17 Things We Should Have Learned in 2017 But Probably Didn't
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
User Rank: Ninja
1/3/2018 | 10:59:13 AM
Re: Excellent Post!
In 1996 I became an official Netware CNE - now an antique of course but even back then, we were taught the value of BACKUPS and RESTORE points.  Many of these 17 points are NOT NEW by any means.  Some directly threat information has to be new of course, but it amazes me that firms always "discover" something new when dealing with Ransomware or power outage.  (When Delta crashed last year, it was due to a lack of power backups in the data centers.  Oh I remember those huge HEAVY APC boxes.  This is basic stuff!!! )  And yet it is always disclosed as something new.

I still have a collection of 3.5 disks containing 1990 backup data from my old 486 system.  Having reliable backups (ransomware) is NOTHING NEW.  


"Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it"
User Rank: Strategist
1/2/2018 | 10:33:44 AM
Which English?
You wrote in your first point: "... covering everything from how much they refinanced their home for to whether they prefer ..."

Really? is 'for to' in a programming language? Where was/is your editor?

On a more content related level- don't you get tired of having to say the same thing over and over? If they're not listening, why keep saying it the same way?

Until someone is personally affected by a breach, the big numbers are just numbers that do not require action on their part. When they realize they're wrong, it's already too late!

Personally, I've been breached so many times (OPM, Yahoo, Equifax, etc.), these actions feel like trying to close the barn door after the horses are stolen.

We need an alternative to using the Social Security Number and to de-escelate it from PII and regard it as the 'publicly available' information it already is. The U.S. needs to stop being the wild west cowboy and grow up into a recognition that corporations do not recognize 'individual responsibility'. Laws need to be revised accordingly.

In order to revise the laws, we need a massive turnover in Congress. In order to have a massive turnover in Congress, we need a new grass roots effort much more mainstream and more potent than the Tea Party has been for the Republicans.

Sorry, just finished my coffee. I'll wake up now.
User Rank: Apprentice
1/2/2018 | 10:32:12 AM
Excellent Post!
Many thanks to Sarah for her excellent summary of the security issues experienced in 2017! Your review as well as your suggested priorities for 2018 are a worthwhile read for every Security Professional and executive.

Who Does What in Cybersecurity at the C-Level
Steve Zurier, Freelance Writer,  3/16/2018
New 'Mac-A-Mal' Tool Automates Mac Malware Hunting & Analysis
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  3/14/2018
(ISC)2 Report: Glaring Disparity in Diversity for US Cybersecurity
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  3/15/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
How to Cope with the IT Security Skills Shortage
Most enterprises don't have all the in-house skills they need to meet the rising threat from online attackers. Here are some tips on ways to beat the shortage.
Flash Poll
[Strategic Security Report] Navigating the Threat Intelligence Maze
[Strategic Security Report] Navigating the Threat Intelligence Maze
Most enterprises are using threat intel services, but many are still figuring out how to use the data they're collecting. In this Dark Reading survey we give you a look at what they're doing today - and where they hope to go.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
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 ...

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).

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...

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.

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.