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Content posted in May 2017
The Case for Disclosing Insider Breaches
Commentary  |  5/31/2017  | 
Too often organizations try to sweep intentional, accidental or negligent employee theft of data under the rug. Heres why they shouldnt.
Rethinking Vulnerabilities: Network Infrastructure as a Software System
Commentary  |  5/31/2017  | 
Increasing complexity is putting networks at risk. It's time to shift our security approach and take some lessons from software development.
Securing IoT Devices Requires a Change in Thinking
Commentary  |  5/30/2017  | 
There's no magic bullet for IoT security, but there are ways to help detect and mitigate problems.
Elections, Deceptions & Political Breaches
Commentary  |  5/26/2017  | 
Political hacks have many lessons for the business world.
In the Cloud, Evolving Infrastructure Means Evolving Alliances
Commentary  |  5/25/2017  | 
New opportunities make for unusual bedfellows. Here's how to navigate the shift in organizational dynamics between security operations, line-of-business managers, and developers.
Ransomware: Carding's Replacement for the Criminal Masses
Commentary  |  5/25/2017  | 
Ransomware is not only here to stay, it's going to proliferate by orders of magnitude and cause substantial risk to businesses for the foreseeable future.
Data Security & Privacy: The Risks of Not Playing by the Rules
Commentary  |  5/24/2017  | 
Achieving compliance is a complex and challenging process. But with the right systems and policies, you can stay ahead of the next data breach and the regulators.
4 Reasons the Vulnerability Disclosure Process Stalls
Commentary  |  5/24/2017  | 
The relationship between manufacturers and researchers is often strained. Here's why, along with some resources to help.
Staying a Step Ahead of Internet Attacks
Commentary  |  5/23/2017  | 
There's no getting around the fact that targeted attacks, such as spearphishing, will happen. But you can figure out the type of attack to expect next.
With Billions Spent on Cybersecurity, Why Are Problems Getting Worse?
Commentary  |  5/23/2017  | 
Technology alone won't keep you safe. Fully engaged employees should be your first line of defense.
In Search of an Rx for Enterprise Security Fatigue
Commentary  |  5/22/2017  | 
Are you exhausted by the vast number of measures your organization needs to keep its systems and data safe? You're not alone.
Deconstructing the 2016 Yahoo Security Breach
Commentary  |  5/19/2017  | 
One good thing about disasters is that we can learn from them and avoid repeating the same mistakes. Here are five lessons that the Yahoo breach should have taught us.
All Generations, All Risks, All Contained: A How-To Guide
Commentary  |  5/18/2017  | 
Organizations must have a security plan that considers all of their employees.
WannaCry: Ransomware Catastrophe or Failure?
Commentary  |  5/18/2017  | 
Using Bitcoin payments as a measure, the WannaCry attack is not nearly as profitable as the headlines suggest. But you should still patch your Windows systems and educate users.
Why We Need a Data-Driven Cybersecurity Market
Commentary  |  5/17/2017  | 
NIST should bring together industry to create a standard set of metrics and develop better ways to share information.
The Fundamental Flaw in TCP/IP: Connecting Everything
Commentary  |  5/17/2017  | 
Almost 30 years after its inception, it's time to fix the engine that both fuels the modern day Internet and is the root cause of its most vexing security challenges.
The Wide-Ranging Impact of New York's Cybersecurity Regulations
Commentary  |  5/16/2017  | 
New York's toughest regulations yet are now in effect. Here's what that means for your company.
How Many People Does It Take to Defend a Network?
Commentary  |  5/16/2017  | 
The question is hard to answer because there aren't enough cybersecurity pros to go around.
Your Grandma Could Be the Next Ransomware Millionaire
Commentary  |  5/15/2017  | 
Today's as-a-service technology has democratized ransomware, offering practically anyone with a computer and an Internet connection an easy way to get in on the game.
5 Steps to Maximize the Value of your Security Investments
Commentary  |  5/12/2017  | 
How a security rationalization process can help CISOs make the most out of their information security infrastructure, and also improve the company bottom line.
What Developers Don't Know About Security Can Hurt You
Commentary  |  5/11/2017  | 
Developers won't start writing secure code just because you tell them it's part of their job. You need to give them the right training, support, and tools to instill a security mindset.
Artificial Intelligence: Cybersecurity Friend or Foe?
Commentary  |  5/11/2017  | 
The next generation of situation-aware malware will use AI to behave like a human attacker: performing reconnaissance, identifying targets, choosing methods of attack, and intelligently evading detection.
Your IoT Baby Isn't as Beautiful as You Think It Is
Commentary  |  5/10/2017  | 
Both development and evaluation teams have been ignoring security problems in Internet-connected devices for too long. That must stop.
Extreme Makeover: AI & Network Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  5/10/2017  | 
In the future, artificial intelligence will constantly adapt to the growing attack surface. Today, we are still connecting the dots.
Shining a Light on Securitys Grey Areas: Process, People, Technology
Commentary  |  5/9/2017  | 
The changing distributed and mobile business landscape brings with it new security and privacy risks. Heres how to meet the challenge.
Deciphering the GDPR: What You Need to Know to Prepare Your Organization
Commentary  |  5/9/2017  | 
The European Union's upcoming privacy regulations are incredibly complex. Here are four important points to keep in mind.
Why Cyber Attacks Will Continue until Prevention Becomes a Priority
Commentary  |  5/8/2017  | 
Organizations must rethink their security measures. Focus on training, getting rid of old tech, and overcoming apathy.
Backdoors: When Good Intentions Go Bad
Commentary  |  5/5/2017  | 
Requiring encrypted applications to provide backdoors for law enforcement will weaken security for everyone.
Why OAuth Phishing Poses A New Threat to Users
Commentary  |  5/4/2017  | 
Credential phishing lets attackers gain back-end access to email accounts, and yesterday's Google Docs scam raises the risk to a new level.
How to Integrate Threat Intel & DevOps
Commentary  |  5/4/2017  | 
Automating intelligence can help your organization in myriad ways.
Seeing Security from the Other Side of the Window
Commentary  |  5/3/2017  | 
From the vantage of our business colleagues, security professionals are a cranky bunch who always need more money, but cant explain why.
7 Steps to Fight Ransomware
Commentary  |  5/3/2017  | 
Perpetrators are shifting to more specific targets. This means companies must strengthen their defenses, and these strategies can help.
Getting Threat Intelligence Right
Commentary  |  5/2/2017  | 
Are you thinking of implementing or expanding a threat intelligence program? These guidelines will help you succeed.
What's in a Name? Breaking Down Attribution
Commentary  |  5/2/2017  | 
Here's what you really need to know about adversaries.
The Cyber-Committed CEO & Board
Commentary  |  5/1/2017  | 
Here is what CISOs need to communicate to upper management about the business risks of mismanaging cybersecurity.


5 Reasons the Cybersecurity Labor Shortfall Won't End Soon
Steve Morgan, Founder & CEO, Cybersecurity Ventures,  12/11/2017
BlueBorne Attack Highlights Flaws in Linux, IoT Security
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark Reading,  12/14/2017
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CVE-2017-0290
Published: 2017-05-09
NScript in mpengine in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine with Engine Version before 1.1.13704.0, as used in Windows Defender and other products, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (type confusion and application crash) via crafted JavaScript code within ...

CVE-2016-10369
Published: 2017-05-08
unixsocket.c in lxterminal through 0.3.0 insecurely uses /tmp for a socket file, allowing a local user to cause a denial of service (preventing terminal launch), or possibly have other impact (bypassing terminal access control).

CVE-2016-8202
Published: 2017-05-08
A privilege escalation vulnerability in Brocade Fibre Channel SAN products running Brocade Fabric OS (FOS) releases earlier than v7.4.1d and v8.0.1b could allow an authenticated attacker to elevate the privileges of user accounts accessing the system via command line interface. With affected version...

CVE-2016-8209
Published: 2017-05-08
Improper checks for unusual or exceptional conditions in Brocade NetIron 05.8.00 and later releases up to and including 06.1.00, when the Management Module is continuously scanned on port 22, may allow attackers to cause a denial of service (crash and reload) of the management module.

CVE-2017-0890
Published: 2017-05-08
Nextcloud Server before 11.0.3 is vulnerable to an inadequate escaping leading to a XSS vulnerability in the search module. To be exploitable a user has to write or paste malicious content into the search dialogue.