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This Week On Dark Reading: Event Calendar
Commentary  |  3/27/2017  | 
Ransomware remediation and recovery this week, with clouds on the horizon.
Data Visualization: Keeping an Eye on Security
Commentary  |  3/27/2017  | 
Visualization can be one of the most powerful approaches a security team can use to make sense of vast quantities of data. So why does it end up as an afterthought?
40% of Discarded Digital Devices Contain Personal Data
Quick Hits  |  3/27/2017  | 
NAID study of 250 devices in resale markets found tablets contained the most recoverable personal information.
Cybercriminals Exploit March Madness Frenzy
Quick Hits  |  3/27/2017  | 
Users are clicking on dubious links to stream matches and exposing confidential data to hackers, says Zscaler.
Google Slams Symantec for 'Failures' in SSL/TLS Certificate Process
Quick Hits  |  3/24/2017  | 
Google Chrome engineers railed on Symantec for allegedly issuing thousands of security certificates that had not been properly validated.
Apple: Mac, iPhone Bugs That CIA Allegedly Exploited Were Fixed Years Ago
News  |  3/24/2017  | 
New WikiLeaks data dump describes "Sonic Screwdriver," other CIA exploits for Mac desktops and iPhones
Intro to Cyber Insurance: 7 Questions to Ask
Slideshows  |  3/24/2017  | 
Buying a cyber insurance policy can be complex and difficult. Make sure you're asking these questions as you navigate the process.
America's JobLink Suffers Security Breach
Quick Hits  |  3/24/2017  | 
A third-party hacker exploited a flaw in America's JobLink application code to access the information of job seekers from 10 states.
Sandia Testing New Intrusion Detection Tool That Mimics Human Brain
News  |  3/24/2017  | 
Neuromorphic Data Microscope can spot malicious patterns in network traffic 100 times faster than current tool, lab claims.
US Senate Overturns Obama Consumer Privacy Rule
Quick Hits  |  3/24/2017  | 
The FCC regulation, passed in October, was rejected in a 50-to-48 vote and is now in the House of Representatives.
Prioritizing Threats: Why Most Companies Get It Wrong
Commentary  |  3/24/2017  | 
To stay safer, focus on multiple-threat attack chains rather than on individual threats.
7 Steps to Transforming Yourself into a DevSecOps Rockstar
Slideshows  |  3/23/2017  | 
Security practitioners at one education software firm offer lessons learned from merging DevOps with security.
5 Ways CISOs Could Work Better with Their Cyber Insurers
Commentary  |  3/23/2017  | 
Risk management has become increasingly important, making it crucial companies have good relationships with their insurance company.
LastPass Fixes Serious Security Flaw in Chrome, Firefox Extensions
Quick Hits  |  3/23/2017  | 
Password manager LastPass creates a workaround for a serious vulnerability affecting browser extensions in Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.
US May Charge North Korea in Bangladesh Bank Cybertheft
Quick Hits  |  3/23/2017  | 
The potential case accuses North Korea, and suspected Chinese middlemen, of spearheading an $81-million theft from Bangladesh Bank.
Russian Man Pleads Guilty for Role in Citadel Malware Attacks
Quick Hits  |  3/23/2017  | 
Russian national Mark Vartanyan pleads guilty in US federal court following his December 2016 extradition from Norway.
20 Million Mobile Devices at High Risk of Attack, Study Finds
News  |  3/23/2017  | 
Meanwhile, a separate report by Google says half of all Android devices didn't install a single security update in 2016.
Windows 'DoubleAgent' Attack Turns AV Tools into Malware
News  |  3/22/2017  | 
Zero-day attack exploits a legitimate process in Windows, according to Cybellum; AV vendors downplay threat.
Google, Jigsaw Offer Free Cyber Protection to Election Sites
Quick Hits  |  3/22/2017  | 
The Protect Your Election package from Google and Jigsaw includes password alert and two-step verification for candidates and campaigns.
New Yorkers See 60% Rise in Data Breaches in 2016
Quick Hits  |  3/22/2017  | 
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his office received nearly 1,300 data breaches in 2016, a 60% increase over 2015.
Malware Explained: Packer, Crypter & Protector
Partner Perspectives  |  3/22/2017  | 
These three techniques can protect malware from analysis. Heres how they work.
Phishing Your Employees for Schooling & Security
Commentary  |  3/22/2017  | 
Your education program isn't complete until you test your users with fake phishing emails.
Future of the SIEM
News  |  3/22/2017  | 
Current SIEM systems have flaws. Here's how the SIEM's role will change as mobile, cloud, and IoT continue to grow.
The True State of DevSecOps
News  |  3/21/2017  | 
Automation improving, but security needs to find ways to slide into DevOps workflow and toolchain.
New Metasploit Extension Available for Testing IoT Device Security
News  |  3/21/2017  | 
RFTransceiver extension for the Metasploit Hardware Bridge API will let organizations detect and scan wireless devices operating outside 802.11 spec.
Hacked Sites Up By 32% in 2016 Over 2015, Says Google
Quick Hits  |  3/21/2017  | 
Webmasters should register on Search Console for hack notifications, advises the company.
Report: OilRig' Attacks Expanding Across Industries, Geographies
Commentary  |  3/21/2017  | 
Malware targets Middle Eastern airlines, government, financial industries and critical infrastructure with a simple but powerful backdoor created by infected Excel files attached to phishing emails.
Cisco Issues Advisory on Flaw in Hundreds of Switches
Quick Hits  |  3/21/2017  | 
Vulnerability was discovered in WikiLeaks recent data dump on CIAs secret cyber-offensive unit.
3,000 Industrial Plants Per Year Infected with Malware
News  |  3/21/2017  | 
Targeted industrial control systems-themed malware is less prevalent yet persistent, including one variant posing as Siemens PLC firmware that has been in action since 2013, researchers find.
Getting Beyond the Buzz & Hype of Threat Hunting
Commentary  |  3/20/2017  | 
When harnessed properly, threat hunting can be one of the most useful techniques for finding attackers in your network. But it wont happen overnight.
New Wave of Security Acquisitions Signals Start of Consolidation Trend
Slideshows  |  3/20/2017  | 
A dozen recent high-profile deals reflect cybersecurity vendors' hopes of expanding their offerings with next-generation technology, ideas, and talent.
Secrets of a Highly Productive CIO-CISO Relationship
News  |  3/20/2017  | 
The dynamic between CIOs and CISOs has evolved along with the technology. How can they ensure they're on the same page while driving value?
Star Trek-Themed Ransomware Demands New Crypto-Currency
Quick Hits  |  3/20/2017  | 
Kirk ransomware comes in guise of stress-testing tool and demands 50 Monero ($1,100) to unlock.
Bug Bounty Programs are Growing Up Fast and Paying More
News  |  3/20/2017  | 
As more organizations crowdsource the vulnerability-hunting of their software, the process itself has become more formal, as well as more lucrative for researchers.
IRS Warns Taxpayers of Email Scams
Quick Hits  |  3/20/2017  | 
The IRS, along with state tax agencies and the tax industry, urge people to be wary of phishing email scams.
Secret Service Agents Laptop With Clinton Hack Probe Details Stolen
Quick Hits  |  3/20/2017  | 
The laptop, taken from Brooklyn, also contains information on Trump Tower floor and evacuation plans.
New MagikPOS Malware Targets Point-of-Sale Systems In US & Canada
News  |  3/17/2017  | 
Malware uses a remote access Trojan to sniff out potential victims first, Trend Micro says.
Trump Budget Adds $61 Million for FBI Cybercrime-Fighting Efforts
Quick Hits  |  3/17/2017  | 
The President's 2018 budget blueprint includes a focus on cybersecurity with $1.5 billion for Homeland Security and $50 billion for Defense.
North Korea's 'Lazarus' Likely Behind New Wave of Cyberattacks
Quick Hits  |  3/17/2017  | 
Symantec says it has digital evidence that hack group Lazarus is behind the recent sophisticated cyberattacks on 31 countries.
Embrace the Machine & Other Goals for CISOs
Commentary  |  3/17/2017  | 
Here are five ways we can become more effective for our organizations.
US-CERT Warns That HTTPS Inspection Tools Weaken TLS
Quick Hits  |  3/16/2017  | 
Turns out that man-in-the-middling your own traffic isn't the safest way to look for man-in-the-middle attacks.
Mandiant: Financial Cybercriminals Looking More Like Nation-States
News  |  3/16/2017  | 
As the cybercriminal-cyber espionage connection in the Yahoo breach demonstrates the security challenges facing organizations today.
Sound Waves Used to Hack Common Data Sensors
News  |  3/16/2017  | 
Though the immediate threat to your smartphone or Fitbit is slight, University of Michigan researchers show command-and-control capability with spoofed signaling on a variety of MEMS accelerometers.
In Cyber, Who Do We Trust to Protect the Business?
Commentary  |  3/16/2017  | 
If business leaders and directors continue to view cybersecurity as mainly a matter for the IT department, they will leave their companies exposed to significant risks.
ERP Attack Risks Come into Focus
News  |  3/16/2017  | 
New highly critical SAP vulnerability highlights dangers against critical business software.
Ethical Hacking: The Most Important Job No One Talks About
Commentary  |  3/16/2017  | 
If your company doesn't have an ethical hacker on the security team, it's playing a one-sided game of defense against attackers.
What Businesses Can Learn From the CIA Data Breach
News  |  3/16/2017  | 
Just because threats like malicious insiders, zero-days, and IoT vulnerabilities are well-understood doesnt mean organizations have a handle on them.
Personal Data Leak Affects 33 Million US Employees
Quick Hits  |  3/16/2017  | 
Information exposed in the leak includes personal details of employees from the Department of Defense and US Postal Service.
Google Removes Chamois Apps Botnet from Play Store
Quick Hits  |  3/16/2017  | 
Google has eliminated Chamois apps, which installed invisible apps and downloaded unwanted plugins without victims' knowledge.
DoJ Indicts Russian FSB Officers and Cybercriminals in Yahoo Breach
News  |  3/15/2017  | 
Russian intelligence officials hired renowned cybercriminals to do their bidding in massive hacks that compromised Yahoo, Gmail, and other email accounts of millions of people in the US, Russia, elsewhere.
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