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The Coolest Hacks Of 2014
News  |  12/22/2014  | 
TSA baggage scanners, evil USB sticks, and smart homes were among the targets in some of the most creative -- and yes, scary -- hacks this year by security researchers.
CISO Holiday Bookshelf
Slideshows  |  12/22/2014  | 
A selection of interesting security reads perfect as gifts from and to the typical CISO.
Security News No One Saw Coming In 2014
Commentary  |  12/22/2014  | 
John Dickson shares his list (and checks it twice) of five of the most surprising security headlines of the year.
The Internet's Winter Of Discontent
Commentary  |  12/19/2014  | 
The new great cybersecurity challenge in trying to sum up the most dangerous weaknesses in the world’s connected economy is that the hits just keep on coming.
Obama: U.S. Will Respond 'Proportionately' To Sony Cyber Attack
News  |  12/19/2014  | 
President Obama says the United States will take action against North Korea in response to the cyber-attack on Sony.
Time To Rethink Patching Strategies
Commentary  |  12/19/2014  | 
In 2014, the National Vulnerability Database is expected to log a record-breaking 8,000 vulnerabilities. That's 8,000 reasons to improve software quality at the outset.
SDN And Security: Start Slow, But Start
News  |  12/19/2014  | 
Software-defined networking can be a net plus for security. The key: Work with the network team to implement gradually, test as you go, and take the opportunity to overhaul policies
ICANN Hit By Cyberattack
News  |  12/18/2014  | 
Spear phishing campaign led to attackers gaining administrative access to one system.
Bad Bots On The Rise
News  |  12/18/2014  | 
Humans remain outnumbered by bots online, new data shows.
Vawtrak: Crimeware Made-To-Order
Quick Hits  |  12/18/2014  | 
A compartmentalized botnet with a wide selection of specialized web injects makes it easier to attack bank accounts across the globe.
5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Running Your SOC
Commentary  |  12/18/2014  | 
The former head of the US Army Cyber Command SOC shares his wisdom and battle scars about playing offense not defense against attackers.
Sony Cancels Movie, US Confirms North Korea Involvement, But Were Bomb Threats Empty?
News  |  12/17/2014  | 
After the Sony hackers issue threats of physical violence and 9/11-style attacks, The Interview is being killed before it even premieres. But would the attackers have really blown up theaters?
'Grinch' Bug May Affect Most Linux Systems
Quick Hits  |  12/17/2014  | 
But newly discovered vulnerability not as urgent as previous open-source bug disclosures.
Millions Of Android Phones In China Have Backdoor
News  |  12/17/2014  | 
An Android backdoor is the topic of one of two advisories this week on mobile threats.
The New Target for State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks: Applications
Commentary  |  12/17/2014  | 
Skilled hackers are now using simple web application vulnerabilities like SQL Injection to take over database servers. Are you prepared to defend against this new type of threat actor?
2014's Top Malware: Less Money, Mo' Problems
News  |  12/16/2014  | 
Here are the five most active malware packages to give attackers a huge ROI on a small investment.
Sony Warns Media About Disclosure, Staff About Fraud, 'Bond' Fans About Spoilers
Quick Hits  |  12/16/2014  | 
A wrapup of the latest Sony attack fallout.
2014: The Year of Privilege Vulnerabilities
Commentary  |  12/16/2014  | 
Of the 30 critical-rated Microsoft Security Bulletins this year, 24 involved vulnerabilities where the age-old best practice of "least privilege" could limit the impact of malware and raise the bar of difficulty for attackers.
Balancing Accounting Policy & Security Strategy
Partner Perspectives  |  12/16/2014  | 
A long-term approach involves focusing on security as a platform, instead of a selection of individual products and point defenses.
Stocking Stuffers For Happy Hacking
Slideshows  |  12/15/2014  | 
Find that perfect gift for your co-workers and much-loved white hats without breaking the bank.
Price Tag Rises For Stolen Identities Sold In The Underground
News  |  12/15/2014  | 
What cybercriminals now charge for stolen identities, counterfeit identities, hacking tutorials, DDoS, and other services.
Dark Reading Radio: How To Become A CISO
Commentary  |  12/15/2014  | 
Find out what employers are really looking for in a chief information security officer.
Ekoparty Isn’t The Next Defcon (& It Doesn’t Want To Be)
Commentary  |  12/15/2014  | 
Unlike American security conferences that offer a buffet of merchandise, meals, and drinks, Ekoparty, in Buenos Aires, is every bit as functional -- with a little less fluff.
Targeted Attacks: A Defender's Playbook
News  |  12/15/2014  | 
Cyberthreat actors are increasingly going after a single victim. Here are some tips to help your organization get ready.
Attackers Turn Focus To PoS Vendors
News  |  12/12/2014  | 
The recently reported attack on Charge Anywhere puts the payment solutions provider on a list of PoS vendors attacked this year.
Shadow IT: Not The Risk You Think
Commentary  |  12/12/2014  | 
Enterprise cloud services such as Box, Office 365, Salesforce, and Google Apps can make a better case for being called sanctioned than many legacy, on-premises, IT-provisioned applications.
Cyberattacks Longer, More Continuous Than Before
News  |  12/12/2014  | 
A surprisingly large number of organizations experienced cyberattacks lasting more than one month, a new survey found.
Hiring Hackers To Secure The Internet Of Things
News  |  12/11/2014  | 
How some white hat hackers are changing career paths to help fix security weaknesses in consumer devices and business systems.
FBI Calls For Law Facilitating Security Information Sharing
News  |  12/11/2014  | 
Uniform breach notification laws and amendments to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act are also on the list.
Cyber Security Practices Insurance Underwriters Demand
Commentary  |  12/11/2014  | 
Insurance underwriters aren’t looking for companies impervious to risk. They want clients that understand the threat landscape and have demonstrated abilities to mitigate attacks.
Securing the Internet of Things
Partner Perspectives  |  12/11/2014  | 
Factors specific to IoT devices make them a unique security risk.
Ex-NSA Agents' Security Startup Lands $8 Million In Funding
Quick Hits  |  12/10/2014  | 
Area 1 Security, launched in May, uses behavioral data to stop early-stage attacks from going further.
Crypto In The Crosshairs Again
News  |  12/10/2014  | 
"POODLE" attack extends to newer versions of SSL/TLS encryption as well.
'Inception' Cyber Espionage Campaign Targets PCs, Smartphones
News  |  12/10/2014  | 
Blue Coat report details sophisticated attacks mainly against Russian targets, and Kaspersky Lab calls new campaign next-generation of Red October cyber spying operation.
Smartphones Get Headlines, But Lax USB Security Is Just As Risky
Commentary  |  12/10/2014  | 
Most companies use no software to detect or secure sensitive data when it is moved to a USB flash drive, or even check USB drives for viruses or malware.
Universal Multi-Factor Authentication Steps Closer To The Mainstream
News  |  12/9/2014  | 
The FIDO Alliance today finalized two universal authentication standards and one of its founding members, Nok Nok Labs, closed on $8.5 million of financing.
Employees Still Get More Access Than They Need
News  |  12/9/2014  | 
Two surveys show how little enterprises enforce and track least-privilege policies.
Bitdefender Research Exposes Security Risks of Android Wearable Devices
Partner Perspectives  |  12/9/2014  | 
In the rush to supply early adopters with trendy technology, security has been compromised.
Internet Of Things: 3 Holiday Gifts That Will Keep CISOs Up At Night
Commentary  |  12/9/2014  | 
If you think BYOD policies will protect your infrastructure from the January influx of mobile hotspots, fitness trackers, and Bluetooth, think again.
2014: The Year of Shaken Trust
Partner Perspectives  |  12/9/2014  | 
We can rebuild that trust.
Online Ad Fraud Exposed: Advertisers Losing $6.3 Billion To $10 Billion Per Year
News  |  12/9/2014  | 
A new study conducted by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and the security firm White Ops tracked online ad traffic patterns for 36 major companies and discovered epic levels of abuse.
3 Steps To Solidifying Air-Gap Security
News  |  12/8/2014  | 
Your isolated systems may not be as secure from exfiltration or external control as you think.
How To Become a CISO: Top Tips
Slideshows  |  12/8/2014  | 
A look at the best career advice for aspiring CISOs from people who've reached the top.
The Four Horsemen of Cyber Security in 2014
Partner Perspectives  |  12/8/2014  | 
What too many of the year’s high-profile data breaches had in common.
Open Source Encryption Must Get Smarter
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
When it comes to cryptography, there are quite a few myths in the age-old debate about proprietary versus open source application security.
Poll: The Perimeter Has Shattered!
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
The traditional corporate network perimeter is not dead, but its amorphous shape is something new and indescribable.
IBM Reveals 'SpoofedMe' Attack Leveraging Social Login Vulnerability
News  |  12/5/2014  | 
IBM researchers uncovered an attack that takes advantage of the social login feature.
Moving Beyond 2-Factor Authentication With ‘Context’
Commentary  |  12/5/2014  | 
2FA isn’t cheap or infallible -- in more ways than two.
Sony Hackers Knew Details Of Sony's Entire IT Infrastructure
News  |  12/4/2014  | 
While trying to simultaneously recover from a data breach and a wiper attack, Sony watches attackers publish maps and credentials for everything from production servers to iTunes accounts.
'DeathRing' Malware Found Pre-Installed On Smartphones
News  |  12/4/2014  | 
Phones from low-cost, third-tier vendors in Asia and Africa have been affected, but that doesn't mean it can't happen here.
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