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Content posted in November 2018
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.
Data Breach Threats Bigger Than Ever
Commentary  |  11/28/2018  | 
A quarter of IT and security leaders expect a major data breach in the next year.
The "Typical" Security Engineer: Hiring Myths & Stereotypes
Commentary  |  11/28/2018  | 
In an environment where talent is scarce, it's critical that hiring managers remove artificial barriers to those whose mental operating systems are different.
How to Find a Privacy Job That You'll Love (& Why)
Commentary  |  11/27/2018  | 
Advice from a millennial woman who has done it: Find your niche and master your craft. You will be amazed at how significant your work will be.
8 Tips for Preventing Credential Theft Attacks on Critical Infrastructure
Commentary  |  11/27/2018  | 
Stolen credentials for industrial control system workstations are fast becoming the modus operandi for ICS attacks by cybercriminals.
Transforming into a CISO Security Leader
Commentary  |  11/26/2018  | 
Are you thinking of changing your career route from techie to CISO? Are you making the right choice? Only you know for sure.
To Stockpile or Not to Stockpile Zero-Days?
Commentary  |  11/21/2018  | 
As the debate rages on, there is still no simple answer to the question of whether the government should stockpile or publicly disclose zero-day vulnerabilities.
Cybersecurity at the Core
Commentary  |  11/20/2018  | 
For too long, cybersecurity has been looked at as one team's responsibility. If we maintain that mentality, we will fail.
8 Security Buzzwords That Are Too Good to Be True
Commentary  |  11/20/2018  | 
If you can't get straight answers about popular industry catchphrases, maybe it's time to ask your vendor: How do you actually use the technology?
95% of Organizations Have Cultural Issues Around Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  11/16/2018  | 
Very few organizations have yet baked cybersecurity into their corporate DNA, research finds.
Cyber Crooks Diversify Business with Multi-Intent Malware
Commentary  |  11/15/2018  | 
The makers of malware have realized that if they're going to invest time and money in compromising cyber defenses, they should do everything they can to monetize their achievement.
From Reactive to Proactive: Security as the Bedrock of the SDLC
Commentary  |  11/15/2018  | 
Secure code development should be a priority, not an afterthought, and adopting the software development life cycle process is a great way to start.
Understanding Evil Twin AP Attacks and How to Prevent Them
Commentary  |  11/14/2018  | 
The attack surface remains largely unprotected from Wi-Fi threats that can result in stolen credentials and sensitive information as well as backdoor/malware payload drops.
To Click or Not to Click: The Answer Is Easy
Commentary  |  11/14/2018  | 
Mega hacks like the Facebook breach provide endless ammo for spearphishers. These six tips can help you stay safer.
Empathy: The Next Killer App for Cybersecurity?
Commentary  |  11/13/2018  | 
The toughest security problems involve people not technology. Here's how to motivate your frontline employees all the way from the service desk to the corner office.
RIP, 'IT Security'
Commentary  |  11/13/2018  | 
Information security is vital, of course. But the concept of "IT security" has never made sense.
'CARTA': A New Tool in the Breach Prevention Toolbox
Commentary  |  11/12/2018  | 
Gartner's continuous adaptive risk and trust assessment for averting a data breach addresses the shortcomings of static security programs.
Vulnerabilities in Our Infrastructure: 5 Ways to Mitigate the Risk
Commentary  |  11/9/2018  | 
By teaming up to address key technical and organizational issues, information and operational security teams can improve the resiliency and safety of their infrastructure systems.
User Behavior Analytics Could Find a Home in the OT World of the IIoT
Commentary  |  11/8/2018  | 
The technology never really took off in IT, but it could be very helpful in the industrial world.
5 Things the Most Secure Software Companies Do (and How You Can Be Like Them)
Commentary  |  11/8/2018  | 
What sets apart the largest and most innovative software engineering organizations? These five approaches are a good way to start, and they won't break the bank.
IT-to-OT Solutions That Can Bolster Security in the IIoT
Commentary  |  11/7/2018  | 
Industrial companies can use the hard-won, long-fought lessons of IT to leapfrog to an advanced state of Industrial Internet of Things security.
5 Reasons Why Threat Intelligence Doesn't Work
Commentary  |  11/7/2018  | 
Cybersecurity folks often struggle to get threat intelligence's benefits. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome these problems.
Why the CISSP Remains Relevant to Cybersecurity After 28 Years
Commentary  |  11/6/2018  | 
The venerable Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification has been around for a very long time -- and for good reason.
Hidden Costs of IoT Vulnerabilities
Commentary  |  11/6/2018  | 
IoT devices have become part of our work and personal lives. Unfortunately, building security into these devices was largely an afterthought.
After the Breach: Tracing the 'Smoking Gun'
Commentary  |  11/5/2018  | 
Systems, technology, and threats change, and your response plan should, too. Here are three steps to turn your post-breach assessment into a set of workable best practices.
Tackling Cybersecurity from the Inside Out
Commentary  |  11/2/2018  | 
New online threats require new solutions.
Where Is the Consumer Outrage about Data Breaches?
Commentary  |  11/1/2018  | 
Facebook, Equifax, Cambridge Analytica Why do breaches of incomprehensible magnitude lead to a quick recovery for the businesses that lost or abused the data and such little lasting impact for the people whose information is stolen.
Not Every Security Flaw Is Created Equal
Commentary  |  11/1/2018  | 
You need smart prioritization to close the riskiest vulnerabilities. Effective DevSecOps leads the way, according to a new study.


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An issue was discovered in the BSON ObjectID (aka bson-objectid) package 1.3.0 for Node.js. ObjectID() allows an attacker to generate a malformed objectid by inserting an additional property to the user-input, because bson-objectid will return early if it detects _bsontype==ObjectID in the user-inpu...
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includes/libs/IEUrlExtension.php in the MediaWiki API in MediaWiki 1.19.x before 1.19.8, 1.20.x before 1.20.7, and 1.21.x before 1.21.2 does not properly detect extensions when there are an even number of "." (period) characters in a string, which allows remote attackers to conduct cross-s...