Defending Against Advanced Threats, Part 2

In the second part of our deep dive into Muddled Libra’s tactics, Threat Vector welcomes Stephanie Regan, a senior consultant with Unit 42 with a law enforcement background. Regan and David Moulton, discuss the challenges Muddled Libra and other threat groups pose. Threat actors are often highly persistent and can rapidly pivot when encountering roadblocks. Regan’s insights demonstrate Muddled Libra’s — and other threat actors’ — ability to perform deep reconnaissance and determination to understand their targeted environments thoroughly.

Regan emphasizes that training users to recognize common phishing indicators is essential as the conversation shifts into how users can counter phishing and social engineering tactics. Stronger multifactor authentication (MFA) methods and secure VPNs are critical components in defense. To bolster security, Regan recommends hard-to-fake device properties for VPN access, device certificates and registry keys.

Regan outlines the importance of speed, detailed incident response playbooks and the necessity of out-of-band communications to recover from attacks. She provides insights into a threat actor’s targeted attack on a business and its recovery. As threats evolve and share resources in the ransomware market, companies must stay ahead by adapting and enhancing their security measures.

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