[podcast] Pentesting and Defending a Mainframe and Mainframe Security

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[podcast] Pentesting and Defending a Mainframe and Mainframe Security

Author: BrBr | Published on February 24, 2016 | Views: 2238

This week’s super-sized episode is brought to us thanks to previous guest Cheryl Biswas. You might remember her from our “Shadow IT” (http:/brakeingsecurity.com/2015-048-the-rise-of-the-shadow-it) podcast a few months ago. She reached out to us to see if we were interested in doing a podcast on mainframe security with her and a couple of gentlemen that were not unknown to us.

Of course we jumped at the chance! You might know them as @mainframed767 (Philip) and @bigendiansmalls (Chad) on Twitter. They’ve been trying to get people to be looking into mainframes and #mainframe #security for years. Mainframes are usually used by financial organizations, or older organizations. In many cases, these systems are managed by a handful of people, and you will have little or no help if you are a red teamer or pentester to make sure these systems are as secured as they possibly can. And many blue team members rely on the ‘uber-beardy’ guy to understand how they even function.

So, Cheryl (@3ncr1pt3d), @bigendiansmalls, and @mainframed767 (Philip) walk us through how a mainframe functions. We discuss what you might see when a scan occurs, that if runs a mainframe OS, and a Linux ‘interface’ OS.

We also discuss methods you can use to protect your organization, and methods you can use as a redteamer to learn more about mainframes.

Chad’s talk at DerbyCon 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5AG59Y1_EY

Chad discussing mainframe Security on Hak5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBhsWvlqLPo

Linux for mainframes: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/linuxone/

Philip’s talks on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBVy6TfEpKmEL56fb5AnZCM8pXXFfJS0n


Brian and I wish to thank Cheryl for all her help in making this happen. You can find her blog over at Alienvault’s site… https://www.alienvault.com/blogs/author/cheryl-biswas


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