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Opinion

posted in May 2017
The State of the Internet Is... Scary
Curt Franklin  |  5/31/2017  | 
Mary Meeker's annual Internet report contains bad news and more bad news when it comes to security.
The Case for Disclosing Insider Breaches
Commentary  |  5/31/2017  | 
Too often organizations try to sweep intentional, accidental or negligent employee theft of data under the rug. Heres why they shouldnt.
Rethinking Vulnerabilities: Network Infrastructure as a Software System
Commentary  |  5/31/2017  | 
Increasing complexity is putting networks at risk. It's time to shift our security approach and take some lessons from software development.
Lessons From Chipotle's Big Customer Data Breach
Curt Franklin  |  5/30/2017  | 
Burritos with a side of delicious guacamole and potential identity theft.
Securing IoT Devices Requires a Change in Thinking
Commentary  |  5/30/2017  | 
There's no magic bullet for IoT security, but there are ways to help detect and mitigate problems.
Take Security Now's Vault 7 Survey
Curt Franklin  |  5/30/2017  | 
WannaCry was the first shot from the Vault 7 arsenal. When will we see the second shot?
Elections, Deceptions & Political Breaches
Commentary  |  5/26/2017  | 
Political hacks have many lessons for the business world.
New Insight on WannaCry's Roots
Curt Franklin  |  5/26/2017  | 
Is it possible we've been looking in the wrong direction for the source of the WannaCry attack?
In the Cloud, Evolving Infrastructure Means Evolving Alliances
Commentary  |  5/25/2017  | 
New opportunities make for unusual bedfellows. Here's how to navigate the shift in organizational dynamics between security operations, line-of-business managers, and developers.
Ransomware: Carding's Replacement for the Criminal Masses
Commentary  |  5/25/2017  | 
Ransomware is not only here to stay, it's going to proliferate by orders of magnitude and cause substantial risk to businesses for the foreseeable future.
Microsoft Buys Hexadite for Security Automation
Curt Franklin  |  5/25/2017  | 
Microsoft's latest acquisition appears to be Hexadite, raising the question: What would more cloud security automation mean for your organization?
Data Security & Privacy: The Risks of Not Playing by the Rules
Commentary  |  5/24/2017  | 
Achieving compliance is a complex and challenging process. But with the right systems and policies, you can stay ahead of the next data breach and the regulators.
4 Reasons the Vulnerability Disclosure Process Stalls
Commentary  |  5/24/2017  | 
The relationship between manufacturers and researchers is often strained. Here's why, along with some resources to help.
Welcome to Security Now
Curt Franklin  |  5/24/2017  | 
Security Now is a community for you, no matter what your role in IT security.
Staying a Step Ahead of Internet Attacks
Commentary  |  5/23/2017  | 
There's no getting around the fact that targeted attacks, such as spearphishing, will happen. But you can figure out the type of attack to expect next.
With Billions Spent on Cybersecurity, Why Are Problems Getting Worse?
Commentary  |  5/23/2017  | 
Technology alone won't keep you safe. Fully engaged employees should be your first line of defense.
In Search of an Rx for Enterprise Security Fatigue
Commentary  |  5/22/2017  | 
Are you exhausted by the vast number of measures your organization needs to keep its systems and data safe? You're not alone.
Deconstructing the 2016 Yahoo Security Breach
Commentary  |  5/19/2017  | 
One good thing about disasters is that we can learn from them and avoid repeating the same mistakes. Here are five lessons that the Yahoo breach should have taught us.
All Generations, All Risks, All Contained: A How-To Guide
Commentary  |  5/18/2017  | 
Organizations must have a security plan that considers all of their employees.
WannaCry: Ransomware Catastrophe or Failure?
Commentary  |  5/18/2017  | 
Using Bitcoin payments as a measure, the WannaCry attack is not nearly as profitable as the headlines suggest. But you should still patch your Windows systems and educate users.
Why We Need a Data-Driven Cybersecurity Market
Commentary  |  5/17/2017  | 
NIST should bring together industry to create a standard set of metrics and develop better ways to share information.
The Fundamental Flaw in TCP/IP: Connecting Everything
Commentary  |  5/17/2017  | 
Almost 30 years after its inception, it's time to fix the engine that both fuels the modern day Internet and is the root cause of its most vexing security challenges.
Mocana Lands $11M Funding for IoT Security
Curt Franklin  |  5/16/2017  | 
New round of funding brings IoT security company's total to $93.6 million.
The Wide-Ranging Impact of New York's Cybersecurity Regulations
Commentary  |  5/16/2017  | 
New York's toughest regulations yet are now in effect. Here's what that means for your company.
WannaCry Continues at a Slowed Pace
Curt Franklin  |  5/16/2017  | 
Hold off on that big sigh of relief. WannaCry isn't dead, yet.
How Many People Does It Take to Defend a Network?
Commentary  |  5/16/2017  | 
The question is hard to answer because there aren't enough cybersecurity pros to go around.
Your Grandma Could Be the Next Ransomware Millionaire
Commentary  |  5/15/2017  | 
Today's as-a-service technology has democratized ransomware, offering practically anyone with a computer and an Internet connection an easy way to get in on the game.
WanaCrypt0r Hits Worldwide
Partner Perspectives  |  5/13/2017  | 
Consumers and businesses should be sure their Windows systems and software are updated with all current patches in order to stop the spread of this dangerous ransomware attack.
Global Ransomware Attack Strikes 70K Systems (& Counting)
Curt Franklin  |  5/12/2017  | 
A wave of ransomware attacks based on a Shadow Brokers vulnerability strikes Telefonica and organizations worldwide.
5 Steps to Maximize the Value of your Security Investments
Commentary  |  5/12/2017  | 
How a security rationalization process can help CISOs make the most out of their information security infrastructure, and also improve the company bottom line.
What Developers Don't Know About Security Can Hurt You
Commentary  |  5/11/2017  | 
Developers won't start writing secure code just because you tell them it's part of their job. You need to give them the right training, support, and tools to instill a security mindset.
Artificial Intelligence: Cybersecurity Friend or Foe?
Commentary  |  5/11/2017  | 
The next generation of situation-aware malware will use AI to behave like a human attacker: performing reconnaissance, identifying targets, choosing methods of attack, and intelligently evading detection.
Your IoT Baby Isn't as Beautiful as You Think It Is
Commentary  |  5/10/2017  | 
Both development and evaluation teams have been ignoring security problems in Internet-connected devices for too long. That must stop.
Extreme Makeover: AI & Network Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  5/10/2017  | 
In the future, artificial intelligence will constantly adapt to the growing attack surface. Today, we are still connecting the dots.
Shining a Light on Securitys Grey Areas: Process, People, Technology
Commentary  |  5/9/2017  | 
The changing distributed and mobile business landscape brings with it new security and privacy risks. Heres how to meet the challenge.
Malspam Causing Havoc for Mac & Windows
Partner Perspectives  |  5/9/2017  | 
Spam is a multi-platform, multi-vector approach to network compromise, and organizations need to weigh up the risks on all fronts to be able to combat it successfully.
Deciphering the GDPR: What You Need to Know to Prepare Your Organization
Commentary  |  5/9/2017  | 
The European Union's upcoming privacy regulations are incredibly complex. Here are four important points to keep in mind.
Why Cyber Attacks Will Continue until Prevention Becomes a Priority
Commentary  |  5/8/2017  | 
Organizations must rethink their security measures. Focus on training, getting rid of old tech, and overcoming apathy.
Backdoors: When Good Intentions Go Bad
Commentary  |  5/5/2017  | 
Requiring encrypted applications to provide backdoors for law enforcement will weaken security for everyone.
Verizon Hides User Apps With New SDP Service
Curt Franklin  |  5/5/2017  | 
Verizon offers a new SDP service to enhance customer application security.
Why OAuth Phishing Poses A New Threat to Users
Commentary  |  5/4/2017  | 
Credential phishing lets attackers gain back-end access to email accounts, and yesterday's Google Docs scam raises the risk to a new level.
How to Integrate Threat Intel & DevOps
Commentary  |  5/4/2017  | 
Automating intelligence can help your organization in myriad ways.
Seeing Security from the Other Side of the Window
Commentary  |  5/3/2017  | 
From the vantage of our business colleagues, security professionals are a cranky bunch who always need more money, but cant explain why.
Leading Lights 2017 Finalists: Most Innovative Security Strategy
Curt Franklin  |  5/3/2017  | 
Six companies made the finals in this competitive category of Leading Lights 2017.
7 Steps to Fight Ransomware
Commentary  |  5/3/2017  | 
Perpetrators are shifting to more specific targets. This means companies must strengthen their defenses, and these strategies can help.
Getting Threat Intelligence Right
Commentary  |  5/2/2017  | 
Are you thinking of implementing or expanding a threat intelligence program? These guidelines will help you succeed.
OSX.Bella: Mac Malware Strikes Again
Partner Perspectives  |  5/2/2017  | 
This variant of the OSX.Dok dropper behaves altogether differently, and installs a completely different payload.
What's in a Name? Breaking Down Attribution
Commentary  |  5/2/2017  | 
Here's what you really need to know about adversaries.
The Cyber-Committed CEO & Board
Commentary  |  5/1/2017  | 
Here is what CISOs need to communicate to upper management about the business risks of mismanaging cybersecurity.


Why Vulnerable Code Is Shipped Knowingly
Chris Eng, Chief Research Officer, Veracode,  11/30/2020
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