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6 Tips for Using Big Data to Hunt Cyberthreats
Timber Wolfe, Principal Security Engineer, TrainACECommentary
You need to be smart about harnessing big data to defend against today’s security threats, data breaches, and attacks.
By Timber Wolfe Principal Security Engineer, TrainACE, 7/8/2014
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Dark Reading Radio: The Changing Role Of The CSO
Marilyn Cohodas, Community Editor, Dark ReadingCommentary
Why does the CSO report to the CIO? Join us for a panel discussion. Showtime is today, Wednesday, 1:00 p.m., New York, 10 a.m., San Francisco.
By Marilyn Cohodas Community Editor, Dark Reading, 7/8/2014
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Florida Law Aims To Tighten Data Security
Alison Diana, Senior EditorCommentary
Florida's new data privacy law increases security accountability for all enterprises; healthcare providers could face greater burden to protect patients' personal information.
By Alison Diana Senior Editor, 7/7/2014
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Why Your Application Security Program May Backfire
Jeff Williams, CTO, Contrast SecurityCommentary
You have to consider the human factor when you’re designing security interventions, because the best intentions can have completely opposite consequences.
By Jeff Williams CTO, Contrast Security, 7/2/2014
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Internet Of Things: Current Privacy Policies Don't Work
Marc Loewenthal, Director, Promontory Financial GroupCommentary
Traditional ways to deliver privacy guidelines, such as online postings or click-through mechanisms, don't work with the Internet of Things.
By Marc Loewenthal Director, Promontory Financial Group, 6/30/2014
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Sensitive Data Protection Bedevils IT Security Pros
William Welsh, Contributing WriterCommentary
Most organizations don't know where their sensitive structured or unstructured data resides, says new Ponemon study.
By William Welsh Contributing Writer, 6/24/2014
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Crowdsourcing & Cyber Security: Who Do You Trust?
Robert R. Ackerman Jr., Founder & Managing Director, Allegis CapitalCommentary
A collective security defense can definitely tip the balance in favor of the good guys. But challenges remain.
By Robert R. Ackerman Jr. Founder & Managing Director, Allegis Capital, 6/24/2014
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P.F. Chang's Breach Went Undetected For Months
Lucas Zaichkowsky, Enterprise Defense Architect, AccessDataCommentary
Early reports indicate that the compromise involved a large number of restaurant locations and dates as far back as September 2013.
By Lucas Zaichkowsky Enterprise Defense Architect, AccessData, 6/23/2014
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Data Security Decisions In A World Without TrueCrypt
Cam Roberson, Director Reseller Channel, Beachhead SolutionsCommentary
The last days of TrueCrypt left many unanswered questions. But one thing is certain: When encryption freeware ends its life abruptly, being a freeloader can get you into a load of trouble.
By Cam Roberson Director Reseller Channel, Beachhead Solutions, 6/18/2014
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The Problem With Cyber Insurance
Ira Scharf, Chief Strategy Officer, BitSight TechnologiesCommentary
Insurers have yet to develop an evidence-based method to assess a company's cyber risk profile. This can result in high premiums, low coverage, and broad exclusions.
By Ira Scharf Chief Strategy Officer, BitSight Technologies, 6/17/2014
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A Roadmap for CIOs & CSOs After the Year of the Mega Breach
Sheila B. Jordan, SVP & CIO, SymantecCommentary
The journey starts with three steps: Engage the C-suite, think like a hacker, and look at the big picture.
By Sheila B. Jordan SVP & CIO, Symantec, 6/16/2014
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NIST Security Guidance Revision: Prepare Now
Vincent Berk, Commentary
NIST 800-53 Revision 5 will likely put more emphasis on continuous monitoring. Don't wait until it arrives to close your security gaps.
By Vincent Berk , 6/16/2014
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Heartbleed & The Long Tail Of Vulnerabilities
Martin McKeay, Senior Security Advocate, AkamaiCommentary
To this day there are still unpatched systems, still hackers scanning for vulnerable systems, and still cyber criminals using Heartbleed every day to break into companies.
By Martin McKeay Senior Security Advocate, Akamai, 6/13/2014
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Information Risk Maturity Index Says We're Aware But Not Ready
Sara Peters, News
A new study from PwC and Iron Mountain shows that businesses are having trouble balancing the need for data insight and the need for data security.
By Sara Peters , 6/12/2014
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Monitor DNS Traffic & You Just Might Catch A RAT
Dave Piscitello, VP Security, ICANNCommentary
Criminals will exploit any Internet service or protocol when given the opportunity. Here are six signs of suspicious activity to watch for in the DNS.
By Dave Piscitello VP Security, ICANN, 6/12/2014
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Don’t Let Lousy Teachers Sink Security Awareness
Corey Nachreiner, Director, Security Strategy & Research, WatchGuard TechnologiesCommentary
You can't fix a human problem with a technology solution. Here are three reasons why user education can work and six tips on how to develop a corporate culture of security.
By Corey Nachreiner Director, Security Strategy & Research, WatchGuard Technologies, 6/11/2014
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Putter Panda: Tip Of The Iceberg
George Kurtz, President & CEO, CrowdStrikeCommentary
What CrowdStrike's outing of Putter Panda -- the second hacking group linked to China's spying on US defense and European satellite and aerospace industries -- means for the security industry.
By George Kurtz President & CEO, CrowdStrike, 6/10/2014
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BYOD: Build A Policy That Works
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark ReadingCommentary
To secure employee-owned smartphones and tablets, it takes a practical, enforceable set of guidelines.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading, 6/9/2014
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Government Advances Continuous Security Monitoring
Henry Kenyon, Commentary
DOD, DHS expect smart technologies will defend networks against common attacks, free IT personnel to deal with more dangerous threats.
By Henry Kenyon , 6/6/2014
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Compliance: The Surprising Gift Of Windows XP
Glenn S. Phillips, Commentary
The end of Windows XP will force organizations to properly reinvest in a modern and compliant desktop infrastructure that will be easier to maintain and secure.
By Glenn S. Phillips , 6/3/2014
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CVE-2012-4988
Published: 2014-07-09
Heap-based buffer overflow in the xjpegls.dll (aka JLS, JPEG-LS, or JPEG lossless) format plugin in XnView 1.99 and 1.99.1 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted JLS image file.

CVE-2014-0207
Published: 2014-07-09
The cdf_read_short_sector function in cdf.c in file before 5.19, as used in the Fileinfo component in PHP before 5.4.30 and 5.5.x before 5.5.14, allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (assertion failure and application exit) via a crafted CDF file.

CVE-2014-0537
Published: 2014-07-09
Adobe Flash Player before 13.0.0.231 and 14.x before 14.0.0.145 on Windows and OS X and before 11.2.202.394 on Linux, Adobe AIR before 14.0.0.137 on Android, Adobe AIR SDK before 14.0.0.137, and Adobe AIR SDK & Compiler before 14.0.0.137 allow attackers to bypass intended access restrictions via uns...

CVE-2014-0539
Published: 2014-07-09
Adobe Flash Player before 13.0.0.231 and 14.x before 14.0.0.145 on Windows and OS X and before 11.2.202.394 on Linux, Adobe AIR before 14.0.0.137 on Android, Adobe AIR SDK before 14.0.0.137, and Adobe AIR SDK & Compiler before 14.0.0.137 allow attackers to bypass intended access restrictions via uns...

CVE-2014-3309
Published: 2014-07-09
The NTP implementation in Cisco IOS and IOS XE does not properly support use of the access-group command for a "deny all" configuration, which allows remote attackers to bypass intended restrictions on time synchronization via a standard query, aka Bug ID CSCuj66318.

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