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Showing posts from May, 2017

The Hours of WannaCry from the Cisco Umbrella Blog

In the span of just 10 days, two large-scale, wormable attacks grabbed international headlines. First, a phishing campaign posing as a Google Docs sharing request gained access to Google accounts then spread across its victim’s contacts, and now, a ransomware campaign with a bite, named WannaCry, autonomously infected vulnerable systems leveraging an exploit leaked on the internet. In the early minutes of the attack, we worked with our Talos counterparts to analyse the behaviour of WannaCry and protect our customers. We were also particularly proud to see that our Investigate product helped MalwareTech reduce WannaCry’s impact. In this post, we hope to give you a retrospective analysis of what we’ve observed during the first critical hours of the event.  Read more here .

The #WannaCry Anatomy

Access an infographic of the #WannaCry anatomy here .

How complex systems fail

Read this excellent paper here by Richard Cook on "How complex systems fail."

Looking For Ugly

You’re looking for ugly. You ask your people to look for ugly. A successful safety system acknowledges, recognizes and rewards people for coming forward and saying 'That might be one of your precursors.' William McCabe Read the article here on #lookingforugly.

How to disable SMB to stop WannaCry Ransomware. Also links to Microsoft Patches for Windows to stop WannaCry Ransomware

Read this article here on how to prevent an attack by the WannaCry Ransomware.


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Observium: Network monitoring with intuition

Observium (which you can access here ) is a low-maintenance auto-discovering network monitoring platform supporting a wide range of device types, platforms and operating systems including Cisco, Windows, Linux, HP, Juniper, Dell, FreeBSD, Brocade, Netscaler, NetApp and many more. Observium focuses on providing a beautiful and powerful yet simple and intuitive interface to the health and status of your network. Professionally developed and maintained by a team of experienced network engineers and systems administrators, Observium is a platform designed and built by its users. Observium Community is available free to everyone and recieves updates and features twice annually. Observium Professional adds priority access to daily updates and new features for a small yearly fee.

How to stop hackers? Know your network

Until the perfect network monitoring tool comes along, knowledge of your network is your best defence.  Read this great article here .