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Content posted in October 2017
Who Says Brilliant Security Engineers Can't Be Amazing People Managers?
Commentary  |  10/31/2017  | 
Don't let midcareer stagnation be an exit ramp from the cybersecurity industry. Use it as an opportunity to explore and to deepen your enthusiasm.
Stop Counting Vulnerabilities & Start Measuring Risk
Commentary  |  10/31/2017  | 
When security teams report on real risk, executive teams can gain a much better understanding of the company's security posture.
Screen Sharing: Dark Reading Caption Contest Winners
Commentary  |  10/30/2017  | 
It was a tough competition with more than 125 submissions, our largest field yet. And the winners are ...
Preventing Credential Theft: A Security Checklist for Boards
Commentary  |  10/30/2017  | 
Board members pose a unique risk for business, but proper planning helps.
Its Time to Change the Cybersecurity Conversation
Commentary  |  10/30/2017  | 
The IT security industry needs more balance between disclosure of threats and discussion of defense practices and greater sharing of ideas
3 Steps to Reduce Risk in Your Supply Chain
Commentary  |  10/27/2017  | 
Many companies have very limited visibility into their vendors' security posture -- and some may have thousands of vendors. Here are steps that every company should take to lock down their supply chains.
Why Data Breach Stats Get It Wrong
Commentary  |  10/26/2017  | 
It's not the size of the stolen data dump that is important. It's the window between the date of the breach and the date of discovery that represents the biggest threat.
A Checklist for Securing the Internet of Things
Commentary  |  10/26/2017  | 
IoT devices promise endless benefits, but they also come with serious security issues. Use this checklist to make sure your company stays safe.
Advanced Analytics + Frictionless Security: What CISOS Need to Know
Commentary  |  10/25/2017  | 
Advances in analytics technologies promise to make identity management smarter and more transparent to users. But the process is neither straightforward nor easy.
Why Patching Software Is Hard: Organizational Challenges
Commentary  |  10/25/2017  | 
The Equifax breach shows how large companies can stumble when it comes to patching. Organizational problems can prevent best practices from being enforced.
Finding Your Appetite for Security Automation (and Why That's Important)
Commentary  |  10/24/2017  | 
Yes, automation is becoming increasingly critical. But before you go all-in, determine the level that's right for your company.
Why Patching Software Is Hard: Technical Challenges
Commentary  |  10/24/2017  | 
Huge companies like Equifax can stumble over basic technical issues. Here's why.
Security Training & Awareness: 3 Big Myths
Commentary  |  10/23/2017  | 
The once-overwhelming consensus that security awareness programs are invaluable is increasingly up for debate.
How to Talk to the C-Suite about Malware Trends
Commentary  |  10/20/2017  | 
There is no simple answer to the question 'Are we protected against the latest brand-name malware attack?' But there is a smart one.
What's Next after the SEC 'Insider Trading' Breach?
Commentary  |  10/19/2017  | 
Last month's hack of the Securities and Exchange Commission may prove to be the most high-profile corporate gatekeeper attack to date. But it definitely won't be the last.
What's Next After HTTPS: A Fully Encrypted Web?
Commentary  |  10/18/2017  | 
As the rate of HTTPS adoption grows faster by the day, it's only a matter of time before a majority of websites turn on SSL. Here's why.
Why Security Leaders Can't Afford to Be Just 'Left-Brained'
Commentary  |  10/17/2017  | 
The left side of the brain is logical and linear; the right side, creative. You have to use both sides of the brain to connect to your audience in your business.
20 Questions to Ask Yourself before Giving a Security Conference Talk
Commentary  |  10/16/2017  | 
As cybersecurity continues to become more of a mainstream concern, those of us who speak at industry events must learn how to truly connect with our audience.
Getting the Most Out of Cyber Threat Intelligence
Commentary  |  10/13/2017  | 
How security practitioners can apply structured analysis and move from putting out fires to fighting the arsonists.
Ransomware Grabs Headlines but BEC May Be a Bigger Threat
Commentary  |  10/12/2017  | 
With social media, gathering information has never been easier, making Business Email Compromise the land of milk and honey for cybercriminals.
New Dark Reading Conference Will Focus on Defense
Commentary  |  10/11/2017  | 
The INsecurity Conference, Nov. 29-30 at the Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland is all about helping infosecurity pros mitigate threats -- from hot topics to basic hygiene.
How Systematic Lying Can Improve Your Security
Commentary  |  10/11/2017  | 
No, you don't have to tell websites your mother's actual maiden name.
Unstructured Data: The Threat You Cannot See
Commentary  |  10/10/2017  | 
Why security teams needs to take a cognitive approach to the increasing volumes of data flowing from sources they don't control.
Rise in Insider Threats Drives Shift to Training, Data-Level Security
Commentary  |  10/6/2017  | 
As the value and volume of data grows, perimeter security is not enough to battle internal or external threats.
Private, Public, or Hybrid? Finding the Right Fit in a Bug Bounty Program
Commentary  |  10/5/2017  | 
How can a bug bounty not be a bug bounty? There are several reasons. Here's why you need to understand the differences.
What Security Teams Need to Know about the NIAC Report
Commentary  |  10/4/2017  | 
Which of the recommendations made by the NIAC working group will affect security teams the most, and how should they prepare?
Ransomware Will Target Backups: 4 Ways to Protect Your Data
Commentary  |  10/4/2017  | 
Backups are the best way to take control of your defense against ransomware, but they need protecting as well.
DevOpsSec: A Big Step in Cloud Application Security
Commentary  |  10/3/2017  | 
Why it's time for DevOps and security teams to bury the hatchet -- and not in each other's back.
5 IT Practices That Put Enterprises at Risk
Commentary  |  10/2/2017  | 
No one solution will keep you 100% protected, but if you avoid these common missteps, you can shore up your security posture.


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CVE-2018-10839
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
Qemu emulator <= 3.0.0 built with the NE2000 NIC emulation support is vulnerable to an integer overflow, which could lead to buffer overflow issue. It could occur when receiving packets over the network. A user inside guest could use this flaw to crash the Qemu process resulting in DoS.
CVE-2018-13399
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
The Microsoft Windows Installer for Atlassian Fisheye and Crucible before version 4.6.1 allows local attackers to escalate privileges because of weak permissions on the installation directory.
CVE-2018-18381
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
Z-BlogPHP 1.5.2.1935 (Zero) has a stored XSS Vulnerability in zb_system/function/c_system_admin.php via the Content-Type header during the uploading of image attachments.
CVE-2018-18382
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
Advanced HRM 1.6 allows Remote Code Execution via PHP code in a .php file to the user/update-user-avatar URI, which can be accessed through an "Update Profile" "Change Picture" (aka user/edit-profile) action.
CVE-2018-18374
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
XSS exists in the MetInfo 6.1.2 admin/index.php page via the anyid parameter.