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Content posted in September 2020
IDaaS: A New Era of Cloud Identity
Commentary  |  9/30/2020  | 
As identity-as-a-service becomes the standard for enterprise identity management, upstarts and established competitors are competing to define the market's future. Participate in Omdia's IDaaS research.
COVID-19 Creates Opening for OT Security Reform
Commentary  |  9/30/2020  | 
Operations technology was once considered low risk, at least until the virus came along and re-arranged the threat landscape.
Attacker Dwell Time: Ransomware's Most Important Metric
Commentary  |  9/30/2020  | 
How to bolster security defenses by zeroing in on the length of time an interloper remains undetected inside your network.
Shifting Left of Left: Why Secure Code Isn't Always Quality Code
Commentary  |  9/29/2020  | 
Enabling engineers to share responsibility for security and empowering them to erase common vulnerabilities are good starting points.
The Shared Irresponsibility Model in the Cloud Is Putting You at Risk
Commentary  |  9/29/2020  | 
Step up, put the architecture and organization in place, and take responsibility. If you don't, who will?
Safeguarding Schools Against RDP-Based Ransomware
Commentary  |  9/28/2020  | 
How getting online learning right today will protect schools, and the communities they serve, for years to come.
WannaCry Has IoT in Its Crosshairs
Commentary  |  9/25/2020  | 
The wide variety of devices attached to the Internet of Things offers a rich target for purveyors of ransomware.
Solving the Problem With Security Standards
Commentary  |  9/24/2020  | 
More explicit threat models can make security better and open the door to real and needed innovation.
Since Remote Work Isn't Going Away, Security Should Be the Focus
Commentary  |  9/24/2020  | 
These three steps will help organizations reduce long-term work-from-home security risks.
My Journey Toward SAP Security
Commentary  |  9/23/2020  | 
When applications are critical to the business's core functions, the CISO and their staff better get the security right.
7 Non-Technical Skills Threat Analysts Should Master to Keep Their Jobs
Commentary  |  9/23/2020  | 
It's not just technical expertise and certifications that enable analysts to build long-term careers in cybersecurity.
New Google Search Hacks Push Viruses & Porn
Commentary  |  9/22/2020  | 
Three incidents demonstrate how cybercriminals leverage the scourge of black-hat search engine optimization to manipulate search results.
Permission Management & the Goldilocks Conundrum
Commentary  |  9/22/2020  | 
In today's COVID-19 era, managing access has become even more difficult, especially for large organizations. Here's how to get it "just right."
5 Steps to Greater Cyber Resiliency
Commentary  |  9/21/2020  | 
Work from home isn't going away anytime soon, and the increased vulnerability means cyber resiliency will continue to be critical to business resiliency.
Hacking Yourself: Marie Moe and Pacemaker Security
Expert Insights  |  9/21/2020  | 
Future consumer devices, including pacemakers, should be built with security from the start.
Mitigating Cyber-Risk While We're (Still) Working from Home
Commentary  |  9/18/2020  | 
One click is all it takes for confidential information to land in the wrong hands. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to teach preventative cybersecurity to remote workers.
Time for CEOs to Stop Enabling China's Blatant IP Theft
Commentary  |  9/17/2020  | 
Protecting intellectual property in the name of US economic and national security should be part of every company's fiduciary duty.
Struggling to Secure Remote IT? 3 Lessons from the Office
Commentary  |  9/17/2020  | 
The great remote work experiment has exacerbated existing challenges and exposed new gaps, but there are things to be learned from office challenges.
8 Reasons Perimeter Security Alone Won't Protect Your Crown Jewels
Commentary  |  9/16/2020  | 
Most firewalls and security devices effectively protect systems and data, but are they enough to safeguard business-critical applications?
Cybersecurity Bounces Back, but Talent Still Absent
Commentary  |  9/16/2020  | 
While the demand for cybersecurity talent rebounds, organizations will need to focus on cyber-enabled roles to fill immediate skills gaps.
Taking Security With You in the WFH Era: What to Do Next
Commentary  |  9/15/2020  | 
As many organizations pivot to working from home, here are some considerations for prioritizing the new security protocols.
Encrypted Traffic Inference: An Alternative to Enterprise Network Traffic Decryption
Commentary  |  9/15/2020  | 
Finding threats in encrypted inbound network traffic is complex and expensive for enterprises, but a fascinating new approach could eliminate the need for decryption.
Simplify Your Privacy Approach to Overcome CCPA Challenges
Commentary  |  9/15/2020  | 
By building a privacy-forward culture from the ground up and automating processes, organizations can simplify their approach to privacy and be prepared for any upcoming regulations.
Open Source Security's Top Threat and What To Do About It
Commentary  |  9/14/2020  | 
With open source developers regularly churning out new tools, the risk landscape has become too fragmented to properly monitor.
Fraud Prevention During the Pandemic
Commentary  |  9/11/2020  | 
When the economy is disrupted, fraud goes up, so let's not ignore the lessons we can learn from previous downturns.
Managed IT Providers: The Cyber-Threat Actors' Gateway to SMBs
Commentary  |  9/10/2020  | 
Criminals have made MSPs a big target of their attacks. That should concern small and midsize businesses a great deal.
Ripple20 Malware Highlights Industrial Security Challenges
Commentary  |  9/10/2020  | 
Poor security practices allowed software vulnerabilities to propagate throughout industrial and IoT products for more than 20 years.
7 Cybersecurity Priorities for Government Agencies & Political Campaigns
Commentary  |  9/9/2020  | 
As election season ramps up, organizations engaged in the process must strengthen security to prevent chaos and disorder from carrying the day. Here's how.
Top 5 Identity-Centric Security Imperatives for Newly Minted Remote Workers
Commentary  |  9/9/2020  | 
In the wake of COVID-19, today's remote workforce is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. And with it, an increase in identity-related security incidents.
VPNs: The Cyber Elephant in the Room
Commentary  |  9/8/2020  | 
While virtual private networks once boosted security, their current design doesn't fulfill the evolving requirements of today's modern enterprise.
8 Frequently Asked Questions on Organizations' Data Protection Programs
Commentary  |  9/8/2020  | 
Adherence to data protection regulations requires a multidisciplinary approach that has the commitment of all employees. Expect to be asked questions like these.
The Hidden Security Risks of Business Applications
Commentary  |  9/4/2020  | 
Today's enterprises depend on mission-critical applications to keep them productive, help better serve customers, and keep up with demand. It's important that they also know the risks.
Fake Data and Fake Information: A Treasure Trove for Defenders
Commentary  |  9/3/2020  | 
Cybersecurity professionals are using false data to deceive cybercriminals, enabling them to protect networks in new and innovative ways.
5 Ways for Cybersecurity Teams to Work Smarter, Not Harder
Commentary  |  9/3/2020  | 
Burnout is real and pervasive, but some common sense tools and techniques can help mitigate all that.
Don't Forget Cybersecurity on Your Back-to-School List
Commentary  |  9/2/2020  | 
School systems don't seem like attractive targets, but they house lots of sensitive data, such as contact information, grades, health records, and more.
Why Kubernetes Clusters Are Intrinsically Insecure (& What to Do About Them)
Commentary  |  9/2/2020  | 
By following best practices and prioritizing critical issues, you can reduce the chances of a security breach and constrain the blast radius of an attempted attack. Here's how.
ISO 27701 Paves the Way for a Strategic Approach to Privacy
Commentary  |  9/1/2020  | 
As the first certifiable international privacy management standard, ISO 27701 is a welcome addition to the existing set of common security frameworks.
Why Are There Still So Many Windows 7 Devices?
Commentary  |  9/1/2020  | 
As the FBI warns, devices become more vulnerable to exploitation as time passes, due to a lack of security updates and new, emerging vulnerabilities.


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CVE-2020-27974
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-28
NeoPost Mail Accounting Software Pro 5.0.6 allows php/Commun/FUS_SCM_BlockStart.php?code= XSS.
CVE-2020-27975
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-28
osCommerce Phoenix CE before 1.0.5.4 allows admin/define_language.php CSRF.
CVE-2020-27976
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-28
osCommerce Phoenix CE before 1.0.5.4 allows OS command injection remotely. Within admin/mail.php, a from POST parameter can be passed to the application. This affects the PHP mail function, and the sendmail -f option.
CVE-2020-27978
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-28
Shibboleth Identify Provider 3.x before 3.4.6 has a denial of service flaw. A remote unauthenticated attacker can cause a login flow to trigger Java heap exhaustion due to the creation of objects in the Java Servlet container session.
CVE-2020-22552
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-28
The Snap7 server component in version 1.4.1, when an attacker sends a crafted packet with COTP protocol the last-data-unit flag set to No and S7 writes a var function, the Snap7 server will be crashed.