Newsletter Issues for November’s Take Five

Dear readers of Take Five with MSI,

Due to a problem with the mail delivery system for the newsletter, we are unable to send out the monthly newsletter before the end of the month. We have opened a trouble ticket with the provider, but they will not be available to assist us until next week, due to the holiday. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you, in advance, for you patience. We love that you enjoy our newsletter and we hope to have it delivered to you shortly.

Please feel free to follow us on Twitter (@microsolved) for the latest security news, blog announcements and conversations.

Thanks again! 

MSI Risk Assessments and Policy/Process Reviews

MSI still has a few engagement slots open for Enterprise or Application-focused Risk Assessments for the 4th quarter. Avoid the end of the year rush, and give Allan Bergen (513-300-0194, abergen (at) microsolved<dot>com) a call today to discuss booking risk engagements with the team before the end of the year. We have some special incentives for clients who book these engagement slots, so touch base with Allan to hear about them.

Our team has had a wonderfully successful year doing application focused risk assessments. We can tear into the policy/processes and exposures of systems like accounting, CRM, EDI processing and/or industrial control. These assessments can be performed with or without technical components such as vulnerability assessment and penetration testing.

If you would like to close the year with a close look at one of your specific systems or critical processes, give Allan and a call and arrange for a scoping discussion with our risk team. As always, thanks for reading, and we appreciate you choosing MSI as your security partner!

Welcome Red Dragon Rising


Please join me in welcoming Red Dragon Rising to the fold. The Dragon team will be posting a variety of international threat intelligence information, cyber warfare research and engaging commentary. Stay tuned here for a new strain of content on the site, which will be meshed in with the traditional content we have been bringing you throughout the years. 

You can also find the Dragon team on Twitter @RedDragon1949.

As always, thanks for reading and let us know what you think of the new content and some of the intelligence we will be sharing.

Help Us Help the World with Information Security

We are seeking a motivated, IT knowledgeable sales person to help our information security firm reach new clients and new markets. 
We have a strong history of excellent work, terrific products that stand out in the crowd, and an amazingly skilled and friendly team. We are a results oriented work environment with a laser focus on serving our customers well.
The position is full time, with benefits, and enjoys a salary plus commission and bonuses pay structure. The duties include maintaining current client relationships, conducting targeted marketing campaigns to connect with prospects, working with security engineers to help scope solutions to customer problems and closing sales for products and services. We have an open, well defined, mature sales process that includes ongoing feedback, real world metrics and shared goal setting. 
The successful candidate can be in Columbus, located somewhere else in Ohio or throughout the mid-west. To succeed in the position, you should be detail oriented, self motivated and be ready to engage with some of the most amazing clients in the world. 
Please provide a high level bio, a resume and a quick couple of paragraphs that explain the value you can bring to our team. We look forward to hearing from you! 
You can reach us via email at INFO(at sign) or via Twitter (@lbhuston).

MicroSolved Lab Services: A Secret from Behind the Locked Doors

One of the oddest, most fun and most secretive parts of MSI is our testing lab services. You don’t hear a lot about what happens back there, behind the locked doors, but that is because of our responsible disclosure commitments. We don’t often talk publicly about the testing we do in the lab, but it varies from testing unreleased operating systems, applications, hardware devices, voting mechanisms, ICS/SCADA equipment, etc. We also do a small amount of custom controls and application development for specific niche solutions. 

Mostly though, the lab breaks things. We break things using a variety of electronic tools, custom hardware, bus/interface tampering, software hacking, and even some more fun (think fire, water & electric shock) kinds of scenarios. Basically, whatever the threat model your devices or systems face, most of them can be modeled, examined, tested, simulated or otherwise tampered into place in the MSI labs.

Our labs have several segments, with a wide array of emulated environments. Some of the lab segments are virtualized environments, some are filled with discreet equipment, including many historical devices for cross testing and regression assessments, etc. Our electronics equipment also brings a set of capabilities for tampering with devices beyond the usual network focus. We often tamper with and find security issues, well below the network stack of a device. We can test a wide range of inputs, outputs and attack surfaces using state of the art techniques and creatively devious approaches.

Our labs also include the ability to leverage HoneyPoint technology to project lab tested equipment and software into parts of the Internet in very controlled simulations. Our models and HoneyPoint tools can be used to put forth fake attack surfaces into the crimestream on a global basis and identify novel attacks, model attack sources and truly provide deep threat metrics for entire systems, specific attack surfaces or components of systems. This data and the capabilities and techniques they are based upon are entirely proprietary and unique to MicroSolved.

If you would like to discuss how our lab services could assist your organization or if you have some stuff you want tested, get in touch. We would love to talk with you about some of the things we are doing, can do and some of the more creatively devious ideas we have for the future. 🙂

Drop us a line or give us a call today.  We look forward to engaging with you and as always, thanks for reading! 

See you at the Central Ohio BBB Torch Awards

Today, our team will be pleased to accept the BBB Center for Character Ethics’ Torch Award! We first announced our selection by the committee back in June, and today we are thrilled to spend an afternoon with the fellow winners, our customers, our families and the Central Ohio Community. We are greatly humbled and excited by our selection for the award and we look forward to continuing to live by the same organizational ethics and dedication to customer service in the coming years.

Special thanks today to our families and mentors who taught us to “do the right thing, even when no one is looking” and to all of the customers and clients that have placed their faith in us over the last (soon to be) 20 years. Without all of you, none of this would be possible.

If you can join us for the luncheon today, we look forward to seeing you. If you can’t, we understand, and we’ll be back to work later today, once again laser focused on protecting you and our critical infrastructure. (We’re still leaving the ISOC in capable hands while we gather for the ceremony… :))

As always, thanks so much for reading and for supporting MicroSolved. We love helping you keep your business, your business… 🙂

[UPDATE] – Much love and thanks to those who attended. What a great event! The best part was meeting the young students who wrote essays about ethics, leadership and engagement. Congrats to all of the winners!



Audio Blog Post: MicroSolved Inc. Labs

Brent Huston, CEO and Founder of MicroSolved, Inc., talks with Chris Lay, Account Executive, about MicroSolved’s lab. In this audio blog post, you’ll learn:

  • Some of the things we’re testing now
  • The types of operating systems we’re testing
  • Brent’s favorite “testing” story

Grab a drink and take a listen. As always, let us know what you think!

Click here to listen.

And don’t forget, you can follow Brent Huston on Twitter at @lbhuston and Chris Lay at @getinfosechere!

MicroSolved Winner of First Americas Information Security Leadership Award



We’re thrilled to announce that MSI has received an award from (ISC)2, the world’s largest information security professional body and administrators of the CISSP®!

MicroSolved, Inc. has worked hard over the years to provide information security awareness to our community. We’ve been involved in everything from volunteering at local community colleges for security events to providing insights and advice to WordPress. Quite simply, MSI wants to make the world’s data safer.

Congratulations to Brent Huston, Founder, CEO, and Security Evangelist of MSI for his commitment and vision. At MSI, we will continue our mission toward bringing security awareness wherever we can. View the press release here.

Audio Blog Post: Interview With Teresa West, Project Manager

Brent Huston, CEO and Security Evangelist for MicroSolved, Inc. interviews Teresa West, MSI’s Project Manager.

Project Management is integral to MSI’s successful relationships with our clients. Some of the highlights include:

  • Tools for keeping clients up-to-date
  • How MSI uses customization to drive extreme flexibility
  • How MSI delivers exactly what the customer wants

Click here to listen for more!

MicroSolved’s Strategies & Tactics Talk: #3 APT: Less Advanced Than You May Think

So how “advanced” is APT?

Listen in as our tech team discusses various aspects of APT such as:

  • How it has been portrayed.
  • Why it often isn’t an advanced threat
  • Where do they originate?
  • What can companies do about APT?


Brent Huston, CEO and Security Evangelist, MicroSolved, Inc.
Adam Hostetler, Network Engineer and Security Analyst
Phil Grimes, Security Analyst
Mary Rose Maguire, Moderator, Marketing Communication Specialist, MicroSolved, Inc.

Click the embedded player to listen. Or click this link to access downloads. Stay safe!