Well, at least Myspace did the right thing this past April. Check out their disclosure on April 16th, 2009.
http://www.privacyrights.org/ar/ChronDataBreaches.htm

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https://github.com/MarkBaggett/srum-dump/tree/python3

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If you would like to run the tools from source instructions for doing so are in the README on the github page.

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https://www.fireeye.com/blog/threat-research/2019/05/learning-to-rank-strings-output-for-speedier-malware-analysis.html

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!This program cannot be run in DOS mode.
e!Rich
`.rdata
@.data
.pdata
@.gfids
@.rsrc
@.reloc
\$0u"H
L$ SVWH
K SVWH
|$ H;_
<bt%<xt!<Zt
|$ AVH
l$ VWAV
L$ SUVWH
UVWATAUAVAWH
0A_A^A]A\_^]
UVWATAUAVAWH
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Windows TCPDUMP without installing WINPCAP!!!!!!!!

IMHO, This is a long time coming for Windows. I love this thing. You probably already know about it, but I haven't read much about it anywhere and Its been very useful to me. Its a version of tcpdump for windows that doesn't require I install the Winpcap drivers. I use it along with PSEXEC to start remote sniffing probes on Windows workstations. I'm sure its NOT forensically sound to do this in on a box that may contain evidence because of the swap file, but for information gathering something like this is very useful.

So with this..
http://www.microolap.com/downloads/tcpdump/tcpdump.zip

Something like this

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Lets me turn every node on my network into a remote Snort probe, or just capture anamolies!