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The Security Perimeter Is Dead; Long Live the New Endpoint Perimeter
Commentary  |  1/17/2019  | 
The network no longer provides an air gap against external threats, but access devices can take up the slack.
Simulating Lateral Attacks Through Email
Commentary  |  1/17/2019  | 
A skilled attacker can get inside your company by abusing common email applications. Here are three strategies to block them.
How the US Chooses Which Zero-Day Vulnerabilities to Stockpile
Commentary  |  1/16/2019  | 
When it comes to acceptable circumstances for government disclosure of zero-days, the new Vulnerabilities Equity Process might be the accountability practice security advocates have been waiting for.
Are You Listening to Your Kill Chain?
Commentary  |  1/16/2019  | 
With the right tools and trained staff, any organization should be able to deal with threats before information is compromised.
Online Fraud: Now a Major Application Layer Security Problem
Commentary  |  1/15/2019  | 
The explosion of consumer-facing online services and applications is making it easier and cheaper for cybercriminals to host malicious content and launch attacks.
Why Cyberattacks Are the No. 1 Risk
Commentary  |  1/15/2019  | 
The paradigm shift toward always-on IT requires business leaders to rethink their defense strategy.
Advanced Phishing Scenarios You Will Most Likely Encounter This Year
Commentary  |  1/14/2019  | 
In 2019, there will be no end in sight to email-driven cybercrime such as business email compromise, spearphishing, and ransomware.
Kudos to the Unsung Rock Stars of Security
Commentary  |  1/11/2019  | 
It is great to have heroes, but the real security heroes are the men and women who keep the bad guys out while fighting their own organizations at the same time.
Election Security Isn't as Bad as People Think
Commentary  |  1/10/2019  | 
Make no mistake, however: We'll always have to be on guard. And we can take some lessons from the world of industrial cybersecurity.
6 Best Practices for Managing an Online Educational Infrastructure
Commentary  |  1/10/2019  | 
Universities must keep pace with rapidly changing technology to help thwart malicious hacking attempts and protect student information.
Cutting Through the Jargon of AI & ML: 5 Key Issues
Commentary  |  1/9/2019  | 
Ask the tough questions before you invest in artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. The security of your enterprise depends on it.
Security at the Speed of DevOps: Maturity, Orchestration, and Detection
Commentary  |  1/9/2019  | 
Container and microservices technologies, including the orchestrator Kubernetes, create an extraordinary opportunity to build infrastructure and applications that are secure by design.
Your Life Is the Attack Surface: The Risks of IoT
Commentary  |  1/8/2019  | 
To protect yourself, you must know where you're vulnerable and these tips can help.
Security Matters When It Comes to Mergers & Acquisitions
Commentary  |  1/8/2019  | 
The recently disclosed Marriott breach exposed a frequently ignored issue in the M&A process.
Threat of a Remote Cyberattack on Today's Aircraft Is Real
Commentary  |  1/7/2019  | 
We need more stringent controls and government action to prevent a catastrophic disaster.
Managing Security in Today's Compliance and Regulatory Environment
Commentary  |  1/4/2019  | 
Instead of losing sight of the cybersecurity forest as we navigate the compliance trees, consolidate and simplify regulatory compliance efforts to keep your eyes on the security prize.
Taming the Digital Wild West
Commentary  |  1/3/2019  | 
Congress must do more to encourage good Samaritan efforts in the cybersecurity community and make it easier for law enforcement to consistently collaborate with them.
Redefining Critical Infrastructure for the Age of Disinformation
Commentary  |  1/3/2019  | 
In an era of tighter privacy laws, it's important to create an online environment that uses threat intelligence productively to defeat disinformation campaigns and bolster democracy.
25 Years Later: Looking Back at the First Great (Cyber) Bank Heist
Commentary  |  1/2/2019  | 
The Citibank hack in 1994 marked a turning point for banking -- and cybercrime -- as we know it. What can we learn from looking back at the past 25 years?
Start Preparing Now for the Post-Quantum Future
Commentary  |  12/28/2018  | 
Quantum computing will break most of the encryption schemes on which we rely today. These five tips will help you get ready.
Toxic Data: How 'Deepfakes' Threaten Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  12/27/2018  | 
The joining of 'deep learning' and 'fake news' makes it possible to create audio and video of real people saying words they never spoke or things they never did.
3 Steps for Cybersecurity Leaders to Bridge the Gender Equality Gap
Commentary  |  12/26/2018  | 
By encouraging female participation through education and retaining this interest through an inclusive culture and visible role models, we can begin to close the skill and gender gap in cybersecurity.
I Spy: Dark Reading Caption Contest Winners
Commentary  |  12/21/2018  | 
No shortage of political humor and inside security jokes in this batch of cartoon caption contenders. And the winners are ...
How to Optimize Security Spending While Reducing Risk
Commentary  |  12/20/2018  | 
Risk scoring is a way of getting everyone on the same page with a consistent, reliable method of gathering and analyzing security data.
2018 In the Rearview Mirror
Commentary  |  12/20/2018  | 
Among this year's biggest news stories: epic hardware vulnerabilities, a more lethal form of DDoS attack, Olympic 'false flags,' hijacked home routers, fileless malware and a new world's record for data breaches.
Automating a DevOps-Friendly Security Policy
Commentary  |  12/20/2018  | 
There can be a clash of missions between security and IT Ops teams, but automation can help.
Privacy Futures: Fed-up Consumers Take Their Data Back
Commentary  |  12/19/2018  | 
In 2019, usable security will become the new buzzword and signal a rejection of the argument that there must be a trade-off between convenience and security and privacy.
Cybersecurity in 2019: From IoT & Struts to Gray Hats & Honeypots
Commentary  |  12/19/2018  | 
While you prepare your defenses against the next big thing, also pay attention to the longstanding threats that the industry still hasn't put to rest.
Cryptographic Erasure: Moving Beyond Hard Drive Destruction
Commentary  |  12/18/2018  | 
In the good old days, incinerating backup tapes or shredding a few hard drives would have solved the problem. Today, we have a bigger challenge.
How to Engage Your Cyber Enemies
Commentary  |  12/18/2018  | 
Having the right mix of tools, automation, and intelligence is key to staying ahead of new threats and protecting your organization.
Shhhhh! The Secret to Secrets Management
Commentary  |  12/17/2018  | 
Companies need to take a centralized approach to protecting confidential data and assets. Here are 12 ways to get a handle on the problem.
Retailers: Avoid the Hackable Holidaze
Commentary  |  12/14/2018  | 
The most wonderful time of the year? Sure, but not if your business and customers are getting robbed.
Setting the Table for Effective Cybersecurity: 20 Culinary Questions
Commentary  |  12/13/2018  | 
Even the best chefs will produce an inferior product if they begin with the wrong ingredients.
The Economics Fueling IoT (In)security
Commentary  |  12/13/2018  | 
Attackers understand the profits that lie in the current lack of security. That must change.
Deception: Honey vs. Real Environments
Commentary  |  12/12/2018  | 
A primer on choosing deception technology that will provide maximum efficacy without over-committing money, time and resources.
Forget Shifting Security Left; It's Time to Race Left
Commentary  |  12/12/2018  | 
Once DevOps teams decide to shift left, they can finally look forward instead of backward.
The Grinch Bot Before Christmas: A Security Story for the Holidays
Commentary  |  12/11/2018  | 
Once upon a time, buyers purchased products from certified sellers. Today, hoarders use botnets to amass goods at significant markup for a new gray-market economy.
How Well Is Your Organization Investing Its Cybersecurity Dollars?
Commentary  |  12/11/2018  | 
The principles, methods, and tools for performing good risk measurement already exist and are being used successfully by organizations today. They take some effort -- and are totally worth it.
6 Cloud Security Predictions for 2019
Commentary  |  12/10/2018  | 
How the fast pace of cloud computing adoption in 2018 will dramatically change the security landscape next year.
Insider Threats & Insider Objections
Commentary  |  12/7/2018  | 
The tyranny of the urgent and three other reasons why its hard for CISOs to establish a robust insider threat prevention program.
Bringing Compliance into the SecDevOps Process
Commentary  |  12/6/2018  | 
Application security should be guided by its responsibility to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems and data. But often, compliance clouds the picture.
4 Lessons Die Hard Teaches About Combating Cyber Villains
Commentary  |  12/6/2018  | 
With proper planning, modern approaches, and tools, we can all be heroes in the epic battle against the cyber threat.
Boosting SOC IQ Levels with Knowledge Transfer
Commentary  |  12/6/2018  | 
Despite shortages of skills and staff, these six best practices can improve analysts' performance in a security operations center.
A Shift from Cybersecurity to Cyber Resilience: 6 Steps
Commentary  |  12/5/2018  | 
Getting to cyber resilience means federal agencies must think differently about how they build and implement their systems. Here's where to begin.
The Case for a Human Security Officer
Commentary  |  12/5/2018  | 
Wanted: a security exec responsible for identifying and mitigating the attack vectors and vulnerabilities specifically targeting and involving people.
5 Emerging Trends in Cybercrime
Commentary  |  12/4/2018  | 
Organizations can start today to protect against 2019's threats. Look out for crooks using AI "fuzzing" techniques, machine learning, and swarms.
Filling the Cybersecurity Jobs Gap Now and in the Future
Commentary  |  12/3/2018  | 
Employers must start broadening their search for experienced security professionals to include people with the right traits rather than the right skills.
Threat Hunting: Improving Bot Detection in Enterprise SD-WANs
Commentary  |  11/30/2018  | 
How security researchers tracked down Kuai and Bujoi malware through multiple vectors including client type, traffic frequency, and destination.
Establishing True Trust in a Zero-Trust World
Commentary  |  11/29/2018  | 
Our goal should not be to merely accept zero trust but gain the visibility required to establish true trust.
The Return of Email Flooding
Commentary  |  11/29/2018  | 
An old attack technique is making its way back into the mainstream with an onslaught of messages that legacy tools and script writing can't easily detect.
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CVE-2019-6487
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-18
TP-Link WDR Series devices through firmware v3 (such as TL-WDR5620 V3.0) are affected by command injection (after login) leading to remote code execution, because shell metacharacters can be included in the weather get_weather_observe citycode field.
CVE-2018-20735
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-17
** DISPUTED ** An issue was discovered in BMC PATROL Agent through 11.3.01. It was found that the PatrolCli application can allow for lateral movement and escalation of privilege inside a Windows Active Directory environment. It was found that by default the PatrolCli / PATROL Agent application only...
CVE-2019-0624
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-17
A spoofing vulnerability exists when a Skype for Business 2015 server does not properly sanitize a specially crafted request, aka "Skype for Business 2015 Spoofing Vulnerability." This affects Skype.
CVE-2019-0646
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-17
A Cross-site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists when Team Foundation Server does not properly sanitize user provided input, aka "Team Foundation Server Cross-site Scripting Vulnerability." This affects Team.
CVE-2019-0647
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-17
An information disclosure vulnerability exists when Team Foundation Server does not properly handle variables marked as secret, aka "Team Foundation Server Information Disclosure Vulnerability." This affects Team.