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Content posted in February 2019
Solving Security: Repetition or Redundancy?
Commentary  |  2/28/2019  | 
To effectively defend against today's risks and threats, organizations must examine their failings as well as their successes.
In 2019, Cryptomining Just Might Have an Even Better Year
Commentary  |  2/28/2019  | 
The practice today is so pervasive that cryptojacking scripts are said to be running on an estimated 3% of all sites that users visit.
Stay Ahead of the Curve by Using AI in Compliance
Commentary  |  2/27/2019  | 
Although human oversight is required, advanced technologies built on AI will become pivotal in building safer financial markets and a safer world.
Embracing DevSecOps: 5 Processes to Improve DevOps Security
Commentary  |  2/27/2019  | 
In the cyber threat climate of the 21st century, sticking with DevOps is no longer an option.
DIY Botnet Detection: Techniques and Challenges
Commentary  |  2/26/2019  | 
Botnets continue to spread to places never dreamed of a few years ago. But you can fight them off, and these tips can help.
A 'Cloudy' Future for OSSEC
Commentary  |  2/26/2019  | 
As more organizations move to the public cloud and to DevOps and DevSecOps processes, the open source alternative for host-based intrusion detection is finding new uses.
Secure the System, Help the User
Commentary  |  2/25/2019  | 
The enterprise must do its part in deploying and maintaining secure systems so that end users stand a chance against attackers.
To Mitigate Advanced Threats, Put People Ahead of Tech
Commentary  |  2/22/2019  | 
Preventative technologies are only part of the picture and often come at the expense of the humans behind them.
Why Cybersecurity Burnout Is Real (and What to Do About It)
Commentary  |  2/21/2019  | 
The constant stresses from advanced malware to zero-day vulnerabilities can easily turn into employee overload with potentially dangerous consequences. Here's how to turn down the pressure.
Security Analysts Are Only Human
Commentary  |  2/21/2019  | 
SOC security analysts shoulder the largest cybersecurity burden. Automation is the way to circumvent the unavoidable human factor. Third in a six-part series.
9 Years After: From Operation Aurora to Zero Trust
Commentary  |  2/20/2019  | 
How the first documented nation-state cyberattack is changing security today.
The Anatomy of a Lazy Phish
Commentary  |  2/20/2019  | 
A security engineer breaks down how easy it is for unskilled attackers to trick an unsuspecting user to submit credentials to a phishing site.
Making the Case for a Cybersecurity Moon Shot
Commentary  |  2/19/2019  | 
There are severe and unsolved problems in our industry that justify a sustained effort and substantial investment. It's worth picking one.
Security Leaders Are Fallible, Too
Commentary  |  2/19/2019  | 
Security leaders set the tone for their organizations, and there are many places where the process can go wrong. Second in a six-part series.
Privacy Ops: The New Nexus for CISOs & DPOs
Commentary  |  2/18/2019  | 
No longer can privacy be an isolated function managed by legal or compliance departments with little or no connection to the organization's underlying security technology.
White-Hat Bug Bounty Programs Draw Inspiration from the Old West
Commentary  |  2/15/2019  | 
These programs are now an essential strategy in keeping the digital desperados at bay.
Diversity Is Vital to Advance Security
Commentary  |  2/14/2019  | 
Meet five female security experts who are helping to propel our industry forward.
How to Create a Dream Team for the New Age of Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  2/14/2019  | 
When each member of your security team is focused on one narrow slice of the pie, it's easy for adversaries to enter through the cracks. Here are five ways to stop them.
5 Expert Tips for Complying with the New PCI Software Security Framework
Commentary  |  2/13/2019  | 
The Secure SLC Standard improves business efficiency for payment application vendors but could also stand as new security benchmark for other industries to follow.
Lessons Learned from a Hard-Hitting Security Review
Commentary  |  2/13/2019  | 
Information security is a corporate posture and must be managed at all levels: systems, software, personnel, and all the key processes.
Cybersecurity and the Human Element: We're All Fallible
Commentary  |  2/12/2019  | 
We examine the issue of fallibility from six sides: end users, security leaders, security analysts, IT security administrators, programmers, and attackers.
Identifying, Understanding & Combating Insider Threats
Commentary  |  2/12/2019  | 
Your organization is almost certainly on the lookout for threats from outside the company. But are you ready to address threats from within?
What the Government Shutdown Teaches Us about Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  2/11/2019  | 
As lawmakers face a Friday deadline to prevent the federal government from closing a second time, we examine the cost to the digital domain, both public and private.
A Dog's Life: Dark Reading Caption Contest Winners
Commentary  |  2/8/2019  | 
What do a telephony protocol, butt-sniffing, and multifactor authentication have in common? A John Klossner cartoon! And the winners are ...
We Need More Transparency in Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  2/8/2019  | 
Security has become a stand-alone part of the corporate IT organization. That must stop, and transparency is the way forward.
4 Payment Security Trends for 2019
Commentary  |  2/7/2019  | 
Visa's chief risk officer anticipates some positive changes ahead.
When 911 Goes Down: Why Voice Network Security Must Be a Priority
Commentary  |  2/7/2019  | 
When there's a DDoS attack against your voice network, are you ready to fight against it?
4 Practical Questions to Ask Before Investing in AI
Commentary  |  2/6/2019  | 
A pragmatic, risk-based approach can help CISOs plan for an efficient, effective, and economically sound implementation of AI for cybersecurity.
Serverless Computing: 'Function' vs. 'Infrastructure' as-a-Service
Commentary  |  2/6/2019  | 
How much do companies really gain from offloading security duties to the cloud? Let's do the math.
Mitigating the Security Risks of Cloud-Native Applications
Commentary  |  2/5/2019  | 
While containers can create more secure application development environments, they also introduce new security challenges that affect security and compliance.
Taming the Wild, West World of Security Product Testing
Commentary  |  2/5/2019  | 
The industry has long needed an open, industry-standard testing framework. NetSecOPEN is working to make that happen.
IoT Security's Coming of Age Is Overdue
Commentary  |  2/4/2019  | 
The unique threat landscape requires a novel security approach based on the latest advances in network and AI security.
KISS, Cyber & the Humble but Nourishing Chickpea
Commentary  |  2/1/2019  | 
The combination of simple, straightforward, and methodical ingredients are the keys to developing a balanced and well-rounded security program.


Major Brazilian Bank Tests Homomorphic Encryption on Financial Data
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/10/2020
Exploits Released for As-Yet Unpatched Critical Citrix Flaw
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer,  1/13/2020
Microsoft Patches Windows Vuln Discovered by the NSA
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/14/2020
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CVE-2019-20003
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-17
Feldtech easescreen Crystal 9.0 Web-Services 9.0.1.16265 allows Stored XSS via the Debug-Log and Display-Log components. This could be exploited when an attacker sends an crafted string for FTP authentication.
CVE-2019-3686
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-17
openQA before commit c172e8883d8f32fced5e02f9b6faaacc913df27b was vulnerable to XSS in the distri and version parameter. This was reported through the bug bounty program of Offensive Security
CVE-2019-3683
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-17
The keystone-json-assignment package in SUSE Openstack Cloud 8 before commit d7888c75505465490250c00cc0ef4bb1af662f9f every user listed in the /etc/keystone/user-project-map.json was assigned full "member" role access to every project. This allowed these users to access, modify, create and...
CVE-2019-3682
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-17
The docker-kubic package in SUSE CaaS Platform 3.0 before 17.09.1_ce-7.6.1 provided access to an insecure API locally on the Kubernetes master node.
CVE-2019-17361
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-17
In SaltStack Salt through 2019.2.0, the salt-api NEST API with the ssh client enabled is vulnerable to command injection. This allows an unauthenticated attacker with network access to the API endpoint to execute arbitrary code on the salt-api host.