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Content posted in July 2019
Why the Network Is Central to IoT Security
Commentary  |  7/31/2019  | 
Is there something strange about your network activity? Better make sure all of your IoT devices are under control.
The Attribution Trap: A Waste of Precious Time & Money
Commentary  |  7/31/2019  | 
Aiming for attribution doesn't help most organizations become more secure. It can actually have the opposite effect.
Transforming 'Tangible Security' into a Competitive Advantage
Commentary  |  7/30/2019  | 
Today's consumers want to see and touch security. Meeting this demand will be a win-win for everyone, from users to vendors to security teams.
CISOs Must Evolve to a Data-First Security Program
Commentary  |  7/30/2019  | 
Such a program will require effort and reprioritization, but it will let your company fight modern-day threats and protect your most important assets.
4 Network Security Mistakes Bound to Bite You
Commentary  |  7/29/2019  | 
It's Shark Week again! Are you ready to outmaneuver sharks of the cyber variety? These tips can help.
3 Takeaways from the First American Financial Breach
Commentary  |  7/26/2019  | 
Data leaks from business logic flaws are not well understood and difficult to identify before they reach production environments. Here's how to find and prevent them.
Answer These 9 Questions to Determine if Your Data Is Safe
Commentary  |  7/25/2019  | 
Data protection regulations are only going to grow tighter. Make sure you're keeping the customer's best interests in mind.
The Commoditization of Multistage Malware Attacks
Commentary  |  7/24/2019  | 
Malware that used to be advanced is now available to everyone. These three actions could help you stay safer.
The War for Cyber Talent Will Be Won by Retention not Recruitment
Commentary  |  7/23/2019  | 
Six steps for creating a work environment that challenges, stimulates, rewards, and constantly engages employees fighting the good fight against cybercriminals.
CISO Pressures: Why the Role Stinks and How to Fix It
Commentary  |  7/22/2019  | 
CISOs spend much less time in their role than other members of the boardroom. It's a serious problem that must be addressed.
The Problem with Proprietary Testing: NSS Labs vs. CrowdStrike
Commentary  |  7/19/2019  | 
Why apples-to-apples performance tests are the only way to accurately gauge the impact of network security products and solutions.
How Capture the Flag Competitions Strengthen the Cybersecurity Workforce
Commentary  |  7/18/2019  | 
These competitions challenge participants with problems involving digital forensics, cryptography, binary analysis, web security, and many other fields.
Calculating the Value of Security
Commentary  |  7/18/2019  | 
What will it take to align staff and budget to protect the organization?
A Password Management Report Card
Commentary  |  7/17/2019  | 
New research on password management tools identifies the relative strengths and weaknesses of 12 competing offerings.
For Real Security, Don't Let Failure Be Your Measure of Success
Commentary  |  7/17/2019  | 
For too long, we've focused almost exclusively on keeping out the bad guys rather than what to do when they get in (and they will).
How Attackers Infiltrate the Supply Chain & What to Do About It
Commentary  |  7/16/2019  | 
With some security best practices, enterprises can significantly reduce the chances that a potential supply chain attack will affect business operations.
Is 2019 the Year of the CISO?
Commentary  |  7/16/2019  | 
The case for bringing the CISO to the C-suite's risk and business-strategy table.
Is Machine Learning the Future of Cloud-Native Security?
Commentary  |  7/15/2019  | 
The nature of containers and microservices makes them harder to protect. Machine learning might be the answer going forward.
A Lawyers Guide to Cyber Insurance: 4 Basic Tips
Commentary  |  7/12/2019  | 
The time to read the fine print in your cybersecurity insurance policy is before you sign on the dotted line.
Most Organizations Lack Cyber Resilience
Commentary  |  7/11/2019  | 
Despite increasing threats, many organizations continue to run with only token cybersecurity and resilience.
The Security of Cloud Applications
Commentary  |  7/11/2019  | 
Despite the great success of the cloud over the last decade, misconceptions continue to persist. Here's why the naysayers are wrong.
Why You Need a Global View of IT Assets
Commentary  |  7/10/2019  | 
It may seem obvious, but many companies lose sight of the fact that they can't protect what they don't know they even have.
4 Reasons Why SOC Superstars Quit
Commentary  |  7/10/2019  | 
Security analysts know they are a hot commodity in the enviable position of writing their own ticket. Here's how to keep them engaged, challenged, and happy.
Cloud Security and Risk Mitigation
Commentary  |  7/9/2019  | 
Just because your data isn't on-premises doesn't mean you're not responsible for security.
Insider Threats: An M&A Dealmaker's Nightmare
Commentary  |  7/9/2019  | 
Because data has never been more portable, taking it has never been easier. And that's a huge problem during mergers and acquisitions.
20 Questions to Ask During a Real (or Manufactured) Security Crisis
Commentary  |  7/3/2019  | 
There are important lessons to be learned from a crisis, even the ones that are more fiction than fact.
Disarming Employee Weaponization
Commentary  |  7/3/2019  | 
Human vulnerability presents a real threat for organizations. But it's also a remarkable opportunity to turn employees into our strongest cyber warriors.
In Cybercrime's Evolution, Active, Automated Attacks Are the Latest Fad
Commentary  |  7/2/2019  | 
Staying ahead can feel impossible, but understanding that perfection is impossible can free you to make decisions about managing risk.
The Case for Encryption: Fact vs. Fiction
Commentary  |  7/2/2019  | 
The common belief that encryption enables bad behavior primarily used by thieves, international terrorists, and other villainous characters is simply not true. Here's why.
Building the Future Through Security Internships
Commentary  |  7/1/2019  | 
Akamai University, a 12-week internship program, was built from the ground up with the goal of promoting the student not the company.


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Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  3/24/2020
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CVE-2020-10560
PUBLISHED: 2020-03-30
An issue was discovered in Open Source Social Network (OSSN) through 5.3. A user-controlled file path with a weak cryptographic rand() can be used to read any file with the permissions of the webserver. This can lead to further compromise. The attacker must conduct a brute-force attack against the S...
CVE-2020-5527
PUBLISHED: 2020-03-30
When MELSOFT transmission port (UDP/IP) of Mitsubishi Electric MELSEC iQ-R series (all versions), MELSEC iQ-F series (all versions), MELSEC Q series (all versions), MELSEC L series (all versions), and MELSEC F series (all versions) receives massive amount of data via unspecified vectors, resource co...
CVE-2020-5551
PUBLISHED: 2020-03-30
Toyota 2017 Model Year DCU (Display Control Unit) allows an unauthenticated attacker within Bluetooth range to cause a denial of service attack and/or execute an arbitrary command. The affected DCUs are installed in Lexus (LC, LS, NX, RC, RC F), TOYOTA CAMRY, and TOYOTA SIENNA manufactured in the re...
CVE-2020-10940
PUBLISHED: 2020-03-27
Local Privilege Escalation can occur in PHOENIX CONTACT PORTICO SERVER through 3.0.7 when installed to run as a service.
CVE-2020-10939
PUBLISHED: 2020-03-27
Insecure, default path permissions in PHOENIX CONTACT PC WORX SRT through 1.14 allow for local privilege escalation.