Clearpath’s Blog on IT Infrastructure, Hybrid Clouds and IT Security

Enabling Secure IT Operations for your Organization

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 @ 11:29 AM

Over the past several weeks we have examined ways to protect your organization from malware and other malicious code throughout the corporate environment. If it is not evident at this point - we are examining data from a multitude of devices scattered throughout the corporate IT infrastructure. We find that the devices and software used for this task are both diverse and disjointed. These devices include Firewalls, laptops, desktops, multifunction devices, A/V software, basically anything that is connected to the network. These devices and software provide valuable information in the form of logs that can be used to trigger alerts based on multiple inputs.

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Topics: Security, SIEM

Complete Endpoint Solutions

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 11:39 AM

The battle at the endpoint - phones, tablets and mobile computing - faces an endless onslaught of malware delivered from websites, bots, and pretty much any other malicious code that can be thrown at endpoints. Why are the endpoints always under attack? Simple, when they are off corporate networks there are no firewalls, no IPS, none of the enterprise grade protection that exists in a corporate environment. You and I know this, unfortunately so do the bad guys. Understanding this helps us understand why these devices are frequently targeted by malicious individuals and organizations.  It is good to think of the endpoints as the new perimeter.

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Topics: Security, Endpoint Security

Hunting Hidden Malware in your Datacenter

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 @ 02:13 PM

All malware does not immediately trigger a security alert as some new variants are quite stealthy and designed to lay in wait until such time as they are activated. In this section we describe malware and in particular ransomware.

Northeastern University published an interesting piece, “Cutting the Gordian Knot: A Look Under the Hood of Ransomware Attacks” Between 2006 and 2014, this research team analyzed 1,359 ransomware samples and found that a “close examination on the file system activities of multiple ransomware samples suggests that by… protecting Master File Table (MFT) in the NTFS file system, it is possible to detect and prevent a significant number of zero-day ransomware attacks.”

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Topics: Security, Ransomeware

Educating the User and Social Engineering

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:08 AM

For the second part of the series we would like to dive into educating the user as well as social engineering. The user continues to be the weakest link in many organizations; while it is not that a user has bad intentions, they just frequently represent the easiest target. This can be easily depicted by using a house analogy, the organization can put locks on the doors and
windows as well as installing a state of the art alarm system. This does not prevent the attacker from simply knocking on the door and being invited in by the homeowner. As a matter of fact, this is what makes phishing campaigns so successful. The user is actually tricked into unknowingly granting attackers access to corporate resources.

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Topics: Security

Detecting and Blocking Malware at the Gateway

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Thu, Dec 08, 2016 @ 02:13 PM

Modern malware is evolving at an extremely rapid pace. In fact, a new malware is created nearly every second. Due to the dynamic landscape of ever-growing malware variants, traditional antivirus solutions are becoming less effective - unable to detect and block the unknown malware before it can infiltrate and compromise an organization’s network and systems, driving the need for a more comprehensive solution. In the past two years this has become an increasing busy space among OEM solutions providers. Cisco Systems, Checkpoint software, and Fortinet have invested in providing cost effective solutions that are easily managed resulting in low effort required to provide critical protection of your organizations devices.

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Topics: Security

Clearpath Update - November 2016

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Fri, Dec 02, 2016 @ 10:22 AM

Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

Cisco on the Road! December 2, 2016 - Washington, D.C. December 15, 2016 - Boston, MA.
Cisco customers are invited to join us to learn how Cisco solutions can help them deliver the critical business outcomes their enterprise demands. These events offer training on all of Cisco's core architectures, including Enterprise Networks, Security, Data Center, Collaboration and the Internet of Things (IoT). Sessions will include updates on product innovations and road-maps, live demonstrations and best practices. Register today. 

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Topics: News & Updates

Malware Blog Series Introduction

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 09:53 AM

Clearpath, in conjunction with IT Security thought leaders, is excited to announce a five part series to increase awareness regarding the proliferation of malware in the enterprise. We have partnered with many vendors to bring best of breed solutions to our clients. Splunk, Cisco
Systems, Checkpoint software, Trend Micro, and Carbon Black are a few of our partners that we have joined forces with to assist in making your mission successful. We understand that one size does not fit all, and strive to provide tailored solutions to meet your requirements and budget. Many organizations install anti-malware software on their users PC’s and “check the box”, indicating the users are now protected, when in fact, an informed end user is often the first wall of defense against malware. Clearpath’s goal is to educate and promote awareness on the new and innovative ways to protect the overall enterprise. Topics in our new series include neutralizing malware at the gateway, social engineering, finding hidden malware in your data center, and how to tie everything together into a solid layered defense.

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Topics: Security

Clearpath Update - June 2016

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 02:47 PM

Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

July 22, 2016 - See it First! Star Trek Beyond – Reston, VA
Join us on July 22nd for a private viewing of Star Trek Beyond in Reston, VA. The day will start out with breakfast and a brief and informative presentation on Cisco HyperFlex. Following the presentation and a short break for audience questions, we’ll be viewing Star Trek Beyond. Register today.

July 22, 2016 - See it First! Star Trek Beyond – Columbia, MD
Join us on July 22nd for a private viewing of Star Trek Beyond in Columbia, MD. The day will start out with breakfast and a brief and informative presentation focused on Cisco OpenDNS. Following the presentation and a short break for audience questions, we’ll be viewing Star Trek Beyond. Register today.

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Topics: News & Updates

Clearpath Update - May 2016

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Fri, May 27, 2016 @ 10:33 AM

Upcoming Events, Hosted or Sponsored by Clearpath

June 8 -10, 2016 - ILTA LegalSEC Summit & SharePoint, Office 365 Symposium - Baltimore, MD
Join Clearpath at this year’s 4th annual ILTA LegalSEC Summit and Sharepoint | Office 365 Symposium hosted in Baltimore from June 8th – 10th. Stop by table #7 to meet our security practice lead and discuss your objectives and concerns with other legal IT experts.  Learn more about this event and register today.

June 17, 2016 - Boston VMUG User Conference
Join Clearpath at the Boston VMUG User Conference on Friday, June 17th. Created by VMware Users for VMware Users, VMUG UserCons bring together a community, both locally and globally, where users can learn from VMware employees, a broad base of VMware partners, and most importantly, each other. Learn more. 

June 24, 2016 - See it First! Independence Day: Resurgence – Reston, VA
Join us on June 24th for a private viewing of Independence Day: Resurgence in Reston, VA. The day will start out with breakfast and a brief and informative presentation on flash storage and BC/DR technologies. Following the presentation and a short break for audience questions, we’ll be viewing Independence Day: Resurgence. Register today.

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Topics: News & Updates

NSX Manager Host Preparation Fails When Port 80 on vCenter Already in Use

Posted by Soheil Amiri on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 02:30 PM
We recently implemented NSX in an existing vCenter/vSphere environment and ran across an interesting issue when attempting to prepare the hosts. SQL Server Reporting Services was co-installed with vCenter, so to prevent a conflict on TCP/80 the customer specified a custom HTTP port during vCenter installation. At this point we should have been conflict free on TCP/80 but as we soon found out, that was not the case.
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Topics: VMware, vCenter, EAM, VMware NSX, ESXi

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