Ken Bechtel

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Kenneth Bechtel is Tenable Network Security’s Product Marketing Manager, Malware. In this role, he is focused on detecting and monitoring virus patterns and developing advanced methods for protecting Tenable’s customers from future malware attacks.

With more than 25 years of experience, Ken’s ideas have been widely adopted in the corporate arena and respected in security and malware research circles. His accomplishments include co-founding the Anti-Virus Information Exchange Network (AVIEN), which brings corporate researchers and administrators together to share information on malware threats, and Team Anti-Virus, which serves as an umbrella organization for like-minded independent anti-virus researchers.

Ken is also an advocate for malware education. He co-authored the AVIEN Malware Defense Guide, has been a presenter at numerous industry conferences, participated in over 30 TV interviews, and published articles in trade magazines and Technical specialized websites.

Eyes Wide Shut, or is This a Repeat of the Same Old Thing?

On July 31, US-CERT released a report on a Point of Sale (POS) targeting malware called BackOff. In the last week, we’ve seen news coverage of multiple highly recognizable corporations being compromised by this threat. Some of these new attacks are minor variants of the original threat, which is...

When an outsider becomes a malicious insider

Paraphrasing what long-time penetration tester and computer security author Ira Winkler once told me, “When I do penetration tests, if I can’t get in by technical means I can always get in with social engineering.” While this may sound like advice to a fellow computer security specialist, or a...

Proper Care and Feeding of Antivirus

I started reading comments by people who felt antivirus utilities were a waste of money and not very effective. Then this week, the debate intensified with well-publicized cries that "antivirus is dead." Here, I'd like to address whether or not it is a dead technology. Let's look at what this...

Beware of Bleeding Hearts (Updated)

A recently discovered vulnerability, identified as Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) CVE-2014-0160, but more commonly called HeartBleed Vulnerability, has been acknowledged by the Open SSL Organization and the Finnish Cert Team. This is an attack against the transport layer security...

Malware’s Journey from Hobby to Profit-Driven Attacks

W hile most of my posts focus on malware attacking systems today, the history of malware is a fascinating topic that provides insights into the current landscape. As one of the authors of the Avien Malware Defense Guide , I contributed to the book's chapter on history and will be leveraging and...

Wrangling Snakes

Ken Bechtel inaugurates the Tenable Network Security, Inc. Indicators of Compromise and Malware discussion group with advice on how to detect Uroburos aka snake compromised Windows host on your network. He addresses both file and registry modifications as well as network traffic in order for the best chance at detecting compromised machines.