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Time to Yank Cybercrime into the Light
Commentary  |  7/16/2018  | 
Too many organizations are still operating blindfolded, research finds.
How to Structure an Enterprise-Wide Threat Intelligence Strategy
Commentary  |  7/13/2018  | 
To keep an organization safe, you must think about the entire IT ecosystem.
Lessons from My Strange Journey into InfoSec
Commentary  |  7/12/2018  | 
Establishing an entre into the security world can be a maddeningly slow process. For those of us already here, it can be an opportunity to help others.
ICS Security: 'The Enemy Is in the Wire'
Commentary  |  7/12/2018  | 
Threats to industrial control systems are real and frightening. The government is taking steps to keep us safer in the future, but there are near-term steps you can take right now.
Getting Safe, Smart & Secure on S3
Commentary  |  7/11/2018  | 
AWS Simple Storage Service has proven to be a security minefield. It doesn't have to be if you pay attention to people, process, and technology.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Risk
Commentary  |  7/11/2018  | 
Measuring security risk is not that hard if you get your terms straight and leverage well-established methods and principles from other disciplines.
For Data Thieves, the World Cup Runneth Over
Commentary  |  7/10/2018  | 
Large sporting events are always going to be targets, but the fact that the competition is in Russia adds another layer of concern. Here are three tips to stay safer.
Creating a Defensible Security Architecture
Commentary  |  7/9/2018  | 
Take the time to learn about your assets. You'll be able to layer in multiple prevention and detection solutions and have a highly effective security architecture.
Reactive or Proactive? Making the Case for New Kill Chains
Commentary  |  7/6/2018  | 
Classic kill chain models that aim to find and stop external attacks don't account for threats from insiders. Here what a modern kill chain should include.
4 Basic Principles to Help Keep Hackers Out
Commentary  |  7/5/2018  | 
The most effective hackers keep things simple, something organizations must take into account.
Ransomware vs. Cryptojacking
Commentary  |  7/3/2018  | 
Cybercriminals are increasingly turning to cryptojacking over ransomware for a bigger payday. Here's what enterprises need to know in order to protect their digital assets and bank accounts.
Preparing for Transport Layer Security 1.3
Commentary  |  7/2/2018  | 
The long-awaited encryption standard update is almost here. Get ready while you can to ensure security, interoperability, and performance.
Why Sharing Intelligence Makes Everyone Safer
Commentary  |  6/29/2018  | 
Security teams must expand strategies to go beyond simply identifying details tied to a specific threat to include context and information about attack methodologies.
Redefining Security with Blockchain
Commentary  |  6/28/2018  | 
Blockchain offers a proactive approach to secure a new generation of digital platforms and services for both enterprises and individuals.
Russia, Facebook & Cybersecurity: Combating Weaponized FUD in the Social Media Age
Commentary  |  6/27/2018  | 
It's up to everyone -- users, security pros, government -- to be critical about the online information we encounter.
Cynicism in Cybersecurity: Confessions of a Recovering Cynic
Commentary  |  6/27/2018  | 
Anyone constantly dealing with complex computer systems teetering on the brink of disaster will likely succumb to the cult of cynicism. These four strategies will help you focus on the positive.
Today! 'Why Cybercriminals Attack,' A Dark Reading Virtual Event
Commentary  |  6/27/2018  | 
Wednesday, June 27, this all-day event starting at 11 a.m. ET, will help you decide who and what you really need to defend against, and how to do it more effectively.
Securing Serverless Apps: 3 Critical Tasks in 3 Days
Commentary  |  6/26/2018  | 
Serverless workloads in the cloud can be as secure as traditional applications with the right processes and tools. The key: start small, scale as your application scales, and involve everyone.
Secure by Default Is Not What You Think
Commentary  |  6/26/2018  | 
The traditional view of secure by default which has largely been secure out of the box is too narrow. To broaden your view, consider these three parameters.
Secure Code: You Are the Solution to Open Sources Biggest Problem
Commentary  |  6/25/2018  | 
Seventy-eight percent of open source codebases examined in a recent study contain at least one unpatched vulnerability, with an average of 64 known vulnerabilities per codebase.
White House Email Security Faux Pas?
Commentary  |  6/22/2018  | 
The Executive Office of the President isn't complying with the DMARC protocol, but that has fewer implications than some headlines would suggest.
Templates: The Most Powerful (And Underrated) Infrastructure Security Tool
Commentary  |  6/21/2018  | 
If your team is manually building cloud instances and networks for every application, you're setting yourself up for a data breach.
AppSec in the World of 'Serverless'
Commentary  |  6/21/2018  | 
The term 'application security' still applies to 'serverless' technology, but the line where application settings start and infrastructure ends is blurring.
Inside a SamSam Ransomware Attack
Commentary  |  6/20/2018  | 
Here's how hackers use network tools and stolen identities to turn a device-level compromise into an enterprise-level takedown.
Improving the Adoption of Security Automation
Commentary  |  6/20/2018  | 
Four barriers to automation and how to overcome them.
How to Prepare for 'WannaCry 2.0'
Commentary  |  6/19/2018  | 
It seems inevitable that a more-powerful follow-up to last year's malware attack will hit sooner or later. You'd better get prepared.
5 Tips for Integrating Security Best Practices into Your Cloud Strategy
Commentary  |  6/19/2018  | 
Do 'cloud-first' strategies create a security-second mindset?
3 Tips for Driving User Buy-in to Security Policies
Commentary  |  6/18/2018  | 
Teaching users why it's important to commit to security controls is a far more effective strategy than simply demanding that they follow them. Here's how.
Modern Cybersecurity Demands a Different Corporate Mindset
Commentary  |  6/15/2018  | 
Very few organizations have fully incorporated all relevant risks and threats into their current digital strategy, research finds.
Four Faces of Fraud: Identity, 'Fake' Identity, Ransomware & Digital
Commentary  |  6/14/2018  | 
Realizing the wide scope of fraud should be at the top of every business executive's to-do list. Here's some practical advice to help you stay safe.
Meet 'Bro': The Best-Kept Secret of Network Security
Commentary  |  6/14/2018  | 
This often overlooked open source tool uses deep packet inspection to transform network traffic into exceptionally useful, real-time data for security operations.
LeBron vs. Steph: The NBA Version of Cyber Defense vs. Cyberattacks
Commentary  |  6/13/2018  | 
It takes an aggressive, swarming approach to overcome the most dangerous threats today.
Why CISOs Need a Security Reality Check
Commentary  |  6/13/2018  | 
We deserve a seat at the executive table, and we'll be much better at our jobs once we take it.
'Shift Left' & the Connected Car
Commentary  |  6/12/2018  | 
How improving application security in the automotive industry can shorten product development time, reduce costs, and save lives.
Weaponizing IPv6 to Bypass IPv4 Security
Commentary  |  6/12/2018  | 
Just because you're not yet using IPv6 doesn't mean you're safe from the protocol's attack vectors.
6 Ways Greed Has a Negative Effect on Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  6/11/2018  | 
How the security industry can both make money and stay true to its core values, and why that matters.
Threat Landscape: Dark Reading Caption Contest Winners
Commentary  |  6/8/2018  | 
Insider threats -- desktop attacks, security awareness, caffeine -- all worthy contenders in our cartoon caption competition. And the winners are ...
Side-Channel Attacks & the Importance of Hardware-Based Security
Commentary  |  6/7/2018  | 
Reliably evaluating the security of modern infrastructure requires a solid understanding of the hardware supporting it.
In Pursuit of Cryptography's Holy Grail
Commentary  |  6/7/2018  | 
Homomorphic encryption eliminates the need for data exposure at any point something that certainly would be welcome these days.
DOD Looks to the Cloud for Browser Security
Commentary  |  6/6/2018  | 
The US Department of Defense just published its cloud browser strategy. What's yours?
'Strutting' Past the Equifax Breach: Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  6/6/2018  | 
In hindsight, there were two likely causes for last year's massive breach: the decision to use Apache Struts, and a failure to patch in a timely fashion. Both are still a recipe for disaster.
'EFAIL' Is Why We Cant Have Golden Keys
Commentary  |  6/5/2018  | 
A deep dive into the issues surrounding an HTML email attack.
I, for One, Welcome Our Robotic Security Overlords
Commentary  |  6/5/2018  | 
Automation will come in more subtle ways than C-3PO and it's transforming cybersecurity.
Building a Safe, Efficient, Cost-Effective Security Infrastructure
Commentary  |  6/4/2018  | 
The Industrial Internet of Things allows organizations to address both physical and digital security concerns.
Cybercrime Is Skyrocketing as the World Goes Digital
Commentary  |  6/1/2018  | 
If cybercrime were a country, it would have the 13th highest GDP in the world.
The Good News about Cross-Domain Identity Management
Commentary  |  5/31/2018  | 
Adoption of the SCIM open source, standards-based approach for syncing user information between applications is ratcheting up among SaaS vendors as well as enterprises.
Facebook Must Patch 2 Billion Human Vulnerabilities; How You Can Patch Yours
Commentary  |  5/31/2018  | 
The situation Facebook is in should be prompting all security teams to evaluate just how defenseless or protected the people in their organizations are.
Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  5/30/2018  | 
The ability to learn gives security-focused AI and ML apps unrivaled speed and accuracy over their more basic, automated predecessors. But they are not a silver bullet. Yet.
Getting Revolutionary (Not Evolutionary) about Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  5/30/2018  | 
Being a security revolutionary isn't purely about new, ground-breaking ideas. It's about anticipating, outpacing, and influencing your world, both internally and externally. Here are five keys to success.
How to Empower Today's 'cISOs'
Commentary  |  5/29/2018  | 
Although many security leaders have a C in their title, not all are true capital-C "Chiefs." Here are three ways to live up to the job description.
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CVE-2018-14337
PUBLISHED: 2018-07-17
The CHECK macro in mrbgems/mruby-sprintf/src/sprintf.c in mruby 1.4.1 contains a signed integer overflow, possibly leading to out-of-bounds memory access because the mrb_str_resize function in string.c does not check for a negative length.
CVE-2018-14329
PUBLISHED: 2018-07-17
In HTSlib 1.8, a race condition in cram/cram_io.c might allow local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack.
CVE-2018-14331
PUBLISHED: 2018-07-17
An issue was discovered in XiaoCms X1 v20140305. There is a CSRF vulnerability to change the administrator account password via admin/index.php?c=index&a=my.
CVE-2018-14333
PUBLISHED: 2018-07-17
TeamViewer through 13.1.1548 stores a password in Unicode format within TeamViewer.exe process memory between "[00 88] and "[00 00 00]" delimiters, which might make it easier for attackers to obtain sensitive information by leveraging an unattended workstation on which TeamViewer has ...
CVE-2018-14334
PUBLISHED: 2018-07-17
manager/editor/upload.php in joyplus-cms 1.6.0 allows arbitrary file upload because detection of a prohibited file extension simply sets the $errm value, and does not otherwise alter the flow of control. Consequently, one can upload and execute a .php file, a similar issue to CVE-2018-8766.