RASP: the last line of cyber defense of the World Cup
There is no greater sporting event that brings the peoples of the world together more effectively than the FIFA World Cup, the first match of which kicks off on Monday, November 21, 2022, in Doha, Qatar. at the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor.
Football fans from around the world will flock to the Gulf country to cheer on their national teams as they compete to lift the most prestigious trophy in the world of football.
Many will see the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar as an opportunity to relax, enjoy the sport, the atmosphere, the warm weather and the suspense that comes with the tournament. Under the hood, however, the complexities of organizing an event of this size will require a massive logistical effort to keep everything running smoothly.
One of the most important security goals in the Gulf region is protecting software supply chains, especially since successfully attacking them is considered one of the most effective techniques for disrupting operations. in large scale.
Unfortunately, supply chain attacks continue to increase as hackers’ capabilities, sophistication, and technologies increase. A study by Argon & Co. found that the number of software supply chain attacks tripled in 2021 compared to the previous year.
Another study by Cybersecurity Ventures projects that global cybercrime losses will increase by 15% over the next five years, reaching $10.5 trillion per year by 2025, up from $3 trillion in 2015.
This attack vector was further highlighted in May 2021 when US President Joe Biden highlighted in an executive order that supply chain attacks were considered a matter of concern. Most recently, in January 2020, the White House hosted a summit inviting members of the US government and major tech companies to discuss open source software security.
In light of these data points and US government initiatives to address the threat of supply chain attacks, organizations are stepping up their cybersecurity efforts. We can see an example of this in the framework of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a powerful tool whose purpose is to provide organizations and businesses with a set of guidelines and best practices to better shape cybersecurity posture. .
This NIST framework is considered the go-to tool for organizations developing cyber defense programs. The framework is dissected into five essential instrumental functions:
- Identity: which processes and assets should be protected
- Protect: put in place appropriate safeguards to ensure the protection of the company’s assets
- Detect: put in place appropriate mechanisms to identify the occurrence of cybersecurity incidents
- To respond: develop techniques to contain the impacts of cybersecurity events
- Recover: implement appropriate processes to restore capabilities and services degraded due to cybersecurity incidents.
One of the most prolific supply chain cyberattacks was the Solar Winds breach in 2021. A Russian state-sponsored hacker group called Cozy Bear carried out the attack which wreaked havoc on the private and public sectors across the United States.
This breach was considered a stroke of genius as it targeted network management systems (NMS) – SolarWinds’ Orion NMS software – which would allow cybercriminals to control a wide range of connected devices, firewalls, servers and many more, as well as the ability to bring them to a complete stop.
The word “sophisticated” has been used many times in the cybersecurity world; however, this attack carries the full weight of the term. The attackers were able to modify sealed software codes and build a new system that exploited domain names to select targets that mimicked Orion’s software communication protocols, allowing them to hide in plain sight.
And of course, Hollywood style, they cleaned up the crime scene insofar as investigators couldn’t definitively identify the perpetrators. The White House has pointed the finger at Russia, which has categorically denied these claims.
The Solar Winds security breach events have sent shockwaves across the United States, reawakening government officials to bolster their cyber defenses, especially against state-sponsored malicious actors.
With this in mind, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has released a report detailing its cybersecurity framework for the event, highlighting three main approaches to dealing with malicious online threats, which focus on prevention, detection and the answer.
Running an effective strategy on a large-scale event, with complex moving parts every minute of the day, will require a Herculean effort from deployed IT teams to keep all systems under control, leaving room for errors, risks missed potentials, and many more.
RASP or Runtime Protection is an innovative security technology that enables organizations to stop hacker activity and attempts to breach applications and data. The software is integrated into an application or its execution environment and can monitor execution, detect vulnerabilities and prevent attacks in real time.
The primary power of RASP is location, as it sits within applications to properly identify, block, and mitigate immediate attacks, protecting businesses from zero-day threats.
The app allows IT teams to closely monitor their system’s behavior, preventing data theft and malicious activity without human intervention.
The technology could prove essential for a country seeking to deliver World Cup services at scale, absorbing millions of visitors constantly moving from venue to venue.
At the same time, RASP could offer FIFA and Qatar a sophisticated last line of cyber defense protecting data servers against potential breaches, hacks and attacks that could cripple the supply chain, allowing it to fit seamlessly into FIFA’s cyber framework during the tournament.
Imperva has worked with many companies to deploy their RASP solution to protect private user data from cybercriminals by detecting supply chain attacks where they are most visible, while providing behavioral analysis within application to stop any suspicious activity.
Our RASP solution enables IT teams to effectively patch vulnerable embedded software, which requires clear identification of all vulnerabilities distributed across applications.
As a result, this granular form of control allows teams to separate legitimate and regular activity from the unexpected.
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*** This is a syndicated blog from the Security Bloggers Blog Network written by William Houcheime. Read the original post at: https://www.imperva.com/blog/rasp-the-world-cups-last-line-of-cyber-defense/