Mitigating the top 10 security threats to GCP using the CIS Google Cloud Platform Foundation Benchmark

As one of the proud contributors to the newest version of the CIS Google Cloud Platform Foundation Benchmark, I wanted to raise awareness about the new version release of this benchmark [1] by the Center for Internet Security (CIS) and how it can help a company to set a strong security baseline or foundation for … Continue reading Mitigating the top 10 security threats to GCP using the CIS Google Cloud Platform Foundation Benchmark

Tool Release – ScoutSuite 5.11.0

We’re proud to announce the release of a new version of our open-source, multi-cloud auditing tool ScoutSuite (on Github)! The most significant improvements and features added include: Core Improved CLI options, test coverage and some dependencies AWS Added new findings for multiple services Bug fixes Added ARNs for all resources Azure Added new findings Bug … Continue reading Tool Release – ScoutSuite 5.11.0

Exception Handling and Data Integrity in Salesforce

Robust exception handling is one of the tenets of best practice for development, no matter what the coding language. This blog post explores the curious circumstances in which a developer trying to do the right thing – but without appreciating the full effects – could lead to data integrity issues in a Salesforce Organization. As … Continue reading Exception Handling and Data Integrity in Salesforce

Tool Release – Project Kubescout: Adding Kubernetes Support to Scout Suite

tl;dr You can now have Scout Suite scan not only your cloud environments, but your Kubernetes clusters. Just have your kubeconfig ready and run the following commands: $ pip3 install –user https://github.com/nccgroup/ScoutSuite/archive/develop.zip $ scout kubernetes Background NCC Group’s Container Orchestration Security Service (COSS) practice regularly conducts Kubernetes cluster configuration reviews spanning platform-managed Kubernetes clusters across … Continue reading Tool Release – Project Kubescout: Adding Kubernetes Support to Scout Suite

Tool Release – Principal Mapper v1.1.0 Update

Principal Mapper, or PMapper, is a tool and library for in-depth analysis with AWS Identity and Access Management, as well as AWS Organizations. PMapper stores data about AWS accounts and organizations, then provides options to query, visualize, and analyze that data. The library, written in Python, enables users to extend PMapper’s functionality for other use-cases. … Continue reading Tool Release – Principal Mapper v1.1.0 Update

Testing Infrastructure-as-Code Using Dynamic Tooling

Erik Steringer, NCC Group Overview TL;DR: Go check out https://github.com/ncc-erik-steringer/Aerides As public cloud service consumption has grown, engineering and security professionals have responded with different tools and techniques to achieve security in the cloud. As a consultancy, we at NCC Group have published multiple tools that we use to guide testing and identify risks for … Continue reading Testing Infrastructure-as-Code Using Dynamic Tooling

Tool Release – ScoutSuite 5.12.0

We are excited to announce the release of a new version of our open-source, multi-cloud auditing tool ScoutSuite (on Github)! This version includes multiple bug fixes, dependency updates and feature enhancements for AWS, Azure and GCP. It also adds and updates several rules for these three cloud providers, alongside improved finding templates and descriptions. The … Continue reading Tool Release – ScoutSuite 5.12.0

Abusing cloud services to fly under the radar

tl;dr NCC Group and Fox-IT have been tracking a threat group with a wide set of interests, from intellectual property (IP) from victims in the semiconductors industry through to data from the airline industry. In their intrusions they regularly abuse cloud services from Google and Microsoft to achieve their goals. NCC Group and Fox-IT observed … Continue reading Abusing cloud services to fly under the radar

A Guide to Improving Security Through Infrastructure-as-Code

Modern organizations evolved and took the next step when they became digital. Organizations are using cloud and automation to build a dynamic infrastructure to support more frequent product release and faster innovation. This puts pressure on the IT department to do more and deliver faster. Automated cloud infrastructure also requires a new mindset, a change … Continue reading A Guide to Improving Security Through Infrastructure-as-Code

Conference Talks – November 2020

This month, members of NCC Group will be presenting their work at the following conferences: Sourya Biswas, “Cybersecurity is War: Lessons from Historical Conflicts,” to be presented at BSidesCT (Virtual – November 14 2020) Ian Coldwater (Independent), Duffie Cooley, Brad Geesaman (Darkbit), and Rory McCune (NCC Group), “Keynote: SIG-Honk AMA Panel: Hacking and Hardening in … Continue reading Conference Talks – November 2020