Canary Tokens [Security Zines]

Canary Tokens [Security Zines]

Have you heard about canary (or honey) tokens? In his latest Security Zines, Rohit Sehgal explains what they are and how they offer a smart solution for implementing intrusion detection in any system.

Security Zines is a project led by Rohit Sehgal, Staff Security Engineer at Gojek. Check out his work at and give him a follow on Twitter @sec_r0 to see what he comes up with next!

We are also pleased to introduce ggcanary, the easiest way to create ready-to-disseminate AWS-based canary tokens.

ggcanary is a fully open-sourced project using Terraform to manage your canary tokens infrastructure. Using well-known AWS components, it is ready to be deployed in minutes.

  • Use Terraform to manage canary tokens infrastructure
  • Deploy up to 5,000 canary tokens on your perimeter
  • Track every action with AWS CloudTrails logs
  • Get real-time email alerts when canaries are triggered

Start now! Create your first canary token with ggcanary…

Canary tokens can be used everywhere on your infrastructure to lure attackers:

  • Source control systems (Git repositories)
  • CI/CD systems
  • Internal registries & package managers
  • Production environments
  • Other places in the supply chain

Want to learn about supply chain attacks and why intrusion detection can prove useful?

From vulnerability to advantage: turn exposed secrets into your best allies to detect intrusion.
We are happy to announce the release of our latest open-source project, ggcanary, the GitGuardian Canary Tokens, to help organizations detect intrusion in their developer and DevOps environments.
Canary Tokens [Security Zines]

Software supply chain security – GitGuardian | GitGuardian
Why is software supply chain security critical? ✔️ What is a software supply chain? ✔️ What are the software supply chain’s security concerns? ✔️ How do you secure a software supply chain? ✔️
Canary Tokens [Security Zines]

Supply Chain Attacks: 6 Steps to protect your software supply chain
This article looks at software supply chain attacks, exactly what they are and 6 steps you can follow to protect your software supply chain and limit the impact of a supply chain attack.
Canary Tokens [Security Zines]

Compromising CI/CD Pipelines with Leaked Credentials [Security Zines]
He struck again! New Security Zine, this time focusing on how leaked Jenkins credentials can lead to a complete supply chain takeover…
Canary Tokens [Security Zines]

Best practices: 5 Risks to Assess for a Secure CI Pipeline
More and more parts of the software development process can occur without human intervention. However, this is not without its drawbacks. To keep your code and secrets safe, you should add the following security practices to your CI pipeline.
Canary Tokens [Security Zines]

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from GitGuardian Blog - Automated Secrets Detection authored by Thomas Segura. Read the original post at:

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What You Need to Scale AppSec Thomas Segura - Content Writer @ GitGuardian Author Bio Thomas has worked both as an analyst and as a software engineer consultant for various big French companies. His passion for tech and open source led him to join GitGuardian as technical content writer. He focuses now on clarifying the transformative changes that cybersecurity and software are going through. Website: Twitter handle: Linkedin: Introduction Security is a dilemma for many leaders. On the one hand, it is largely recognized as an essential feature. On the other hand, it does not drive business. Of course, as we mature, security can become a business enabler. But the roadmap is unclear. With the rise of agile practices, DevOps and the cloud, development timeframes have been considerably compressed, but application security remains essentially the same. DevSecOps emerged as an answer to this dilemma. Its promise consists literally in inserting security principles, practices, and tools into the DevOps activity stream, reducing risk without compromising deliverability. Therefore there is a question that many are asking: why isn't DevSecOps already the norm? As we analyzed in our latest report DevSecOps: Protecting the Modern Software Factory, the answer can be summarized as follows: only by enabling new capacities across Dev, Sec and Ops teams can the culture be changed. This post will help provide a high-level overview of the prerequisite steps needed to scale up application security across departments and enable such capabilities. From requirements to expectations Scaling application security is a company-wide project that requires thorough thinking before an y decision is made. A first-hand requirement is to talk to product and engineering teams to understand the current global AppSec maturity. The objective at this point is to be sure to have a comprehensive understanding of how your products are made (the processes, tools, components, and stacks involved). Mapping development tools and practices will require time to have the best visibility possible. They should include product development practices and the perceived risk awareness/appetite from managers. One of your objectives would be to nudge them so they take into account security in every decision they make for their products, and maybe end up thinking like adversaries. You should be able to derive security requirements from the different perceptual risks you are going to encounter. Your job is to consolidate these into a common set for all applications, setting goals to align the different teams collaborating to build your product(s). Communicating transparently with all relevant stakeholders (CISO, technical security, product owner, and development leads) about goals and expectations is essential to create a common ground for improvement. It will be absolutely necessary to ensure alignment throughout the implementation too. Open and accessible guardrails Guardrails are the cornerstone of security requirements. Their nature and implementation are completely up to the needs of your organization and can be potentially very different from one company to the other (if starting from scratch, look no further than the OWASP Top10). What is most important, however, is that these guardrails are open to the ones that need them. A good example of this would be to centralize a common, security-approved library of open-source components that can be pulled from by any team. Keep users' accessibility and useability as a priority. Designing an AppSec program at scale requires asking “how can we build confidence and visibility with trusted tools in our ecosystem?”. For instance, control gates should never be implemented without considering a break-glass option (“what happens if the control is blocking in an emergency situation?”). State-of-the-art security is to have off-the-shelf secure solutions chosen by the developers, approved by security, and maintained by ops. This will be a big leap forward in preventing vulnerabilities from creeping into source code. It will bring security to the masses at a very low cost (low friction). But to truly scale application security, it would be silly not to use the software engineer's best ally: the continuous integration pipeline. Embed controls in the CI/CD AppSec testing across all development pipelines is the implementation step. If your organization has multiple development teams, it is very likely that different CI/CD pipelines configurations exist in parallel. They may use different tools, or simply define different steps in the build process. This is not a problem per se, but to scale application security, centralization and harmonization are needed. As illustrated in the following example CI/CD pipeline, you can have a lot of security control steps: secrets detection, SAST, artifact signing, access controls, but also container or Infrastructure as Code scanning (not shown in the example) (taken from the DevSecOps whitepaper) The idea is that you can progressively activate more and more control steps, fine-tune the existing ones and scale both horizontally and vertically your “AppSec infrastructure”, at one condition: you need to centralize metrics and controls in a stand-alone platform able to handle the load corresponding to your organization’s size. Security processes can only be automated when you have metrics and proper visibility across your development targets, otherwise, it is just more burden on the AppSec team's shoulders. In turn, metrics and visibility help drive change and provide the spark to ignite a cultural change within your organization. Security ownership shifts to every engineer involved in the delivery process, and each one is able to leverage its own deep (yet partial) knowledge of the system to support the effort. This unlocks a world of possibilities: most security flaws can be treated like regular tickets, rule sets can be optimized for each pipeline based on criticality, capabilities or regulatory compliance, and progress can be tracked (saved time, avoided vulnerabilities etc.). In simpler terms, security can finally move at the DevOps speed. Conclusion Security can’t scale if it’s siloed, and slowing down the development process is no longer an option in a world led by DevOps innovation. The design and implementation of security controls are bound to evolve. In this article, we’ve depicted a high-level overview of the steps to be considered to scale AppSec. This starts with establishing a set of security requirements that involve all the departments, in particular product-related ones. From there it becomes possible to design guardrails to make security truly accessible with a mix of hard and soft gates. By carefully selecting automated detection and remediation that provide visibility and control, you will be laying a solid foundation for a real model of shared responsibility for security. Finally, embedding checks in the CI/CD system can be rolled out in multiple phases to progressively scale your security operations. With automated feedback in place, you can start incrementally adjusting your policies. A centralized platform creates a common interface to facilitate the exchange between application security and developer teams while enforcing processes. It is a huge opportunity to automate and propagate best practices across teams. Developers are empowered to develop faster with more ownership. When security is rethought as a partnership between software-building stakeholders, a flywheel effect can take place: reduced friction leads to better communication and visibility, automating of more best practices, easing the work of each other while improving security with fewer defects. This is how application security will finally be able to scale through continuous improvement.

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