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Content posted in April 2019
California Consumer Privacy Act: 4 Compliance Best Practices
Commentary  |  4/30/2019  | 
Companies that get ahead of the January 2020 data privacy deadline can minimize the risk of sanctions and also gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
How to Help Your Board Navigate Cybersecurity's Legal Risks
Commentary  |  4/30/2019  | 
What's worse than a massive data breach? A massive data breach followed by a shareholder derivative lawsuit. Learn whats at stake and what CISOs can do to mitigate the damage.
A Rear-View Look at GDPR: Compliance Has No Brakes
Commentary  |  4/29/2019  | 
With a year of Europe's General Data Protection Regulation under our belt, what have we learned?
Go Medieval to Keep OT Safe
Commentary  |  4/26/2019  | 
When it comes to operational technology and industrial control systems, make sure you're the lord of all you survey.
How a Nigerian ISP Accidentally Hijacked the Internet
Commentary  |  4/25/2019  | 
For 74 minutes, traffic destined for Google and Cloudflare services was routed through Russia and into the largest system of censorship in the world, China's Great Firewall.
Ramblings of a Recovering Academic on the So-Called Lack of Security Talent
Commentary  |  4/25/2019  | 
Hiring for security is difficult, as many surveys show. But what the research doesn't explain is the "why" and a lack of talent may not be the sole reason.
5 Security Challenges to API Protection
Commentary  |  4/24/2019  | 
Today's application programming interfaces are no longer simple or front-facing, creating new risks for both security and DevOps.
Attackers Aren't Invincible & We Must Use That to Our Advantage
Commentary  |  4/24/2019  | 
The bad guys only seem infallible. Use their weaknesses to beat them.
When Every Attack Is a Zero Day
Commentary  |  4/23/2019  | 
Stopping malware the first time is an ideal that has remained tantalizingly out of reach. But automation, artificial intelligence, and deep learning are poised to change that.
Will the US Adopt a National Privacy Law?
Commentary  |  4/23/2019  | 
Probably not before the 2020 election. But keep an eye on this Congress as legislators debate how to define personal data and what limits to place on how companies use it.
4 Tips to Protect Your Business Against Social Media Mistakes
Commentary  |  4/22/2019  | 
Don't let social media become the go-to platform for cybercriminals looking to steal sensitive corporate information or cause huge reputational damage.
Why We Need a 'Cleaner Internet'
Commentary  |  4/19/2019  | 
By blocking threats and attacks nearer to their sources, cybersecurity pros could help turn the connected world into a safer place for all.
How to Raise the Level of AppSec Competency in Your Organization
Commentary  |  4/18/2019  | 
Improving processes won't happen overnight, but it's not complicated either.
GoT Guide to Cybersecurity: Preparing for Battle During a Staffing Shortage
Commentary  |  4/18/2019  | 
Faced with an overwhelming adversary, Game of Thrones heroes Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow have a lot in common with today's beleaguered CISOs.
Legacy Apps: The Security Risk Lurking in Dusty Corners
Commentary  |  4/17/2019  | 
Four best practices to keep old code from compromising your enterprise environment.
Selecting the Right Strategy to Reduce Vulnerability Risk
Commentary  |  4/17/2019  | 
There's no one-size-fits-all strategy for eliminating vulnerability risk. Knowing how your organization operates is what makes the difference.
Benefiting from Data Privacy Investments
Commentary  |  4/16/2019  | 
GDPR-ready companies experience lower overall costs associated with data breaches, research finds.
New Attacks (and Old Attacks Made New)
Commentary  |  4/16/2019  | 
Although new attacks might get the most attention, don't assume old ones have gone away.
The Single Cybersecurity Question Every CISO Should Ask
Commentary  |  4/15/2019  | 
The answer can lead to a scalable enterprise security solution for years to come.
Cloudy with a Chance of Security Breach
Commentary  |  4/12/2019  | 
Businesses must be aware of the security weaknesses of the public cloud and not assume that every angle is covered.
In Security, All Logs Are Not Created Equal
Commentary  |  4/11/2019  | 
Prioritizing key log sources goes a long way toward effective incident response.
When Your Sandbox Fails
Commentary  |  4/11/2019  | 
The sandbox is an important piece of the security stack, but an organization's entire strategy shouldn't rely on its ability to detect every threat. Here's why.
Merging Companies, Merging Clouds
Commentary  |  4/10/2019  | 
Integrating cloud environments is anything but easy. Evaluating the security risks in doing so must be a starting component of an overall M&A strategy.
Safe Harbor Programs: Ensuring the Bounty Isn't on White Hat Hackers' Heads
Commentary  |  4/10/2019  | 
As crowdsourced security-testing surges in popularity, companies need to implement safe harbor provisions to protect good-faith hackers -- and themselves.
A New Approach to Application Security Testing
Commentary  |  4/9/2019  | 
If the appsec industry were to develop a better AST solution from scratch, what would it look like?
Stop Mocking & Start Enabling Emerging Technologies
Commentary  |  4/9/2019  | 
Mocking new technology isn't productive and can lead to career disadvantage.
Ignore the Insider Threat at Your Peril
Commentary  |  4/8/2019  | 
Attacks from insiders often go undiscovered for months or years, so the potential impact can be huge. These 11 countermeasures can mitigate the damage.
Advanced Persistent Threat: Dark Reading Caption Contest Winners
Commentary  |  4/5/2019  | 
From sushi and phishing to robots, passwords and ninjas -- and the winners are ...
The Matrix at 20: A Metaphor for Today's Cybersecurity Challenges
Commentary  |  4/5/2019  | 
The Matrix ushered in a new generation of sci-fi movies and futuristic plotlines with a relentless, seemingly invulnerable set of villains. Twenty years later, that theme is all too familiar to security pros.
3 Lessons Security Leaders Can Learn from Theranos
Commentary  |  4/4/2019  | 
Theranos flamed out in spectacular fashion, but you can still learn from the company's "worst practices."
True Cybersecurity Means a Proactive Response
Commentary  |  4/4/2019  | 
Successful, secure organizations must take an aggressive, pre-emptive posture if they want true data security.
Privacy & Regulatory Considerations in Enterprise Blockchain
Commentary  |  4/3/2019  | 
People who understand information governance, privacy, and security should be active participants on the distributed ledger technology implementation team to ensure success.
In Security, Programmers Aren't Perfect
Commentary  |  4/3/2019  | 
Software developers and their managers must change their perception of secure coding from being an optional feature to being a requirement that is factored into design from the beginning.
War on Zero-Days: 4 Lessons from Recent Google & Microsoft Vulns
Commentary  |  4/2/2019  | 
When selecting targets, attackers often consider total cost of 'pwnership' -- the expected cost of an operation versus the likelihood of success. Defenders need to follow a similar strategy.
Airports & Operational Technology: 4 Attack Scenarios
Commentary  |  4/2/2019  | 
As OT systems increasingly fall into the crosshairs of cyberattackers, aviation-industry CISOs have become hyper-focused on securing them.
In the Race Toward Mobile Banking, Don't Forget Risk Management
Commentary  |  4/1/2019  | 
The rise of mobile banking and payment services has sparked widespread adoption, making a focus on risk essential.


Data Leak Week: Billions of Sensitive Files Exposed Online
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  12/10/2019
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CVE-2019-19782
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
The FTP client in AceaXe Plus 1.0 allows a buffer overflow via a long EHLO response from an FTP server.
CVE-2019-19777
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
stb_image.h (aka the stb image loader) 2.23, as used in libsixel and other products, has a heap-based buffer over-read in stbi__load_main.
CVE-2019-19778
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
An issue was discovered in libsixel 1.8.2. There is a heap-based buffer over-read in the function load_sixel at loader.c.
CVE-2019-16777
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
Versions of the npm CLI prior to 6.13.4 are vulnerable to an Arbitrary File Overwrite. It fails to prevent existing globally-installed binaries to be overwritten by other package installations. For example, if a package was installed globally and created a serve binary, any subsequent installs of pa...
CVE-2019-16775
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
Versions of the npm CLI prior to 6.13.3 are vulnerable to an Arbitrary File Write. It is possible for packages to create symlinks to files outside of thenode_modules folder through the bin field upon installation. A properly constructed entry in the package.json bin field would allow a package publi...