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Content posted in June 2016
The Newbies 'How To Survive Black Hat' Guide
Commentary  |  6/29/2016  | 
Theres little chance you wont be totally exhausted after drinking from the information firehose all week. But if you follow these eight steps, it will be a very satisfying kind of fatigue.
Microsoft + LinkedIn: How To Spot Insider Trading Risk Early
Commentary  |  6/28/2016  | 
With the explosion of mobile, cloud, and the blurring of work and personal data, companies considering M&A have a lot to worry about when it comes to insider threats.
The Blind Spot Between The Cloud & The Data Center
Commentary  |  6/27/2016  | 
Ask most enterprise security analysts responsible for detection and response about their visibility into identity access risks and youre likely to get some confused looks. Heres why.
Mind The Gap: CISOs Versus 'Operators'
Commentary  |  6/25/2016  | 
How open communication among security execs and analysts, incidents responders, and engineers can help organizations stay on top of the constantly changing threat landscape.
Security Lessons from My Financial Planner
Commentary  |  6/24/2016  | 
Security investments can be viewed as a portfolio. If we think in portfolio terms, we realize that ROI is a backwards-looking measure. What else can we learn from financial planners?
Internet Of Things & The Platform Of Parenthood
Commentary  |  6/23/2016  | 
A new fathers musings on the problems with securing embedded systems, and why there are so few incentives for architecting trustworthy IoT technology from the ground up.
Bug Poachers: A New Breed of Cybercriminal
Commentary  |  6/22/2016  | 
As if security researchers dont have enough to worry about, we now have to contend with extortionists who take advantage of the well-established fact that applications are a ripe target for exploitation.
Phishing, Whaling & The Surprising Importance Of Privileged Users
Commentary  |  6/21/2016  | 
By bagging a privileged user early on, attackers can move from entry point to mission accomplished in no time at all.
Privacy Shield: Can the US Earn the EUs Trust Post Apple vs. FBI?
Commentary  |  6/20/2016  | 
Rebuilding the privacy framework for data transfer between the US and its European trading partners wont be easy but its still a worthwhile effort.
The Gamble Behind Cyber Threat Intelligence Sharing
Commentary  |  6/18/2016  | 
In theory, sharing threat intel makes sense. But in cybersecurity you're not dealing with known individuals, youre dealing with anonymous adversaries capable of rapid change.
How Secure is Secure? Tips For Investing In The Right Strategy
Commentary  |  6/17/2016  | 
Business alignment, defense-in-depth and a phased approach are three principles to follow when building out a solid security program.
Pretty Good Passwords: Cartoon Caption Contest Winners
Commentary  |  6/16/2016  | 
Sticky notes, multi-factor authentication, password reuse and Donald Trump. And the winner is...
What CISOs Need to Tell The Board About Cyber Risk
Commentary  |  6/15/2016  | 
To avoid devastating financial losses, boards and the C-suite must have a deep understating of the cyber risks their organizations face. Heres what they need to hear from the security team
A Look Back At Dark Reading's Best 10 Years (So Far)
Commentary  |  6/14/2016  | 
The past decade in security -- from botnets that were bigger than some service provider networks to vulnerabilities that affected not only whole industries but the very fabric of the internet. And much, much more...
5 Soft Skills Young Cybersecurity Professionals Need to Get Ahead
Commentary  |  6/14/2016  | 
Todays employers arent looking for recruits who can maintain firewalls and mitigate risk. They want well-rounded professionals who can apply security expertise across the business to yield bottom-line results.
Self-Service Password Reset & Social Engineering: A Match Made In Hell
Commentary  |  6/13/2016  | 
A sad tale of how hackers compromised a CEOs corporate account by trolling Facebook and LInkedin for answers to six common authentication questions. (And how to avoid that happening to you)
IoT Security: Onus On Developers, Security Researchers
Commentary  |  6/11/2016  | 
Security teams and DevOps need to team up on 'lean security' processes that make safety a top priority before a product reaches the market.
Revealing Lessons About Vulnerability Research
Commentary  |  6/10/2016  | 
Its not clear why a dozen FBI agents showed up at a security researchers door last month but as cyber becomes more a factor in product safety, our judicial system needs to get a better grasp on who the real criminals are.
The End Of A Security Decade -- And The Beginning Of A New One
Commentary  |  6/10/2016  | 
Dark Reading wraps up its 10th anniversary coverage with a final look back at the decade -- and a look ahead.
Google Dorking: Exposing The Hidden Threat
Commentary  |  6/9/2016  | 
Google Dorking sounds harmless, but it can take your company down. Here's what you need to know to avoid being hacked.
Deconstructing The Impact Of Ransomware On Healthcares IoT
Commentary  |  6/8/2016  | 
If ransomware targets medical devices, exactly how will an attacker deliver the ransom note to the victim?
Microsegmentation & The Need For An Intelligent Attack Surface
Commentary  |  6/7/2016  | 
There is a fundamental difference in the security posture and technology for protecting the White House versus a Social Security office in California. So, too, for the critical apps and systems that are likely targets in your enterprise.
BYOD Security: How To Shift Device Control & Grant Users More Choice
Commentary  |  6/3/2016  | 
Gartners managed diversity model offers an ITIL-compliant information security solution to the problem of Shadow IT.
How Facebook Raises A Generation Of Intelligence Analysts
Commentary  |  6/2/2016  | 
In the process of creating and administering groups, users learn how to read data points, create a risk profile in their head, and watch for changes over time.
How Agile Changed Security At Dun & Bradstreet
Commentary  |  6/1/2016  | 
Chief Security Officer Jon Rose shares the whys and wherefores of integrating agile software development methodology into a traditional security environment.


High Stress Levels Impacting CISOs Physically, Mentally
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writer,  2/14/2019
Valentine's Emails Laced with Gandcrab Ransomware
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  2/14/2019
Making the Case for a Cybersecurity Moon Shot
Adam Shostack, Consultant, Entrepreneur, Technologist, Game Designer,  2/19/2019
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CVE-2019-8980
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-21
A memory leak in the kernel_read_file function in fs/exec.c in the Linux kernel through 4.20.11 allows attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) by triggering vfs_read failures.
CVE-2019-8979
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-21
Koseven through 3.3.9, and Kohana through 3.3.6, has SQL Injection when the order_by() parameter can be controlled.
CVE-2013-7469
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-21
Seafile through 6.2.11 always uses the same Initialization Vector (IV) with Cipher Block Chaining (CBC) Mode to encrypt private data, making it easier to conduct chosen-plaintext attacks or dictionary attacks.
CVE-2018-20146
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-21
An issue was discovered in Liquidware ProfileUnity before 6.8.0 with Liquidware FlexApp before 6.8.0. A local user could obtain administrator rights, as demonstrated by use of PowerShell.
CVE-2019-5727
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-21
Splunk Web in Splunk Enterprise 6.5.x before 6.5.5, 6.4.x before 6.4.9, 6.3.x before 6.3.12, 6.2.x before 6.2.14, 6.1.x before 6.1.14, and 6.0.x before 6.0.15 and Splunk Light before 6.6.0 has Persistent XSS, aka SPL-138827.