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Content posted in April 2014
Post-Heartbleed: When Not To Change Your Password
Commentary  |  4/30/2014  | 
One takeaway from Heartbleed is that conventional wisdom about the need to periodically change passwords is wrong.
Mobile & Social: The Tipping Point For Cybercrime
Commentary  |  4/29/2014  | 
Spamming and scamming has moved to social media in full force, according to new research on the Twittersphere from Trend Micro.
Why Bug Bounties Are The New Normal
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
Bug bounties today are big business. Find out how crowdsourcing is changing the dynamics of independent security research and vulnerability disclosure.
Data Security: Think Outside The Box
Commentary  |  4/25/2014  | 
What the public and private sector can learn from each other's data security priorities is an exercise in nuance that is well worth the effort. Here's why.
How To Detect Heartbleed Mutations
Commentary  |  4/24/2014  | 
The nightmare of Heartbleed is not the chaos of fixing the bug. It's identifying hundreds, possibly thousands, of small mutations still hiding in the network.
Workplace Data Privacy Vs. Security: The New Balance
Commentary  |  4/23/2014  | 
Is it time to rethink the traditional lock-down approach to employee use of corporate networks at work?
7 Tips To Improve 'Signal-to-Noise' In The SOC
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
When security analysts are desensitized to alerts because of sheer volume, they miss the true positives that can prevent a large-scale data breach. Here's how to up your game.
FAQ: Understanding The True Price of Encryption
Commentary  |  4/21/2014  | 
In the wake of recent events like Heartbleed, the search for cost-effective, easy, and scalable encryption solutions has never been more important.
Poll: Dark Reading Community Acts On Heartbleed
Commentary  |  4/18/2014  | 
Roughly 60 percent of respondents to our flash poll have installed the Heartbeat fix or are in the process of doing so.
How A Little Obscurity Can Bolster Security
Commentary  |  4/17/2014  | 
Most security professionals deride the idea of "security by obscurity." Is it time to re-evaluate the conventional wisdom?
The Real Wakeup Call From Heartbleed
Commentary  |  4/16/2014  | 
There's nothing special about Heartbleed. Its another flaw in a popular library that exposed a lot of servers to attack. The danger lies in the way software libraries are built and whether they can be trusted.
Mobility: Who Bears The Brunt Of Data Security & Privacy
Commentary  |  4/16/2014  | 
OS manufacturers, app developers, and consumers all have a role to play in smartphone data security. But not everyone is equally responsible.
Active Directory Is Dead: 3 Reasons
Commentary  |  4/15/2014  | 
These days, Active Directory smells gangrenous to innovative companies born in the cloud and connecting customers, employees, and partners across devices at light speed.
CIO Vs. CSO: Allies Or Enemies?
Commentary  |  4/14/2014  | 
In the wake of the Target breach it's clear that the CIO and CSO must have clear boundaries of responsibility and equal representation in the board room.
'Baby Teeth' In Infrastructure Cyber Security Framework
Commentary  |  4/14/2014  | 
NISTs modest effort to improve lax security around IT infrastructure in airports, utilities, and other critical areas now heads to Congress. Don't hold your breath.
Flash Poll: Broken Heartbeat
Commentary  |  4/10/2014  | 
What steps do you plan to take in response to the Heartbleed bug? Take our poll and share your reasons in the comments.
Heartbleed: Examining The Impact
Commentary  |  4/10/2014  | 
With Heartbleed, theres little hope of knowing if an asset was breached, if a breach can be identified, or what, if any, data was leaked. Heres how to defend against future attacks.
Whats Worse: Credit Card Or Identity Theft?
Commentary  |  4/9/2014  | 
When it comes to data loss, its time for the conversation to shift from credit cards to personal information like Social Security numbers, home addresses, and your favorite flavor of ice cream.
One Year Later: The APT1 Report
Commentary  |  4/8/2014  | 
One of the most positive impacts of APT1 is the undeniable rise in the stature of the threat intelligence industry. "Threat Intelligence" is the SIEM, the NAC of 2014.
If Mother Nature Were A CISO
Commentary  |  4/7/2014  | 
There are many defensive patterns in nature that also apply to information security. Here's how to defeat your predators in the high-stakes game of corporate survival and resiliency.
Tech Insight: Making Data Classification Work
Commentary  |  4/4/2014  | 
Data classification involves much more than simply buying a product and dropping it in place. Here are some dos and don'ts.
NSAs Big Surprise: Govt Agency Is Actually Doing Its Job
Commentary  |  4/4/2014  | 
When people claimed after 9/11 that the NSA was ill equipped to deal with a changing world, I wonder what they expected to happen.
API-First: 3 Steps For Building Secure Cloud Apps
Commentary  |  4/3/2014  | 
When it comes to protecting data traveling to and from the cloud, today's choices are daunting. Here are three steps for making the application programming interface your new best friend.
Extra, Extra: What's New With Dark Reading News & Analysis
Commentary  |  4/2/2014  | 
How to share your opinion, news tips, and ideas.
The Right Stuff: Staffing Your Corporate SOC
Commentary  |  4/2/2014  | 
What makes a top-notch security analyst? Passion, experience, and communication skills trump certifications and degrees. But you get what you pay for.
Be Careful Beating Up Target
Commentary  |  4/1/2014  | 
Target was actually better prepared than most retailers. The real problem lies with the current state of industry threat intelligence and IR practices.


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Joshua Goldfarb, Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, IDDRA,  10/16/2017
Why Security Leaders Can't Afford to Be Just 'Left-Brained'
Bill Bradley, SVP, Cyber Engineering and Technical Services, CenturyLink,  10/17/2017
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