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In The Cyber Realm, Letís Be Knights Not Blacksmiths
Commentary  |  7/2/2015  | 
Why the Internet of Things is our chance to finally get information security right.
Why We Need In-depth SAP Security Training
Commentary  |  7/1/2015  | 
SAP and Oracle are releasing tons of patches every month, but are enterprises up to this complex task? I have my doubts.
Getting To Yes: Negotiating Technology Innovation & Security Risk
Commentary  |  6/30/2015  | 
As enterprises look for ways to leverage the cloud, mobility, Big Data, and social media for competitive advantage, CISOs can no longer give blanket refusals to IT experimentation.
Social Engineering & Black Hat: Do As I Do Not As I Say
Commentary  |  6/29/2015  | 
Yes, I will be at Black Hat, where people will yell at me about NOT giving my PII to anyone, especially if they ask me for it via email.
3 Simple Steps For Minimizing Ransomware Exposure
Commentary  |  6/26/2015  | 
If your data is important enough to pay a ransom, why wasn't it important enough to properly backup and protect in the first place?
What Do You Mean My Security Tools Donít Work on APIs?!!
Commentary  |  6/25/2015  | 
SAST and DAST scanners havenít advanced much in 15 years. But the bigger problem is that they were designed for web apps, not to test the security of an API.
Why China Wants Your Sensitive Data
Commentary  |  6/24/2015  | 
Since May 2014, the Chinese government has been amassing a 'Facebook for human intelligence.' Here's what it's doing with the info.
The Dark Web: An Untapped Source For Threat Intelligence
Commentary  |  6/23/2015  | 
Most organizations already have the tools for starting a low-cost, high-return Dark Web cyber intelligence program within their existing IT and cybersecurity teams. Hereís how.
What You Probably Missed In Verizon's Latest DBIR
Commentary  |  6/22/2015  | 
Tune in to Dark Reading Radio at 1pm ET/11am Pacific on Wednesday, June 24, when Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report co-author Marc Spitler discusses some of the possibly lesser-noticed nuggets in the industry's popular report on real-world attacks.
Security Surveys: Read With Caution
Commentary  |  6/22/2015  | 
Iím skeptical of industry surveys that tell security practitioners what they already know. Donít state the obvious. Tell us the way forward.
9 Questions For A Healthy Application Security Program
Commentary  |  6/19/2015  | 
Teams often struggle with building secure software because fundamental supporting practices aren't in place. But those practices don't require magic, just commitment.
Cybersecurity Advice From A Former White House CIO
Commentary  |  6/18/2015  | 
Today's playbook demands 'human-centered' user education that assumes people will share passwords, forget them, and do unsafe things to get their jobs done.
Time to Focus on Data Integrity
Commentary  |  6/17/2015  | 
Information security efforts have historically centered on data theft. But cybercriminals who alter corporate records and personal information can also cause serious harm.
Is Your Security Operation Hooked On Malware?
Commentary  |  6/16/2015  | 
It may seem counterintuitive, but an overzealous focus on malware may be preventing you from detecting even bigger threats.
Lessons Learned From The Ramnit Botnet Takedown
Commentary  |  6/15/2015  | 
While most organizations wonít find themselves in similar circumstances, there are important takeaways they can apply to any security program.
Survival Tips For The Security Skills Shortage
Commentary  |  6/12/2015  | 
No matter how you slice it, creating a security professional with 10 years of experience takes, well, 10 years. Here are six suggestions for doing more with less.
From GitHub to Great Cannon: A Mid-Year Analysis Of DDoS Attacks
Commentary  |  6/11/2015  | 
The new and common face of DDoS today is its use as a smokescreen to conceal malicious activity in an overwhelming burst of traffic that stretch security layers to the brink.
Firewalls Sustain Foundation of Sound Security
Commentary  |  6/10/2015  | 
Simply put, organizations that cannot maintain rigid firewall enforcement are more likely to be compromised.
Why the Firewall is Increasingly Irrelevant
Commentary  |  6/10/2015  | 
It will take a dramatic reimagining of security to dedicate focus to the areas where company data actually resides. It starts with tearing down the firewall.
Security Metrics: Itís All Relative
Commentary  |  6/9/2015  | 
What a haircut taught me about communicating the value of security to executives and non-security professionals.
7 Critical Criteria for Data Encryption In The Cloud
Commentary  |  6/8/2015  | 
Encrypting the huge number of data files stored in a public cloud today is like bubble-wrapping an entire house. Better to focus on the fragile items that matter.
Long Cons: The Next Age of Cyber Attacks
Commentary  |  6/5/2015  | 
When hackers know that a big payday is coming they donít mind waiting for months for the best moment to strike.
How The Hacker Economy Impacts Your Network & The Cloud
Commentary  |  6/4/2015  | 
To protect data against growing threats, networks must now act as both sensor and enforcer around traffic that passes through users and data centers to the cloud.
Help Wanted: Security Heroes & Heroines Only Need Apply
Commentary  |  6/3/2015  | 
If we want to do more than simply defend ourselves, we need security champions and equally heroic security solutions.
Shaping A Better Future For Software Security
Commentary  |  6/2/2015  | 
Industry and government leaders discuss ways to improve practices, awareness and education around secure software development. Hereís a recap of what you missed.
Todayís Requirements To Defend Against Tomorrowís Insider Threats
Commentary  |  6/1/2015  | 
At its most basic, a consistent and meaningful insider threat detection program has two components: data and people. Hereís how to put them together.
How I Would Secure The Internet With $4 Billion
Commentary  |  5/29/2015  | 
In an open letter to President Obama, a member of the Open Web Application Security Project tells why pending legislation on threat-intel sharing doesnít go far enough.
FUD Watch: The Marketing Of Security Vulnerabilities
Commentary  |  5/28/2015  | 
Iím all for raising awareness, but making designer vulnerabilities, catchy logos and content part of the disclosure process is a step in the wrong direction.
Escalating Cyberattacks Threaten US Healthcare Systems
Commentary  |  5/27/2015  | 
Electronic health records are prime targets because healthcare organizations lack the resources, processes, and technologies to protect them. And itís only going to get worse.
State-Sponsored Cybercrime: A Growing Business Threat
Commentary  |  5/26/2015  | 
You donít have to be the size of Sony -- or even mock North Korea -- to be a target.
DR Radio: Incident Response War-Gaming
Commentary  |  5/25/2015  | 
Learn how to practice the post-breach panicking.
Cyber Threat Analysis: A Call for Clarity
Commentary  |  5/22/2015  | 
The general public deserves less hyperbole and more straight talk
Data Encryption In The Cloud: Square Pegs In Round Holes
Commentary  |  5/21/2015  | 
Conventional encryption is a surefire solution for protecting sensitive data -- except when it breaks cloud applications. ďFormat-preservingĒ encryption could change all that.
5 Signs Credentials In Your Network Are Being Compromised
Commentary  |  5/20/2015  | 
Where should you start to keep ahead of attackers using insiders to steal corporate secrets or personal identifiable information? Check out these common scenarios.
Hacking Airplanes: No One Benefits When Lives Are Risked To Prove A Point
Commentary  |  5/19/2015  | 
In the brave new world of self-driving cars and Wifi-enabled pacemakers, everything we do as information security professionals, everything we hack, every joke we make on Twitter, has real, quantifiable consequences.
Why We Can't Afford To Give Up On Cybersecurity Defense
Commentary  |  5/18/2015  | 
There is no quick fix, but organizations can massively reduce the complexity of building secure applications by empowering developers with four basic practices.
The Cybercrime Carnival in Brazil: Loose Cyberlaws Make for Loose Cybercriminals
Commentary  |  5/15/2015  | 
Brazil loses over $8 billion a year to Internet crime, making it the second-largest cybercrime generator in the world.
When Encrypted Communication Is Not Good Enough
Commentary  |  5/14/2015  | 
For the vast majority of conversations -- on paper, by phone or computer -- encryption is a perfectly adequate form of protection. Unless, of course, a life or livelihood is at stake.
Taking A Security Program From Zero To Hero
Commentary  |  5/13/2015  | 
Breaking the enigma of InfoSec into smaller bites is a proven method for building up an organizationís security capabilities. Here are six steps to get you started.
Vulnerability Disclosure Deja Vu: Prosecute Crime Not Research
Commentary  |  5/12/2015  | 
There is a lesson to be learned from a locksmith living 150 years ago: Attackers and criminals are the only parties who benefit when security researchers fear the consequences for reporting issues.
Protecting The Data Lifecycle From Network To Cloud
Commentary  |  5/12/2015  | 
Enterprises are pushing more sensitive and regulated data into the public cloud than ever before. But the journey carries many new risks.
Deconstructing Mobile Fraud Risk
Commentary  |  5/5/2015  | 
Todayís enterprise security solutions donít do enough to manage BYOD risk, credit card theft and the reputational damage resulting from a major data breach.
Building a Stronger Security Strategy: 6 Tips
Commentary  |  5/4/2015  | 
CIO offers his formula for achieving the right balance between data security and employee productivity and convenience
Nine Years Later, IT Security Is Even More Important To Business
Commentary  |  5/1/2015  | 
As Dark Reading celebrates its ninth year of publication, the security industry prepares for its next round of evolution.
Social Engineering Defenses: Reducing The Human Element
Commentary  |  4/30/2015  | 
Most security awareness advice is terrible, just plain bad, and not remotely feasible for your average user.
Big Data & The Security Skills Shortage
Commentary  |  4/29/2015  | 
Finding a security analyst with the data discovery experience to combat modern threats is like searching for the mythical unicorn. The person does not exist
To Evangelize Security, Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Commentary  |  4/28/2015  | 
If security professionals want to change corporate attitudes and culture, they need to step out of the echo chamber
Note To Vendors: CISOs Donít Want Your Analytical Tools
Commentary  |  4/28/2015  | 
What they need are solutions that deliver prioritized recommendations and confidence in the analytical rigor behind those recommendations to take meaningful action.
Cybersecurity: Donít Bank On It With 3rd Parties
Commentary  |  4/24/2015  | 
Not knowing that a contractorís employee had access to system passwords is not a valid excuse when your clientís records are stolen.
The Bad News For Infosec In The Target Settlement
Commentary  |  4/22/2015  | 
The legal argument behind the $10 million Class Action lawsuit and subsequent settlement is a gross misrepresentation of how attackers operate.
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The Hospira LifeCare PCA Infusion System before 7.0 does not validate network traffic associated with sending a (1) drug library, (2) software update, or (3) configuration change, which allows remote attackers to modify settings or medication data via packets on the (a) TELNET, (b) HTTP, (c) HTTPS, ...

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