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Content posted in February 2016
Measuring Security: My Dwell Time Obsession
Commentary  |  2/29/2016  | 
How I discovered the critical metric to fuel my drive to create the most secure environment possible.
The ROI Of Infosec: 11 Dos and Donts For Management Buy In
Commentary  |  2/27/2016  | 
The case for a bigger bottom line depends on how well you argue that the business cant run without a specific level of security infrastructure.
Modern Web Apps: Not The Risk They Used To Be (Theyre Worse!)
Commentary  |  2/26/2016  | 
Even a tiny Web application without a single byte of confidential data can expose your corporate crown jewels to cybercriminals.
Security Lessons From My Doctor
Commentary  |  2/25/2016  | 
Why its hard to change risky habits like weak passwords and heavy smoking, even when advice is clear.
Public Vs. Private: Is A Prestigious Infosec College Degree Worth It?
Commentary  |  2/24/2016  | 
Today's graduates coming into the information security industry from private universities arent ready for the workforce.
Anatomy Of An Account Takeover Attack
Commentary  |  2/23/2016  | 
How organized crime rings are amassing bot armies for password-cracking attacks on personal accounts in retail, financial, gaming, and other consumer-facing services.
A Proactive Approach To Incident Response: 7 Benefits
Commentary  |  2/22/2016  | 
How implementing a digital forensic readiness program maximizes the value of digital evidence.
Adding Up The Total Costs of Ransomware
Commentary  |  2/19/2016  | 
Its a lot more than just the ransom. We did the math.
Security Lessons From My Car Mechanic
Commentary  |  2/18/2016  | 
What an unlocked oil pan taught me about me about the power of two-way communication between security pros and the organizations they serve.
Navigating Next-Gen Endpoint Security: A Buyers Journey
Commentary  |  2/18/2016  | 
Organizations will face a market in a state of transition as they evaluate information security solutions from both new and established vendors.
Today's New Payment Card Security In A Nutshell
Commentary  |  2/17/2016  | 
Businesses taking their time rolling out EMV card-compatible terminals are putting their data security and financial well-being at risk.
A Not-So-Secret Secret About Cybercrime
Commentary  |  2/16/2016  | 
Cybersecurity is an issue business leaders fret a lot about in public, but they rarely treat the problem as a real and immediate threat.
Name That Toon: Dark Reading Caption Contest
Commentary  |  2/13/2016  | 
Take part in our brand new cartoon caption contest. Join the fun and maybe you'll win a prize.
Cybersecurity & Healthcare: Does Cybersecurity Act Help or Hurt?
Commentary  |  2/12/2016  | 
Without adequate resources, the new Cybersecurity Act of 2015 Act is merely a snapshot in time that does little to safeguard sensitive medical information.
3 Flavors of Machine Learning: Who, What & Where
Commentary  |  2/11/2016  | 
To get beyond the jargon of ML, you have to consider who (or what) performs the actual work of detecting advanced attacks: vendor, product or end-user.
Simplifying Application Security: 4 Steps
Commentary  |  2/10/2016  | 
Its time to leave behind the misconceptions about the cost and effort required by effective application security. Heres how.
How (And Why) AppSec Is Important To Your Business
Commentary  |  2/9/2016  | 
WhiteHat founder Jeremiah Grossman and Prevoty founder & CTO Kunal Anand share their perspectives on the past and future of application security.
Monday Morning Quarterbacking Super Bowl 50: Infosec Edition
Commentary  |  2/8/2016  | 
How to coach your team to victory in the battle to protect corporate data and intellectual property. After all, theres a lot riding on your game, too.
Cybersecurity Smackdown: What Side Are You On?
Commentary  |  2/4/2016  | 
Analytics vs. Encryption. Prevention vs. Detection. Machine Learning: Promise or Hype? The Firewall: Dead or Still Breathing? The sharpest minds in the security industry debate some of the industry's most contentious issues.
New Kid On The Block: Cyber Threat Analyst
Commentary  |  2/4/2016  | 
Drawing from the financial service industry, this new role uses the art of the intelligence cycle to drive efficiency in the security operations center.
Zero Trust: Now A Critical Foundation For Securing Mobile
Commentary  |  2/3/2016  | 
No longer willing to rely on an OS that doesn't provide the security features they need, developers are taking steps to secure apps, defend data, and protect users.
Encryption Has Its Place But It Isnt Foolproof
Commentary  |  2/2/2016  | 
Most encrypted data is unencrypted at some point in its lifecycle -- and the bad guys are pretty good at finding the one window left open.
As Good As They're Getting, Analytics Don't Inherently Protect Data
Commentary  |  2/2/2016  | 
It is only a matter of time before your system is breached, and when your data is lost, analytics won't help you.
IEEE Anti-Malware Support Service Goes Live
Commentary  |  2/1/2016  | 
Through the collaborative effort of major players in the computer security industry, organizations now have two new tools for better malware detection.


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