Vulnerabilities / Threats
5/1/2013
01:05 PM
Tim Wilson
Tim Wilson
Commentary
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Dark Reading's Seven-Year Itch

After seven years of covering the security industry, Dark Reading is just getting started

Seven years ago today, Dark Reading made its first appearance on the Web. The publication, like the security industry itself, has changed a great deal since May 1, 2006 -- and yet, as with the industry, many core themes remain constant.

When we launched Dark Reading, our goal was to build a single website where security professionals could go to find all of the information they needed about new threats and methods for stopping them.

In those days, nobody was talking about the cloud or advanced persistent threats or bring your own device. One of the biggest breaches that year was at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where an employee brought work home on a laptop that was subsequently stolen. One of our most popular stories was a penetration test by blogger Steve Stasiukonis, who put a benign infection on a bunch of thumb drives and placed them all over a company headquarters site (almost all of them were plugged into company computers).

Over the years, businesses have been inundated with new attacks ranging from Stuxnet to Storm, from Anonymous to Zeus. And yet, those lost laptops and infected thumb drives continue to be a problem for most enterprises.

In 2006, we were writing about the features of antivirus and IPS products, noting their particular flaws and inability to prevent attacks from penetrating. The integrity of the security perimeter was at risk.

Since then, we've seen the launch of a wide range of technologies and strategies, from next-generation firewalls to data leak prevention to threat intelligence services. And yet, experts are still complaining about the failure of AV technology, and most have all but given up the idea of maintaining a secure perimeter.

Perhaps the lesson we're taught from the past seven years is that while attacks and technology change, the nature of security itself doesn't. We may be dealing with an unprecedented volume and sophistication of malware, but that doesn't change the fact that humans are at the heart of most of our defenses -- and most of our compromises. And security, like everything else that's human, is a work in progress.

For Dark Reading's part, our pledge is to continue to strive to be that single source of news and information that you need in your efforts as a security professional. We've taken some steps recently to improve our content, such as the redesign launched in April, and we have more plans in store for improving the usefulness and interactivity of the site. We have an itch to take this site to a new level, and we look forward to the days ahead.

And for those of you who have been reading us over these past seven years, thank you. We hope we'll continue to be one of your primary sites for security news and information for another seven years -- and beyond.

--Tim Wilson, Kelly Jackson Higgins, and the staff and contributors of Dark Reading Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
jc
50%
50%
jc,
User Rank: Apprentice
5/2/2013 | 3:14:37 PM
re: Dark Reading's Seven-Year Itch
Happy Birthday Dark Reading!
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
Partner Perspectives
What's This?
In a digital world inundated with advanced security threats, Intel Security seeks to transform how we live and work to keep our information secure. Through hardware and software development, Intel Security delivers robust solutions that integrate security into every layer of every digital device. In combining the security expertise of McAfee with the innovation, performance, and trust of Intel, this vision becomes a reality.

As we rely on technology to enhance our everyday and business life, we must too consider the security of the intellectual property and confidential data that is housed on these devices. As we increase the number of devices we use, we increase the number of gateways and opportunity for security threats. Intel Security takes the “security connected” approach to ensure that every device is secure, and that all security solutions are seamlessly integrated.
Featured Writers
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading's October Tech Digest
Fast data analysis can stymie attacks and strengthen enterprise security. Does your team have the data smarts?
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-7407
Published: 2014-10-22
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in the MRBS module for Drupal allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of unspecified victims via unknown vectors.

CVE-2014-3675
Published: 2014-10-22
Shim allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (out-of-bounds read) via a crafted DHCPv6 packet.

CVE-2014-3676
Published: 2014-10-22
Heap-based buffer overflow in Shim allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted IPv6 address, related to the "tftp:// DHCPv6 boot option."

CVE-2014-3677
Published: 2014-10-22
Unspecified vulnerability in Shim might allow attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted MOK list, which triggers memory corruption.

CVE-2014-4448
Published: 2014-10-22
House Arrest in Apple iOS before 8.1 relies on the hardware UID for its encryption key, which makes it easier for physically proximate attackers to obtain sensitive information from a Documents directory by obtaining this UID.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Follow Dark Reading editors into the field as they talk with noted experts from the security world.