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Content posted in November 2019
How to Get Prepared for Privacy Legislation
Commentary  |  11/27/2019  | 
All the various pieces of legislation, both in the US and worldwide, can feel overwhelming. But getting privacy basics right is a solid foundation.
Practical Principles for Security Metrics
Commentary  |  11/27/2019  | 
A proactive approach to cybersecurity requires the right tools, not more tools.
DDoS: An Underestimated Threat
Commentary  |  11/26/2019  | 
Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have become more common, more powerful, and more useful to attackers. Here's how to fight back.
5 Ways to Champion and Increase Your 2020 Security Budget
Commentary  |  11/26/2019  | 
Give your organization's leadership an impactful, out-of-office experience so they know what's at stake with their budgeting decisions.
Time to Warn Users About Black Friday & Cyber Monday Scams
Commentary  |  11/25/2019  | 
Warn your employees to avoid the inevitable scams associated with these two "holidays," or you risk compromising your company's network.
The 5-Step Methodology for Spotting Malicious Bot Activity on Your Network
Commentary  |  11/22/2019  | 
Bot detection over IP networks isn't easy, but it's becoming a fundamental part of network security practice.
3 Fundamentals for Better Security and IT Management
Commentary  |  11/21/2019  | 
Nail these security fundamentals, and your organization will be well-positioned to succeed next year and in the years to come.
The 'Department of No': Why CISOs Need to Cultivate a Middle Way
Commentary  |  11/21/2019  | 
A chief information security officer's job inherently involves conflict, but a go-along-to-get-along approach carries its own vulnerabilities and risks.
Employee Privacy in a Mobile Workplace
Commentary  |  11/20/2019  | 
Why businesses need guidelines for managing their employees' personal information -- without compromising on security.
Why Multifactor Authentication Is Now a Hacker Target
Commentary  |  11/20/2019  | 
SIM swaps, insecure web design, phishing, and channel-jacking are four ways attackers are circumventing MFA technology, according to the FBI.
TPM-Fail: What It Means & What to Do About It
Commentary  |  11/19/2019  | 
Trusted Platform Modules are well-suited to a wide range of applications, but for the strongest security, architect them into "defense-in-depth" designs.
I 'Hacked' My Accounts Using My Mobile Number: Here's What I Learned
Commentary  |  11/19/2019  | 
A feature that's supposed to make your account more secure -- adding a cellphone number -- has become a vector of attack in SIM-swapping incidents. Here's how it's done and how you can protect yourself.
A Security Strategy That Centers on Humans, Not Bugs
Commentary  |  11/19/2019  | 
The industry's fixation on complex exploits has come at the expense of making fundamentals easy and intuitive for end users.
Human Nature vs. AI: A False Dichotomy?
Commentary  |  11/18/2019  | 
How the helping hand of artificial intelligence allows security teams to remain human while protecting themselves from their own humanity being used against them.
Quantum Computing Breakthrough Accelerates the Need for Future-Proofed PKI
Commentary  |  11/18/2019  | 
Public key infrastructure is a foundational security tool that has evolved to become a critical base for future advancements. Today's generation of PKI can be coupled with quantum-resistant algorithms to extend the lifespan of digital certificates for decades.
12 Tips for Dealing with a Manipulative Security Manager
Commentary  |  11/15/2019  | 
Don't let yourself be stuck in an unhealthy work environment with a toxic manager who takes advantage of your talent.
DevSecOps: The Answer to the Cloud Security Skills Gap
Commentary  |  11/15/2019  | 
There's a skills and resources gap industrywide, but a DevSecOps approach can go a long way toward closing that gap.
BSIMM10 Shows Industry Vertical Maturity
Commentary  |  11/14/2019  | 
The Building Security In Maturity Model is the only detailed measuring stick for software security initiatives, and it continues to evolve.
5 Cybersecurity CISO Priorities for the Future
Commentary  |  11/14/2019  | 
Seven chief information security officers share their pain points and two-year spending plans.
How Does Your Cyber Resilience Measure Up?
Commentary  |  11/14/2019  | 
The security measures companies take today may not be enough for tomorrow's cyber assault, but switching to a proactive, risk-based framework may better protect your organization.
Cybersecurity: An Organizationwide Responsibility
Commentary  |  11/13/2019  | 
C-suite execs must set an example of good practices while also supporting the IT department with enough budget to protect the organization from next-generation cyberattacks.
Breaches Are Inevitable, So Embrace the Chaos
Commentary  |  11/13/2019  | 
Avoid sinking security with principles of shipbuilding known since the 15th century.
Unreasonable Security Best Practices vs. Good Risk Management
Commentary  |  11/13/2019  | 
Perfection is impossible, and pretending otherwise just makes things worse. Instead, make risk-based decisions.
The Myths of Multifactor Authentication
Commentary  |  11/12/2019  | 
Organizations without MFA are wide open to attack when employees fall for phishing scams or share passwords. What's holding them back?
SHAKEN/STIR: Finally! A Solution to Caller ID Spoofing?
Commentary  |  11/12/2019  | 
The ubiquitous Caller ID hasn't changed much over the years, but the technology to exploit it has exploded. That may be about to change.
Why Cyber-Risk Is a C-Suite Issue
Commentary  |  11/12/2019  | 
Organizations realize the scale of cyber-risk but lack counter-actions to build resilience.
5 Security Processes You Shouldn't Overlook During M&A
Commentary  |  11/11/2019  | 
Security needs to be a central element of due diligence if a merger or acquisition is to succeed
9 Principles to Simplify Security
Commentary  |  11/8/2019  | 
This isn't a one-size-fits-all situation. Simplify as much as you can, as the saying goes, but no more than that.
To Prove Cybersecurity's Worth, Create a Cyber Balance Sheet
Commentary  |  11/7/2019  | 
How tying and measuring security investments to business impacts can elevate executives' understanding and commitment to cyber-risk reduction.
The Cold Truth about Cyber Insurance
Commentary  |  11/7/2019  | 
There is no premium that will recover the millions of dollars your company spends on R&D if your intellectual property is hacked and stolen.
Social Media: Corporate Cyber Espionage's Channel of Choice
Commentary  |  11/6/2019  | 
Proactive defense and automation can help your company deal with scale and prioritize risks in order to more efficiently fight cyber espionage.
The Uphill Battle of Triaging Alerts
Commentary  |  11/6/2019  | 
Prioritizing alerts is foundational to security, but almost every organization struggles to manage this process efficiently. Here's what you can do about it.
The State of Email Security and Protection
Commentary  |  11/5/2019  | 
Phishing and ransomware top the list of security risks that organizations are not fully prepared to deal with.
Enterprise Web Security: Risky Business
Commentary  |  11/5/2019  | 
Web development is at much more risk than commonly perceived. As attackers eye the enterprise, third-party code provides an easy way in.
To Secure Multicloud Environments, First Acknowledge You Have a Problem
Commentary  |  11/4/2019  | 
Multicloud environments change rapidly. Organizations need a security framework that is purpose-built for the cloud and that aligns with their digital transformation strategy.
Raising Security Awareness: Why Tools Can't Replace People
Commentary  |  11/1/2019  | 
Training your people and building relationships outside of the security organization is the most significant investment a CISO can make.


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Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/21/2020
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Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/22/2020
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CVE-2015-3154
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-27
CRLF injection vulnerability in Zend\Mail (Zend_Mail) in Zend Framework before 1.12.12, 2.x before 2.3.8, and 2.4.x before 2.4.1 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary HTTP headers and conduct HTTP response splitting attacks via CRLF sequences in the header of an email.
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A Local Privilege Escalation issue was discovered in Avast Secure Browser 76.0.1659.101. The vulnerability is due to an insecure ACL set by the AvastBrowserUpdate.exe (which is running as NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM) when AvastSecureBrowser.exe checks for new updates. When the update check is triggered, the...
CVE-2014-8161
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-27
PostgreSQL before 9.0.19, 9.1.x before 9.1.15, 9.2.x before 9.2.10, 9.3.x before 9.3.6, and 9.4.x before 9.4.1 allows remote authenticated users to obtain sensitive column values by triggering constraint violation and then reading the error message.
CVE-2014-9481
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The Scribunto extension for MediaWiki allows remote attackers to obtain the rollback token and possibly other sensitive information via a crafted module, related to unstripping special page HTML.
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The to_char function in PostgreSQL before 9.0.19, 9.1.x before 9.1.15, 9.2.x before 9.2.10, 9.3.x before 9.3.6, and 9.4.x before 9.4.1 allows remote authenticated users to cause a denial of service (crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a (1) large number of digits when processing a numeric ...