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Content posted in December 2018
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.


Data Privacy Protections for the Most Vulnerable -- Children
Dimitri Sirota, Founder & CEO of BigID,  10/17/2019
Sodinokibi Ransomware: Where Attackers' Money Goes
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  10/15/2019
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CVE-2019-18216
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-20
** DISPUTED ** The BIOS configuration design on ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501GS laptops with BIOS 313 relies on the main battery instead of using a CMOS battery, which reduces the value of a protection mechanism in which booting from a USB device is prohibited. Attackers who have physical laptop access ...
CVE-2019-18214
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-19
The Video_Converter app 0.1.0 for Nextcloud allows denial of service (CPU and memory consumption) via multiple concurrent conversions because many FFmpeg processes may be running at once. (The workload is not queued for serial execution.)
CVE-2019-18202
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-19
Information Disclosure is possible on WAGO Series PFC100 and PFC200 devices before FW12 due to improper access control. A remote attacker can check for the existence of paths and file names via crafted HTTP requests.
CVE-2019-18209
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-19
templates/pad.html in Etherpad-Lite 1.7.5 has XSS when the browser does not encode the path of the URL, as demonstrated by Internet Explorer.
CVE-2019-18198
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-18
In the Linux kernel before 5.3.4, a reference count usage error in the fib6_rule_suppress() function in the fib6 suppression feature of net/ipv6/fib6_rules.c, when handling the FIB_LOOKUP_NOREF flag, can be exploited by a local attacker to corrupt memory, aka CID-ca7a03c41753.