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Why Are Security Pros Blas About Compliance?
Commentary  |  8/29/2014  | 
A survey of 500 IT and security decision makers in the UK and US shows that a majority are in the dark about regulatory requirements for their business organization.
How I Hacked My Home, IoT Style
Commentary  |  8/27/2014  | 
It didnt take long to find a score of vulnerabilities in my home entertainment, gaming, and network storage systems.
Top 5 Reasons Your Small Business Website is Under Attack
Commentary  |  8/26/2014  | 
There is no such thing as too small to hack. If a business has a website, hackers can exploit it.
All In For The Coming World of 'Things'
Commentary  |  8/25/2014  | 
At a Black Hat round table, experts discuss the strategies necessary to lock down the Internet of Things, the most game-changing concept in Internet history.
Flash Poll: CSOs Need A New Boss
Commentary  |  8/22/2014  | 
Only one out of four respondents to our flash poll think the CSO should report to the CIO.
Hacker Or Military? Best Of Both In Cyber Security
Commentary  |  8/21/2014  | 
How radically different approaches play out across the security industry.
Debugging The Myths Of Heartbleed
Commentary  |  8/20/2014  | 
Does Heartbleed really wreak havoc without a trace? The media and many technical sites seemed convinced of this, but some of us were skeptical.
Access Point Pinched From Black Hat Show WLAN
Commentary  |  8/19/2014  | 
A few apparent pranks, practice DDoS attacks, and other mischievous activities were spotted on the Black Hat USA wireless network in Las Vegas this month.
Why John McAfee Is Paranoid About Mobile
Commentary  |  8/19/2014  | 
Mobile apps are posing expanding risks to both enterprises and their customers. But maybe being paranoid about mobile is actually healthy for security.
Cloud Apps & Security: When Sharing Matters
Commentary  |  8/18/2014  | 
Sharing documents and data is happening all over the cloud today but not all sharing activity carries equal risk.
Infographic: 70 Percent of World's Critical Utilities Breached
Commentary  |  8/15/2014  | 
New research from Unisys and Ponemon Institute finds alarming security gaps in worldwide ICS and SCADA systems within the last 12 months.
Test Drive: GFI LanGuard 2014
Commentary  |  8/15/2014  | 
LanGuard worked well in the lab and may prove more beneficial to IT operations than security teams.
Why Patching Makes My Heart Bleed
Commentary  |  8/14/2014  | 
Heartbleed was a simple mistake that was allowed to propagate through "business as usual" patching cycles and change management. It could easily happen again.
Time To Broaden CompSci Curriculum Beyond STEM
Commentary  |  8/13/2014  | 
Having a visual arts background may not be the traditional path for a career in infosec, but its a skill that makes me no less effective in analyzing malware patterns -- and often faster.
Closing The Skills Gap Between Hackers & Defenders: 4 Steps
Commentary  |  8/11/2014  | 
Improvements in security education, budgets, tools, and methods will help our industry avoid more costly and dangerous attacks and data breaches in the future.
The Hyperconnected World Has Arrived
Commentary  |  8/8/2014  | 
Yes, the ever-expanding attack surface of the Internet of Things is overwhelming. But next-gen security leaders gathered at Black Hat are up to the challenge.
The Illegitimate Milliners Guide to Black Hat
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
A less-than-honest "Abe" goes undercover to get a behind-the-scenes look at Black Hat and its infamous attendees.
Dark Reading Plans Special Coverage Of Black Hat USA 2014
Commentary  |  8/4/2014  | 
Radio shows, daily newsletter, and panel sessions highlight Dark Reading's comprehensive coverage of the Black Hat conference.
Is IT The New Boss Of Video Surveillance?
Commentary  |  8/4/2014  | 
ITs participation in the security of corporate video surveillance is growing, much to the chagrin of the physical security team. Heres why corporate infosec needs to pay attention.
'Backoff' Malware: Time To Step Up Remote Access Security
Commentary  |  8/1/2014  | 
DHS issues advisory about remote desktop access tools associated with recent point-of-sale breaches.
LIVE From Las Vegas: Dark Reading Radio at Black Hat
Commentary  |  8/1/2014  | 
If you can't physically be at Black Hat USA 2014, Dark Reading offers a virtual alternative where you can engage with presenters and attendees about hot show topics and trends.


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