Dr. Chase Cunningham - Defend & Conquer Weekly Review November 15, 2023

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  • By Daniel Michan
  • Published on November 15

The Rise of Zero Trust: A Closer Look at Flipper Zero and This Week’s Cybersecurity News


Good day! I'm Dr. Chase Cunningham, also known as Dr. Zero Trust. Today, I'm here to report on the latest happenings in the world of cybersecurity. But first, let's start with an unboxing of the latest gadget that has caught my attention—Flipper Zero. Flipper Zero is a nifty device that I've added to my red team kit. Join me as I dive into the features of this device and discuss the importance of zero trust in today's digital landscape.

Unboxing the Flipper Zero

The Flipper Zero is an impressive tool for those interested in red teaming and pen testing. This compact device comes with a charging cable and the Flipper Zero itself. What sets Flipper Zero apart is the availability of an iOS and Android app, making it user-friendly even for those without a technical background. If you're eager to explore the world of wireless systems and its endless possibilities, I highly recommend checking out Flipper Zero.

Zero Trust: A Cultural Shift in Cybersecurity

Moving on to this week's cybersecurity news, we start with an article published in AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) highlighting the cultural shift necessary to embrace zero trust. While it may seem like a no-brainer, organizations must ask themselves why they haven't already adopted this approach. If other methods have failed, why not explore a new way of addressing security concerns? Just as you wouldn't stick to outdated sales tactics, it's time to prioritize security by implementing zero trust frameworks.

Extending Zero Trust to the Public Cloud

In a thought-provoking article from CIO magazine, the significance of extending zero trust (ZT) to the public cloud is emphasized. The cloud has become an integral part of many organizations' infrastructure, making it crucial to adopt a zero-trust approach in this environment. Taking shortcuts or neglecting proper implementation of ZT within the cloud can lead to substantial security issues. Don't undermine your security efforts; ensure your zero trust strategy encompasses the public cloud as well.

Breach at Henry Schein: The Cost of Cyber Incidents

A cyber incident at Henry Schein, a healthcare solutions provider, resulted in a data breach that had severe consequences. Lower sales and earnings forecasts were reported, causing distribution systems to go offline. The impact of such incidents on an organization's financial stability cannot be ignored. This incident serves as a reminder that organizations must prioritize robust cybersecurity measures to mitigate potential breaches and their far-reaching consequences.

China's Cybersecurity Check for Auditors

In an interesting turn of events, China has proposed a cybersecurity check for auditors if national security is involved. This move highlights the growing concerns about cybersecurity and the need for stricter regulations. While this may seem like an obvious step for China, it's worth noting that organizations doing business in China will face increased scrutiny and auditing. It's clear that digital security is becoming a major focus globally, with nations taking steps to ensure a safer cyber landscape.

Leakage of Highly Personal Medical Records

Medical standards have long been a topic of concern, as evidenced by an article on Dark Reading. The internationally recognized DICOM Protocol, used for medical imaging transfers, has exposed millions of highly personal patient records. This vulnerability arises from a lack of proper security measures. Shockingly, research discovered that over 30% of the 3,800 servers worldwide using this protocol were leaking sensitive data. Patients who have undergone radiology procedures should be aware of this potential compromise and the importance of safeguarding their personal information.

Cybersecurity Threats: Insights from UK National Cyber Security Centre

The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has released its annual review, shedding light on the evolving cybersecurity landscape. Unfortunately, the results aren't reassuring. When combined with data from NCSC Australia and other relevant sources, it becomes clear that cybersecurity trends are moving in an unfavorable direction. Organizations need to prioritize cybersecurity protocols and technologies to counter these threats effectively.

Cybersecurity Incident Halts Australian Port Operations

Finally, an incident at DP World Australia, a major ports operator, has led to a suspension of operations. The breach, discovered on Friday, prompted the Australian government to coordinate a response. With container terminals across several key locations affected, including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Fremantle, the incident highlights the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure. Ransomware attacks and their subsequent disruption to operations demonstrate the urgent need for robust cybersecurity measures across all sectors.


As we conclude our discussion on this week's cybersecurity news, it's clear that zero trust is no longer just a buzzword—it's a necessity. Whether it's exploring the capabilities of the Flipper Zero or staying informed about the latest security breaches, we must embrace a zero trust approach to protect our digital assets. Remember to prioritize cybersecurity in all aspects of your organization and stay vigilant against evolving threats. Until next time, stay smart, stay safe, and stay secure.