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Senior Editor at Dark Reading
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Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad of other topics. She authored the 2009 CSI Computer Crime and Security Survey and founded the CSI Working Group on Web Security Research Law -- a collaborative project that investigated the dichotomy between laws regulating software vulnerability disclosure and those regulating Web vulnerability disclosure.

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Blackshades Boss Pleads Not Guilty

5/30/2014
The BlackShades organization was run like a real business -- salaried staff, detailed customer lists, support teams -- and that was a key factor in both its success and its demise.

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In Support of Poor Ol' Windows Vista

10/13/2009
We just released the October issue of the CSI Alert to CSI members, and this month we focus on Windows 7. This issue is, in some ways, a follow-up to last year's issue, "The Fate of the Secure OS," in which I said some nice things about Windows Vista, and advised it would be imprudent to completely ignore Windows Vista -- eyes-closed, fingers-in-ears, chanting I'm-not-listening-I'm-not-listening.

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How Much Would You Pay To Never Have To Store PII?

9/2/2009
Imagine a world in which you can do all manner of smooth, rich, user-friendly online commerce with mighty security. You can have complete faith in the validity of customers' login credentials and payment data (thereby reducing fraud costs, for starters). You can protect users' privacy...and never need to worry about securely storing -- or even seeing -- customers' credit card data or other legally protected personally identifiable information. Wait 12 to 18 months, and you might just have that.

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UPDATE: BlackHat, Kinda: 'Real' Black Hats Hack Security Experts

7/29/2009
UPDATE: The rumor here is that the attacks did indeed happen, but the significance of it is actually quite small--not worth paying attention to, since attention is clearly what the attackers are seeking. More to come. BlackHat, Kinda: Yesterday a hacking group released details (http://sh0dan.org/zf05.txt) of a number of successful attacks they conducted, apparently with the principal purpose of embarrassing some of the security industry's most wel

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Kantara Initiative: Another Effort To Get Identity 2.0 Out Of The Gate

7/6/2009
We've been saying for a while now that better identity management -- more so than secure Web app coding or even more secure browsers -- could fuel a quantum leap in Web security. The "Identity 2.0" community can be credited with wonderful research and truly significant advancements in identity management technology. In many ways, we're poised for an identity revolution. However, the efforts have been hampered by a lack of public awareness, a lack of interoperable standards, usability concerns, a

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Ruminating on CSI SX

5/20/2009
Citizens of the Information Security Nation, to you I say Classify and inventory your data and assets! Tedium? Odium? Delirium? Yes, probably all three. But worth the trouble.

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Tippett To Discuss Verizon Breach Report

5/14/2009
Dr. Peter Tippett, vice president of research and intelligence for Verizon Business Security Solutions, will discuss the results of the company's "2009 Verizon Business Data Breach Investigations Report" (DBIR) at CSI SX: Security Exchange, taking place May 17-21 in Las Vegas.

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SIEM Case Study: Israeli e-government ISP

5/12/2009
Want a case study on the slings and arrows of outrageous SIEM implementation? Sure you do. (Really. You do. Trust me on this one.) Assaf Keren, information security manager at the Israeli e-government recently briefed me on the challenges and lessons he is learning whilst implementing a SIEM center in the Israeli e-government ISP Project (called "Tehila")--a topic he first told us about during the SIEM Summit at the CSI Annual 2008 conf

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Could Slimmer OSes Lead To Better Mobile Device Security?

2/10/2009
Maybe I'm stretching a bit, but let's say that operating system developers slimmed down their standard OSes enough so that eventually they'd be skinny enough to have a career in fashion and, more important, run on mobile devices. And, if so, would this be a good thing for mobile device security?

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