Security operations | 2 min read
2023 Great eXpeltations report: top six findings

Our second annual Great eXpeltations report details the major trends our security operations center (SOC) team saw in customer environments last year. It also offers insights and advice to help you avoid these threats.

Security operations | 1 min read
Understanding the 3 Classes of Kubernetes Risk

The first step toward securing Kubernetes environments is understanding the risks they pose and identifying the ways in which those risks can be mitigated.

Security operations | 2 min read
Tell Dr. Kubernetes where it hurts

Kubernetes is growing rapidly, and for important reasons. Like many new technologies, though, it faces growing pains. In part 1 of a series, Dan Whalen outlines the most common Kubernetes challenges.

Security operations | 5 min read
Incident report: stolen AWS access keys

Here we walk through what happens when attackers steal a set of AWS access keys. Recently, our SOC, threat hunting, and detection engineering teams collaborated on such an incident.

Security operations | 3 min read
Emerging Threat: CircleCI Security Incident

Expel is aware of CircleCI’s reported security incident and recommendation to rotate all credentials. Here’s what happened, why it matters, what we’re doing, and what you should do.

Engineering | 1 min read
So long, 2022! Our year in review

To mark the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023, we’ve curated some of our favorite blog posts from the past 12 months.

Security operations | 4 min read
Dr. Strangelog or: How I learned to stop worrying and love alert

What if your data were higher in fidelity and context? We afford more refined alerts and embed more context and stability, assuming the tech is advanced enough to generate rich security signal.

Expel insider | 3 min read
Touring the modern SOC: where are the dials and blinking lights?

SOC tours at Expel aren’t about showing off blinking lights and racks of equipment. Instead it's a discussion about mission, mindset, operations management, results, and demos that make our SOC “go”

Security operations | 3 min read
Expel Quarterly Threat Report Q3: Top 5 takeaways

Our third quarterly (Q3) threat report is here and it’s overflowing with cybersecurity data, trends, and recommendations to help you protect your organization. Here are our top five takeaways from Q3.

Security operations | 4 min read
Attacker-in-the-middle phishing: how attackers bypass MFA

A new credential phishing tactic–called “attacker-in-the-middle”–can be effective at end-running MFA defenses. This analysis describes AitM and provides helpful advice for defending against it.

Security operations | 2 min read
Security alert: high-severity vulnerability affecting OpenSSL V3 and higher

The OpenSSL Project has identified two security vulnerabilities affecting OpenSSL v3.0 and later. Potentially affected users of versions 3.0.0-3.0.6 should upgrade to v3.0.7 as soon as it is reasonable to do so.

Security operations | 4 min read
Who ya gonna call (to make the most of your SIEM data)?

Customers who import their SIEM to a tool like Workbench can translate all the hours invested in development into customized rules. In other cases, they may realize they no longer need a SIEM.

Security operations | 5 min read
Understanding role-based access control in Kubernetes

Understanding authorization is critical to knowing how role-based access control (RBAC) works for securing Kubernetes. No matter your skill level, you must understand the rules that govern Kubernetes.

Security operations | 3 min read
Three Kubernetes events worth investigating

Monitoring your Kubernetes environment is important — especially if you’re running production workloads. This post explains what you should be looking for once you’ve collected the audit logs.

Security operations | 3 min read
Kubernetes: the whale in the room

More than half our cloud customers use Kubernetes (k8s), which can help companies ship software faster, avoid platform lock-in, and reap cost savings from elastic infrastructure that scales on demand.

Security operations | 3 min read
Remediation should be automated—and customized

Automated remediation offers tremendous benefits for the cybersecurity team. It’s ideally tailored to the specific organization and based on the frequency of threats seen in the environment.

Security operations | 2 min read
Emerging Threats: Microsoft Exchange On-Prem Zero-Days

Until a patch is issued for the Microsoft Exchange Server zero-day vulnerabilities, there are a few things security teams can do to temporarily mitigate risk. Here’s what we recommend.

Security operations | 12 min read
Detection and response in action: an end-to-end coverage story

This dramatized case study illustrates how our MDR, phishing, and threat hunting services work, and most importantly, how they work together.

Security operations | 6 min read
Incident report: how a phishing campaign revealed BEC before exploitation

By the time the 89th phishing alert sounded, we knew a large-scale campaign had successfully hit a customer. This case walks you through what happened, what we did, and how it played out.

Engineering | 3 min read
Connect Hashicorp Vault and Google’s CloudSQL databases: new plugin!

Expel is excited to open source a new Hashicorp Vault plugin that brokers database credentials between Hashicorp Vault and Google’s CloudSQL DBs.

Security operations | 14 min read
MORE_EGGS and Some LinkedIn Resumé Spearphishing

How do you decide which tech to use to carry out your hunt? This post’s got some pro tips for when and how to use different technology for your threat hunting mission.

Security operations | 7 min read
How we built it: Alert Similarity

Our Alert Similarity tool lets us teach our bots to compare similar “documents” and suggest or recommend a next step, freeing up our analysts. Here’s a walk-through of how we developed it.

Security operations | 3 min read
Top 5 takeaways: Expel Quarterly Threat Report Q2

Our second quarterly (Q2) threat report is here and its chock full of cybersecurity data, trends, and recommendations to help you protect your organization. Here are our top five takeaways from Q2.

Security operations | 2 min read
A defender’s MITRE ATT&CK cheat sheet for Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

In this new handy guide, we mapped the patterns we’ve seen throughout our GCP incident investigations to the MITRE ATT&CK Framework to help give you a head start protecting your organization.

Security operations | 4 min read
How Expel’s Alert Similarity feature helps our customers

We process millions of alerts each day, and many look similar to one another. We asked ourselves: is it possible to teach our bots to compare similar “documents” and suggest or recommend a next step? (Spoiler alert: YES!)

Security operations | 2 min read
Emerging Threat: BEC Payroll Fraud Advisory

Our SOC recently observed BEC attacks across multiple customer environments, targeting access to human capital management systems—specifically, Workday. The goal? Payroll and direct deposit fraud.

Security operations | 2 min read
Cutting Through the Noise: RIOT Enrichment Drives SOC Clarity

Cutting Through the Noise: RIOT Enrichment Drives SOC Clarity

Security operations | 5 min read
Detecting Coin Miners with Palo Alto Networks NGFW

With cryptojacking on the rise, we walk through why we’ve found Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall is great at detecting it, and some actions we’ve integrated into our detection bot to help.

Security operations | 3 min read
Incident report: Spotting an attacker in GCP

In this report, we walk you through how an attacker gained access to a customer’s GCP environment, our investigative process, and some key takeaways for securing your organization.

Security operations | 4 min read
How Expel does remediation

Curious how Expel does remediation? Learn how our process works, what you can expect from our analysts during an investigation and what we’re adding next on our remediation roadmap.

Security operations | 6 min read
Incident report: From CLI to console, chasing an attacker in AWS

Our SOC detected and stopped unauthorized access in one of our customer’s AWS environments. Here’s how we spotted it, the steps we took to understand what they did, lessons learned and key takeaways.

Security operations | 5 min read
Attack trend alert: Email scams targeting donations to Ukraine

As more people look to donate to Ukrainian relief efforts, bad actors are taking advantage. Lookout for these phishing scams to ensure your donations are actually going to help those in need.

Security operations | 2 min read
Top 7 recs for responding to the Lapsus$ breach claims

While the situation surrounding the reported breach of Okta by Lapsus$ is still developing, here are our top 7 recommendations you can take to protect yourself and your org.

Security operations | 8 min read
Top Attack Vectors: February 2022

This report dives into the top attack vectors and trends among the incidents our SOC investigated in February 2022. Learn our key recommendations to protect your org from these types of attacks.

Security operations | 5 min read
Evaluating MDR providers? Ask these questions about their onboarding process

Looking for an MDR provider? Make sure you understand their onboarding process. Here are the questions you should ask when you’re evaluating MDRs. Bonus: learn how we do onboarding here at Expel.

Security operations | 6 min read
Top Attack Vectors: January 2022

This report dives into the top attack vectors and trends among the incidents our SOC investigated in January 2022. Learn our key recommendations to protect your org from these types of attacks.

Security operations | 4 min read
Attack trend alert: AWS-themed credential phishing technique

They’re at it again. This time attackers are phishing for credentials by sending fake AWS log-in pages to unsuspecting users. Find out how our crew identified and triaged a phishing email.

Security operations | 7 min read
Top Attack Vectors: December 2021

This report dives into the top attack vectors and trends among the incidents our SOC investigated in December 2021. Learn our key recommendations to protect your org from these types of attacks.

Security operations | 4 min read
What’s hunting and is it worth it?

Heard about hunting but are unclear on whether it’s something you should invest in? You’re not alone. Find out what it is and the value it brings to your org’s detection and response capabilities.

Security operations | 7 min read
Top Attack Vectors: November 2021

This report dives into the top attack vectors and trends among the incidents our SOC investigated in November 2021. Learn our key recommendations to protect your org from these types of attacks.

Security operations | 9 min read
The Grinchy email scams to watch out for this holiday season

As the holidays approach, cyber Grinches are targeting phishing campaigns to steal data, credentials and more. Look out for these email scams while online shopping and checking your inbox this season.

Security operations | 6 min read
Top Attack Vectors: October 2021

This report dives into the top attack vectors and trends among the incidents our SOC investigated in October 2021. Learn our key recommendations to protect your org from these types of attacks.

Security operations | 8 min read
A new way to recruit: Our approach to building Expel’s Phishing team

In this blog post, we’ll share how we’re using the Expel Phishing team and its simple, narrow focus, to achieve two goals -- Protect managed detection and response (MDR) service continuity, and Increase diversity in cybersecurity

Security operations | 5 min read
Top Attack Vectors: September 2021

This report dives into the top attack vectors and trends among the incidents our SOC investigated in September 2021. Learn our key recommendations to protect your org from these types of attacks.

Security operations | 4 min read
How we use VMRay to support Expel for Phishing

How does Expel tackle phishing? Smart people and great tech. Learn how VMRay helps our analysts triage and analyze potentially malicious emails submitted by our managed phishing service customers.

Security operations | 5 min read
Top Attack Vectors: August 2021

This report dives into the top attack vectors and trends among the incidents our SOC investigated in August 2021. Learn our key recommendations to protect your org from these types of attacks.

Security operations | 5 min read
The top phishing keywords in the last 10k+ malicious emails we investigated

Curious how attackers are prompting victims to engage with phishing campaigns? Check out the top keywords from the malicious emails our SOC investigated and our top resilience recommendations.

Security operations | 6 min read
Swimming past 2FA, part 2: How to investigate Okta compromise

First we showed you how to spot an Okta compromise in this two-part blog series. Now we’ll walk you through our investigation and share five tips on how you can strengthen your security defense.

Security operations | 5 min read
Top Attack Vectors: July 2021

This report dives into the top attack vectors and trends among the incidents our SOC investigated in July 2021. Learn our key recommendations to protect your org from these types of attacks.

Security operations | 6 min read
How Expel goes detection sprinting in Google Cloud

Building detections in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) but not sure where to start? Time to get strategic. Our detection and response engineers demystify the process for building detections in the cloud.

Security operations | 9 min read
Well that escalated quickly: How a red team went from domain user to kernel memory

A red team recently swooped in and showed off some new tactics. What started as a PowerShell download cradle quickly turned into a custom rootkit download. Find out how we spotted the crafty red team.

Security operations | 5 min read
Incident report: Spotting SocGholish WordPress injection

Our SOC stopped a ransomware attack that compromised WordPress CMS to trigger a drive-by RAT download. Find out what happened, how we caught it, and our recommendations to secure your WordPress CMS.

Security operations | 4 min read
How should my MDR provider support my compliance goals?

Need to ensure your tech, privacy and security policies are compliant? Find out what compliance means in practice and how your MDR provider can support your compliance program, not become a liability.

Security operations | 4 min read
Swimming past 2FA, part 1: How to spot an Okta MITM phishing attack

Crafty attackers are finding new ways to bypass multiple-factor authentication. Find out how our SOC detected an attack and get some tips on how your org can prevent credentials phishing.

Security operations | 3 min read
Kaseya supply chain attack: What you need to know

A new ransomware attack upheaved the beginning of Fourth of July weekend. Fortunately, there are steps you can take right now to stay safe. Find out what’s happening and how Expel is looking ahead.

Security operations | 7 min read
Come sea how we tackle phishing: Expel’s Phishing dashboard

Want a tour of Expel’s Phishing dashboard? Get a behind-the-scenes look at how one of our senior UX designers developed the Phishing dashboard for Expel’s managed phishing service customers.

Security operations | 4 min read
Someone in your industry got hit with ransomware. What now?

We’re noticing a trend in ransomware attacks. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to go into panic mode. Find out what you need to know and get some tips on how you can keep your org safe.

Security operations | 8 min read
How to measure SOC quality

You can scale your SOC and improve quality. Seems impossible? Not if you know how and what to measure. The crew that helped build Expel’s SOC explain how they pulled it off – and how you can too.

Security operations | 7 min read
Cloud attack trends: What you need to know and how to stay resilient

We shared the top attack trend spotted during the pandemic and what to keep an eye out for looking ahead. But how do you remediate and stay resilient against these attacks? Our crew shares some tips.

Security operations | 6 min read
Performance metrics, part 3: Success stories

Our team shares some success stories in creating efficiency and reducing analyst burnout. They end this three-part series with a gift from our SOC – a downloadable resource to measure performance.

Security operations | 3 min read
Expel Hunting: Now in the cloud

We’ve added something new to Expel Hunting: cloud hunts. Find out how our crew’s newly developed hunting techniques can help you spot visibility gaps in your cloud (and give you some peace of mind).

Security operations
The top cybersecurity attack trend we saw emerge during the COVID-19 pandemic

Check out our newest infographic to learn about the top attack trend during the COVID-19 pandemic, how our SOC’s data reinforces these recent findings and how you should be looking ahead.

Security operations | 1 min read
How does your approach to AWS security stack up?

Take our short quiz to find out how your approach to AWS security compares to similar orgs. Based on your responses, we’ll also share some resources to help you level up your AWS security game.

Security operations | 3 min read
How to make the most of your virtual SOC tour

Expel used to give prospects an in-person tour of our SOC. Then 2020 happened. Enter Expel’s virtual SOC tour. Find out what’s included and how you can take full advantage of your time “in” our SOC.

Security operations | 3 min read
Attack trend alert: REvil ransomware

Expel’s SOC spotted a new trend in REvil campaigns and they’re sounding the alarm. Find out what’s new about this type of attack, how our analysts spotted it and what you can do to protect your org.

Security operations | 1 min read
Got workloads in Microsoft Azure? Read this

Got Microsoft Azure? Running Microsoft products in your org? Then you might want to get a free copy of our all-new Azure guidebook.

Security operations | 8 min read
Improving the phishing triage process: Keeping our analysts (and our customers) sane

Here’s how Expel created a phishing triage process that keeps our analysts’ heads above water while also ensuring that a trained pair of eyes is on every email submitted by our customers.

Security operations | 3 min read
The SolarWinds Orion breach: 6 ideas on what to do next and why

Here are some of our early observations on the SolarWinds Orion breach, plus our ideas on what to do next to detect related activity and better protect your org.

Security operations | 8 min read
How to investigate like an Expel analyst: The Expel Workbench managed alert process

Ever wonder about how Expel’s analysts investigate alerts? Our SOC team created a workflow called the Expel Workbench managed alert process. Read on to find out how it works and how it can help you.

Security operations | 6 min read
Evilginx-ing into the cloud: How we detected a red team attack in AWS

Red team sneak attack? Bring it on. Find out how we tackled a red team attack using open source offensive security tools in AWS and what you can do to protect your org from similar attacks.

Security operations | 4 min read
The CISO in 2020 (and beyond): A chat with Bruce Potter

It’s impossible to sum up a year that felt like 1000 in a single blog post. But we did gather some topline takeaways on security trends and the evolving role of the CISO from Expel’s Bruce Potter.

Security operations | 2 min read
Introducing a mind map for AWS investigations

We’ve been doing a lot of investigations in AWS using CloudTrail logs and have been noticing some interesting things along the way. So we created an AWS mind map for our team (and you). Check it out!

Security operations | 9 min read
Performance metrics, part 2: Keeping things under control

In this second post in our three-part series on all things metrics and SOC leadership, our team dives into details of what metrics and techniques are used to protect the SOC against volatility.

Security operations | 8 min read
Why don’t you integrate with [foo]?

You’ve heard that Expel integrates with your tech. But not YOUR tech. What gives? Well, sometimes it doesn’t always make sense. Expel’s COO explains why and what this means when working with us.

Security operations | 10 min read
Performance metrics, part 1: Measuring SOC efficiency

How do you establish metrics for SOC efficiency? This first post in a three-part series shares our team’s approach to setting SOC goals, creating a strategy and measuring success.

Security operations | 8 min read
Is Microsoft Defender for Endpoint good?

Expel has integrated Microsoft Microsoft Defender for Endpoint into our platform and we’re impressed! Our SOC analysts share why they love it and how they use it to triage alerts.

Security operations | 5 min read
The myth of co-managed SIEMs

Think you can get a co-managed SIEM and then step away to let the magic happen? Not so fast. Our CISO shares some common myths and the realities you should consider before making a decision.

Security operations | 8 min read
Behind the scenes in the Expel SOC: Alert-to-fix in AWS

Wonder what real-life investigation and response looks like in the cloud? Buckle up! Our team walks you through a coin-mining attack in AWS that they recently foiled – all the way from alert to fix.

Security operations | 8 min read
Spotting suspicious logins at scale: (Alert) pathways to success

Find out how our SOC analysts used automation to reduce the time it takes to investigate and report a suspicious login by 75%. The team outlines the process and shares a case study of it in action.

Security operations | 9 min read
Obfuscation, reflective injection and domain fronting; oh my!

During a recent red team engagement, the CrowdStrike EDR Platform alerted our SOC team on the execution of a suspicious VBScript file. This is what they learned from untangling the malware code.

Security operations | 7 min read
Managed Detection & Response for AWS

Learn how Expel detected and responded to an Amazon Web Services access key crisis with Amazon GuardDuty & CloudTrails logs securing cloud insecurities.

Security operations | 4 min read
Thinking about Zoom and risk

For many of us, Zoom is the app that’s keeping us connected. But recent news about security concerns has a lot of us wondering if it’s too risky. So... is it? Our CISO shares his thoughts.

Security operations | 3 min read
Election security: Why to care and what to do about it

Whether you work in security or are an informed voter (or both!), the security of our election ecosystem is everybody’s business. Here are the challenges our system faces and what we can do about them.

Security operations | 1 min read
Month-to-month pricing in uncertain times

When we founded Expel nearly four years ago, we set out to provide our customers with greater peace of mind about security – whether they’re operating “business as usual” or facing more challenging circumstances.

Security operations | 5 min read
7 habits of highly effective (remote) SOCs

Security ops is a team sport … but how do you “play” together when your company’s working 100% remotely? Jon’s got some advice.

Security operations | 2 min read
NIST CSF: A new interactive tool to track your progress

There’s lots to like about the NIST CSF. Here are our practical tips for how to use it, plus a preview of a new NIST feature we introduced in Expel Workbench™.

Security operations | 5 min read
Creating data-driven detections with DataDog and JupyterHub

Creating alert thresholds is critical to *not* driving your SOC analysts batty, but what’s the “right” number? Here are some tips, tricks and favorite tools we use to determine alert thresholds for customer environments.

Security operations | 6 min read
Exabeam: an incident investigator’s cheat code

We love EDR tools too, but here are our best tips and tricks for combining EDR data with other (equally) important security signals.

Security operations | 3 min read
How to get started with the NIST Privacy Framework

What’s this new framework and how should you use it? Our CISO’s got all the details plus a FREE downloadable self-scoring tool to help you assess where your org’s at when it comes to privacy.

Security operations | 8 min read
Why the cloud is probably more secure than your on-prem environment

Is your data really safer in the server room next door? Probably not. Here are five reasons why the cloud offers better security than your on-prem environment.

Security operations | 3 min read
Where does Amazon Detective fit in your AWS security landscape?

If you’re running workloads on AWS, then you’ll want to know all about the latest and greatest AWS-native security tools. We’ve got you covered in our latest post.

Security operations | 8 min read
Using JupyterHub for threat hunting? Then you should know these 8 tricks.

Jupyter Notebook gave us the freedom to rethink the way we analyzed hunting data. Here are some tips and tricks you can use in your own analysis.

Security operations | 5 min read
Making sense of Amazon GuardDuty alerts

If you’re running workloads on AWS, then you’d better be running GuardDuty. But what is it and how can you make sense of all the signals? Here are our pro tips.

Security operations | 5 min read
Better web shell detections with Signal Sciences WAF

Is Signal Sciences WAF part of your tech stack? Then you’ve got an amazing webshell detection method right at your fingertips.

Security operations | 5 min read
MFA is not a silver bullet to secure your cloud email

Learn how dual or multi-factor authentication (MFA) are not an entirely secure solution for cloud email security on the Expel blog.

Security operations | 10 min read
Applying the NIST CSF to U.S. election security

NIST isn’t only useful for corporations -- it’s helpful for guiding security activities around processes like our national elections. Our CISO’s got some thoughts on exactly how to apply NIST to election security.

Security operations | 7 min read
Generate Strong Security Signals with Sumo Logic & AWS Cloudtrail

Looking to get more or better security signals from AWS Cloudtrail? Learn how with Expel.io. See how we use the Sumo Logic SIEM for actionable data.

Security operations | 6 min read
Five things law firms can do now to improve their security for tomorrow

Relativity CSO Amanda Fennell shares the top five, easy-to-get-started things she sees forward-thinking law firms doing to improve their security.

Security operations | 8 min read
Our journey to JupyterHub and beyond

If you use or are considering trying JupyterHub, it’s your lucky day -- we’re sharing configuration tips and tricks, how we’re using it to make technical research easier, and much more.

Security operations | 4 min read
3 must-dos when you’re starting a threat hunting program

So you decided you want to build a threat hunting program ... but where do you start? Here are our three must-dos when you’re planning your hunt.

Security operations
Here’s what you need to know about business email compromise (BEC)

How often does a business email compromise actually happen? And what should you do about it? Our infographic answers those questions and more.

Security operations | 6 min read
How to make your org more resilient to common Mac OS attacks

Got Macs in your org? Here are a few recent Mac OS attack trends and how you can become more resilient to ‘em.

Security operations | 8 min read
The top five pitfalls to avoid when implementing SOAR

SOAR isn’t really about “orchestration and response.” It’s an engineering problem at its core. Here’s why.

Security operations | 6 min read
How to find anomalous process relationships in threat hunting

Finding anomalous process relationships -- commands that don’t belong together -- might indicate a problem within your environment. Here’s how to spot ‘em.

Security operations | 5 min read
This is how you should be thinking about cloud security

Your IT team isn’t racking and stacking servers like they used to, but cracking the cloud security code is easier than you think. Get our pro tips for doing just that.

Security operations | 7 min read
How to choose the right security tech for threat hunting

How do you decide which tech to use to carry out your hunt? This post’s got some pro tips for when and how to use different technology for your threat hunting mission.

Security operations | 4 min read
Don’t blow it — 5 ways to make the most of the chance to revamp your security posture

If you’ve got a blank canvas with the opportunity to build a security program from scratch, here’s how to get started and make the most of your new program.

Security operations | 4 min read
NIST’s new framework: Riding the wave of re-imagining privacy

The NIST Privacy Framework will revolutionize how we think about privacy. Here’s how your org might use it.

Security operations | 3 min read
Four habits of highly effective security teams

Practice these habits consistently and you’ll have an engaged, talented and all-around awesome security team.

Security operations | 4 min read
How to get your security tool chest in order when you’re growing like crazy

Need to expand your security tool chest? Our CISO’s got some tips to consider when thinking about what tech to keep or buy.

Security operations | 4 min read
Does your MSSP or MDR provider know how to manage your signals?

How well is your MSSP or MDR going to manage your fleet of security signals over time? Here’s how to figure out whether they’re up for the challenge.

Security operations | 7 min read
How to build a useful (and entertaining) threat emulation exercise for AWS

Want to test your analysts’ detection skills in the cloud? Here are our tips and tricks for building your own threat emulation exercise in AWS.

Security operations | 9 min read
12 ways to tell if your managed security provider won’t suck next year

How can you figure out if the quality of the service you’re about to sign up for will improve over time? Our COO Yanek Korff’s got some tips for making sure you choose a service that’ll last.

Security operations | 4 min read
How to start a cybersecurity program (or restart one that lapsed)

If you're left holding the hot potato of a legacy lackluster security program, or are suddenly forced to protect your org and its data with less, here are a few quick steps to take to get cybersecurity efforts back on track.

Security operations | 3 min read
Three tips for getting started with cloud application security

If you're feeling like your SaaS security knowledge is a bit cloudy, these three pro tips will get you started on the right path.

Security operations | 3 min read
Office 365 security best practices: five things to do right now to keep attackers out

Here are five Office 365 security best practices to check out right now.

Security operations | 5 min read
Reaching (all the way to) your NIST 800-171 compliance goals

Close common compliance gaps, without building a SOC, for NIST 800-171 security requirements. And a bit about how we can help.

Security operations | 7 min read
Getting a grip on your cloud security strategy

Understanding how to think about cloud security differently is half the battle. At Expel, we've thought a lot about it, and we’ve identified three key points that should inform your cloud strategy.

Security operations | 12 min read
A common sense approach for assessing third-party risk

Let us walk you through our third-party assessment process. We think it's lightweight but still achieves the objective - determining if a vendor can be trusted. And, as a bonus, we're providing the third-party questionnaire and emails we use so you can download it and get going right away.

Security operations | 7 min read
Lessons learned from a CISO’s first 100 days

In this guest post, Amanda Fennell, CSO at Relativity reflects on what she’s learned -- I recently finished my first 100 days as Chief Security Officer (CSO) of Relativity. I’ve learned a lot. And while every new CSO faces unique challenges, I’ve come up with some recommendations to help new CSOs. 

Security operations | 6 min read
How to identify when you’ve lost control of your SIEM (and how to rein it back in)

See if these four telltale warning signs get your head nodding. If so, learn how to get started on regaining control.

Security operations | 4 min read
What’s new in the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) v1.1

In case doing a “stare-and-compare” of the original and updated NIST frameworks isn’t your idea of fun, I’ve highlighted three important changes here.

Security operations | 5 min read
What is (cyber) threat hunting and where do you start?

We want to demystify what threat hunting is and what it’s not. So here goes nothin’ ...

Security operations | 8 min read
How to get started with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF)

We give you a quick tour of the NIST CSF and describe how you can baseline your efforts in a couple of hours. So check it out.

Security operations | 9 min read
What “I Love Lucy” teaches us about SOC performance

A little nerdy (and a lot math-y) post to help you better understand your SOC's systems, so you know how changes will impact its operation.

Security operations | 8 min read
How much does it cost to build a 24×7 SOC?

Not all 24x7 SOCs are created equal. Here we outline four possible security operations centers and an estimate of your costs.

Security operations | 5 min read
Managed detection and response (MDR): symptom or solution?

An uncommonly clear review of what managed detection and response (MDR) is, where it came from and what it can/can't do for you.

Security operations | 3 min read
Decoded: new changes to NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework

NIST has polished up their Cybersecurity Framework. Our CISO, Bruce Potter, highlights three of the most significant (and practical) changes. (3 min read)

Security operations | 3 min read
What’s endpoint detection and response (EDR) and when should you care?

We cut through the hype to explain what Endpoint, Detection and Response (EDR) products can do for you. (3 min read)

Security operations | 7 min read
Warning signs that your MSSP isn’t the right fit

Look out for these 5 indicators that it's probably time to start considering alternatives to your managed security services provider (MSSP). 8 min read.

Security operations | 4 min read
Budget planning: determining your security spend

Guidance and a short list of things you can do to help you answer the common question "how much should I spend on cybersecurity?" (5 min read)

Security operations | 5 min read
How to avoid shelfware

Set yourself up for success by asking these four questions before you purchase new security products. (5 min read)

Security operations | 4 min read
Mistakes to avoid when measuring SOC performance

Discover the three most common mistakes companies make when developing their first set of operational metrics. (4 min read)