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Content posted in September 2015
A Fathers Perspective On The Gender Gap In Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  9/30/2015  | 
There are multiple reasons for the dearth of women in infosec when the field is so rich with opportunity. The big question is what the industry is going to do about it.
The Unintended Attack Surface Of The Internet Of Things
Commentary  |  9/29/2015  | 
How a vulnerability in a common consumer WiFi device is challenging todays enterprise security.
Deconstructing The Challenges Of Software Assurance For Connected Cars
Commentary  |  9/28/2015  | 
Ensuring software security in the auto industry will entail careful attention to all aspects of software development: design, coding standards, testing, verification and run-time assurance.
FTC v. Wyndham: Naughty 9 Security Fails to Avoid
Commentary  |  9/25/2015  | 
The Federal Trade Commissions fair trade suit against Wyndham hotels offers insight into the brave new world of cybersecurity regulation of consumer data.
4 IoT Cybersecurity Issues You Never Thought About
Commentary  |  9/24/2015  | 
Government, industry and security professionals problem-solve the daunting challenges of the Internet of Things.
Shellshocks Cumulative Risk One Year Later
Commentary  |  9/24/2015  | 
How long does it take to patch an entire distribution and bring it up to date? Longer than you think.
The Common Core Of Application Security
Commentary  |  9/22/2015  | 
Why you will never succeed by teaching to the test.
Why Its Insane To Trust Static Analysis
Commentary  |  9/22/2015  | 
If you care about achieving application security at scale, then your highest priority should be to move to tools that empower everyone, not just security experts.
Navigating The Slippery Slope Of Public Security Disclosure
Commentary  |  9/21/2015  | 
In talking publicly about cybersecurity, CISOs need to portray capability, strength, and confidence, but without offering critical details that could lead to an attack.
Visibility: The Key To Security In The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/18/2015  | 
You cant secure what you cant see. These five best practices will shed some light on how to protect your data from the ground up.
5 Most Common Firewall Configuration Mistakes
Commentary  |  9/17/2015  | 
A misconfigured firewall can damage your organization in more ways than you think. Heres where to look for the holes.
'No-Tell' Motel: Where Hospitality Meets Cybercrime On The Dark Web
Commentary  |  9/16/2015  | 
In the month of July alone, hundreds of hospitality-related goods and services were offered for sale on the Dark Web including big names like Wyndham, Marriott, Hilton and Starwood.
Fixing IoT Security: Dark Reading Radio Wednesday at 1 P.M. ET
Commentary  |  9/15/2015  | 
Join us for a conversation about what is being done and what needs to be done to secure the Internet of Things.
Information Security Lessons From Literature
Commentary  |  9/15/2015  | 
How classic themes about listening, honesty, and truthfulness can strengthen your organizations security posture, programs and operations.
The Truth About DLP & SIEM: Its A Process Not A Product
Commentary  |  9/11/2015  | 
If you know what data is critical to your organization and what activities are abnormal, data loss prevention and security information event management work pretty well. But thats not usually the case.
What Ashley Madison Can Teach The Rest Of Us About Data Security
Commentary  |  9/10/2015  | 
For a company whose offering can best be described as discretion-as-a-service, using anything less than state-of-the-art threat detection capabilities is inexcusable.
Why Everybody Loves (And Hates) Security
Commentary  |  9/9/2015  | 
Even security professionals hate security. So why do we all harbor so much dislike for something we need so much? And what can we do about it?
Avoiding Magpie Syndrome In Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  9/8/2015  | 
A quick fix usually isnt. Heres why those bright shiny new point solutions and security features can cause more harm than good.
Back To Basics: 10 Security Best Practices
Commentary  |  9/4/2015  | 
The most effective strategy for keeping organizations, users and customers safe is to focus on the fundamentals.
Microsoft's Remarkable Pivot: Windows 10 Abandons Privacy
Commentary  |  9/2/2015  | 
You can read all you want about Windows 10 powerful new privacy features, but that doesnt mean you have them.
We Can Allow Cybersecurity Research Without Stifling Innovation
Commentary  |  9/1/2015  | 
The U.S. government is in a unique position to become a global leader in cybersecurity. But only if it retains the open spirit of the Internet that kick-started the Information Age.


Want Your Daughter to Succeed in Cyber? Call Her John
John De Santis, CEO, HyTrust,  5/16/2018
Don't Roll the Dice When Prioritizing Vulnerability Fixes
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark Reading,  5/15/2018
Why Enterprises Can't Ignore Third-Party IoT-Related Risks
Charlie Miller, Senior Vice President, The Santa Fe Group,  5/14/2018
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A hardcoded FTP username of myscada and password of Vikuk63 in 'myscadagate.exe' in mySCADA myPRO 7 allows remote attackers to access the FTP server on port 2121, and upload files or list directories, by entering these credentials.
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Syntastic (aka vim-syntastic) through 3.9.0 does not properly handle searches for configuration files (it searches the current directory up to potentially the root). This improper handling might be exploited for arbitrary code execution via a malicious gcc plugin, if an attacker has write access to ...
CVE-2018-11242
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-20
An issue was discovered in the MakeMyTrip application 7.2.4 for Android. The databases (locally stored) are not encrypted and have cleartext that might lead to sensitive information disclosure, as demonstrated by data/com.makemytrip/databases and data/com.makemytrip/Cache SQLite database files.
CVE-2018-11315
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-20
The Local HTTP API in Radio Thermostat CT50 and CT80 1.04.84 and below products allows unauthorized access via a DNS rebinding attack. This can result in remote device temperature control, as demonstrated by a tstat t_heat request that accesses a device purchased in the Spring of 2018, and sets a ho...
CVE-2018-11239
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-19
An integer overflow in the _transfer function of a smart contract implementation for Hexagon (HXG), an Ethereum ERC20 token, allows attackers to accomplish an unauthorized increase of digital assets by providing a _to argument in conjunction with a large _value argument, as exploited in the wild in ...