Measuring vs. Modeling

Andrea Bailiff-Gush    December 10, 2013

This month our data scientist Michael Roytman is featured in the USENIX Association’s Journal alongside Dan Geer. Their article harkens back to our long-running theme of focusing on remediating the vulnerabilities which _actually_ generate risk for your environment. Michael and Dan argue that using CVSS as a guide for remediation is not only ineffective at identifying vulnerabilities likely to be… Read more »

What I Learned at BayThreat 2013

rhuber    December 9, 2013

BayThreat, an annual bay area information security conference, was this past weekend. As in years past it was top notch and well organized. The conference returned to it’s old home, the Hacker Dojo, for this fourth incarnation. Some highlights (in no particular order): Nick Sullivan spoke on white box cryptography, and the lack of a current open source implementation. White… Read more »

Introducing Nessus Auto-Close with Risk I/O

Ed Bellis    November 13, 2013

One of the common issues with running multiple siloed scanners is tracking the state of vulnerabilities over time. Which vulnerabilities should be closed based on my subsequent findings (or lack thereof)? This problem can be exacerbated when centralizing these point scanners into a central repository such as Risk I/O. Our  Nessus connector now tracks the state of all reported vulnerabilities… Read more »

SIRAcon Attendees, Start Your Engines

Michael Roytman    October 25, 2013

“Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine.” –  Peter Sondergaard, SVP Gartner This week I attended SIRAcon in Seattle, a conference hosted by the Society of Information Risk Analysts. I spoke about the methodology behind Risk I/O’s “fix what matters” approach to vulnerability management, and how we use live vulnerability and real-time breach data… Read more »

Mitigating Application DoS: SecTor Conference Talk

rhuber    October 14, 2013

I was recently invited to speak at one of my favorite security conferences, SecTor in Toronto. Many thanks to Risk I/O for giving me some official time to work on this side project over the last month (side note: we are hiring!). This blog post will summarize my SecTor presentation on application Denial of Service attacks. Application DoS has seen… Read more »

Introducing the Risk Meter

Ed Bellis    October 8, 2013

You may have noticed we’ve been publishing a lot of information lately on what factors go into the likelihood of a successful exploit. Our presentation at BSidesLV and subsequent events touched on some of the work we’ve been doing based on our processing of over a million successful breaches we have observed across the internet. While this data continues to… Read more »

Development in the Cloud, or Cumulus Capable Clowders of Cats

jro    September 10, 2013

An old colleague of mine likened managing engineers to herding cats. I’m not so sure about herding engineers, but managing development environments quickly becomes an exercise in organizing chaos. Every engineer has different needs and a different way of doing things. During a recent data-center migration we moved all of our development environments to the AWS Cloud. Since it turned out to be one… Read more »

Stop Fixing All The Things – Our BSidesLV Talk

Michael Roytman    August 6, 2013

Last week at BSidesLV, Ed Bellis and I presented our view on how vulnerability statistics should be done. We think it’s a different and useful approach to vulnerability assessments. Our contention is that the definitions of vulnerabilities in NVD and OSVDB are just that – definitions. As security practitioners, we care about which vulnerabilities matter. Much like looking at a… Read more »

Introducing Quick Lists

Ed Bellis    July 24, 2013

As you may have read, the Risk I/O platform now correlates live Internet attack data with your vulnerabilities. As your vulnerabilities are processed, we append any vulnerability with additional data around attacks, threats, or exploits. Together, they help to identify where attacks are most likely to occur within your environment. With the addition of this data, Risk I/O is now… Read more »