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Why Iran Hacks
Commentary  |  1/29/2015  | 
Iran is using its increasingly sophisticated cyber capabilities to minimize Western influence and establish itself as the dominant power in the Middle East.
Small Changes Can Make A Big Difference In Tech Diversity
Commentary  |  1/28/2015  | 
There’s no doubt that many employers feel most comfortable hiring people like themselves. But in InfoSec, this approach can lead to stagnation.
WiIl Millennials Be The Death Of Data Security?
Commentary  |  1/27/2015  | 
Millennials, notoriously promiscuous with data and devices, this year will become the largest generation in the workforce. Is your security team prepared?
Power Consumption Technology Could Help Enterprises Identify Counterfeit Devices
Commentary  |  1/26/2015  | 
Understanding a device's "power fingerprint" might make it possible to detect security anomalies in Internet of Things as well, startup says
Building A Cybersecurity Program: 3 Tips
Commentary  |  1/26/2015  | 
Getting from “we need” to “we have” a cybersecurity program is an investment in time and resources that’s well worth the effort.
Why Russia Hacks
Commentary  |  1/23/2015  | 
Conventional wisdom holds that Russia hacks primarily for financial gain. But equally credible is the belief that the Russians engage in cyberwarfare to further their geopolitical ambitions.
What Government Can (And Can’t) Do About Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  1/22/2015  | 
In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama introduced a number of interesting, if not terribly novel, proposals. Here are six that will have minimal impact.
Facebook Messenger: Classically Bad AppSec
Commentary  |  1/21/2015  | 
Facebook offers a textbook example of what the software industry needs to do to put application security in the forefront of software development.
Could The Sony Attacks Happen Again? Join The Conversation
Commentary  |  1/21/2015  | 
Check out Dark Reading Radio's interview and live chat with CrowdStrike founder and CEO George Kurtz and Shape Security executive Neal Mueller.
The Truth About Malvertising
Commentary  |  1/16/2015  | 
Malvertising accounts for huge amounts of cyberfraud and identity theft. Yet there is still no consensus on who is responsible for addressing these threats.
Why North Korea Hacks
Commentary  |  1/15/2015  | 
The motivation behind Democratic People’s Republic of Korea hacking is rooted in a mix of retribution, paranoia, and the immature behavior of an erratic leader.
4 Mega-Vulnerabilities Hiding in Plain Sight
Commentary  |  1/14/2015  | 
How four recently discovered, high-impact vulnerabilities provided “god mode” access to 90% of the Internet for 15 years, and what that means for the future.
Insider Threats in the Cloud: 6 Harrowing Tales
Commentary  |  1/13/2015  | 
The cloud has vastly expanded the scope of rogue insiders. Read on to discover the latest threat actors and scenarios.
2015: The Year Of The Security Startup – Or Letdown
Commentary  |  1/13/2015  | 
While stealth startup Ionic and other newcomers promise to change the cyber security game, ISC8 may be the first of many to head for the showers.
Cloud Services Adoption: Rates, Reasons & Security Fears
Commentary  |  1/12/2015  | 
Concern over data breaches and privacy are two reasons enterprises in the European Union didn’t increase their use of cloud services in 2014, according to the EU’s recent Eurostat report.
Chick-fil-A Breach: Avoiding 5 Common Security Mistakes
Commentary  |  1/9/2015  | 
On the surface these suggestions may seem simplistic. But almost every major retail breach in the last 12 months failed to incorporate at least one of them.
Nation-State Cyberthreats: Why They Hack
Commentary  |  1/8/2015  | 
All nations are not created equal and, like individual hackers, each has a different motivation and capability.
It’s Time to Treat Your Cyber Strategy Like a Business
Commentary  |  1/7/2015  | 
How do we win against cybercrime? Take a cue from renowned former GE chief exec Jack Welch and start with a clearly-defined mission.
Deconstructing The Sony Hack: What I Know From Inside The Military
Commentary  |  1/6/2015  | 
Don't get caught up in the guessing game on attribution. The critical task is to understand the threat data and threat actor tactics to ensure you are not vulnerable to the same attack.
Dear Cyber Criminals: We’re Not Letting Our Guard Down in 2015
Commentary  |  12/31/2014  | 
Next year, you’ll keep exploiting vulnerabilities, and we’ll make sure our systems are patched, our antivirus is up to date, and our people are too smart to click the links you send them.
4 Infosec Resolutions For The New Year
Commentary  |  12/30/2014  | 
Don’t look in the crystal ball, look in the mirror to protect data and defend against threats in 2015.
A 2014 Lookback: Predictions vs. Reality
Commentary  |  12/29/2014  | 
It was a tumultuous year for cyber security, but it drove the adoption of incident response plans and two-factor authentication.
Why Digital Forensics In Incident Response Matters More Now
Commentary  |  12/24/2014  | 
By understanding what happened, when, how, and why, security teams can prevent similar breaches from occurring in the future.
How PCI DSS 3.0 Can Help Stop Data Breaches
Commentary  |  12/23/2014  | 
New Payment Card Industry security standards that took effect January 1 aim to replace checkmark mindsets with business as usual processes. Here are three examples.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moving Beyond 2-Factor Authentication With ‘Context’
Commentary  |  12/5/2014  | 
2FA isn’t cheap or infallible -- in more ways than two.
Why ‘Regin’ Malware Changes Threatscape Economics
Commentary  |  12/4/2014  | 
Never before have attackers been able to deploy a common malware platform and configure it as necessary with low-cost, quick-turnaround business logic apps.
How Startups Can Jumpstart Security Innovation
Commentary  |  12/3/2014  | 
One of the best places for CISOs to turn for a cutting-edge cyber security strategy is the burgeoning world of startups. Here’s how to find them.
Leveraging The Kill Chain For Awesome
Commentary  |  12/2/2014  | 
There are good reasons the Kill Chain is being used by some of the most successful information security teams around. Here are three.
Breaking the Code: The Role of Visualization in Security Research
Commentary  |  12/1/2014  | 
In today’s interconnected, data rich IT environments, passive inspection of information is not enough.
Data Management Vs. Data Loss Prevention: Vive La Différence!
Commentary  |  11/25/2014  | 
A sensitive data management strategy can include the use of DLP technology, but it also involves a comprehensive understanding of where your data is and what specifically is at risk.
Cyber Security Needs Its Ralph Nader
Commentary  |  11/24/2014  | 
It took thousands of unnecessary traffic fatalities to create an environment for radical transformation of the auto industry. What will it take for a similar change to occur in data security?
The Week When Attackers Started Winning The War On Trust
Commentary  |  11/21/2014  | 
The misuse of keys and certificates is not exotic or hypothetical. It’s a real threat that could undermine most, if not all, critical security controls, as recent headlines strongly show.
Enter The Digital Risk Officer
Commentary  |  11/20/2014  | 
In the brave new world of digital risk management, a CISO would report up to a DRO who manages risk from a business perspective and works with peers in business ops, compliance, and IT security.
Killing Passwords: Don’t Get A-Twitter Over ‘Digits’
Commentary  |  11/19/2014  | 
Twitter’s new service that eliminates passwords for authentication actually makes your mobile device less secure.
Deconstructing The Cyber Kill Chain
Commentary  |  11/18/2014  | 
As sexy as it is, the Cyber Kill Chain model can actually be detrimental to network security because it reinforces old-school, perimeter-focused, malware-prevention thinking.
Why Cyber Security Starts At Home
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
Even the grandmas on Facebook need to know and practice basic security hygiene, because what happens anywhere on the Internet can eventually affect us all.
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