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Content posted in March 2015
Healthcare Is Ignoring Cyber Risk Intel, Academia Even Worse
Commentary  |  3/31/2015  | 
Healthcare and other sectors are indolently ignoring the process of gathering and using high-level intelligence to focus cyber defenses. Heres proof.
Hacking Back: Two Wrongs Dont Make A Right
Commentary  |  3/30/2015  | 
Heres the critical issue: Do you want to risk engaging your company in an ego-fueled war of revenge, or do you want to cut the bad guys off at the pass?
Cyber Hunting: 5 Tips To Bag Your Prey
Commentary  |  3/26/2015  | 
Knowing the lay of the land and where attackers hide is a key element in hunting, both in nature and in the cyber realm.
The Internet Of Bring-Your-Own Things
Commentary  |  3/25/2015  | 
Devices and interconnected systems are finding a foothold not only in our homes but in mainstream organizations. Here are three tips to mitigate the risk.
Educating The Cyberwarriors Of The Future
Commentary  |  3/24/2015  | 
If I have to choose between hiring a university-educated CompSci grad or an IT specialist strong in sysadmin, networking or programming, I will pick the IT specialist every time.
Context: Finding The Story Inside Your Security Operations Program
Commentary  |  3/23/2015  | 
Whats missing in todays chaotic, alert-driven incident response queue is the idea of a narrative that provides a detailed understanding of how an attack actually unfolds.
The Clinton Email Kerfuffle & Shadow IT
Commentary  |  3/20/2015  | 
For security pros the issue is not government transparency. It's the fact that users, regardless of seniority, will always pick convenience over security.
Risky Business: Why Monitoring Vulnerability Data Is Never Enough
Commentary  |  3/19/2015  | 
Keeping tabs on open source code used in your organizations applications and infrastructure is daunting, especially if you are relying solely on manual methods.
The Bot Threat For the Rest of Us: Application-Layer Attacks
Commentary  |  3/18/2015  | 
Bots are getting craftier by the day so you may not even know you have a problem.
The End of Pen Testing As We Know It?
Commentary  |  3/17/2015  | 
It's time to expand the scope of penetration tests beyond the periphery of the enterprise network.
Dark Reading Radio: Security Pros At Risk Of Being Criminalized
Commentary  |  3/16/2015  | 
ICYMI: Check out Dark Reading Radio's recent broadcast and discussion about the pitfalls of new government efforts to fight bad hackers that could ultimately hurt the good guys.
7 Deadly Sins Of Security Policy Change Management
Commentary  |  3/16/2015  | 
Mitigating these deadly sins requires process, visibility and automation. Its an effort that will improve security and increase business agility.
Has Security Ops Outlived Its Purpose?
Commentary  |  3/13/2015  | 
CISOs will need more than higher headcounts and better automation tools to solve today's security problems.
Deconstructing Threat Models: 3 Tips
Commentary  |  3/12/2015  | 
There is no one-size-fits-all approach for creating cyber threat models. Just be flexible and keep your eye on the who, what, why, how and when.
6 Ways The Sony Hack Changes Everything
Commentary  |  3/11/2015  | 
Security in a post-Sony world means that a company's very survival in the wake of a cyber attack is more of a concern than ever before.
5 Things CISOs Can Learn From The Best GMs In Baseball
Commentary  |  3/10/2015  | 
A MLB team has many goals and objectives: to win, be profitable, have a solid strategy and understand the people whom they serve. Sound familiar?
Second Look: Data Security In A Hybrid Cloud
Commentary  |  3/9/2015  | 
Todays big cloud providers were built around an architecture for hosting and securing data. They will continue to thrive, only by keeping your workloads safe.
Does Hollywood Have The Answer To The Security Skills Question?
Commentary  |  3/6/2015  | 
The Oscar-winning biopic about famed WWII cryptanalyst Alan Turing -- the father of modern computing -- was long overdue. But a lot more needs to be done to inspire the next generation of computer scientists.
Which Apps Should You Secure First? Wrong Question.
Commentary  |  3/5/2015  | 
Instead, develop security instrumentation capability and stop wasting time on '4 terrible tactics' that focus on the trivial.
A Building Code For Internet of Things Security, Privacy
Commentary  |  3/4/2015  | 
In the fast-emerging IoT, medical device safety is reaching a critical juncture. Here are three challenges InfoSec professionals should begin to think about now.
Compliance & Security: A Race To The Bottom?
Commentary  |  3/3/2015  | 
Compliance is meaningless if organizations dont use it as a starting point to understand and mitigate risks within their environment.
Why Security Awareness Alone Wont Stop Hackers
Commentary  |  3/2/2015  | 
End-user training is a noble pursuit but its no defense against low and slow attacks that take months and years to carry out.
Dark Reading Offers Cyber Security Crash Course At Interop 2015
Commentary  |  3/2/2015  | 
New, one-day event offers a way for IT pros to quickly catch up with the latest threats and defenses in information security.


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PUBLISHED: 2019-02-21
Splunk Web in Splunk Enterprise 6.5.x before 6.5.5, 6.4.x before 6.4.9, 6.3.x before 6.3.12, 6.2.x before 6.2.14, 6.1.x before 6.1.14, and 6.0.x before 6.0.15 and Splunk Light before 6.6.0 has Persistent XSS, aka SPL-138827.