Do you know why phishing is so dangerous?

Because it combines IT skills with knowledge of human psychology. In fact, a phishing email relies on human psychological drivers to first get the opening of the email and to then push to click.

Technical skills are of course necessary to increase the likelihood of clicks, e.g. to spoof a legitimate sender, to create an interface clone, to forward to malicious domains, etc.

But today, we will look into the psychological drivers that drive action during phishing. We have taken 8 commonly used drivers and associated them with different subjects that can be used as pretexts for phishing.

Health_cybersecurity

Digital has become central for the health sector. It applies to all activities, from patient admissions to prescription management to monitoring the physical environment. In this context, cybersecurity risks have also become widespread. Conducting a security audit enables to concretely assess risks for each institution or company of the health sector.

Here is an overview of the cybersecurity challenges that we frequently encounter and that can be points of attention during a pentest. While data protection is a major issue, other risks related to hardware and IT infrastructure are also recurring points of concern.

WebSockets_Attacks_Risks

The WebSocket protocol is a protocol of the application layer of the OSI model, which enables to communicate in full duplex (a communication canal where the information can circulate simultaneously in both directions) between a client (a browser) and a web server. In two words, it allows to create real-time web applications, like instant messaging chat.

Penetration Testing for Fintech companies: what are the main challenges?

Fintech companies are generally more exposed to risks and more mature than the average in terms of cybersecurity. The nature of their activities implies the need to take into account the risks of fraud and cyberattacks right from the design of a new product.

The pentest then confronts the security choices and protections in place with the real threat. Depending on the nature of the product (payment solution, credit platform, banking management, private equity, etc.), the business stakes will be different. However, here are a few details on the main risks and the most frequent pentest priorities according to our experience with fintech companies.

When a good time pentest

Performing a pentest can be part of your objectives, without it being the priority of the moment. This for various reasons: developments are in progress, a migration is planned, a budget has not yet been allocated, etc. Given the different constraints and priorities that need to be respected, when is the right time to perform a pentest?

We will present various situations in which the question arises and give you some keys to identify the right time to perform a penetration test.

Security and HTTPS certificate validity

Currently, since March 2018, SSL/TLS certificates (more commonly called HTTPS certificate) can have a maximum lifetime of 825 days. 
But in March 2020, Apple announced that they only will allow SSL/TLS certificates on Safari that have a maximum validity of 398 days (13 months). And Google will follow this path (announced by the chair emeritus of CA/B Forum on Twitter in June 2020).

In July, Mozilla has confirmed it will reduce certificate lifespans too.

IT Security Audit

There are several types of IT security audits: organizational audits, technical audits and penetration testing.
All these variants are complementary and enable to analyze optimally an organization’s level of security. In this article, we will voluntarily leave aside the organizational audits in order to focus on the technical aspects of security audits.