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Spectre and Meltdown: The Important Parts

The first full week started 2018 with a bang in the information security space when two new vulnerabilities were disclosed. These new vulnerabilities, dubbed Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) and Spectre (CVE-2017-5753), allow for sensitive information to be leaked from...

Cyber Safety Tips for 2018

Dr. DeMott from VDA Labs spoke with WZZM13 about the easy steps you can take to be safer online in 2018. These include using strong passwords, a password manager, two factor authentication, and more. View the video and read the tips here.

Thoughts on Snowden

  I still get asked a lot about Snowden.  Did you know him?  What do you think about him?  Rather than try and answer, I simply point them to an interview I did a while back with Bloomberg on the matter.  Enjoy!  ...

Embedded and IoT Security

VDA gave a number of talks in 2017 on embedded and IoT security, and how it relates to other pentesting services. The full video (and some additional clips) are embedded below. In this talk we cover the following points (and many more): IoT devices are appearing in...

Car Hacking with CANable

VDA has audited automotive vehicles and systems.  One interesting thing we can share is our experience with CAN monitoring and messaging.  There are many tools and techniques.  For one side of the CAN network we were recently investigating, we decided to use the...

Practical Defenses Against Ransomware Roundtable

VDA recently participated in an excellent panel discussion on "Practical Defenses Against Ransomware" and other malware threats in Detroit at Build IT Together (the audio is only so-so, sorry).  Among the discussion highlights, the following key points stood out to...

Is it a Sin to Get Hacked?

No.  It's not unacceptable to have a cyber incident.  It happens.  Just like any other type of business risk could.  But it is unacceptable to be negligent.  Negligence is knowing there’s work to be done, and simply turning your back on it.  If you haven't pentested,...

Great Michigan Security Conferences

There are a number of InfoSec conferences around the world these days.  Most are pretty solid.  In Michigan, there are a number each year too.  A couple that VDA labs was at lately were the Michigan Cyber Security Conference and GrrCon.  Both were very solid events. ...

Great Time at RSA

VDA Labs was at RSA this year.  Such a big event!  Great for networking. I was also fortunate enough to be selected to speak.  We at VDA Labs have a real heart for seeing our customers succeed in being more secure, and in helping develop their staff.  So, I spoke on...

Social Engineering is on the Rise

Social Engineering is the number 1 way people and businesses are getting compromised.  Legitimate looking emails trick HR/Finance into sending W2s, wiring money, or clicking malicious links and attachments.  I recently partnered with news station WWMT to show home...