July 21, 2021

Credential Stuffing w/ Dr. Sam Small

by Cyber Ranch

Show Notes

In this episode, Allan's friend Dr. Sam Small, CISO of Zero Fox, joins us to chat about credential stuffing, its implications and the defenses against it. Several statistics are given from a few industry reports on credential stuffing, including the Verizon DBIR and F5's report. Several techniques to foil credential stuffing are explored, as well as common traps when combatting credential stuffing. OWASP provides some guidance in this area. The criminal's abilities vis a vis breach sharing and botnet as a service are discussed as well. Finally, Sam explains what keeps him going in cybersecurity... Key Takeaways: 1:08 Sam's background and education in cyber 2:41 Sam defines credential stuffing and explains why we should care about it 4:17 The origins of the term 'credential stuffing' vs. its history 4:39 Is ransomware the end goal of every single kind of cyber attack? 5:22 Botnets as a service to drive credential stuffing attacks 6:33 Allan cites statistics from the Verizon Data Breach Incident Report 7:23 The DDoS aspects and related cloud costs of credential stuffing 8:48 Sam's theory about F5 report statistics on credential stuffing being interestingly somewhat contradictory 10:43 Anecdotally anyway, password reuse appears to be a huge problem still 11:51 Comabating credential stuffing and common traps in doing so 13:23 Credential stuffing and data breaches are not the same thing 14:17 Getting credential stuffers shut down by way of their service providers 15:25 Practical tips from OWASP for preventing credential stuffing in your environment 19:10 The difference between a comprehensive defense and not 20:32 Are obscure usernames useful in the fight? 22:06 Proposal for user-centric federation to monitor account usage everywhere 23:06 Obligations of those who suffered a breach of credentials 25:14 Criminals share data on their side 26:09 What keeps Sam going in cybersecurity Links: Learn more about Sam on LinkedIn Follow Allan Alford on LinkedIn and Twitter Learn more about Hacker Valley Studio and The Cyber Ranch Podcast Sponsored by our good friends at Uptycs