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IoT Product Safety: If It Appears Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is
Commentary  |  3/12/2018  | 
Proposed new connected-product repair laws will provide hackers with more tools to make our lives less secure.
DevSecOps: The Importance of Building Security from the Beginning
Commentary  |  3/9/2018  | 
Here are four important areas to tackle in order to master DevSecOps: code, privacy, predictability, and people.
Putting the S in SDLC: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?
Commentary  |  3/8/2018  | 
Data represents the ultimate attack surface. Avoid major data breaches (and splashy headlines) by keeping track of where your data is.
Cybersecurity Gets Added to the M&A Lexicon
Commentary  |  3/8/2018  | 
Threat intelligence data can give a clear picture of an acquisition target that could make or break a deal.
Privilege Abuse Attacks: 4 Common Scenarios
Commentary  |  3/7/2018  | 
It doesn't matter if the threat comes from a disgruntled ex-employee or an insider anticipating financial gain, privilege abuse patterns are pretty much the same, and they're easy to avoid.
Why Security-Driven Companies Are More Successful
Commentary  |  3/7/2018  | 
Software Security Masters are better at handling application development security and show much higher growth than their peers. Here's how to become one.
Connected Cars Pose New Security Challenges
Commentary  |  3/6/2018  | 
The auto industry should seize the opportunity and get in front of this issue.
Pragmatic Security: 20 Signs You Are 'Boiling the Ocean'
Commentary  |  3/6/2018  | 
Ocean-boiling is responsible for most of the draconian, nonproductive security policies I've witnessed over the course of my career. Here's why they don't work.
Hacking Back & the Digital Wild West
Commentary  |  3/5/2018  | 
Far from helping organizations defend themselves, hacking back will escalate an already chaotic situation.
A Secure Development Approach Pays Off
Commentary  |  3/2/2018  | 
Software security shouldn't be an afterthought. That's why the secure software development life cycle deserves a fresh look.
How & Why the Cybersecurity Landscape Is Changing
Commentary  |  3/1/2018  | 
A comprehensive new report from Cisco should "scare the pants off" enterprise security leaders.
What Enterprises Can Learn from Medical Device Security
Commentary  |  3/1/2018  | 
In today's cloud-native world, organizations need a highly distributed approach that ties security to the workload itself in order to prevent targeted attacks.
Why Cryptocurrencies Are Dangerous for Enterprises
Commentary  |  2/28/2018  | 
When employees mine coins with work computers, much can go wrong. But there are some ways to stay safe.
How to Secure 'Permissioned' Blockchains
Commentary  |  2/28/2018  | 
At the heart of every blockchain is a protocol that agrees to the order and security of transactions in the next block. Here's how to maintain the integrity of the chain.
March Dark Reading Event Calendar Spans BlackOps to SecDevOps
Commentary  |  2/27/2018  | 
These upcoming webinars will help you comprehend the mysterious machinations inside the minds of hackers and in-house developers.
Security Starts with the User Experience
Commentary  |  2/27/2018  | 
Preventing a data breach is safer and more cost-effective than dealing with a breach after it has already happened. That means a focus on security in the design phase.
Incident 'Management': What IT Security Can Learn from Public Safety
Commentary  |  2/27/2018  | 
How a framework developed for fighting California wildfires back in the '70s can fortify first responders to a modern cyberattack.
6 Cybersecurity Trends to Watch
Commentary  |  2/26/2018  | 
Expect more as the year goes on: more breaches, more IoT attacks, more fines
Leveraging Security to Enable Your Business
Commentary  |  2/23/2018  | 
When done right, security doesn't have to be the barrier to employee productivity that many have come to expect. Here's how.
It's Not What You Know, It's What You Can Prove That Matters to Investigators
Commentary  |  2/22/2018  | 
Achieving the data visibility to ensure you can provide auditors with the information they need after a breach, and do so in just a few days, has never been more difficult.
Anatomy of an Attack on the Industrial IoT
Commentary  |  2/22/2018  | 
How cyber vulnerabilities on sensors can lead to production outage and financial loss.
Takeaways from the Russia-Linked US Senate Phishing Attacks
Commentary  |  2/21/2018  | 
The Zero Trust Security approach could empower organizations and protect their customers in ways that go far beyond typical security concerns.
Meltdown/Spectre: The First Large-Scale Example of a 'Genetic' Threat
Commentary  |  2/20/2018  | 
These vulnerabilities mark an evolutionary leap forward, and companies must make fighting back a priority.
Rise of the 'Hivenet': Botnets That Think for Themselves
Commentary  |  2/16/2018  | 
These intelligent botnet clusters swarm compromised devices to identify and assault different attack vectors all at once.
Democracy & DevOps: What Is the Proper Role for Security?
Commentary  |  2/15/2018  | 
Security experts need a front-row seat in the application development process but not at the expense of the business.
From DevOps to DevSecOps: Structuring Communication for Better Security
Commentary  |  2/15/2018  | 
A solid approach to change management can help prevent problems downstream.
3 Tips to Keep Cybersecurity Front & Center
Commentary  |  2/14/2018  | 
In today's environment, a focus on cybersecurity isn't a luxury. It's a necessity, and making sure that focus is achieved starts with the company's culture.
Fileless Malware: Not Just a Threat, but a Super-Threat
Commentary  |  2/14/2018  | 
Exploits are getting more sophisticated by the day, and cybersecurity technology just isn't keeping up.
Can Android for Work Redefine Enterprise Mobile Security?
Commentary  |  2/13/2018  | 
Google's new mobility management framework makes great strides in addressing security and device management concerns while offering diverse deployment options. Here are the pros and cons.
Fake News: Could the Next Major Cyberattack Cause a Cyberwar?
Commentary  |  2/13/2018  | 
In the way it undercuts trust, fake news is a form of cyberattack. Governments must work to stop it.
Better Security Analytics? Clean Up the Data First!
Commentary  |  2/12/2018  | 
Even the best analytics algorithms using incomplete and unclean data won't yield useful results.
Tracking Bitcoin Wallets as IOCs for Ransomware
Commentary  |  2/12/2018  | 
By understanding how cybercriminals use bitcoin, threat analysts can connect the dots between cyber extortion, wallet addresses, shared infrastructure, TTPs, and attribution.
Back to Basics: AI Isn't the Answer to What Ails Us in Cyber
Commentary  |  2/9/2018  | 
The irony behind just about every headline-grabbing data breach we've seen in recent years is that they all could have been prevented with simple cyber hygiene.
20 Signs You Need to Introduce Automation into Security Ops
Commentary  |  2/8/2018  | 
Far too often, organizations approach automation as a solution looking for a problem rather than the other way around.
Ticking Time Bombs in Your Data Center
Commentary  |  2/7/2018  | 
The biggest security problems inside your company may result from problems it inherited.
AutoSploit: Mass Exploitation Just Got a Lot Easier
Commentary  |  2/6/2018  | 
But the response to the new hacking tool, now readily available to the masses of script kiddies, has been a mix of outrage, fear, some applause, and more than a few shrugs.
Mastering Security in the Zettabyte Era
Commentary  |  2/5/2018  | 
Many businesses are ill-equipped to deal with potential risks posed by billions of connected devices, exponential data growth, and an unprecedented number of cyber threats. Here's how to prepare.
3 Ways Hackers Steal Your Company's Mobile Data
Commentary  |  2/2/2018  | 
The most effective data exfiltration prevention strategies are those that are as rigorous in vetting traffic entering the network as they are traffic leaving it.
Securing Cloud-Native Apps
Commentary  |  2/1/2018  | 
A useful approach for securing cloud-native platforms can be adapted for securing apps running on top of the platform as well.
Thinking about a Career Move in Cybersecurity?
Commentary  |  2/1/2018  | 
The numbers show career opportunities for cyber defenders.
Passwords: 4 Biometric Tokens and How They Can Be Beaten
Commentary  |  1/31/2018  | 
Authentication security methods are getting better all the time, but they are still not infallible.
5 Questions to Ask about Machine Learning
Commentary  |  1/31/2018  | 
Marketing hyperbole often exceeds reality. Here are questions you should ask before buying.
Breach-Proofing Your Data in a GDPR World
Commentary  |  1/30/2018  | 
Here are six key measures for enterprises to prioritize over the next few months.
DNS Hijacking: The Silent Threat That's Putting Your Network at Risk
Commentary  |  1/30/2018  | 
The technique is easy to carry out and can cause much damage. Here's what you need to know about fighting back.
An Action Plan to Fill the Information Security Workforce Gap
Commentary  |  1/29/2018  | 
Nothing says #whorunstheworld like an all-female blue team taking down a male-dominated red team in a battle to protect sensitive customer data, and other ideas to entice women into a cyber career.
Hardware Security: Why Fixing Meltdown & Spectre Is So Tough
Commentary  |  1/26/2018  | 
Hardware-based security is very difficult to break but, once broken, catastrophically difficult to fix. Software-based security is easier to break but also much easier to fix. Now what?
How Containers & Serverless Computing Transform Attacker Methodologies
Commentary  |  1/25/2018  | 
The pace of hacker innovation never slows. Now security technologies and methods must adapt with equal urgency.
Meltdown & Spectre: Computing's 'Unsafe at Any Speed' Problem
Commentary  |  1/25/2018  | 
Ralph Nader's book shook up the automotive world over 50 years ago. It's time to take a similar look at computer security.
Security Automation: Time to Start Thinking More Strategically
Commentary  |  1/24/2018  | 
To benefit from automation, we need to review incident response processes to find the areas where security analysts can engage in more critical thought and problem-solving.
GDPR: Ready or Not, Here It Comes
Commentary  |  1/24/2018  | 
As organizations all over the world look ahead to May 25 when Europe's General Data Protection Regulation takes effect, many will fall short.
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Diversity: It's About Inclusion
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  4/25/2018
Firms More Likely to Tempt Security Pros With Big Salaries than Invest in Training
Sara Peters, Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  4/19/2018
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CVE-2017-0290
Published: 2017-05-09
NScript in mpengine in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine with Engine Version before 1.1.13704.0, as used in Windows Defender and other products, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (type confusion and application crash) via crafted JavaScript code within ...

CVE-2016-10369
Published: 2017-05-08
unixsocket.c in lxterminal through 0.3.0 insecurely uses /tmp for a socket file, allowing a local user to cause a denial of service (preventing terminal launch), or possibly have other impact (bypassing terminal access control).

CVE-2016-8202
Published: 2017-05-08
A privilege escalation vulnerability in Brocade Fibre Channel SAN products running Brocade Fabric OS (FOS) releases earlier than v7.4.1d and v8.0.1b could allow an authenticated attacker to elevate the privileges of user accounts accessing the system via command line interface. With affected version...

CVE-2016-8209
Published: 2017-05-08
Improper checks for unusual or exceptional conditions in Brocade NetIron 05.8.00 and later releases up to and including 06.1.00, when the Management Module is continuously scanned on port 22, may allow attackers to cause a denial of service (crash and reload) of the management module.

CVE-2017-0890
Published: 2017-05-08
Nextcloud Server before 11.0.3 is vulnerable to an inadequate escaping leading to a XSS vulnerability in the search module. To be exploitable a user has to write or paste malicious content into the search dialogue.