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Content posted in May 2019
Focusing on Endpoints: 5 Steps to Fight Cybercrime
Commentary  |  5/31/2019  | 
Follow these best practices to strengthen endpoint management strategies and protect company data.
Caveat Emptor: Calculating the Impact of Global Attacks on Cyber Insurance
Commentary  |  5/30/2019  | 
The reality for business owners and CISOs looking to protect their business from a cyberattack is that cyber insurance is not a catchall for protecting against risk and loss.
The Ransomware Dilemma: What if Your Local Government Is Next?
Commentary  |  5/30/2019  | 
Baltimore has so far refused to comply with a ransom demand. It's being forced to make a decision all such victims face: to act morally or practically.
Don't Just Tune Your SIEM, Retune It
Commentary  |  5/29/2019  | 
Your SIEM isn't a set-it-and-forget-it proposition. It's time for a spring cleaning.
Why Fostering Flexibility Is a Win for Women & Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  5/29/2019  | 
Creating a culture of supporting and advancing women is no small feat, but it's worth the challenge. Start with yourself. Here's how.
Cybercrime: Looking Beyond the Dark Web
Commentary  |  5/28/2019  | 
Fighting cybercrime requires visibility into much more than just the Dark Web. Here's where to look and a glimpse of what you'll find.
'Cattle, Not Pets' & the Rise of Security-as-Code
Commentary  |  5/28/2019  | 
Nearly a decade in, the famous analogy has underpinned a sea change in enterprise IT, but still falls short of the security mark. More recent developments can help.
How Security Vendors Can Address the Cybersecurity Talent Shortage
Commentary  |  5/24/2019  | 
The talent gap is too large for any one sector, and cybersecurity vendors have a big role to play in helping to close it.
Google's Origin & the Danger of Link Sharing
Commentary  |  5/23/2019  | 
How the act of sharing links to files stored in a public cloud puts organizations at risk, and what security teams can do to safeguard data and PII.
Incident Response: 3 Easy Traps & How to Avoid Them
Commentary  |  5/23/2019  | 
Sage legal advice about navigating a data breach from a troubleshooting cybersecurity outside counsel.
Proving the Value of Security Awareness with Metrics that 'Deserve More'
Commentary  |  5/22/2019  | 
Without metrics that matter to the business, awareness programs will continue to be the bastard child of security.
The 3 Cybersecurity Rules of Trust
Commentary  |  5/22/2019  | 
Every day, keeping anything secure requires being smart about trust. The rules of trust will keep you and your data safer.
To Narrow the Cyber Skills Gap with Attackers, Cut the Red Tape
Commentary  |  5/21/2019  | 
Attackers are getting further ahead, and entrenched corporate rules shoulder much of the blame.
Old Threats Are New Again
Commentary  |  5/21/2019  | 
They may look familiar to you, and that isn't a coincidence. New threats are often just small twists on old ones.
Financial Sector Under Siege
Commentary  |  5/20/2019  | 
The old take-the-money-and-run approach has been replaced by siege tactics such as DDOS attacks and land-and-expand campaigns with multiple points of persistence and increased dwell time.
Killer SecOps Skills: Soft Is the New Hard
Commentary  |  5/20/2019  | 
The sooner we give mindsets and tool sets equal bearing, the better. We must put SOC team members through rigorous training for emergency situations.
A Trustworthy Digital Foundation Is Essential to Digital Government
Commentary  |  5/17/2019  | 
Agencies must take steps to ensure that citizens trust in the security of government's digital channels.
The Data Problem in Security
Commentary  |  5/16/2019  | 
CISOs must consider reputation, resiliency, and regulatory impact to establish their organization's guidelines around what data matters most.
Cyber Workforce Exec Order: Right Question, Wrong Answer
Commentary  |  5/16/2019  | 
Shuffling resources, adding administrative process, and creating a competition and incentive system will do little to grow and mature the talent we need to meet the cybersecurity challenges we face.
Introducing the Digital Transformation Architect
Commentary  |  5/15/2019  | 
Bet-the-company transformation that expands the attack surface requires close alignment and leadership across executive, IT and security teams.
Windows 10 Migration: Getting It Right
Commentary  |  5/15/2019  | 
The transition to Windows 10 doesn't need to be a sprint. Organizations can still take advantage of the security in Windows 7 while gaining added management flexibility from the newer OS.
Missing in Action: Cybersecurity Professionals
Commentary  |  5/14/2019  | 
Just as every organization security team's needs are unique, so are the reasons for the shortage of candidates for open positions. Here are five strategies to help you close the gap.
Why AI Will Create Far More Jobs Than It Replaces
Commentary  |  5/14/2019  | 
Just as spreadsheets and personal computers created a job boom in the '70s, so too will artificial intelligence spur security analysts' ability to defend against advanced threats.
How Open Testing Standards Can Improve Security
Commentary  |  5/13/2019  | 
When creating security metrics, it's critical that test methodologies cover multiple scenarios to ensure that devices perform as expected in all environments.
How We Collectively Can Improve Cyber Resilience
Commentary  |  5/10/2019  | 
Three steps you can take, based on Department of Homeland Security priorities.
How to Close the Critical Cybersecurity Talent Gap
Commentary  |  5/9/2019  | 
If we don't change our ways, the gap will keep getting worse. Outside-the-box thinking and new techniques are required, and here are a few ways to get started.
Fighting Back Against Tech-Savvy Fraudsters
Commentary  |  5/9/2019  | 
Staying a step ahead requires moving beyond the security techniques of the past.
FBI: Cybercrime Losses Doubled in 2018
Commentary  |  5/8/2019  | 
The world has embraced digital technology, but cybercrime is putting a serious dent in corporate finances, the FBI finds.
The Fine Line of Feedback: 6 Tips for Talking to Security Pros
Commentary  |  5/8/2019  | 
Feedback is a two-way street in terms of giving, receiving, and knowing how to give and receive.
The Big E-Crime Pivot
Commentary  |  5/7/2019  | 
Criminals have begun to recognize that enterprise ransomware offers tremendous financial advantage over the more traditional tactics of wire fraud and account takeover.
Better Behavior, Better Biometrics?
Commentary  |  5/7/2019  | 
Behavioral biometrics is a building block to be used in conjunction with other security measures, but it shows promise.
Trust the Stack, Not the People
Commentary  |  5/6/2019  | 
A completely trusted stack lets the enterprise be confident that apps and data are treated and protected wherever they are.
How Storytelling Can Help Keep Your Company Safe
Commentary  |  5/3/2019  | 
Well-crafted narratives can help you win over users in the battle to develop a sustainable cybersecurity culture.
Security Depends on Careful Design
Commentary  |  5/2/2019  | 
Deploying focused edge protection on-site extends security beyond the network level to shield millions of previously exposed devices, apps, and control systems.
World Password Day or Groundhog Day?
Commentary  |  5/2/2019  | 
Despite decades trying to fortify our passwords with bolt-on solutions, attackers have always found ways to defeat them. Here are four reasons why.
Staffing the Software Security Team: Who You Gonna Call?
Commentary  |  5/1/2019  | 
Recruiting developers and testers from the product group is a great way to build a top-notch application security team. Here's why.
Digital Transformation Exposes Operational Technology & Critical Infrastructure
Commentary  |  5/1/2019  | 
The convergence of OT and IP-based IT networks makes society more vulnerable, requiring CISOs to rethink defense.


Data Leak Week: Billions of Sensitive Files Exposed Online
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  12/10/2019
Intel Issues Fix for 'Plundervolt' SGX Flaw
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  12/11/2019
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CVE-2019-5252
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-14
There is an improper authentication vulnerability in Huawei smartphones (Y9, Honor 8X, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 9i, Y6 Pro). The applock does not perform a sufficient authentication in a rare condition. Successful exploit could allow the attacker to use the application locked by applock in an instant.
CVE-2019-5235
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-14
Some Huawei smart phones have a null pointer dereference vulnerability. An attacker crafts specific packets and sends to the affected product to exploit this vulnerability. Successful exploitation may cause the affected phone to be abnormal.
CVE-2019-5264
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
There is an information disclosure vulnerability in certain Huawei smartphones (Mate 10;Mate 10 Pro;Honor V10;Changxiang 7S;P-smart;Changxiang 8 Plus;Y9 2018;Honor 9 Lite;Honor 9i;Mate 9). The software does not properly handle certain information of applications locked by applock in a rare condition...
CVE-2019-5277
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
Huawei CloudUSM-EUA V600R006C10;V600R019C00 have an information leak vulnerability. Due to improper configuration, the attacker may cause information leak by successful exploitation.
CVE-2019-5254
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
Certain Huawei products (AP2000;IPS Module;NGFW Module;NIP6300;NIP6600;NIP6800;S5700;SVN5600;SVN5800;SVN5800-C;SeMG9811;Secospace AntiDDoS8000;Secospace USG6300;Secospace USG6500;Secospace USG6600;USG6000V;eSpace U1981) have an out-of-bounds read vulnerability. An attacker who logs in to the board m...