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Why Security Leaders Can't Afford to Be Just 'Left-Brained'
Commentary  |  10/17/2017  | 
The left side of the brain is logical and linear; the right side, creative. You have to use both sides of the brain to connect to your audience in your business.
20 Questions to Ask Yourself before Giving a Security Conference Talk
Commentary  |  10/16/2017  | 
As cybersecurity continues to become more of a mainstream concern, those of us who speak at industry events must learn how to truly connect with our audience.
Getting the Most Out of Cyber Threat Intelligence
Commentary  |  10/13/2017  | 
How security practitioners can apply structured analysis and move from putting out fires to fighting the arsonists.
Ransomware Grabs Headlines but BEC May Be a Bigger Threat
Commentary  |  10/12/2017  | 
With social media, gathering information has never been easier, making Business Email Compromise the land of milk and honey for cybercriminals.
New Dark Reading Conference Will Focus on Defense
Commentary  |  10/11/2017  | 
The INsecurity Conference, Nov. 29-30 at the Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland is all about helping infosecurity pros mitigate threats -- from hot topics to basic hygiene.
How Systematic Lying Can Improve Your Security
Commentary  |  10/11/2017  | 
No, you don't have to tell websites your mother's actual maiden name.
Unstructured Data: The Threat You Cannot See
Commentary  |  10/10/2017  | 
Why security teams needs to take a cognitive approach to the increasing volumes of data flowing from sources they don't control.
Rise in Insider Threats Drives Shift to Training, Data-Level Security
Commentary  |  10/6/2017  | 
As the value and volume of data grows, perimeter security is not enough to battle internal or external threats.
Private, Public, or Hybrid? Finding the Right Fit in a Bug Bounty Program
Commentary  |  10/5/2017  | 
How can a bug bounty not be a bug bounty? There are several reasons. Here's why you need to understand the differences.
What Security Teams Need to Know about the NIAC Report
Commentary  |  10/4/2017  | 
Which of the recommendations made by the NIAC working group will affect security teams the most, and how should they prepare?
Ransomware Will Target Backups: 4 Ways to Protect Your Data
Commentary  |  10/4/2017  | 
Backups are the best way to take control of your defense against ransomware, but they need protecting as well.
DevOpsSec: A Big Step in Cloud Application Security
Commentary  |  10/3/2017  | 
Why it's time for DevOps and security teams to bury the hatchet -- and not in each other's back.
5 IT Practices That Put Enterprises at Risk
Commentary  |  10/2/2017  | 
No one solution will keep you 100% protected, but if you avoid these common missteps, you can shore up your security posture.
Analyzing Cybersecurity's Fractured Educational Ecosystem
Commentary  |  9/29/2017  | 
We have surprisingly little data on how to evaluate infosec job candidates academic qualifications. That needs to change.
Equihax: Identifying & Wrangling Vulnerabilities
Commentary  |  9/28/2017  | 
Now that we know what was taken from Equifax, how it was taken, and what is being sold, what more do we need to learn before the next time?
How to Live by the Code of Good Bots
Commentary  |  9/27/2017  | 
Following these four tenets will show the world that your bot means no harm.
Why Your Business Must Care about Privacy
Commentary  |  9/26/2017  | 
It might not have something to hide, but it definitely has something to protect.
Security's #1 Problem: Economic Incentives
Commentary  |  9/25/2017  | 
The industry rewards cutting corners rather than making software safe. Case in point: the Equifax breach.
Health IT & Cybersecurity: 5 Hiring Misconceptions to Avoid
Commentary  |  9/22/2017  | 
Why healthcare organizations need a good strategy to find talent, or get left behind.
Why Size Doesn't Matter in DDoS Attacks
Commentary  |  9/21/2017  | 
Companies both large and small are targets. Never think "I'm not big enough for a hacker's attention."
Software Assurance: Thinking Back, Looking Forward
Commentary  |  9/20/2017  | 
Ten personal observations that aim to bolster state-of-the-art and state-of-practice in application security.
Get Serious about IoT Security
Commentary  |  9/20/2017  | 
These four best practices will help safeguard your organization in the Internet of Things.
GDPR & the Rise of the Automated Data Protection Officer
Commentary  |  9/19/2017  | 
Can artificial intelligence and machine learning solve the skills shortage as the EU's General Data Protection Regulation deadline approaches?
How Apple's New Facial Recognition Technology Will Change Enterprise Security
Commentary  |  9/19/2017  | 
Expect a trickle-down effect, as tech similar to Face ID becomes offered outside of Apple.
To Be Ready for the Security Future, Pay Attention to the Security Past
Commentary  |  9/18/2017  | 
It's easy to just move on to the next problem, ignoring what's happened -- but that's a mistake.
Security Orchestration & Automation: Parsing the Options
Commentary  |  9/15/2017  | 
Once you head down the path of orchestration, security teams will need to decide how much automation they are ready for. Here's how.
Cloud Security's Shared Responsibility Is Foggy
Commentary  |  9/14/2017  | 
Security is a two-way street. The cloud provider isn't the only one that must take precautions.
Encryption: A New Boundary for Distributed Infrastructure
Commentary  |  9/14/2017  | 
As the sheet metal surrounding traditional infrastructure continues to fall away, where should security functions in a cloud environment reside?
5 Problems That Keep CISOs Awake at Night
Commentary  |  9/13/2017  | 
The last few years have shown a big difference in the way cyber-risks are acknowledged, but progress still needs to be made.
20 Questions to Help Achieve Security Program Goals
Commentary  |  9/13/2017  | 
There are always projects, maturity improvements, and risk mitigation endeavors on the horizon. Here's how to keep them from drifting into the sunset.
The 'Team of Teams' Model for Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  9/12/2017  | 
Security leaders can learn some valuable lessons from a real-life military model.
Deception: A Convincing New Approach to Cyber Defense
Commentary  |  9/12/2017  | 
How defenders in a US national security agency capture-the-flag exercise used an endless stream of false data across the network to thwart attackers and contain damage.
Why Relaxing Our Password Policies Might Actually Bolster User Safety
Commentary  |  9/11/2017  | 
Recent guidance from NIST may seem counterintuitive.
If Blockchain Is the Answer, What Is the Security Question?
Commentary  |  9/8/2017  | 
Like any technology, blockchain has its strengths and weaknesses. But debunking three common myths can help you cut through the hype.
Is Public Sector Cybersecurity Adequate?
Commentary  |  9/7/2017  | 
Many governmental organizations are unstaffed, underfunded, and unprepared to fight common attacks, and they could learn a thing or two from the private sector.
Sandbox-Aware Malware Foreshadows Potential Attacks
Commentary  |  9/7/2017  | 
For the continuous monitoring industry to remain relevant, it needs to match the vigor of sandbox vendors against targeted subversion.
Is Your Organization Merely PCI-Compliant or Is It Actually Secure?
Commentary  |  9/6/2017  | 
The Host Identity Protocol might be the answer to inadequate check-the-box security standards.
Workplace IoT Puts Companies on Notice for Smarter Security
Commentary  |  9/6/2017  | 
Blacklisting every "thing" in sight and banning connections to the corporate network may sound tempting, but it's not a realistic strategy.
3 Ways AI Could Help Resolve the Cybersecurity Talent Crisis
Commentary  |  9/5/2017  | 
There's no escaping the fact that there's a skills shortage, and companies aren't doing enough to cultivate talent. AI could relieve some of the pressure.
How Effective Boards Drive Security Mandates
Commentary  |  9/1/2017  | 
The focus on cybersecurity policies must be prioritized from the top down.
International Firms Struggle to Adapt as China's Cybersecurity Law Takes Shape
Commentary  |  8/31/2017  | 
After the release of new guidelines on critical information infrastructure, international companies are still searching for clarity on how to comply with the country's new cyber regime.
Hacking the Security Job Application Process
Commentary  |  8/30/2017  | 
Simple advice to help job seekers dig out of the black hole of recruiter and employer hiring portals.
How Hackers Hide Their Malware: Advanced Obfuscation
Commentary  |  8/30/2017  | 
Hackers continue to develop new ways to break into systems. Here are three of them, along with ways to fight back.
Security Analytics: Making the Leap from Data Lake to Meaningful Insight
Commentary  |  8/29/2017  | 
Once you've got a lake full of data, it's essential that your analysis isn't left stranded on the shore.
Dark Reading Now HTTPS
Commentary  |  8/29/2017  | 
Moving a site that's more than a decade old to HTTPS has been a journey, and we're almost there.
How Hackers Hide Their Malware: The Basics
Commentary  |  8/29/2017  | 
Malware depends on these four basic techniques to avoid detection.
Cybersecurity: An Asymmetrical Game of War
Commentary  |  8/28/2017  | 
To stay ahead of the bad guys, security teams need to think like criminals, leverage AIs ability to find malicious threats, and stop worrying that machine learning will take our jobs.
A Call for New Voices on the Security Conference Circuit
Commentary  |  8/25/2017  | 
If the mere idea of talking in public makes you want to hide in a bathroom stall with a stuffed bobcat, think again.
GoT & the Inside Threat: Compromised Insiders Make Powerful Adversaries
Commentary  |  8/24/2017  | 
What Game of Thrones' Arya Stark and the Faceless Men can teach security pros about defending against modern malware and identity theft.
GDPR Compliance Preparation: A High-Stakes Guessing Game
Commentary  |  8/24/2017  | 
It's difficult to tell if your company is meeting the EU's data privacy and security standards -- or US standards, for that matter.
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Steve Morgan, Founder & CEO, Cybersecurity Ventures,  12/11/2017
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CVE-2017-0290
Published: 2017-05-09
NScript in mpengine in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine with Engine Version before 1.1.13704.0, as used in Windows Defender and other products, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (type confusion and application crash) via crafted JavaScript code within ...

CVE-2016-10369
Published: 2017-05-08
unixsocket.c in lxterminal through 0.3.0 insecurely uses /tmp for a socket file, allowing a local user to cause a denial of service (preventing terminal launch), or possibly have other impact (bypassing terminal access control).

CVE-2016-8202
Published: 2017-05-08
A privilege escalation vulnerability in Brocade Fibre Channel SAN products running Brocade Fabric OS (FOS) releases earlier than v7.4.1d and v8.0.1b could allow an authenticated attacker to elevate the privileges of user accounts accessing the system via command line interface. With affected version...

CVE-2016-8209
Published: 2017-05-08
Improper checks for unusual or exceptional conditions in Brocade NetIron 05.8.00 and later releases up to and including 06.1.00, when the Management Module is continuously scanned on port 22, may allow attackers to cause a denial of service (crash and reload) of the management module.

CVE-2017-0890
Published: 2017-05-08
Nextcloud Server before 11.0.3 is vulnerable to an inadequate escaping leading to a XSS vulnerability in the search module. To be exploitable a user has to write or paste malicious content into the search dialogue.