Security operations | 3 min readIn the Age of Innovation, Does Security Hold the Key?
A new report by the Cloud Security Alliance, commissioned by Expel, showcases the results of research aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of several areas of innovation and cloud use trends.
Security operations | 2 min readAdd context to supercharge your security decisions in Expel Workbench
Defenders need so much information to make good security decisions in the SOC. Adding Context to Expel Workbench is one way to make faster and better decisions.
Expel insider | 3 min readWe’re definitely stronger together: top 3 takeaways from RSA Conference 2023
Another RSA Conference is in the books. Take a look at what jumped out to us most from the event, and how we as defenders are all “Stronger Together.”
Security operations | 1 min readNot the Jedi trials, but our free trial could help bring balance to the Force
This May the Fourth, check out the free trial of Expel MDR for Cloud Infrastructure and learn how you can help bring balance to the Force.
Engineering | 3 min readIntegrations roundup: new integrations to manage overall business risk
Expel has always used a bring-your-own-tech approach to security operations. Now our integrations are expanding beyond the sphere of cybersecurity and into some of today’s most popular business apps.
Tips | 7 min readSo you’ve got a multi-cloud strategy; here’s how to navigate five common security challenges
Switching to a multi-cloud solution? Easy! Just kidding. Expel’s senior detection & response engineer shares some things you need to think about when going multi-cloud – and how to stay sane.
Security operations | 4 min readDr. Strangelog or: How I learned to stop worrying and love alerts
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.
Security operations | 4 min readWho 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 readUnderstanding 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.
Engineering | 3 min readConnect 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 | 2 min readA 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.
Expel insider | 3 min readRSA Conference Day 3: Impressions From the Show Floor
Day three of the conference was full of interesting conversations with long-time industry folks who are no stranger to RSA. Here are some of our favorite takeaways and observations.
Threat intelligence | 3 min readExpel Quarterly Threat Report: Cybersecurity data, trends, and recs from Q1 2022
Top takeaways from our first quarterly report, filled with patterns and trends we identified from Q1 2022. Our goal? Help translate the events we detect into a security strategy for your organization.
Security operations | 6 min readIncident 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 readEvaluating 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 | 4 min readAttack 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.
Expel insider | 2 min readGreat eXpeltations 2022: Cybersecurity trends and predictions
Introducing Great eXpeltations 2022: Cybersecurity trends and predictions — an annual report from our security operations center (SOC) on top threats, how to handle them, and what to expect this year.
Security operations | 6 min readSwimming 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 | 6 min readHow 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 readWell 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 | 4 min readSwimming 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 | 7 min readCloud 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.
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.
Engineering | 11 min readMigrating to GKE: Preemptible nodes and making space for the Chaos Monkeys
Find out how Expel’s internal teams collaborated to migrate our core infrastructure from a legacy environment to GCP, with no downtime (while also making sure they were prepared for a little chaos).
Engineering | 6 min read5 best practices to get to production readiness with Hashicorp Vault in Kubernetes
Flying blind when it comes to running Hashicorp Vault in Kubernetes? We’ve got you covered. Accelerate your path to production without compromising on security with these tips and best practices.
Engineering | 12 min readBehind the scenes: Building Azure integrations for ASC alerts
Find out how Expel’s internal teams built an integration on top of Azure signal – creating a new detection strategy for ASC that provides more context around alerts and improves customer visibility.
Expel insider | 3 min readIntroducing Expel Workbench™ for Amazon Web Services (AWS)
We’re excited to announce the launch of our first SaaS product! It automates the investigation of AWS alerts and logs – allowing your team to spend less time finding and fixing security issues.
Engineering | 7 min readPlotting booby traps like in Home Alone: Our approach to detection writing
Find out how Expel’s D&R engineers think about detection writing, and how this process helps our SOC analysts make smart decisions and gain a deeper understanding of our customers’ environments.
Threat intelligence | 6 min readSupply chain attack prevention: 3 things to do now
What do you do when you can’t trust the internet? Supply chain attacks like the SolarWinds Orion breach are not new. Here are some things you can do to help prepare and guard against similar attacks.
Security operations | 3 min readThe 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 | 6 min readEvilginx-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.
Engineering | 8 min readThe power of orchestration: how we automated enrichments for AWS alerts
Automation is key when it comes to helping analysts focus on doing what they do best – investigating legitimate threats. Find out how we use orchestration to automate enrichments for AWS alerts.
Engineering | 8 min readTerraforming a better engineering experience with Atlantis
To build something useful you must first understand your users. Find out how Expel used Terraform and Atlantis to build a platform that makes self-service provisioning in cloud infrastructure easy. % %
Security operations | 8 min readBehind 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 readWhy 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 readWhere 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 | 7 min readGenerate 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.
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 | 5 min readThis 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.
Tips | 4 min readFour common infosec legal risks and how to mitigate them
There are four missteps we see happen often that open fast-growing companies up to unnecessary legal risks -- here’s how to course correct.
Security operations | 7 min readHow 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.
Tips | 4 min readHow public-private partnerships can support election security
Election security measures (or lack thereof) are making headlines. How can private sector orgs contribute to public sector security? Our CISO Bruce Potter’s got some ideas.
Tips | 8 min readHow to find Amazon S3 bucket misconfigurations and fix them ASAP
Why do Amazon S3 bucket breaches happen and how can you protect your own org from making this mistake? We’ve got all the AWS pro tips for you in our latest post.
Tips | 10 min readSeven ways to spot a business email compromise in Office 365
Learn what business email compromise is, BEC scams categories, and how to prevent or identify these spam phishing attacks in Office 365 including mailbox rule examples and more.
Security operations | 3 min readThree 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 readOffice 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.