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Content posted in January 2015
How The Skills Shortage Is Killing Defense in Depth
Commentary  |  1/30/2015  | 
It used to be easy to sell specialized security gizmos but these days when a point product gets pitched to a CSO, the response is likely looks nifty, but I dont have the staff to deploy it.
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  | 
Theres 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 thats 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 Cant) 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 Peoples 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 didnt increase their use of cloud services in 2014, according to the EUs 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.
Its 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.


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netstat in IBM AIX 5.3, 6.1, and 7.1 and VIOS 2.2.x, when a fibre channel adapter is used, allows local users to gain privileges via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2015-5660
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Directory traversal vulnerability in QNAP QTS before 4.1.4 build 0910 and 4.2.x before 4.2.0 RC2 build 0910, when AFP is enabled, allows remote attackers to read or write to arbitrary files by leveraging access to an OS X (1) user or (2) guest account.

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Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) 1.1j allows local users to gain privileges via vectors involving addition of an SSH key, aka Bug ID CSCuw46076.

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