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Content posted in December 2014
Dear Cyber Criminals: Were Not Letting Our Guard Down in 2015
Commentary  |  12/31/2014  | 
Next year, youll keep exploiting vulnerabilities, and well make sure our systems are patched, our antivirus is up to date, and our people are too smart to click the links you send them.
4 Infosec Resolutions For The New Year
Commentary  |  12/30/2014  | 
Dont look in the crystal ball, look in the mirror to protect data and defend against threats in 2015.
A 2014 Lookback: Predictions vs. Reality
Commentary  |  12/29/2014  | 
It was a tumultuous year for cyber security, but it drove the adoption of incident response plans and two-factor authentication.
Why Digital Forensics In Incident Response Matters More Now
Commentary  |  12/24/2014  | 
By understanding what happened, when, how, and why, security teams can prevent similar breaches from occurring in the future.
How PCI DSS 3.0 Can Help Stop Data Breaches
Commentary  |  12/23/2014  | 
New Payment Card Industry security standards that took effect January 1 aim to replace checkmark mindsets with business as usual processes. Here are three examples.
Security News No One Saw Coming In 2014
Commentary  |  12/22/2014  | 
John Dickson shares his list (and checks it twice) of five of the most surprising security headlines of the year.
The Internet's Winter Of Discontent
Commentary  |  12/19/2014  | 
The new great cybersecurity challenge in trying to sum up the most dangerous weaknesses in the worlds connected economy is that the hits just keep on coming.
Time To Rethink Patching Strategies
Commentary  |  12/19/2014  | 
In 2014, the National Vulnerability Database is expected to log a record-breaking 8,000 vulnerabilities. That's 8,000 reasons to improve software quality at the outset.
5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Running Your SOC
Commentary  |  12/18/2014  | 
The former head of the US Army Cyber Command SOC shares his wisdom and battle scars about playing offense not defense against attackers.
The New Target for State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks: Applications
Commentary  |  12/17/2014  | 
Skilled hackers are now using simple web application vulnerabilities like SQL Injection to take over database servers. Are you prepared to defend against this new type of threat actor?
2014: The Year of Privilege Vulnerabilities
Commentary  |  12/16/2014  | 
Of the 30 critical-rated Microsoft Security Bulletins this year, 24 involved vulnerabilities where the age-old best practice of "least privilege" could limit the impact of malware and raise the bar of difficulty for attackers.
Dark Reading Radio: How To Become A CISO
Commentary  |  12/15/2014  | 
Find out what employers are really looking for in a chief information security officer.
Ekoparty Isnt The Next Defcon (& It Doesnt Want To Be)
Commentary  |  12/15/2014  | 
Unlike American security conferences that offer a buffet of merchandise, meals, and drinks, Ekoparty, in Buenos Aires, is every bit as functional -- with a little less fluff.
Shadow IT: Not The Risk You Think
Commentary  |  12/12/2014  | 
Enterprise cloud services such as Box, Office 365, Salesforce, and Google Apps can make a better case for being called sanctioned than many legacy, on-premises, IT-provisioned applications.
Cyber Security Practices Insurance Underwriters Demand
Commentary  |  12/11/2014  | 
Insurance underwriters arent looking for companies impervious to risk. They want clients that understand the threat landscape and have demonstrated abilities to mitigate attacks.
Smartphones Get Headlines, But Lax USB Security Is Just As Risky
Commentary  |  12/10/2014  | 
Most companies use no software to detect or secure sensitive data when it is moved to a USB flash drive, or even check USB drives for viruses or malware.
Internet Of Things: 3 Holiday Gifts That Will Keep CISOs Up At Night
Commentary  |  12/9/2014  | 
If you think BYOD policies will protect your infrastructure from the January influx of mobile hotspots, fitness trackers, and Bluetooth, think again.
Open Source Encryption Must Get Smarter
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
When it comes to cryptography, there are quite a few myths in the age-old debate about proprietary versus open source application security.
Poll: The Perimeter Has Shattered!
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
The traditional corporate network perimeter is not dead, but its amorphous shape is something new and indescribable.
Moving Beyond 2-Factor Authentication With Context
Commentary  |  12/5/2014  | 
2FA isnt cheap or infallible -- in more ways than two.
Why Regin Malware Changes Threatscape Economics
Commentary  |  12/4/2014  | 
Never before have attackers been able to deploy a common malware platform and configure it as necessary with low-cost, quick-turnaround business logic apps.
How Startups Can Jumpstart Security Innovation
Commentary  |  12/3/2014  | 
One of the best places for CISOs to turn for a cutting-edge cyber security strategy is the burgeoning world of startups. Heres how to find them.
Leveraging The Kill Chain For Awesome
Commentary  |  12/2/2014  | 
There are good reasons the Kill Chain is being used by some of the most successful information security teams around. Here are three.
Breaking the Code: The Role of Visualization in Security Research
Commentary  |  12/1/2014  | 
In todays interconnected, data rich IT environments, passive inspection of information is not enough.


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