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Content posted in July 2018
Unified Security Data: A Simple Idea to Combat Persistent, Complex Cyberattacks
Commentary  |  7/31/2018  | 
Do you know what happens to your data when it's not in use? If the answer is no, you need to fix that.
Accidental Cryptojackers: A Tale of Two Sites
Commentary  |  7/31/2018  | 
Why website operators need to know with whom they are doing business and how to close the loop on third-party vulnerabilities.
MUD: The Solution to Our Messy Enterprise IoT Security Problems?
Commentary  |  7/30/2018  | 
The 'Manufacturer Usage Description' proposal from IETF offers a promising route for bolstering security across the industry.
Every Week Is Shark Week in Cyberspace
Commentary  |  7/27/2018  | 
Your data, identities, and credentials are cyber chum. Here's how to protect yourself from the feeding frenzy.
5 Ways Small Security Teams Can Defend Like Fortune 500 Companies
Commentary  |  7/26/2018  | 
Keep your company protected with a mix of old- and new-school technologies.
The Double-Edged Sword of Artificial Intelligence in Security
Commentary  |  7/26/2018  | 
AI is revolutionizing cybersecurity for both defenders and attackers as hackers, armed with the same weaponized technology, create a seemingly never-ending arms race.
The Good & Bad News About Today's Cybersecurity Investment Landscape
Commentary  |  7/25/2018  | 
Lots of things keep CISOs up at night. But instead of guessing what CISOs want, investors and vendors should incorporate customer feedback throughout product ideation and development cycles.
Securing Our Interconnected Infrastructure
Commentary  |  7/25/2018  | 
A little over a year ago, the world witnessed NotPetya, the most destructive cyberattack to date. What have we learned?
How 'Projection' Slows Down the Path to Security Maturity
Commentary  |  7/24/2018  | 
A little bit of self-awareness goes a long way when it comes to evaluating a company's security maturity level. It's also a prerequisite to improving.
Threat Hunting: Rethinking 'Needle in a Haystack' Security Defenses
Commentary  |  7/24/2018  | 
In cyber, needles (that is, threats) can disappear quickly, for a variety of reasons, and long often after hackers have completed what they came to do.
London Calling with New Strategies to Stop Ransomware
Commentary  |  7/23/2018  | 
The new London Protocol from the Certificate Authority Security Council/Browser Forum aims to minimize the possibility of phishing activity on high-value identity websites.
Why Artificial Intelligence Is Not a Silver Bullet for Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  7/20/2018  | 
Like any technology, AI and machine learning have limitations. Three are detection, power, and people.
The Fundamental Flaw in Security Awareness Programs
Commentary  |  7/19/2018  | 
It's a ridiculous business decision to rely on the discretion of a minimally trained user to thwart a highly skilled sociopath, financially motivated criminal, or nation-state.
Beyond Passwords: Why Your Company Should Rethink Authentication
Commentary  |  7/19/2018  | 
Scaling security infrastructure requires scaling trust of users, devices, and methods of authentication. Here's how to get started.
Make Security Boring Again
Commentary  |  7/18/2018  | 
In the public sector and feeling overwhelmed? Focus on the basics, as mind numbing as that may sound.
From Bullets to Clicks: The Evolution of the Cyber Arms Race
Commentary  |  7/18/2018  | 
Cyber strategies have become as important as physical weapons in the battle for political advantage. Here's a quick look at four broad categories.
Cloud Security: Lessons Learned from Intrusion Prevention Systems
Commentary  |  7/17/2018  | 
The advancement of AI-driven public cloud technology is changing the game of "protection by default" in the enterprise.
SCADA/ICS Dangers & Cybersecurity Strategies
Commentary  |  7/17/2018  | 
Nearly 60% of surveyed organizations using SCADA or ICS reported they experienced a breach in those systems in the last year. Here are four tips for making these systems safer.
Time to Yank Cybercrime into the Light
Commentary  |  7/16/2018  | 
Too many organizations are still operating blindfolded, research finds.
How to Structure an Enterprise-Wide Threat Intelligence Strategy
Commentary  |  7/13/2018  | 
To keep an organization safe, you must think about the entire IT ecosystem.
Lessons from My Strange Journey into InfoSec
Commentary  |  7/12/2018  | 
Establishing an entre into the security world can be a maddeningly slow process. For those of us already here, it can be an opportunity to help others.
ICS Security: 'The Enemy Is in the Wire'
Commentary  |  7/12/2018  | 
Threats to industrial control systems are real and frightening. The government is taking steps to keep us safer in the future, but there are near-term steps you can take right now.
Getting Safe, Smart & Secure on S3
Commentary  |  7/11/2018  | 
AWS Simple Storage Service has proven to be a security minefield. It doesn't have to be if you pay attention to people, process, and technology.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Risk
Commentary  |  7/11/2018  | 
Measuring security risk is not that hard if you get your terms straight and leverage well-established methods and principles from other disciplines.
For Data Thieves, the World Cup Runneth Over
Commentary  |  7/10/2018  | 
Large sporting events are always going to be targets, but the fact that the competition is in Russia adds another layer of concern. Here are three tips to stay safer.
Creating a Defensible Security Architecture
Commentary  |  7/9/2018  | 
Take the time to learn about your assets. You'll be able to layer in multiple prevention and detection solutions and have a highly effective security architecture.
Reactive or Proactive? Making the Case for New Kill Chains
Commentary  |  7/6/2018  | 
Classic kill chain models that aim to find and stop external attacks don't account for threats from insiders. Here what a modern kill chain should include.
4 Basic Principles to Help Keep Hackers Out
Commentary  |  7/5/2018  | 
The most effective hackers keep things simple, something organizations must take into account.
Ransomware vs. Cryptojacking
Commentary  |  7/3/2018  | 
Cybercriminals are increasingly turning to cryptojacking over ransomware for a bigger payday. Here's what enterprises need to know in order to protect their digital assets and bank accounts.
Preparing for Transport Layer Security 1.3
Commentary  |  7/2/2018  | 
The long-awaited encryption standard update is almost here. Get ready while you can to ensure security, interoperability, and performance.


Data Privacy Protections for the Most Vulnerable -- Children
Dimitri Sirota, Founder & CEO of BigID,  10/17/2019
Sodinokibi Ransomware: Where Attackers' Money Goes
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  10/15/2019
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CVE-2019-18216
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-20
** DISPUTED ** The BIOS configuration design on ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501GS laptops with BIOS 313 relies on the main battery instead of using a CMOS battery, which reduces the value of a protection mechanism in which booting from a USB device is prohibited. Attackers who have physical laptop access ...
CVE-2019-18214
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-19
The Video_Converter app 0.1.0 for Nextcloud allows denial of service (CPU and memory consumption) via multiple concurrent conversions because many FFmpeg processes may be running at once. (The workload is not queued for serial execution.)
CVE-2019-18202
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-19
Information Disclosure is possible on WAGO Series PFC100 and PFC200 devices before FW12 due to improper access control. A remote attacker can check for the existence of paths and file names via crafted HTTP requests.
CVE-2019-18209
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-19
templates/pad.html in Etherpad-Lite 1.7.5 has XSS when the browser does not encode the path of the URL, as demonstrated by Internet Explorer.
CVE-2019-18198
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-18
In the Linux kernel before 5.3.4, a reference count usage error in the fib6_rule_suppress() function in the fib6 suppression feature of net/ipv6/fib6_rules.c, when handling the FIB_LOOKUP_NOREF flag, can be exploited by a local attacker to corrupt memory, aka CID-ca7a03c41753.