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posted in September 2019
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MSFT Updates Outlook Ban List for Downloads
Larry Loeb  |  9/30/2019  | 
Microsoft did some Outlook tweaking recently. They realized that the list of the file extensions that the program should refuse to download needed some updating.
'Harvesting Attacks' & the Quantum Revolution
Commentary  |  9/30/2019  | 
Stockpiles of stolen information sitting in foreign databases are ready to be exposed the minute there's a working quantum computer in five to ten years. The time to act is now.
Report Predicts DevSecOps Boom Over Next 2 Years
Larry Loeb  |  9/27/2019  | 
Sixty-eight percent of companies say they will be securing three quarters or more of their cloud-native applications with DevSecOps within two years.
Is Your Organization Suffering from Security Tool Sprawl?
Commentary  |  9/27/2019  | 
Most companies have too many tools, causing increased costs and security issues.
Bridging the Gap Between Security & DevOps
Commentary  |  9/26/2019  | 
An inside look into the engineering mindset of DevOps from the vantage of a career security professional.
OWASP's Common Web Program Security Problems: Part 2
Larry Loeb  |  9/26/2019  | 
We continue the countdown of OWASP's Top Ten nasties.
Why You Need to Think About API Security
Commentary  |  9/26/2019  | 
Businesses of all sorts are increasingly relying on APIs to interact with customers in smartphone apps, but they have their own unique set of vulnerabilities.
Enterprise Ransomware & Consumer Ransomware: They're Not That Different
Larry Loeb  |  9/26/2019  | 
RiskSense researchers identified 57 vulnerabilities that are heavily tied to ransomware threats in enterprises and government organizations as opposed to individuals.
Long-Lining: Reeling In the Big Fish in Your Supply Chain
Commentary  |  9/25/2019  | 
The object of this new attack campaign is not swordfish or tuna but high-ranking executives within target organizations.
The Future of Account Security: A World Without Passwords?
Commentary  |  9/25/2019  | 
First step: Convince machines that we are who we say we are with expanded biometrics, including behaviors, locations, and other information that makes "us" us.
4 Cybersecurity Best Practices for Electrical Engineers
Commentary  |  9/24/2019  | 
Most electrical engineering firms are targeted by threat actors of opportunity because of two necessary ingredients: people and computers. These four tips will help keep you safer.
OWASP Lists the Most Common Security Stings
Larry Loeb  |  9/24/2019  | 
OWASP's Top 10 is made up of high-risk, common weaknesses and flaws that are seen over and over again.
6 Best Practices for Performing Physical Penetration Tests
Commentary  |  9/24/2019  | 
A cautionary tale from a pen test gone wrong in an Iowa county courthouse.
How Network Logging Mitigates Legal Risk
Commentary  |  9/23/2019  | 
Logging that is turned on, captured, and preserved immediately after a cyber event is proof positive that personal data didn't fall into the hands of a cybercriminal.
LastPass Extensions for Chrome & Opera Can Leak Passwords
Larry Loeb  |  9/20/2019  | 
A history of password-stealing potential vulnerabilities has LastPass users worried.
A Safer IoT Future Must Be a Joint Effort
Commentary  |  9/20/2019  | 
We're just at the beginning of an important conversation about the future of our homes and cities, which must involve both consumers and many players in the industry
Deconstructing an iPhone Spearphishing Attack
Commentary  |  9/19/2019  | 
How criminals today bypass smartphone anti-theft protection and harvest AppleID and passwords taken from fake Apple servers.
Crowdsourced Security & the Gig Economy
Commentary  |  9/19/2019  | 
Crowdsourced platforms have redefined both pentesting and the cybersecurity gig economy. Just not in a good way.
How Human-Centered Security Can Strengthen Your Organizations
Steve Durbin  |  9/19/2019  | 
Humans are often regarded as the 'weakest link' in information security. However, organizations have historically relied on the effectiveness of technical security controls, instead of trying to understand why people are susceptible to mistakes and manipulation.
DevSecOps: Recreating Cybersecurity Culture
Commentary  |  9/18/2019  | 
Bringing developers and security teams together guided by a common goal requires some risk-taking. With patience and confidence, it will pay off. Here's how.
How Ransomware Criminals Turn Friends into Enemies
Commentary  |  9/18/2019  | 
Managed service providers are the latest pawns in ransomware's game of chess.
DNSSEC Can Encourage DDoS – Nexusguard
Larry Loeb  |  9/18/2019  | 
Report found that DNS Amplification contributed to the largest share, compared to other methods, of attack activities in Q2 2019.
5 Common Cloud Configuration Mistakes
Commentary  |  9/17/2019  | 
It's a joint responsibility to keep data safe in the cloud. Here's what cloud customers must do to keep their end of the bargain.
Analytics Startup Claims to Turn Golden Tickets Brass
Joe Stanganelli  |  9/17/2019  | 
The threat of escalation attacks and forged administration levels has plagued Kerberos authentication systems for years. Data-analytics startup Qomplx claims to do the math that solves the problem.
F-Secure's Honeypots Get Hit 3 Billion Times in First Half of 2019
Larry Loeb  |  9/17/2019  | 
Global network of honeypots measured more than triple the attack traffic of the previous period, to a total of over 2.9 billion events.
How Intel Unlocks the Powerful Potential of Diversity in Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  9/17/2019  | 
Sparking cultural shifts within an organization -- and throughout an entire industry -- can feel like a monumental task, but the juice is well worth the squeeze.
Preventing PTSD and Burnout for Cybersecurity Professionals
Commentary  |  9/16/2019  | 
The safety of our digital lives is at stake, and we need to all do our part in raising awareness of these issues.
NIST Tackles AI
Larry Loeb  |  9/16/2019  | 
But to prepare for something usually means you have an idea about what you are preparing for, no?
Taking a Fresh Look at Security Ops: 10 Tips
Commentary  |  9/13/2019  | 
Maybe you love your executive team, your security processes, tools, or strategy. Maybe you hate them. Whatever the situation, it's likely at some point that things will have changed.
An Image Can Poison Just as Well as an Exploit Can
Larry Loeb  |  9/13/2019  | 
An emerging and increasingly sophisticated threat campaign is employing obscure file formats.
Podcast: Infrastructure Hunting – Stopping Bad Actors in Their Tracks
Podcasts  |  9/13/2019  | 
Being able to effectively build a threat intelligence ecosystem or threat-hunting identification response requires both user and systems sophistication and capabilities. Security, orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) is a new technology designed to provide organizations a single comprehensive platform they can use to implement an intelligence driven security strategy.
A Definitive Guide to Crowdsourced Vulnerability Management
Commentary  |  9/12/2019  | 
Knowing about a bug and actually securing it are very different things. These six steps will get you from "oh, sh*t" to fixed.
Podcast: Digital Transformation, SD-WAN & Optimal Security
Podcasts  |  9/12/2019  | 
Dan Reis chats to Cybera's Josh Flynn about how to achieve digital transformation without sacrificing security.
The Fight Against Synthetic Identity Fraud
Commentary  |  9/12/2019  | 
Advanced data and innovative technology will help organizations more easily identify abnormal behavior and tell legitimate customers apart from "fake" ones.
Proposed Browser Security Guidelines Would Mean More Work for IT Teams
Commentary  |  9/11/2019  | 
CA/Browser Forum wants SSL certificates to expire after a year. Many businesses that rely on them aren't equipped to cope.
IoT Can Allow Footholds Where They Are Least Expected
Larry Loeb  |  9/11/2019  | 
An IoT device carries with it the implicit threat of being used for nefarious purposes if it has not been created with security foremost in mind.
Firmware: A New Attack Vector Requiring Industry Leadership
Commentary  |  9/11/2019  | 
It's time for cybersecurity manufacturers and solution providers to step up and show leadership in addressing firmware security. Read why and how.
Data Is the New Copper
Commentary  |  9/10/2019  | 
Data breaches fuel a complex cybercriminal ecosystem, similar to copper thefts after the financial crisis.
AI Is Everywhere, but Don't Ignore the Basics
Commentary  |  9/10/2019  | 
Artificial intelligence is no substitute for common sense, and it works best in combination with conventional cybersecurity technology. Here are the basic requirements and best practices you need to know.
Improving on Layered Cyber Defense
Dan Reis  |  9/10/2019  | 
At what point does a layered defense encumber security's proficiency as it increases network complexity?
From Spyware to Ninja Cable
Commentary  |  9/9/2019  | 
Attackers don't need sophisticated James Bondian hardware to break into your company. Sometimes a $99 device will do.
Only 1% of Malware Attacks Use a Machine's Vulnerability, the Rest Prey on Humans – Proofpoint
Larry Loeb  |  9/9/2019  | 
Instead of attacking computer systems and infrastructure, threat actors focus on people, their roles within an organization, the data to which they had access, and their likelihood to 'click here' or perform some other enabling action.
Study Finds Enterprise Network Improvement Initiatives Not Meeting Business Needs
Larry Loeb  |  9/6/2019  | 
Accenture conducted a blind survey with 300 senior IT and business executives from companies with annual revenues in excess of US$1 billion to see if enterprise networks were under as much pressure these days as they projected they would be.
Why Businesses Fail to Address DNS Security Exposures
Commentary  |  9/6/2019  | 
Increasing awareness about the critical importance of DNS security is the first step in improving the risk of being attacked. It's time to get proactive.
Automation: Friend of the SOC Analyst
Commentary  |  9/5/2019  | 
Faced by increasingly sophisticated threats, organizations are realizing the benefits of automation in their cybersecurity programs.
Eclypsium Finds 4 Major Attack Paths in Supermicro Servers
Larry Loeb  |  9/5/2019  | 
Firmware security player finds vulnerabilities in X9, X10 and X11 platform of servers.
It's Not Healthy to Confuse Compliance with Security
Commentary  |  9/5/2019  | 
Healthcare organizations should be alarmed by the frequency and severity of cyberattacks. Don't assume you're safe from them just because you're compliant with regulations.
TrickBot Has Evolved to Become More Dangerous
Larry Loeb  |  9/4/2019  | 
TrickBot has been an active botnet since around October of 2016. It's well known as part of the threat landscape, and has been operated in the past by GOLD BLACKBURN.
An Inside Look at How CISOs Prioritize Budgets & Evaluate Vendors
Commentary  |  9/4/2019  | 
In-depth interviews with four market-leading CISOs reveal how they prioritize budgets, measure ROI on security investments, and evaluate new vendors.
A Tale of Two Buzzwords: 'Automated' and 'Autonomous' Solutions Aren't the Same Thing
Commentary  |  9/4/2019  | 
Enterprises must learn the difference between the two and the appropriate use cases for each.
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