Monday, October 21, 2019

Important Tabula Rosa Security Bulletin Via NSA and NCSC Release Joint Advisory on Turla Group Activity

10/21/2019 11:56 AM EDT

Original release date: October 21, 2019
The National Security Agency (NSA) and the United Kingdom National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have released a joint advisory on advanced persistent threat (APT) group Turla—widely reported to be Russian. The advisory provides an update to NCSC’s January 2018 report on Turla’s use of the malicious Neuron, Nautilus, and Snake tools to steal sensitive data. Additionally, the advisory states that Turla has compromised—and is currently leveraging—an Iranian APT group’s infrastructure and resources, which include the Neuron and Nautilus tools.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the following resources for more information:
•    NSA Advisory Turla Group Exploits Iranian APT To Expand Coverage Of Victims
•    UK NCSC Advisory Turla group exploits Iranian APT to expand coverage of victims
•    January 2018 UK NCSC Report Turla Group Malware

October as official month By Lahle Wolfe
Updated January 14, 2019
If you're Italian-American, if you're a ​cookbook author, or, if you're a country music artist, then October is the month for you. That's because October is National Italian-American Heritage Month, Cook Book Author Month, and Country Music Month, as well as (the more serious) National Cholesterol Month. The United States is very prolific at creating "national month" events. In addition to businesses (from major corporations to local ma and pa shops) numerous worthwhile organizations and special interest groups establish a promotion during a calendar month to get their name and message out to the public.
In addition to fostering awareness, creating a national month designation is an excellent way to celebrate a nationality, a religion, an interest, or a cause. 
While you may not want to hug a "Texas chef" or believe that vegetarian and pork lovers should celebrate their food preference in different months, you'll definitely find something in October to celebrate or pay attention to.
The following events are observed every year for the entire calendar month.
October Is "National Month" Calendar
  • All American Breakfast Month
  • Better Breakfast Month
  • Computer Learning Month
  • Cook Book Month
  • Country Music Month
  • Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • Diversity Awareness Month
  • Emergency Care Month
  • Family History Month
  • German-American Heritage Month
  • Gourmet Adventures Month
  • Hunger Awareness Month
  • Hug a Texas Chef Month
  • Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual History Month
  • Mom & Apple Pie Month
  • National AIDS Awareness Month
  • National Apple Month
  • National Applejack Month
  • National Book Fair Month
  • National Car Care Month
  • National Caramel Month
  • National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Month
  • National Cookie Month
  • National Cosmetology Month
  • National Country Ham Month
  • National Depression Education and Awareness Month
  • National Dessert Month
  • National Health Care Food Service Month
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month (Mexico): September 15th-October 15th
  • National Kitchen and Bath Month
  • National Pasta Month
  • National Pickled Peppers Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • National Popcorn Poppin' Month
  • National Pork Month
  • National Pretzel Month
  • National Restaurant Hospitality Month
  • National Seafood Month
  • National Stamp Collecting Month (Canada)
  • National Biscuit Month
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Chicken Month
  • National Cholesterol Awareness Month
  • National Courtesy Month
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • National Hispanic Month
  • National Honey Month
  • National Italian-American Heritage Month
  • National Mental Illness Awareness Month
  • National Mushroom Month
  • National Organic Harvest Month
  • National Papaya Month (also, June)
  • National Piano Month
  • National Potato Month
  • National Rice Month
  • National Roller Skating Month
  • National Sight Saving Month
  • National Spinach-Lovers' Month
  • National Toilet Tank Repair Month
  • Polish-American Heritage Month
  • Self-Improvement Month
  • Vegetarian Awareness Month
  • Women of Achievement Month
  • Women's History Month (Canada)


09/30/2019 05:09 PM EDT

Original release date: September 30, 2019
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), which is a collaborative effort between the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and its public and private partners—including the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)—to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online while increasing the resilience of the Nation against cyber threats. This year’s theme, “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.,” focuses on promoting personal accountability and positive behavior when it comes to cybersecurity.

CISA encourages organizations to see the NCSAM 2019 webpage and the NCSAM 2019 Toolkit

Paul, every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register.

Our partners at Vote Forward have made it easy to contact historically under-represented, not-yet-registered voters living in key 2020 swing states to provide them with everything they need to register to vote.

Click the link to set up an account or sign in, then scroll down to the second row of options and choose one of the campaigns that includes voter registration forms.


air gapping
Air gapping is a security measure that involves physically isolating a computer or network to prevent it from connecting directly or wirelessly to other systems that can connect to the Internet. Air gapping is used to protect many types of critical systems, including those that support the stock market, the military, the government and industrial power industries.
To prevent unauthorized data extrusion through electromagnetic or electronic exploits, there must be a specified amount of space between the air-gapped system and outside walls and between its wires and the wires for other technical equipment. In the United States, the U.S. National Security Agency TEMPEST project provides best practices for using air gaps as a security measure.

For a system with extremely sensitive data, a Faraday cage can be used to prevent electromagnetic radiation (EMR) escaping from the air-gapped equipment. Although such measures may seem extreme, van Eck phreaking can be used to intercept data such as key strokes or screen images from demodulated EMR waves, using special equipment from some distance away. Other proof-of-concept (POC) attacks for air- gapped systems have shown that electromagnetic emanations from infected sound cards on isolated computers can be exploited and continuous wave irradiation can be used to reflect and gather information from isolated screens, keyboards and other computer components.

As of this writing, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is awarding grants for prototype hardware and software designs that will keep sensitive data physically isolated. The grants are made possible under the Guaranteed Architecture for Physical Security (GAPS) program.

Enhancing air-gapped security measures

The problem with physical separation as a security technique is that, as complexity increases in some system or network to be isolated, so does the likelihood that some unknown or unauthorized external connection will arise.

Perhaps the most important way to protect a computing device or network from an air gap attack is through end user security awareness training. The infamous Stuxnet worm, which was designed to attack air-gapped industrial control systems, is thought to have been introduced by infected thumb drives found by employees or obtained as free giveaways.
The software-defined perimeter (SDP) framework is another tool network engineers can use to create a type of "virtual air gapping" through policy enforcement. SDP requires external endpoints that want to access internal infrastructure to comply with authentication policies and ensures that only authenticated systems can see internal IP addresses.

In my books, noted below, I often lament about the lack of civility, deterioration of written communication and abuse of the power of the Internet. Electronic communication, in my opinion, breeds negativity and behavior which does not exist in direct communication. 

The following is an except from my first book which addresses angry email replies.

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