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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.


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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-2019-18202
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.
CVE-2019-18197
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-18
In xsltCopyText in transform.c in libxslt 1.1.33, a pointer variable isn't reset under certain circumstances. If the relevant memory area happened to be freed and reused in a certain way, a bounds check could fail and memory outside a buffer could be written to, or uninitialized data could be disclo...
CVE-2019-4409
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-18
HCL Traveler versions 9.x and earlier are susceptible to cross-site scripting attacks. On the Problem Report page of the Traveler servlet pages, there is a field to specify a file attachment to provide additional problem details. An invalid file name returns an error message that includes the entere...