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6 Ways Young Upstarts Can Get Their Big Security Break

Interviewing Akamai InfoSec's summer interns recently, I was reminded of a six-step guide I wrote a few years ago for CSOonline on how young people can get their break in the industry. I think the suggestions are as valid today as they were then.

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What a Broken Arm Teaches Us About Incident Response

I originally wrote this for CSOonline's Salted Hash blog in 2011. But given all my focus on incident management of late, a re-share seems appropriate.

You might find it weird that I'd find a teachable infosec moment in my son breaking his arm. But he did do it at a security meet-up, after all.

Meet Akamai InfoSec's 4th Intern

Last week I recorded a podcast interview with three of Akamai InfoSec's four summer interns. Due to a schedule conflict, the fourth intern -- Boston University Computer Science major Allan Wirth -- was interviewed separately.

Wirth will be a senior this fall and hopes to embark on a career in web security. The work he did for Akamai will serve him well to that end. Under the supervision of InfoSec's Kathryn Kun and Tim April, he studied Akamai BGP data.      

"I worked on aggregating BGP data in real time to identify routing hijacks," Wirth said. "I've never handled this breadth of data before, so it was an eye opener."

Wirth's passion for information security goes back to high school. By the time he started his Akamai internship, he had already participated in Capture-The-Flag contests and dabbled in penetration testing.

"I'm hoping to engage in some more advanced cryptography after graduation," he said. "Security is what I want to do."

We wish Allan the very best in his future endeavors. I doubt we've seen the last of him around here.

Public Compliance Docs: The List So Far (Updated)

As previously noted, Akamai InfoSec has been working to make its most sought after compliance documents publicly available. The goal is to make it easier for customers to access the answers they regularly seek, and also to show potential new customers how we operate. 

We're building the foundation in the form of a compliance page on the Akamai Security microsite, and hope to publish up to two fresh public docs a month. What follows is a list of what we've done so far.

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday Release for August 2014

Microsoft released its August 2014 Security Update Tuesday. The company's OneNote note-taking software, Internet Explorer browser, Server software, and .NET Framework were most affected this time.

Akamai Security Podcast: Meet the InfoSec Interns

In the latest episode of the Akamai Security Podcast, I interview three interns -- Yuan Jiang, Chae Won Lee and Tom Boning. They spent the summer working with our InfoSec team. They talk about their projects and where they hope to go from here.

  • Listen to the full episode HERE.

Video Presentations from BSidesLV 2014

My friend Adrian Crenshaw of Irongeek.com has pulled off quite a feat -- posting all of BSidesLV's video-recorded presentations. Pretty impressive, since it's barely been a week since the event opened. Go here to watch the full roster of videos. For this post, I want to share the presentation by Akamai's own Patrice Coles, "Third-Party Service Provider Diligence: Why are we doing it all wrong?"


Security Kahuna Podcast: Las Vegas Edition

Akamai Security Storyteller Bill Brenner and Akamai Security Advocates Martin McKeay and Dave Lewis report from Las Vegas during Black Hat, BSidesLV and DEF CON. They are joined by special guests Steve Ragan and Gillis Jones.

They touch on antivirus pioneer John McAfee's appearances at BSidesLV and DEF CON, security luminary Dan Geer's Black Hat keynote, and try to answer the age-old question: Why go to these events?

About our guests:

Steve Ragan is a reporter for CSOonline and CSO MagazineGillis Jones is a security consultant at Accuvant.

  • Listen to the full episode HERE.

OpenSSL Vulnerabilities

On Wednesday, 2014-08-06, the OpenSSL Project disclosed nine low- and moderate-severity vulnerabilities, with details published here.

These are vulnerabilities that can potentially impact OpenSSL clients and servers worldwide.

We currently believe our services are not impacted by CVE-2014-3508, CVE-2014-3509, CVE-2014-3505, CVE-2014-3506, CVE-2014-3507, CVE-2014-3510, and CVE-2014-3512.

We are in the process of rolling out a fix to address vulnerabilities CVE-2014-3511 and CVE-2014-5139 for each of our relevant services.

Akamai is investigating the vulnerabilities further, and will provide additional communication if needed.

Some of the vulnerabilities, as outlined in the advisory, include:

  • An information leak in pretty printing functions 
  • A crash condition with SRP ciphersuite in Server Hello message 
  • A race condition in ssl_parse_serverhello_tlsext 
  • Double Free when processing DTLS packets 
  • A DTLS memory exhaustion condition 
  • DTLS memory leak from zero-length fragments 
  • An OpenSSL DTLS anonymous EC(DH) denial of service 
  • An OpenSSL TLS protocol downgrade attack
  • A SRP buffer overrun

BSidesLV and DEF CON: Security Bookshelf

I was browsing the tables this morning at BSidesLV and came across some books published by No Starch Press, which will also have books on display at DEF CON this weekend.