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Talking Cybersecurity From A Risk Management Point of View
Commentary  |  2/3/2017  | 
CenturyLink CSO David Mahon reflects on the evolution of the chief information security officer, and why todays CISOs are increasingly adopting a risk-based approach to security.
A Hogwarts For Cyber Protection?
Commentary  |  2/2/2017  | 
How the UK is minting a new generation of cybersecurity wizards.
The Interconnected Nature Of International Cybercrime
Commentary  |  2/1/2017  | 
How burgeoning hackers are honing their craft across language barriers from top tier cybercriminal ecosystems and forums of the Deep and Dark Web.
A New Mantra For Cybersecurity: 'Simulate, Simulate, Simulate!'
Commentary  |  2/1/2017  | 
What security teams can learn from the Apollo 13 space program, a global pandemic, and major infrastructure disruptions to identify their best responses to attacks.
3 Things Companies Must Do Before A Data Breach
Commentary  |  1/31/2017  | 
It's important to plan ahead for when you're attacked, and these tips will help you get ready.
This Week On Dark Reading
Commentary  |  1/30/2017  | 
This week: how to get paid by cyber insurers and avoid paying ransoms.
Why Youre Doing Cybersecurity Risk Measurement Wrong
Commentary  |  1/30/2017  | 
Measuring risk isnt as simple as some make it out to be, but there are best practices to help you embrace the complexity in a productive way. Here are five.
Rethinking Vulnerability Disclosures In Industrial Control Systems
Commentary  |  1/27/2017  | 
Why the security industry's traditional obsession and hype around vulnerabilities cannot be transferred to the ICS environment.
How I Would Hack Your Network (If I Woke Up Evil)
Commentary  |  1/26/2017  | 
How would an attacker target your company? Here's a first-person account of what might happen.
There's No One Perfect Method For Encryption In The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/26/2017  | 
The problem with encryption is that it affects performance, especially in the cloud. Know the different methods so you can pick the type that best suits your needs.
Cloud Is Security-Ready But Is Your Security Team Ready For Cloud?
Commentary  |  1/25/2017  | 
Cloud computing has moved beyond the early adopter phase and is now mainstream. Heres how to keep data safe in an evolving ecosystem.
Security Training 101: Stop Blaming The User
Commentary  |  1/25/2017  | 
To err is human, so it makes sense to quit pointing fingers and start protecting the organization from users -- and vice versa.
This Week On Dark Reading: Event Calendar
Commentary  |  1/25/2017  | 
Devote some time and headspace to improving your skills with these Dark Reading events.
The Trouble With DMARC: 4 Serious Stumbling Blocks
Commentary  |  1/24/2017  | 
Popularity for the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance email authentication standard is growing. So why are enterprises still struggling to implement it?
4 Reasons Why You Should Take Ransomware Seriously
Commentary  |  1/24/2017  | 
The threats keep getting more sophisticated and the stakes keep getting higher. Is your organization ready to meet the challenge?
Why Dependence On Cloud Providers Could Come Back And Bite Us
Commentary  |  1/23/2017  | 
It's time to re-evaluate the cloud policies you have in place. And if you're not learning from the mistakes of others, you're doomed to repeat them.
3 Lessons From The Yahoo Breach
Commentary  |  1/20/2017  | 
Your organization must address these blind spots to detect sophisticated attacks.
Cyber Lessons From NSAs Admiral Michael Rogers
Commentary  |  1/19/2017  | 
Security teams must get better at catching intruders where we have the advantage: on our own networks.
The 4 Top Barriers To Effective Incident Response
Commentary  |  1/19/2017  | 
Responding to cyberattacks is straightforward in some ways, difficult in others. Here are four ways that the process can get tripped up.
What CISOs Need To Know Before Adopting Biometrics
Commentary  |  1/18/2017  | 
Biometric techniques offer a solution to the password problem, but getting started can be tough. Here are a few things you need to know.
Cloud Security & IoT: A Look At What Lies Ahead
Commentary  |  1/18/2017  | 
In the brave new world of cloud, security teams must be as agile as possible. This means leveraging proactive monitoring tools, locking down access points, and forecasting requirements
Close The Gap Between IT & Security To Reduce The Impact Of Cyber Threats
Commentary  |  1/17/2017  | 
IT and security teams work more effectively together than apart.
Advances In SSL: 5 Strategies For Secure, High-Performance Load Balancers
Commentary  |  1/17/2017  | 
Today, even Netflix is streaming hit movies and TV shows via encrypted connections! Heres how to manage higher volumes of encrypted traffic without bogging down your network.
Ransomware: How A Security Inconvenience Became The Industry's Most-Feared Vulnerability
Commentary  |  1/16/2017  | 
There are all sorts of ways to curb ransomware, so why has it spread so successfully?
The Sorry State Of Cybersecurity Awareness Training
Commentary  |  1/13/2017  | 
Rules aren't really rules if breaking them has no consequences.
Crowdsourcing 20 Answers To Security Ops & IR Questions
Commentary  |  1/12/2017  | 
Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know. Why it pays to take a hard look at our own incident response functions and operations.
Credit Freeze: The New Normal In Data Breach Protection?
Commentary  |  1/11/2017  | 
In era of rampant identity theft, consumers should be offered the protection of a credit freeze by default, instead of a nuisance fee each time a freeze is placed or removed.
The 3 C's Of Security Awareness
Commentary  |  1/11/2017  | 
Explaining the technical part of security comes easy for many of us. But the soft skills needed to change behavior are often sadly missing.
'Molecular' Cybersecurity Vs. Information Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  1/10/2017  | 
When it comes to industrial processes, security begins at the molecular level.
'Zero Trust': The Way Forward in Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  1/10/2017  | 
This approach to network design can cut the chance of a breach.
The Limitations Of Phishing Education
Commentary  |  1/9/2017  | 
Human nature means that education will only go so far. Technology needs to take up the slack.
Naughty & Nice: Dark Reading Caption Contest Winners
Commentary  |  1/7/2017  | 
It was a tough job choosing among our strongest field yet, with more than 100 submissions. And the winners are
Fixing Critical Infrastructure Means Securing The IT Systems That Support It
Commentary  |  1/6/2017  | 
IT security can mean the difference between life and death, just as much as a well-designed bridge.
Why Ransomware Is Only Going To Get Worse
Commentary  |  1/5/2017  | 
The meteoric rise of the problem stems from a lack of preparedness and simple economics.
A Look Inside Responsible Vulnerability Disclosure
Commentary  |  1/5/2017  | 
It's time for security researchers and vendors to agree on a standard responsible disclosure timeline.
A Vendor's Security Reality: Comply Or Good-Bye
Commentary  |  1/4/2017  | 
Privacy compliance is now mission critical. Third-party suppliers that fail to meet data protection mandates will be excluded from doing business in lucrative vertical markets.
Ransomware Has Evolved, And Its Name Is Doxware
Commentary  |  1/4/2017  | 
The latest form of malware holds computers hostage and compromises the privacy of conversations, photos, and sensitive files.
Cyberrisk Through A Business Lens
Commentary  |  1/3/2017  | 
Boards and CEOs can focus on these critical factors to provide better cyberrisk governance.
The Bug Bounty Model: 21 Years & Counting
Commentary  |  12/29/2016  | 
A look back on the beginnings of crowdsourced vulnerability assessment and how its robust history is paving the way for the future.
How Artificial Intelligence Will Solve The Security Skills Shortage
Commentary  |  12/28/2016  | 
Unlike industries that fear the intrusion of AI, the infosec world is embracing this revolutionary technology, and the seismic changes it will bring to threat detection and mitigation.
Greatest Hits Of 2016: Readers' Picks For The Years' Best Commentary
Commentary  |  12/27/2016  | 
Heres what topped the Dark Reading page-view charts from the security industrys brightest minds, coolest rock stars, and up-and-coming leaders.
Network Security: An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Reaction
Commentary  |  12/22/2016  | 
For humans ailments, prevention might begin with an allergist. In security, it's the network engineer.
Security Analytics: Don't Let Your Data Lake Turn Into A Data Swamp
Commentary  |  12/21/2016  | 
It's easy to get bogged down when looking for insights from data using Hadoop. But that doesn't have to happen, and these tips can help.
20 Questions Security Pros Should Ask Themselves Before Moving To The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/20/2016  | 
A template for working collaboratively with the business in todays rapidly changing technology environment.
Brute-Force Botnet Attacks Now Elude Volumetric Detection
Commentary  |  12/19/2016  | 
It just became harder to distinguish bot behavior from human behavior.
Has The Security Industry Failed Its Customers?
Commentary  |  12/16/2016  | 
Short answer: Not really. But the odds of staying safe from a cyberattack go way up when you follow these six tips for security hygiene.
Hurricanes, Earthquakes & Threat Intelligence
Commentary  |  12/15/2016  | 
You must be prepared for foreseeable attacks as well as the ones that sneak up on you.
Anti-Malware Is Necessary In The Data Center: 3 Examples
Commentary  |  12/14/2016  | 
Simply because data center endpoints dont have the same threat profile as general desktops doesnt mean they dont need anti-malware software. Heres why.
The Internet Of Things: When Bigger Is Not Better
Commentary  |  12/13/2016  | 
What happens when 10,000 companies add programmability and connectivity to their products, and we increase the Internets attack surface by a million times or more?
Dark Reading Radio: The Coolest Hacks Of 2016
Commentary  |  12/12/2016  | 
Tune in this Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 1pm ET to hear famed researchers Samy Kamkar and Levi Gundert weigh in on some of the most innovative and creative white-hat hacks from the past year.
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