Article: Pen-Test Results Hint at Improvements in Enterprise Security

Article: Pen-Test Results Hint at Improvements in Enterprise Security

Article: Pen-Test Results Hint at Improvements in Enterprise Security 1090 728 Andrew Hay

In a recent DarkReading interview by Jai Vijayan, Lares CEO Chris Nickerson provided insight into how organizations are making it more difficult for attackers to succeed.

From the article:

"I won't say that the days of 'point, click, and exploit' are over, but they sure are rare," says Chris Nickerson, CEO at pen-testing firm Lares. While security hardening, hygiene, patch management, password quality, and lack of visibility continue to remain big challenges, security organizations are evolving, he notes.

Increasingly, attackers are being forced to change their tactics and employ malware-less, "living-off-the-land" approaches to hide their malicious activity. "It is rare that 'exploitation' is the first hook into the environment anymore," Nickerson says. "Now tools and technology are required to observe normal system functions to determine if they are being used maliciously."

Lares recently analyzed data from hundreds of pen-test engagements to see what similarities it could find across enterprise networks. The results showed that accounts with weak and easily guessable passwords continue to be the biggest problem for most organizations. Other common vulnerabilities and attack vectors include weaknesses related to Kerberos authentication, excessive file system permissions, Window Management Interface (WMI)-enabled lateral movement, inadequate network segmentation, and improper access control.

You can read the full article here: https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/pen-test-results-hint-at-improvements-in-enterprise-security/d/d-id/1337591.

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