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Spring Cleaning In The SOC: Focus On the Inside Threat
Jason Straight, Senior VP & Chief Privacy Officer, UnitedLexCommentary
Along with warmer weather and melting snow, spring brings the perfect opportunity for user engagement. Here’s how to transform insiders into your most sophisticated security device.
By Jason Straight Senior VP & Chief Privacy Officer, UnitedLex, 4/1/2015
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Context: Finding The Story Inside Your Security Operations Program
Joshua Goldfarb, VP & CTO - Americas, FireEye.Commentary
What’s missing in today’s chaotic, alert-driven incident response queue is the idea of a narrative that provides a detailed understanding of how an attack actually unfolds.
By Joshua Goldfarb VP & CTO - Americas, FireEye., 3/23/2015
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6 Ways The Sony Hack Changes Everything
John B. Dickson, CISSP,  Principal, Denim GroupCommentary
Security in a post-Sony world means that a company's very survival in the wake of a cyber attack is more of a concern than ever before.
By John B. Dickson CISSP, Principal, Denim Group, 3/11/2015
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Why Security Awareness Alone Won’t Stop Hackers
Saryu Nayyar, CEO, GuruculCommentary
End-user training is a noble pursuit but it’s no defense against “low and slow” attacks that take months and years to carry out.
By Saryu Nayyar CEO, Gurucul, 3/2/2015
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How To Reduce Spam & Phishing With DMARC
Daniel Ingevaldson, CTO, Easy SolutionsCommentary
Providers of more than 3 billion email boxes have taken up a new Internet protocol to help put trust back into electronic messaging.
By Daniel Ingevaldson CTO, Easy Solutions, 2/26/2015
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From Hacking Systems To Hacking People
Larry Ponemon, Chairman & Founder, Ponemon InstituteCommentary
New low-tech attack methods like ‘visual hacking’ demand an information security environment that values data privacy and a self-policing culture.
By Larry Ponemon Chairman & Founder, Ponemon Institute, 2/24/2015
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Our Governments Are Making Us More Vulnerable
Corey Nachreiner, Director, Security Strategy & Research, WatchGuard TechnologiesCommentary
Stuxnet opened Pandora’s box and today state-sponsored cyber security policies continue to put us at risk. Here are three reasons why.
By Corey Nachreiner Director, Security Strategy & Research, WatchGuard Technologies, 2/19/2015
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How We Can Prevent Another Anthem Breach
Dave Kearns, Analyst, Kuppinger-ColeCommentary
Two things could have mitigated the damage and maybe even prevented any loss at all: behavioral analysis and context-aware access control.
By Dave Kearns Analyst, Kuppinger-Cole, 2/18/2015
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Gas Stations Urged To Secure Internet-Exposed Fuel Tank Devices
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark ReadingNews
Researchers find more than 5,000 US gas stations' automated tank gauges unprotected on the public Internet and open to hackers.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 1/26/2015
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4 Mega-Vulnerabilities Hiding in Plain Sight
Giora Engel, VP Product & Strategy, LightCyberCommentary
How four recently discovered, high-impact vulnerabilities provided “god mode” access to 90% of the Internet for 15 years, and what that means for the future.
By Giora Engel VP Product & Strategy, LightCyber, 1/14/2015
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Insider Threats in the Cloud: 6 Harrowing Tales
Kaushik Narayan, Co-Founder and CTO at Skyhigh NetworksCommentary
The cloud has vastly expanded the scope of rogue insiders. Read on to discover the latest threat actors and scenarios.
By Kaushik Narayan Co-Founder and CTO at Skyhigh Networks, 1/13/2015
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2015: The Year Of The Security Startup – Or Letdown
Tim Wilson, Editor in Chief, Dark ReadingCommentary
While stealth startup Ionic and other newcomers promise to change the cyber security game, ISC8 may be the first of many to head for the showers.
By Tim Wilson Editor in Chief, Dark Reading, 1/13/2015
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Insider Threat, Shadow IT Concerns Spur Cloud Security
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
Surveys show cloud tops 2015 priorities.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 1/12/2015
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How NOT To Be The Next Sony: Defending Against Destructive Attacks
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
When an attacker wants nothing more than to bring ruin upon your business, you can't treat them like just any other criminal.
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 1/8/2015
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Nation-State Cyberthreats: Why They Hack
Mike Walls, Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWaveCommentary
All nations are not created equal and, like individual hackers, each has a different motivation and capability.
By Mike Walls Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis, EdgeWave, 1/8/2015
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Morgan Stanley Insider Case Offers New Year Insider Reminders
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingNews
Employee accesses 10% of customer files in investment database, exposes hundreds on Pastebin.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 1/6/2015
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Dear Cyber Criminals: We’re Not Letting Our Guard Down in 2015
Sergio Galindo, GM, GFI SoftwareCommentary
Next year, you’ll keep exploiting vulnerabilities, and we’ll make sure our systems are patched, our antivirus is up to date, and our people are too smart to click the links you send them.
By Sergio Galindo GM, GFI Software, 12/31/2014
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5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Running Your SOC
Jeff Schilling, CSO, FirehostCommentary
The former head of the US Army Cyber Command SOC shares his wisdom and battle scars about playing offense not defense against attackers.
By Jeff Schilling CSO, Firehost, 12/18/2014
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Sony Cancels Movie, US Confirms North Korea Involvement, But Were Bomb Threats Empty?
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark ReadingNews
After the Sony hackers issue threats of physical violence and 9/11-style attacks, The Interview is being killed before it even premieres. But would the attackers have really blown up theaters?
By Sara Peters Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 12/17/2014
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Ekoparty Isn’t The Next Defcon (& It Doesn’t Want To Be)
Andrew Ford, Developer, BugcrowdCommentary
Unlike American security conferences that offer a buffet of merchandise, meals, and drinks, Ekoparty, in Buenos Aires, is every bit as functional -- with a little less fluff.
By Andrew Ford Developer, Bugcrowd, 12/15/2014
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CVE-2012-2808
Published: 2015-04-01
The PRNG implementation in the DNS resolver in Bionic in Android before 4.1.1 incorrectly uses time and PID information during the generation of random numbers for query ID values and UDP source ports, which makes it easier for remote attackers to spoof DNS responses by guessing these numbers, a rel...

CVE-2014-9713
Published: 2015-04-01
The default slapd configuration in the Debian openldap package 2.4.23-3 through 2.4.39-1.1 allows remote authenticated users to modify the user's permissions and other user attributes via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2015-0259
Published: 2015-04-01
OpenStack Compute (Nova) before 2014.1.4, 2014.2.x before 2014.2.3, and kilo before kilo-3 does not validate the origin of websocket requests, which allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of users for access to consoles via a crafted webpage.

CVE-2015-0800
Published: 2015-04-01
The PRNG implementation in the DNS resolver in Mozilla Firefox (aka Fennec) before 37.0 on Android does not properly generate random numbers for query ID values and UDP source ports, which makes it easier for remote attackers to spoof DNS responses by guessing these numbers, a related issue to CVE-2...

CVE-2015-0801
Published: 2015-04-01
Mozilla Firefox before 37.0, Firefox ESR 31.x before 31.6, and Thunderbird before 31.6 allow remote attackers to bypass the Same Origin Policy and execute arbitrary JavaScript code with chrome privileges via vectors involving anchor navigation, a similar issue to CVE-2015-0818.

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