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Content posted in March 2018
The Cybersecurity Mandates Keep On Coming
Commentary  |  3/30/2018  | 
There's a good reason for the proliferation of mandates like the one in New York state, but companies may struggle to answer this question: "Are we in compliance?"
Deconstructing the DOJ Iranian Hacking Indictment
Commentary  |  3/29/2018  | 
The alleged attackers used fairly simple tools, techniques and procedures to compromise a new victim organization on an almost weekly basis for over five years.
How Measuring Security for Risk & ROI Can Empower CISOs
Commentary  |  3/28/2018  | 
For the vast majority of business decisions, organizations seek metrics-driven proof. Why is cybersecurity the exception?
Automating Ethics for Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  3/28/2018  | 
Having a code of ethics and enforcing it are two different things.
UVA Defeats UMBC, in Stunning Upset
Commentary  |  3/27/2018  | 
In first trip to Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, University of Virginia's Cyber Defense Team defeats reigning national champs from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
780 Days in the Life of a Computer Worm
Commentary  |  3/27/2018  | 
This is a story of a worm, from the time it was coded and deployed onto the Internet. It is narrated by the worm in the first person.
Privacy: Do We Need a National Data Breach Disclosure Law?
Commentary  |  3/27/2018  | 
Some say we need a more consistent approach, while others worry a national law might supersede and water down some state laws already on the books.
The Overlooked Problem of 'N-Day' Vulnerabilities
Commentary  |  3/26/2018  | 
N-days -- or known vulnerabilities -- are a goldmine for attackers of industrial control systems. It's time for a new defense strategy.
Looking Back to Look Ahead: Cyber Threat Trends to Watch
Commentary  |  3/23/2018  | 
Data from the fourth quarter of last year shows the state of application exploits, malicious software, and botnets.
Is Application Security Dead?
Commentary  |  3/22/2018  | 
The nature of the field has changed greatly because of the move to the cloud and enterprise digital transformation.
5 Ways to Get Ready for Public Cloud Deployment
Commentary  |  3/22/2018  | 
Syncing security and product development early is now a "must do."
SOC in Translation: 4 Common Phrases & Why They Raise Flags
Commentary  |  3/21/2018  | 
By keeping an ear out for out for catchphrases like "Just ask Stu" or "I've got a bad feeling about this," CISOs can overcome the barriers that get between business leaders and their security teams.
How Serverless Computing Reshapes Security
Commentary  |  3/21/2018  | 
The new division of responsibility moves some security concerns off a business's plate while changing priorities for other risks.
Critical Infrastructure: Stop Whistling Past the Cyber Graveyard
Commentary  |  3/20/2018  | 
An open letter to former colleagues in Homeland Security, peers in private sector cybersecurity firms, those who own and operate critical systems, academics, and politicians.
The Case for Integrating Physical Security & Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  3/20/2018  | 
Aggregating threat intel from external data sources is no longer enough. You must look inside and outside your traditional knowledge base for the best way to defend against attacks.
A Data Protection Officer's Guide to the GDPR Galaxy
Commentary  |  3/19/2018  | 
Impending deadline got you freaking out? These five tips might help you calm down, at least a little.
The Containerization of Artificial Intelligence
Commentary  |  3/16/2018  | 
AI automates repetitive tasks and alleviates mundane functions that often haunt decision makers. But it's still not a sure substitute for security best practices.
Online Ads vs. Security: An Invisible War
Commentary  |  3/15/2018  | 
Why visiting one website is like visiting 50, and how you can fight back against malvertisers.
Voice-Operated Devices, Enterprise Security & the 'Big Truck' Attack
Commentary  |  3/15/2018  | 
The problem with having smart speakers and digital assistants in the workplace is akin to having a secure computer inside your office while its wireless keyboard is left outside for everyone to use.
Segmentation: The Neglected (Yet Essential) Control
Commentary  |  3/14/2018  | 
Failure to deploy measures to contain unauthorized intruders is a recipe for digital disaster.
A Secure Enterprise Starts with a Cyber-Aware Staff
Commentary  |  3/14/2018  | 
An attack doesn't have to be super high-tech to cause a lot of damage. Make sure your employees know how to spot an old-fashioned phishing campaign.
Google 'Distrust Dates' Are Coming Fast
Commentary  |  3/13/2018  | 
All the tools are in place for the migration of SSL digital certificates on a scale that is unprecedented for the certificate authority industry. Are you ready?
What's the C-Suite Doing About Mobile Security?
Commentary  |  3/13/2018  | 
While most companies have security infrastructure for on-premises servers, networks, and endpoints, too many are ignoring mobile security. They'd better get moving.
Disappearing Act: Dark Reading Caption Contest Winners
Commentary  |  3/12/2018  | 
A standout field with hysterical puns about security policies, Meltdown, Amazon Web Services, and the right to be forgotten. And the winner is
IoT Product Safety: If It Appears Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is
Commentary  |  3/12/2018  | 
Proposed new connected-product repair laws will provide hackers with more tools to make our lives less secure.
DevSecOps: The Importance of Building Security from the Beginning
Commentary  |  3/9/2018  | 
Here are four important areas to tackle in order to master DevSecOps: code, privacy, predictability, and people.
Putting the S in SDLC: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?
Commentary  |  3/8/2018  | 
Data represents the ultimate attack surface. Avoid major data breaches (and splashy headlines) by keeping track of where your data is.
Cybersecurity Gets Added to the M&A Lexicon
Commentary  |  3/8/2018  | 
Threat intelligence data can give a clear picture of an acquisition target that could make or break a deal.
Privilege Abuse Attacks: 4 Common Scenarios
Commentary  |  3/7/2018  | 
It doesn't matter if the threat comes from a disgruntled ex-employee or an insider anticipating financial gain, privilege abuse patterns are pretty much the same, and they're easy to avoid.
Why Security-Driven Companies Are More Successful
Commentary  |  3/7/2018  | 
Software Security Masters are better at handling application development security and show much higher growth than their peers. Here's how to become one.
Connected Cars Pose New Security Challenges
Commentary  |  3/6/2018  | 
The auto industry should seize the opportunity and get in front of this issue.
Pragmatic Security: 20 Signs You Are 'Boiling the Ocean'
Commentary  |  3/6/2018  | 
Ocean-boiling is responsible for most of the draconian, nonproductive security policies I've witnessed over the course of my career. Here's why they don't work.
Hacking Back & the Digital Wild West
Commentary  |  3/5/2018  | 
Far from helping organizations defend themselves, hacking back will escalate an already chaotic situation.
A Secure Development Approach Pays Off
Commentary  |  3/2/2018  | 
Software security shouldn't be an afterthought. That's why the secure software development life cycle deserves a fresh look.
How & Why the Cybersecurity Landscape Is Changing
Commentary  |  3/1/2018  | 
A comprehensive new report from Cisco should "scare the pants off" enterprise security leaders.
What Enterprises Can Learn from Medical Device Security
Commentary  |  3/1/2018  | 
In today's cloud-native world, organizations need a highly distributed approach that ties security to the workload itself in order to prevent targeted attacks.


Google Engineering Lead on Lessons Learned From Chrome's HTTPS Push
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  8/8/2018
White Hat to Black Hat: What Motivates the Switch to Cybercrime
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  8/8/2018
PGA of America Struck By Ransomware
Dark Reading Staff 8/9/2018
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CVE-2018-3937
PUBLISHED: 2018-08-14
An exploitable command injection vulnerability exists in the measurementBitrateExec functionality of Sony IPELA E Series Network Camera G5 firmware 1.87.00. A specially crafted GET request can cause arbitrary commands to be executed. An attacker can send an HTTP request to trigger this vulnerability...
CVE-2018-3938
PUBLISHED: 2018-08-14
An exploitable stack-based buffer overflow vulnerability exists in the 802dot1xclientcert.cgi functionality of Sony IPELA E Series Camera G5 firmware 1.87.00. A specially crafted POST can cause a stack-based buffer overflow, resulting in remote code execution. An attacker can send a malicious POST r...
CVE-2018-12537
PUBLISHED: 2018-08-14
In Eclipse Vert.x version 3.0 to 3.5.1, the HttpServer response headers and HttpClient request headers do not filter carriage return and line feed characters from the header value. This allow unfiltered values to inject a new header in the client request or server response.
CVE-2018-12539
PUBLISHED: 2018-08-14
In Eclipse OpenJ9 version 0.8, users other than the process owner may be able to use Java Attach API to connect to an Eclipse OpenJ9 or IBM JVM on the same machine and use Attach API operations, which includes the ability to execute untrusted native code. Attach API is enabled by default on Windows,...
CVE-2018-3615
PUBLISHED: 2018-08-14
Systems with microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and Intel software guard extensions (Intel SGX) may allow unauthorized disclosure of information residing in the L1 data cache from an enclave to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis.