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Cisco Press Review for “Cisco Firepower and Advanced Malware Protection Live Lessons” Video Series

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Cisco Press Review for “Cisco Firepower and Advanced Malware Protection Live Lessons” Video Series - 4.3 out of 5 based on 8 votes

Title:              Cisco Firepower and Advanced Malware Protection Live Lessons
Authors:        Omar Santos
ISBN-10:          0-13-446874-0
Publisher:     Cisco Press
Published:     June 22, 2016
Edition:         1st Edition
Language:     English

cisco-firepower-and-advanced-malware-protection-live-lessons-1The “Cisco Firepower and Advanced Malware Protection Live Lessons” video series by Omar Santos is the icing on the cake for someone who wants to start their journey of Cisco Next-Generation Network Security. This video series contains eight lessons on the following topics:

Lesson 1: Fundamentals of Cisco Next-Generation Network Security

Lesson 2: Introduction and Design of Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services

Lesson 3: Configuring Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services

Lesson 4: Cisco AMP for Networks

Lesson 5: Cisco AMP for Endpoints

Lesson 6: Cisco AMP for Content Security

Lesson 7: Configuring and Troubleshooting the Cisco Next-Generation IPS Appliances

Lesson 8: Firepower Management Center

Lesson 1 deals with the fundamentals of Cisco Next-Generation Network Security products, like security threats, Cisco ASA Next-Generation Firewalls, FirePOWER Modules, Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems, Advanced Malware Protection (AMP), Email Security, Web Security, Cisco ISE, Cisco Meraki Cloud Solutions and much more. Omar Santos has done an exceptional job creating short videos, which are a maximum of 12 minutes, he really built up the series with a very informative introduction dealing with the security threats the industry is currently facing, the emergence of Internet of Things (IOT) and its impact and the challenges of detecting threats.

Understanding, Avoiding & Protecting Against Cross Site Request Forgery Attacks

Posted in Web Application Vulnerability Scanners

Understanding, Avoiding & Protecting Against Cross Site Request Forgery Attacks - 5.0 out of 5 based on 4 votes

This article explains what a web browser cookie is and examines how Cross Site Request Forgery work by allowing hackers to intercept and access web browser cookies from unaware users trying to logon to a website to continue their online shopping or access personal online files e.g Dropbox etc. We also explain how we can avoid Cross Site Request Forgery attacks and best security practices to keep our web applications and users safer.

What is a Cookie?

When visiting a website, a cookie (small file) from the website is usually stored on your computer containing information such as login details, items you had in your shopping basket etc. Each cookie is unique to your web browser and website visited, so that the website can retrieve or read the contents of its cookie when revisiting it. What most people are unaware of is that any malicious attacker with access to your computer can use the cookies stored therein to exploit access to websites you have visited earlier.

A malicious attacker may take advantage of this situation by latching on to the authentication cookie the user is sending to the website for initiating an action and then using the credentials to impersonate the user. The attacker uses Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) for initiating the attack.

Mechanism of a CSRF Attack

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top 10 lists Cross Site Request Forgery which is an attack whereby an attacker uses his or her website to send malicious code to a vulnerable web application in which a user is already authenticated.

Illustration of how CSRF attacks workFigure 1. Illustration of how CSRF attacks work

How to Disable or Enable the Password Recovery Procedure on Cisco Catalyst Switches. Enhance Your Catalyst Switch Security – Protect Configuration Files

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How to Disable or Enable the Password Recovery Procedure on Cisco Catalyst Switches. Enhance Your Catalyst Switch Security – Protect Configuration Files - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes

disable or enable password recovery on Cisco Catalyst switchesOur previous article shows how to perform a password recovery on the Cisco Catalyst switches. This article will now explain how to disable or enable the Cisco password recovery service allowing network engineers and administrators to further secure their Cisco equipment.

The password recovery mechanism is enabled by default which means anyone with physical access to the switch is able to initiate the process and gain access to the switch or stack’s configuration. In some environments this might be a major security concern which is why Cisco provides the option to disable the password recovery mechanism.

In cases where the mechanism is disabled the only option available to gain access to the switch is to delete its startup configuration.

How to Disable or Enable the Password Recovery Service on Cisco Catalyst Switches

Disabling the password recovery mechanism is achieved by using the no service password-recovery command in global configuration mode as shown below:

Fix Cisco VPN Client Break After Windows 10 Anniversary Update 1607 – 'This App Can’t Run on This PC'

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Fix Cisco VPN Client Break After Windows 10 Anniversary Update 1607 – 'This App Can’t Run on This PC' - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes

Windows 10 latest update 1607 code named Anniversary update promises to introduce a number of significant enhancements including breaking your trustworthy Cisco IPSec VPN client. After installing the Anniversary update users will receive a familiar message from the Compatibility Assistant:

This app can’t run on this PC. Cisco VPN Client doesn’t work on this version of Windows

Figure 1. This app can’t run on this PC. Cisco VPN Client doesn’t work on this version of Windows

The good news is that what you’re reading is not true – While Windows 10 does in fact disable the application, getting it to work again is a very easy process and very similar to installing the client on the Windows 10 operating system.

The following steps will help rectify the problem and have your Cisco IPSec VPN client working in less than 5 minutes.

Windows 7 32bit & 64bit users can read our Cisco VPN Client Fix for Windows 7 Operating System.

Windows 8 32bit & 64bit users can read our Cisco VPN Client Fix for Windows 8 Operating System.

Windows 10 Anniversary users without the Cisco VPN Client should read our article How to Install and Fix Cisco VPN Client on Windows 10.

Step 1 – Download and Extract the Cisco VPN Client

Head to the Firewall.cx Cisco Tools & Applications download section to download and extract the Cisco IPSec VPN Client installation files on your computer. The Cisco VPN installation files will be required for the repair process that follows.

Note: The Cisco IPSec VPN Client is offered in a 32Bit and 64Bit version. Ensure you download the correct version for your operating system.

Step 2 – Repair The Cisco VPN Client Application

After the file extraction process is complete, go to the Windows Control Panel and select Programs and Features. Locate the Cisco Systems VPN Client, select it and click on Repair:

Initiating the Repair of the Cisco IPSec VPN Client

Figure 2. Initiating the Repair of the Cisco IPSec VPN Client

The repair process will ask for the location of the Cisco VPN installation files – simply point it to where the files were extracted previously e.g c:\temp\vpnclient.

At this point the Windows 10 User Account Control will prompt for confirmation to allow the Cisco VPN application to make changes to your device. Click Yes to continue:

Password Recovery / Password Reset Procedure for Catalyst 3750-X or 3560-X Switches - Single or Stack Member Configuration

Posted in Cisco Switches - Catalyst Switch Configuration

Password Recovery / Password Reset Procedure for Catalyst 3750-X or 3560-X Switches - Single or Stack Member Configuration - 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 votes

cisco-catalyst-3750-x-3560-x-password-recovery-1This article shows how to reset a password on a Cisco Catalyst 3750-X (stacked or single unit) and Cisco Catalyst 3560-x switch without losing its startup configuration. The Cisco password recovery procedure involves interrupting the switch’s normal boot procedure, renaming the flash:config.text (that’s the startup-config file for switches) to something else e.g flash:config.text.old so that the configuration file is skipped during bootup.

Once the switch has loaded its operating system we can enter privileged-exec mode, rename back the flash:config.text.old to flash:config.text (startup-config), copy the startup-config file to memory (DRAM), make the necessary password changes and save the configuration.

Password Recovery – Reset Procedure

The procedure described below assumes the password recovery mechanism is enabled (by default, it is) and there is physical access to the switch or stack (3750-X only).

Note: If this procedure is being performed on a 3750-X stack, it is important to understand that all switches participating in the stack should be powered off and only the Master switch is powered on when initiating the password recovery procedure. The Master switch can be easily identified by searching for the switch with the green “Master” LED on.

Step 1

On a 3750-X switch, Power off the entire stack or standalone switch. On a Catalyst 3560-X switch, power off the switch. Connect your console cable to the switch – 3750-X Master or the standalone switch.

Step 2

Reconnect the power to the switch (standalone 3750-X or 3750-X) or stack master (3750-X stack only). Within 10 seconds, press and hold the Mode button while the System LED is flashing green. After the System LED turns amber and then solid green, release the Mode button.

If the process has been followed correctly, the following message should be displayed:
The system has been interrupted prior to initializing the flash file system. The following commands will initialize the flash file system and finish loading the operating system software:
 
flash_init
load_helper
boot

Step 3

Now initialize the flash file system, rename the startup configuration file (config.text) and boot the IOS:

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