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Content posted in June 2019
How GDPR Teaches Us to Take a Bottom-Up Approach to Privacy
Commentary  |  6/28/2019  | 
Looking at underlying security needs means organizations are more likely to be in compliance with privacy regulations.
Understanding & Defending Against Polymorphic Attacks
Commentary  |  6/27/2019  | 
Polymorphic malware is far from a new thing. But today, what is good for attackers is also good for defenders. Here's why.
Office 365 Multifactor Authentication Done Right
Commentary  |  6/27/2019  | 
Why the ubiquitous nature of Office 365 poses unique challenges for MFA-based security and how organizations can protect themselves.
Breaking the Endless Cycle of 'Perfect' Cybercrimes
Commentary  |  6/26/2019  | 
A two-step strategy for creating an attack environment that is more complex, less profitable, and more likely to expose the attacker.
Could Foster Kids Help Solve the Security Skills Shortage?
Commentary  |  6/26/2019  | 
Foster Warriors is a new nonprofit initiative focused on helping foster kids find a place in the world, and especially in the world of security. Join us!
How to Avoid Becoming the Next Riviera Beach
Commentary  |  6/25/2019  | 
Be prepared by following these five steps so you don't have to pay a ransom to get your data back.
The Rise of Silence and the Fall of Coinhive
Commentary  |  6/25/2019  | 
Cryptomining will exist as long as it remains profitable. One of the most effective ways to disrupt that activity is to make it too expensive to run cryptomining malware in your network.
Never Trust, Always Verify: Demystifying Zero Trust to Secure Your Networks
Commentary  |  6/24/2019  | 
The point of Zero Trust is not to make networks, clouds, or endpoints more trusted; it's to eliminate the concept of trust from digital systems altogether.
Patrolling the New Cybersecurity Perimeter
Commentary  |  6/21/2019  | 
Remote work and other developments demand a shift to managing people rather than devices.
'Democratizing' Machine Learning for Fraud Prevention & Payments Intelligence
Commentary  |  6/20/2019  | 
How fraud experts can fight cybercrime by 'downloading' their knowledge and experience into computer models.
The Hunt for Vulnerabilities
Commentary  |  6/20/2019  | 
A road map for improving the update process will help reduce the risks from vulnerabilities.
Serverless Computing from the Inside Out
Commentary  |  6/19/2019  | 
The biggest 'serverless' risks don't stem from the technology itself. They occur when organizations respond to the adoption from the outside in.
How Hackers Emptied Church Coffers with a Simple Phishing Scam
Commentary  |  6/19/2019  | 
Cyber thieves aren't bound by a code of ethics. They look for weak targets and high rewards, which is exactly what Saint Ambrose Catholic offered.
The Evolution of Identity
Commentary  |  6/18/2019  | 
How data and technology can help businesses make the right fraud decisions, protect people's identities, and create an improved customer experience.
Can Your Patching Strategy Keep Up with the Demands of Open Source?
Commentary  |  6/18/2019  | 
It's time to reassess your open source management policies and processes.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up the Cloud
Commentary  |  6/17/2019  | 
Most companies' cloud security operations would benefit significantly from clean-up, alignment, and organization.
Sensory Overload: Filtering Out Cybersecurity's Noise
Commentary  |  6/14/2019  | 
No organization can prioritize and mitigate hundreds of risks effectively. The secret lies in carefully filtering out the risks, policies, and processes that waste precious time and resources.
The CISO's Drive to Consolidation
Commentary  |  6/13/2019  | 
Cutting back on the number of security tools you're using can save money and leave you safer. Here's how to get started.
The Rise of 'Purple Teaming'
Commentary  |  6/13/2019  | 
The next generation of penetration testing represents a more collaborative approach to old fashioned Red Team vs. Blue Team.
Tomorrow's Cybersecurity Analyst Is Not Who You Think
Commentary  |  6/12/2019  | 
Organizations can't just rely on diverse and cutting-edge technologies to fight adversaries. They will also need people with diverse expertise and backgrounds.
Predicting Vulnerability Weaponization
Commentary  |  6/12/2019  | 
Advances in data science are making it possible to shift vulnerability management from a reactive to a proactive discipline.
What 3 Powerful GoT Women Teach Us about Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  6/11/2019  | 
Imagine Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark, and Cersei Lannister on the front lines in the real-world battleground of enterprise security.
Getting Up to Speed on Magecart
Commentary  |  6/11/2019  | 
Greater awareness of how Magecart works will give your company a leg up on the growing threat from this online credit card skimmer. Here are four places to start.
Unmixed Messages: Bringing Security & Privacy Awareness Together
Commentary  |  6/10/2019  | 
Security and privacy share the same basic goals, so it just makes sense to combine efforts in those two areas. But that can be easier said than done.
End User Lockdown: Dark Reading Caption Contest Winners
Commentary  |  6/7/2019  | 
Phishing, cybersecurity training, biometrics and casual Fridays. And the winners are ...
Cyber Talent Gap? Don't Think Like Tinder!
Commentary  |  6/6/2019  | 
If your company truly is a great place to work, make sure your help-wanted ads steer clear of these common job-listing clichs.
When Security Goes Off the Rails
Commentary  |  6/6/2019  | 
Cyber can learn a lot from the highly regulated world of rail travel. The most important lesson: the value of impartial analysis.
How to Get the Most Benefits from Biometrics
Commentary  |  6/5/2019  | 
Providing an easy-to-use, uniform authentication experience without passwords is simpler than you may think.
CISOs & CIOs: Better Together
Commentary  |  6/5/2019  | 
An overview of three common organizational structures illustrates how NOT to pit chief security and IT execs against each other.
Why FedRAMP Matters to Non-Federal Organizations
Commentary  |  6/4/2019  | 
Commercial companies should explore how FedRAMP can help mitigate risk as they move to the cloud.
What Cyber Skills Shortage?
Commentary  |  6/4/2019  | 
Employers can solve the skills gap by first recognizing that there isn't an archetypal "cybersecurity job" in the same way that there isn't an archetypal "automotive job." Heres how.
Certifiably Distracted: The Economics of Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  6/3/2019  | 
Is cybersecurity worth the investment? It depends.


7 Tips for Infosec Pros Considering A Lateral Career Move
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/21/2020
For Mismanaged SOCs, The Price Is Not Right
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/22/2020
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CVE-2015-3154
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-27
CRLF injection vulnerability in Zend\Mail (Zend_Mail) in Zend Framework before 1.12.12, 2.x before 2.3.8, and 2.4.x before 2.4.1 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary HTTP headers and conduct HTTP response splitting attacks via CRLF sequences in the header of an email.
CVE-2019-17190
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A Local Privilege Escalation issue was discovered in Avast Secure Browser 76.0.1659.101. The vulnerability is due to an insecure ACL set by the AvastBrowserUpdate.exe (which is running as NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM) when AvastSecureBrowser.exe checks for new updates. When the update check is triggered, the...
CVE-2014-8161
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-27
PostgreSQL before 9.0.19, 9.1.x before 9.1.15, 9.2.x before 9.2.10, 9.3.x before 9.3.6, and 9.4.x before 9.4.1 allows remote authenticated users to obtain sensitive column values by triggering constraint violation and then reading the error message.
CVE-2014-9481
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-27
The Scribunto extension for MediaWiki allows remote attackers to obtain the rollback token and possibly other sensitive information via a crafted module, related to unstripping special page HTML.
CVE-2015-0241
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The to_char function in PostgreSQL before 9.0.19, 9.1.x before 9.1.15, 9.2.x before 9.2.10, 9.3.x before 9.3.6, and 9.4.x before 9.4.1 allows remote authenticated users to cause a denial of service (crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a (1) large number of digits when processing a numeric ...