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Content posted in June 2017
The Case for Crowdsourcing Security Buying Decisions
Commentary  |  6/30/2017  | 
Why our industry needs a sharing platform with open and transparent access to peer knowledge, meaningful metrics, and transparency around security products and services
Why Enterprise Security Needs a New Focus
Commentary  |  6/29/2017  | 
The WannaCry ransomware attack shows patching and perimeter defenses aren't enough. Enterprises should combine preventative measures with threat detection tactics.
Defining Security: The Difference Between Safety & Privacy
Commentary  |  6/28/2017  | 
Words matter, especially if you are making a case for new security measures, state-of-the-art technology or personnel.
WannaCry Blame Game: Why Delayed Patching is Not the Problem
Commentary  |  6/27/2017  | 
While post mortems about patching, updating, and backups have some value, the best preventative security controls are increased understanding and knowledge.
Recovering from Bad Decisions in the Cloud
Commentary  |  6/26/2017  | 
The cloud makes it much easier to make changes to security controls than in traditional networks.
Threat Intelligence Sharing: The New Normal?
Commentary  |  6/23/2017  | 
The spirit of cooperation seems to be taking hold as demonstrated by the growing number of thriving services and organizations whose sole purpose is to analyze specific threats against specific communities.
KPMG: Cybersecurity Has Reached a Tipping Point from Tech to CEO Business Issue
Commentary  |  6/22/2017  | 
Still, a majority of US-based chief execs say they will be maintaining and not investing in security technology over the next three years, a recent study shows.
WannaCry? Youre Not Alone: The 5 Stages of Security Grief
Commentary  |  6/22/2017  | 
As breach after breach hits the news, security professionals cope with the classic experiences of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
The Folly of Vulnerability & Patch Management for ICS Networks
Commentary  |  6/21/2017  | 
Yes, such efforts matter. But depending on them can give a false sense of security.
Dark Reading INsecurity Conference Registration Now Open
Commentary  |  6/21/2017  | 
November event will focus on attendee interaction, "blue team" best practices.
Feds Call on Contractors to Play Ball in Mitigating Insider Threats
Commentary  |  6/20/2017  | 
It's said that you're only as strong as your weakest player. That's as true in security as it is in sports.
Cybersecurity Fact vs. Fiction
Commentary  |  6/20/2017  | 
Based on popular media, it's easy to be concerned about the security of smart cars, homes, medical devices, and public utilities. But how truly likely are such attacks?
Invisible Invaders: Why Detecting Bot Attacks Is Becoming More Difficult
Commentary  |  6/19/2017  | 
Traditional methods can't block the latest attackers, but a behavioral approach can tell the difference between bots and humans.
Why Your AppSec Program Is Doomed to Fail & How to Save It
Commentary  |  6/16/2017  | 
With these measures in place, organizations can avoid common pitfalls.
Climbing the Security Maturity Ladder in Cloud
Commentary  |  6/15/2017  | 
These five steps will insure that you achieve the broadest coverage for onboarding your most sensitive workloads.
Trumps Executive Order: What It Means for US Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  6/15/2017  | 
The provisions are all well and good, but its hardly the first time theyve been ordered by the White House.
By the Numbers: Parsing the Cybersecurity Challenge
Commentary  |  6/14/2017  | 
Why your CEO should rethink company security priorities in the drive for digital business growth.
How Smart Cities Can Minimize the Threat of Cyberattacks
Commentary  |  6/14/2017  | 
As cities face the digital future, governments must prioritize cybersecurity protocols to mitigate attacks that could cripple entire communities.
Deep Learning's Growing Impact on Security
Commentary  |  6/13/2017  | 
Neural networks are now practical for real-world applications, cutting back on work needed from analysts.
The Detection Trap: Improving Cybersecurity by Learning from the Secret Service
Commentary  |  6/12/2017  | 
Intruders often understand the networks they target better than their defenders do.
Your Information Isn't Being Hacked, It's Being Neglected
Commentary  |  6/9/2017  | 
To stop customer information from being compromised, we must shore up the most vulnerable parts first, the day-to-day IT operations work that builds, configures, and changes systems.
From Reporter to Private Investigator to Security Engineer
Commentary  |  6/8/2017  | 
How I fell in love with coding and traded in a camera-rigged Prius for a MacBook and a GitHub account.
The Economics of Software Security: What Car Makers Can Teach Enterprises
Commentary  |  6/8/2017  | 
Embedding security controls early in the application development process will go a long way towards driving down the total cost of software ownership.
Why Compromised Identities Are ITs Fault
Commentary  |  6/7/2017  | 
The eternal battle between IT and security is the source of the problem.
Balancing the Risks of the Internet of Things
Commentary  |  6/7/2017  | 
Do the benefits of an Internet-connected coffee maker really outweigh its security issues?
Why Phishing Season Lasts All Year for Top US Retailers
Commentary  |  6/6/2017  | 
No major brand is immune from cyber squatters; the more popular the company, the more look-alike domains phishers register as bait. Here are some techniques to watch out for.
Advice for Windows Migrations: Automate as Much as Possible
Commentary  |  6/6/2017  | 
The security lessons Riverside Health System learned when moving to Windows 7 will help it quickly move to Windows 10.
Securely Managing Employee Turnover: 3 Tips
Commentary  |  6/5/2017  | 
Don't let the process spiral into organizational chaos. Here are steps you can take to keep your company safe.
How to Succeed at Incident Response Metrics
Commentary  |  6/2/2017  | 
Establishing a baseline of what information you need is an essential first step.
Security & Development: Better Together
Commentary  |  6/1/2017  | 
How DevSecOps removes the silos between security and application development teams so that everyone can work together at the same speed.
SMB Security: Dont Leave the Smaller Companies Behind
Commentary  |  6/1/2017  | 
Helping improve the security posture of small and medium-sized businesses should be a priority for security organizations of all sizes.


5 Reasons the Cybersecurity Labor Shortfall Won't End Soon
Steve Morgan, Founder & CEO, Cybersecurity Ventures,  12/11/2017
BlueBorne Attack Highlights Flaws in Linux, IoT Security
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark Reading,  12/14/2017
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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.