Category Archives: Security

Cisco CCNA Cyber Ops completed!

2 months in a rush was what i needed to finish my CCNA Cyber Ops, it’s composed by 2 exams:

  •  210-250 SECFND
  • 210-255 SECOPS

The e-learning was part of the Cisco scholarship, so i had all materials required to learn what was required for each exam. The SECOPS exam it was a bit more difficult due his nature of different language.

 

210-250 SECFND

This exam understand common security concepts, and start to learn the basic security techniques used in a Security Operations Center (SOC) to find threats on a network using a variety of popular security tools within a “real-life” network infrastructure.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe, compare and identify various network concepts
  • Fundamentals of TCP/IP
  • Describe and compare fundamental security concepts
  • Describe network applications and the security challenges
  • Understand basic cryptography principles
  • Understand endpoint attacks, including interpreting log data to identify events in Windows and Linux
  • Develop knowledge in security monitoring, including identifying sources and types of data and events
  • 210-250 SECFND

 

 210-255 SECOPS

This exam focuses on the introductory-level skills needed for a SOC Analyst at the associate level. Specifically, understanding basic threat analysis, event correlation, identifying malicious activity, and how to use a playbook for incident response.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Define a SOC and the various job roles in a SOC
  • Understand SOC infrastructure tools and systems
  • Learn basic incident analysis for a threat-centric SOC
  • Explore resources available to assist with an investigation
  • Explain basic event correlation and normalization
  • Describe common attack vectors
  • Learn how to identify malicious activity
  • Understand the concept of a playbook
  • Describe and explain an incident respond handbook
  • Define types of SOC metrics
  • Understand SOC workflow Management system and automation

Cisco Live Barcelona 2018 here i GO!

This is going to be my 2nd Cisco Live, and i’m very excited because i’ve learned a lot over the past 8 years and i’m in a different professional stage at the moment that 8 years ago it was just a dream. I’m a strong believer that these events are important to grow your “networking” and keep you updated on new trends/technology.

So how my calendar looks like so far?

  • CCDE Techtorial and Exam
  • Firepower
  • ISE
  • Multi-Cloud
  • SD-X
  • DevOps

If you are are around, lets grab a beer and crack some of the topics above

Black Hat Europe London 2017

Black Hat Europe in London this year is not a mirage, it’s real! Wake Up, time for action! Briefings, Training, Arsenal and beer you choose! Register here

And if you are a student on the cyber security arena, you can get a free scholarship which allows full access to all Briefings on Wednesday, December 6 and Thursday, December 7 at the ExCeL London, United Kingdom. You can apply here.

If you go contact me, i will be around!

Welcome to CheckPoint R80 API

Automation and orchestration capabilities these days are the key for many Organizations, and this session will show you what can you achieve with the R80.10 API.  Specifically, this session covers:

  • Introduction to using the R80.10 APIs using Postman and Ansible
  • Tips on how to add objects and services to adding rules via CLI RESTful API
  • Additional use cases
  • And much more

The content presented is below:

Slides: How to use R80.10 API for Automation and Streamlined Security (PPT)

Video: How to use R80.10 API for Automation and Streamlined Security (Video)

Scripts: CheckMates_Aug15_Demos.zip

Q&A: TechTalk Q&A: Leveraging the R80.10 API to Automate and Streamline Security Operations

Looking for more cool stuff? Check on CheckPoint CheckMates Community

Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls 2017

Cisco is climbing fast, Fortinet faster, PaloAlto still leading and filling their gaps in portfolio and Check Point released finally the R80 for gateways. I predict 4 Leaders next year, it will be a nice race to watch!

Full Report on Report Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls 2017

Some DNS Resources Compiled

Working a lot around Response Policy Zone (RPZ) these days, it’s better to start collecting some valuable tools, whitepapers, research, best practises, etc

DNS Servers

Name Description
BIND The most widely used DNS software on the Internet
Bundy Integrated authoritative DNS and DHCP server (the continuation of the BIND 10)
Dnsmasq A lightweight, easy to configure DNS forwarder and DHCP server
Knot DNS Knot DNS is a high-performance authoritative-only DNS server
PowerDNS A versatile nameserver which supports a large number of backends

Spot Bad Traffic without decrypting it

How can we detect and mitigate a kill chain in encrypted traffic without breaking users privacy and same time  with minimal false positives? Cisco Catalyst 9k is the newest platform with this capability which is called Encrypted Traffic Analysis (ETS). Machine Learning & metadata seems to be the right ingredients to make the wheel work.

Read here for more detail.

 

 

 

Cisco Catalyst reborn

Cisco announced a new platform, Catalyst 9k (fixed and modular), a new hit for the Enterprise Architecture.

Some of the benefits i’ve captured:

  • Secure segmentation with SD-Access
  • Unmatched 60W POE on every access port
  • DNA Center
  • IoT readiness
  • Cloud readiness
  • IOS-XE
  • UADP 2.0
  • StackWise Virtual
  • IEEE1588
  • MACsec256
  • Encrypted Traffic Analysis (ETA)
  • Licensing mode changed (no info yet)

Catalyst 9300

Catalyst 9400

Catalyst 9500

 

Cisco ACS Config Factory Default

I’m running Cisco ACS 5.2, and this shouldn’t be common operation in Production but…..backup your licenses before you go ahead.

login as: admin
Using keyboard-interactive authentication.
Password:******cs/admin# acs reset-config
This command deletes the current ACS configuration
and resets the ACS configuration to factory defaults.Cisco recommends that you perform a backup before you execute this command.Are you sure you want to reset the configuration now? (yes/no) yes

Grab a coffee now, this will take a while around 20 minutes!

Stopping ACS.
Stopping Management and View………………….
Stopping Runtime…………….
Stopping Database……
Cleanup…..Resetting configuration to factory defaults.

Starting ACS ….

To verify that ACS processes are running, use the
‘show application status acs’ command.

acs/admin# show application status acs

Application initializing…
Status is not yet available.
Please check again in a minute.

acs/admin# show application status acs

ACS role: PRIMARY

  • Process ‘database’ running
    Process ‘management’ running
    Process ‘runtime’ running
    Process ‘view-database’ running
    Process ‘view-jobmanager’ running
    Process ‘view-alertmanager’ running
    Process ‘view-collector’ running
    Process ‘view-logprocessor’ running

Cybersecurity Scholarship is Now

I’ve applied for Cisco Cybersecurity Scholarship and i’m glad it was accepted, i understand people applied massively, but start in 16 months is not understandable! Cyber Security is now!Now! Now!

Now i just have to wait for the next message, hopefully with a close date, fingers crossed!

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References:

$10 Million in Cisco Global Cybersecurity Scholarships!

FAQs about the Cisco scholarship program

Cybersecurity scholarship Blog