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Every week, host Jon Munshaw brings on a new guest from Talos or the broader Cisco Secure world to break down a complicated security topic in just five or 10 minutes. We cover everything from breaking news to attacker trends and emerging threats.

Talos Takes Cisco Talos

    • Technology
    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

Every week, host Jon Munshaw brings on a new guest from Talos or the broader Cisco Secure world to break down a complicated security topic in just five or 10 minutes. We cover everything from breaking news to attacker trends and emerging threats.

    Why we need to stop calling as-a-service group takedowns "takedowns"

    Why we need to stop calling as-a-service group takedowns "takedowns"

    Hazel Burton and Thorsten Rosendahl join Jon Munshaw on this week's episode to discuss the problem with threat actor "hydras." They recently wrote about the topic for the Talos blog, highlighting how law enforcement takedowns of these groups are closer to just disruptions or setbacks for these massive actors. They talk about what really needs to be done to stop ransomware actors and why RaaS is a breeding ground for "hydras."

    • 12 min
    Turla has been around for 20-plus years at this point, but they're still mixing things up

    Turla has been around for 20-plus years at this point, but they're still mixing things up

    Holger Unterbrink of Talos Outreach joins the show this week to discuss his recent Turla APT research. This Russian state-sponsored actor has been around for years but is regularly adding new tooling to its arsenal. Holger has new details about their latest tool, TinyTurlaNG, and insight into the types of organizations they're targeting.

    • 9 min
    Why more actors are starting to use Telegram for their communications

    Why more actors are starting to use Telegram for their communications

    Jon started noticing that Talos is finding more threat actors using Telegram nowadays for their communication and coordination, so he decided to bring Azim Khodjibaev on to ask him if he was just inventing this, or if it was a real trend. Turns out it's a real trend! Azim fills listeners in on why Telegram is becoming the app of choice for APTs to publish "news," threaten data leaks, and more. 

    • 10 min
    Why no one should be relying on passive security in 2024

    Why no one should be relying on passive security in 2024

    Nick Biasini joins Jon this week to talk about passive security. He recently wrote about this topic for the Talos blog and joined Wendy Nather in discussing the merits of passive security versus active blocking. Nick defines what passive security is, exactly, and why it's not the way to go in the modern age. 

    • 8 min
    What's new about GhostSec's ransomware-as-a-service model

    What's new about GhostSec's ransomware-as-a-service model

    Chetan Raghuprasad from the Talos Outreach team joins Talos Takes this week to talk to Jon about the GhostSec threat actor that he and a few colleagues wrote about for the Talos blog. GhostSec has teamed up with another ransomware group to carry out double extortion attacks all over the globe, with increasing frequency over the past year. They discuss what's unique about this particular RaaS model, where GhostSec came from, and the benefits of going in on a team-up. 

    • 12 min
    Why are "identity attacks" on the rise?

    Why are "identity attacks" on the rise?

    Now more than ever, adversaries are logging in, not breaking in. They're stealing legitimate user credentials to hide undetected on a targeted network after acquiring said credentials in a variety of ways. Hazel Burton joins Jon Munshaw this week to discuss identity attacks, recommendations for avoiding them, and how QR code phishing plays into these tactics. 

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

craiwill ,

Love it

Really nice quick take format podcast. I listen to this between meetings or when I have a short break. I like beers with Talos the most but this is great for that ‘in between’ time.

dmargay23 ,

Quick, Fun, and Topical podcast

Quality bite-sized podcast that gives you a fun topic to discuss with your friends in the IT/Security industry. Great stuff!

Marwood_Wolf ,

Great tidbits of info

I always look forward to listening to the next episode.

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