IT security audit : is threat modelling key to reproducible success of just following a methodology (ex : ethical hacking)

To sum up the methodology of ethical hacking, what you do is :

  • Information gathering (gets the IP, domains, etc…)
  • Fingerprint the IP (what OS, what services are running, etc…)
  • Vulnerability assessment (are any services or vulnerable application found to be vulnerable ?)
  • Exploitation : verify the result of the step above

But, I came to realize during my security audit that end up either asking google questions like “what should I do to hack system A ?” or questions like “what are the tools to assess the security of system A ?”

It’s like looking for a looking for a needle in a haystack.

Then I read a paper in which the audit started with threat modelling. I was just asking myself how would a hacker (either a script kiddy or an ethical hacker) should perform threat modelling in order to have results meaningful to integrate and follow the methodology (info gathering, fingerprinting, vuln assessement, etc…)

I’m starting to believe this would make the security audit more professional and its results more reproducible. What do you think ?

What audit process do the softwares have that manage lethal weapon equipped robots?

I am in IT and I know: ALL the software in the world are horribly insecure. History proves it (of course prove me wrong!).

So, if we are giving ex.: drones lethal weapons, like bombs, what operating system, what applications, what protocols (to communicate, give orders) are used?

The Q: what audits were done on these elements? Are there any standards?

Did thex ex.: wrote a fully new OS (with tons of secbugs) or took a hardened OpenBSD (but that is just the OS and still could have secbugs)?

Asking a security audit report from a company [closed]

A company’s asked me to submit a scan of my passport claiming KYC (Know Your Customer) and AML (Anti-money Laundering) purposes. In times of daily data breaches, would it be genuinely fair to ask such a company to be a little more transparent as to how they protect their clients’ PII (personally identifiable information), for example, by showing—in the form of a periodically-renewed certificate, score sheet, report or conclusion made by an independent company—some evidence of a thoroughly checked infrastructure?

SOC2 Audit review

I am in the process of reviewing a SOC2 audit report. From what I can tell, the audit findings all seem straight forward – almost like check boxes. Is it normal to push back and request additional supporting documentation for certain control areas?

When a closed-source company hires somebody to audit their code, is the auditor forced to do it in the company’s office?

Let’s say that ACME, Inc. is making closed-source software. It’s closed for a reason (they don’t want it leaving their building other than in compiled form). Now, they are hiring some company/person to audit the code for them. How exactly is this done?

If I were ACME, Inc., I would want the audit person (or persons) to come to my physical location, get literally locked into a room with no Internet access, carefully frisked for any USB sticks or any other electronics both when they enter and leave. With cameras recording the screen and the auditor’s face/hands 100% of the time he/she spends in there, which is carefully looked at by my own employees as it happens and/or afterwards.

However, this sounds both demeaning for the person doing the audit, and also unrealistic for anything but the biggest and richest companies. (And with a security-conscious/paranoid CEO.)

I cannot imagine that they just ZIP up their source code tree and e-mail it to the auditor or something similar. Even with encryption and whatnot, this just feels horribly insecure. I would feel as if the second the source code is sent to the auditor remotely, it’s “left the building” and become “potentially public”.

How is this done in practice? Do companies really trust the security of the audit companies? As I type this, I realize how silly that sounds, since they are after all paying them to find flaws in their own code, but still, something about not controlling the whole process just sounds horribly insecure.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you answered that most companies these days just have a “private GitHub repo” to which they grant the auditor access in some GUI. But I would never, ever do that myself…

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