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posted in September 2018
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How Data Security Improves When You Engage Employees in the Process
Commentary  |  9/28/2018  | 
When it comes to protecting information, we can all do better. But encouraging a can-do attitude goes a long way toward discouraging users' risky behaviors.
Magecart Group Likely Behind Increase in Formjacking Attacks
Larry Loeb  |  9/28/2018  | 
A recent analysis by Symantec researchers has found a significant increase in formjacking attacks. The reason, according to some, is an increase in activity from the Magecart group.
How to Keep Up Security in a Bug-Infested World
Commentary  |  9/27/2018  | 
Good digital hygiene will lower your risk, and these six tips can help.
Managing Data the Way We Manage Money
Commentary  |  9/27/2018  | 
In the data-driven enterprise, myriad types of data have become a new form and flow of currency. Why, then, hasn't the CISO achieved parity with the CFO?
Verizon Study Finds PCI DSS Compliance Falls Worldwide
Jeffrey Burt  |  9/27/2018  | 
Verizon's report says that fewer businesses are complying with the PCI DSS payment standard despite the rising threat of security breaches and consumer data theft.
A 'Cyber Resilience' Report Card for the Public Sector
Commentary  |  9/26/2018  | 
Government agencies are making great strides in defending themselves against cyberattacks, according to new research from Accenture. But technology alone won't solve the problem.
Owning Security in the Industrial Internet of Things
Commentary  |  9/26/2018  | 
Why IIoT leaders from both information technology and line-of-business operations need to join forces to develop robust cybersecurity techniques that go beyond reflexive patching.
Adwind RAT Squeaks Past Linux, Windows, macOS Defenses
Larry Loeb  |  9/26/2018  | 
A newer version of the Adwind 3.0 Trojan can elude the AV defenses of Linux, Windows and macOS systems, according to Talos and ReversingLabs.
The Cloud Security Conundrum: Assets vs. Infrastructure
Commentary  |  9/25/2018  | 
The issue for cloud adopters is no longer where your data sits in AWS, on-premises, Azure, Salesforce, or what have you. The important questions are: Who has access to it, and how is it protected?
The Human Factor in Social Media Risk
Commentary  |  9/25/2018  | 
Your employees need help recognizing the warning signs and understanding how to protect themselves online.
iOS 12: How Apple Keeps Getting Mobile Security Wrong
Joe Stanganelli  |  9/25/2018  | 
Are iOS updates for suckers? Apple's iOS 12 may represent the latest in a series of flawed releases that could compound user mistrust further training the company's users to delay updates and patches.
Hacking Back: Simply a Bad Idea
Commentary  |  9/24/2018  | 
While the concept may sound appealing, it's rife with drawbacks and dangers.
Malicious Bot-Enabled, Credential-Stuffing Jamming Networks
Larry Loeb  |  9/24/2018  | 
A research report from Akamai finds the number of bot-enabled, credential-stuffing incidents has spiked in recent months, jamming networks with malicious traffic.
Data Manipulation: How Security Pros Can Respond to an Emerging Threat
Commentary  |  9/21/2018  | 
Industry leaders are scrambling to address the issue, which will take new thinking to overcome.
Cloudflare Looks to Take the Pain Out of DNSSEC Protocol Adoption
Larry Loeb  |  9/21/2018  | 
Uptake of the newer DNSSEC protocol has been slow, but a new tool from Cloudflare looks to make it easier to ensure secure websites and more control over DNS.
Xbash Malware: Dangerous Mix of Threats
Jeffrey Burt  |  9/21/2018  | 
The Xbash malware includes ransomware and cryptomining functions as well as botnet and self-propagation capabilities and will delete Linux databases.
3 Drivers Behind the Increasing Frequency of DDoS Attacks
Commentary  |  9/20/2018  | 
What's causing the uptick? Motivation, opportunity, and new capabilities.
Turn the NIST Cybersecurity Framework into Reality: 5 Steps
Commentary  |  9/20/2018  | 
Actionable advice for tailoring the National Institute of Standards and Technology's security road map to your company's business needs.
Ransomware Developers Embrace Politics, Targeting Obama, Trump & Merkel
Jeffrey Burt  |  9/20/2018  | 
Recent malware campaigns have used names such as Barak Obama, Angela Merkel and Donald Trump to entice unsuspecting users to download the ransomware, McAfee researchers have found.
WebAuthn, FIDO2 Infuse Browsers, Platforms with Strong Authentication
Commentary  |  9/19/2018  | 
New standards offer protection against hacking, credential theft, phishing attacks, and hope for the end of an era of passwords as a security construct.
5 Steps to Success for New CISOs
Commentary  |  9/19/2018  | 
You've been hired to make an impact. These tips can help set you up for continued success.
Data Breach Can Affect Company's Long-Term Stock Price
Larry Loeb  |  9/19/2018  | 
A recent study by CompariTech finds that data breaches can have some long-term effects when it comes to a company's stock price, but most of the financial damage diminishes over time.
California Looks to Pass Rudimentary IoT Security Legislation
Joe Stanganelli  |  9/19/2018  | 
A California bill specific to IoT cybersecurity measures sits on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, ready for him to sign it into law. The wording and limits of the law, however, leaves questions as to just how big an effect it will have.
The Top 5 Security Threats & Mitigations for Industrial Networks
Commentary  |  9/18/2018  | 
While vastly different than their IT counterparts, operational technology environments share common risks and best practices.
Overhauling the 3 Pillars of Security Operations
Commentary  |  9/18/2018  | 
Modern apps and the cloud mean that organizations must now rethink older security practices.
PyLocky Ransomware Can Get Around Machine Learning Solutions
Jeffrey Burt  |  9/18/2018  | 
The PyLocky ransomware, detected by Trend Micro, puts a focus on the ongoing machine learning race between cybersecurity experts and bad actors.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Security Teams
Commentary  |  9/17/2018  | 
Security requires smart people, processes, and technology. Too often, the "people" portion of the PPT equation is neglected.
Fuji's Electric V-Server Susceptible to Numerous Vulnerabilities
Larry Loeb  |  9/17/2018  | 
Another industrial control system is shown to have a series of serious flaws. This time, it's Fuji's Electric V-Server, according to warnings from ICS-CERT.
Why CISOs Need a Seat at the IoT Projects Table
Dawn Kawamoto  |  9/17/2018  | 
Only 38% of CISOs and IT security professionals are asked for their input when IoT projects are launched, despite frequent attacks against IoT devices, according to a recent Trend Micro report.
Cybersecurity Is Only 1 Part of Election Security
Commentary  |  9/14/2018  | 
Protecting the 2018 election cycle means fixing the information infrastructure.
Iran Targeting ISIS Supporters, Kurds With Spyware
Jeffrey Burt  |  9/14/2018  | 
Check Point researchers found that victims of Iran's campaign were enticed to download mobile apps that were packed with spyware.
OpenSSL 1.1.1 Released With TLS 1.3 Support
Larry Loeb  |  9/14/2018  | 
The 1.1.1 version of OpenSSL, the popular cryptography library for encrypted communications, has been released with support for TLS 1.3, as well as other improvements.
Lock Up Your Laptops: Cold Boot Attacks Are Back
Joe Stanganelli  |  9/14/2018  | 
Researchers at F-Secure have developed a workaround to nullify the popular ten-year-old patch that was thought to have solved the problem of cold-boot attacks. Encryption keys and other sensitive data on millions of laptops could be affected.
Enterprise Security Needs an Open Data Solution
Commentary  |  9/13/2018  | 
What would it look like if more than a tiny fraction of enterprises had access to all the signals hidden in their big data today?
The Increasingly Vulnerable Software Supply Chain
Commentary  |  9/13/2018  | 
Nation-state adversaries from Iran to Russia have leveraged the supply chain as a vehicle to compromise infrastructure and disrupt businesses.
Cobalt Group Returns With Downloader Malware
Jeffrey Burt  |  9/13/2018  | 
Proofpoint found new campaigns by the notorious cybercrime gang using its CobInt modular downloader.
4 Trends Giving CISOs Sleepless Nights
Commentary  |  9/12/2018  | 
IoT attacks, budget shortfalls, and the skills gap are among the problems keeping security pros up at night.
Foreshadow, SGX & the Failure of Trusted Execution
Commentary  |  9/12/2018  | 
Trusted execution environments are said to provide a hardware-protected enclave that runs software and cannot be accessed externally, but recent developments show they fall far short.
NordVPN & ProtonVPN Offerings Vulnerable to Code Execution Attack
Larry Loeb  |  9/12/2018  | 
A report from Cisco Talos found that VPNs developed by NordVPN and ProtonVPN were each vulnerable to the same code execution attack.
4 Practical Measures to Improve Election Security Now
Commentary  |  9/11/2018  | 
It's more critical than ever for states to protect our democratic system and voting infrastructure from foreign cyber espionage.
Will Charges Against WannaCry & Sony Cybercrimes Suspect Temper Future Attacks?
Dawn Kawamoto  |  9/11/2018  | 
The Justice Department has charged North Korean national Park Jin Hyok with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and computer-related fraud in several high-profile cases, including the WannaCry ransomware virus attack and Sony Pictures Entertainment hack. Will cases like this temper future cyber attacks?
DevOps Demystified: A Primer for Security Practitioners
Commentary  |  9/10/2018  | 
Key starting points for those still struggling to understand the concept.
Cryptominers Rush to Exploit Apache Struts 2 Vulnerability
Larry Loeb  |  9/10/2018  | 
The Apache Struts 2 vulnerability was revealed about two weeks ago. Now F5 Labs has found that it's being used in a Monero cryptomining exploit.
TLS 1.3 Won't Break Everything
Commentary  |  9/7/2018  | 
The newest version of TLS won't break everything in your security infrastructure, but you do need to be prepared for the changes it brings.
The Role of Incident Response in ICS Security Compliance
Commentary  |  9/7/2018  | 
The data-driven nature of IR can provide many of the reporting requirements governing industrial control system safety, finance, consumer privacy, and notifications.
US Is No. 1 in Malicious Web Addresses
Larry Loeb  |  9/7/2018  | 
Palo Alto Network's Unit 42 has found that from April to June 2018 the US was numero uno in hosting malicious domains and exploit kits.
Trend Micro: Cryptomining, Data Breaches Highlight Busy 1H 2018
Jeffrey Burt  |  9/7/2018  | 
The rise of design flaws in processors from Intel and other chip-makers and the slowing down of ransomware were key trends in cybersecurity in the first six months of the year.
Why a Healthy Data Diet Is the Secret to Healthy Security
Commentary  |  9/6/2018  | 
In the same way that food is fuel to our bodies, data is the fuel on which our security programs run. Here are 10 action items to put on your cybersecurity menu.
Understanding & Solving the Information-Sharing Challenge
Commentary  |  9/6/2018  | 
Why cybersecurity threat feeds from intel-sharing groups diminish in value and become just another source of noise. (And what to do about it.)
Attackers Snoop on MikroTik Router Traffic
Larry Loeb  |  9/6/2018  | 
Researchers at Qihoo 360 Netlab report that unknown attackers have eavesdropped on the traffic of thousands of MikroTik routers.
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