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Content posted in August 2016
How Not To Pay A Ransom: 3 Tips For Enterprise Security Pros
Commentary  |  8/31/2016  | 
At the most basic level, organizations must understand their data, the entry points, and who has access. But dont forget to keep your backup systems up to date.
Malware Markets: Exposing The Hype & Filtering The Noise
Commentary  |  8/30/2016  | 
Theres a lot of useful infosec information out there, but cutting through clutter is harder than it should be.
6 Ways To Hack An Election
Commentary  |  8/30/2016  | 
Threats to our electoral process can come from outside the country or nefarious insiders. Our country needs to be better prepared.
Security Analytics: Making the Leap from Data Lake to Meaningful Insight
Commentary  |  8/29/2016  | 
Once youve got a lake full of data, its essential that your analysis isnt left stranded on the shore.
Critical Infrastructure: The Next Cyber-Attack Target
Commentary  |  8/29/2016  | 
Power and utilities companies need a risk-centric cybersecurity approach to face coming threats.
The Hidden Dangers Of 'Bring Your Own Body'
Commentary  |  8/26/2016  | 
The use of biometric data is on the rise, causing new security risks that must be assessed and addressed.
The Secret Behind the NSA Breach: Network Infrastructure Is the Next Target
Commentary  |  8/25/2016  | 
How the networking industry has fallen way behind in incorporating security measures to prevent exploits to ubiquitous routers, proxies, firewalls, and switches.
Security Leadership & The Art Of Decision Making
Commentary  |  8/24/2016  | 
What a classically-trained guitarist with a Masters Degree in counseling brings to the table as head of cybersecurity and privacy at one of the worlds major healthcare organizations.
When Securing Your Applications, Seeing Is Believing
Commentary  |  8/24/2016  | 
While the cloud is amazing, a worrying lack of visibility goes along with it. Keep that in mind as you develop your security approach.
CISO Security Portfolios Vs. Reporting Structures
Commentary  |  8/23/2016  | 
Organizational structure is a tool for driving action. Worrying about your bosss title wont help you as much as a better communication framework.
Anatomy Of A Social Media Attack
Commentary  |  8/23/2016  | 
Finding and addressing Twitter and Facebook threats requires a thorough understanding of how theyre accomplished.
Darknet: Where Your Stolen Identity Goes to Live
Commentary  |  8/19/2016  | 
Almost everything is available on the Darknet -- drugs, weapons, and child pornography -- but where it really excels is as an educational channel for beginning identity thieves.
How Diversity Can Bridge The Talent Gap
Commentary  |  8/18/2016  | 
Women and minorities in the security industry share some hard truths about the security industrys hiring traditions and practices.
5 Strategies For Enhancing Targeted Security Monitoring
Commentary  |  8/18/2016  | 
These examples will help you improve early incident detection results.
User Ed: Patching People Vs Vulns
Commentary  |  8/17/2016  | 
How infosec can combine and adapt security education and security defenses to the way users actually do their jobs.
Security Must Become Driving Force For Auto Industry
Commentary  |  8/17/2016  | 
Digital security hasnt kept pace in this always-connected era. Is infosec up to the challenge?
Dark Reading Radio: What Keeps IT Security Pros Awake at Night
Commentary  |  8/16/2016  | 
Join us for a wide-ranging discussion with (ISC) Chief Exec David Shearer on the most worrisome infosec trends and challenges.
Substantially Above Par: DR Cartoon Caption Contest Winners
Commentary  |  8/12/2016  | 
Critical vulnerabilities, links & virtual reality. And the winner is...
Security Portfolios: A Different Approach To Leadership
Commentary  |  8/11/2016  | 
How grounding a conversation around a well-organized list of controls and their goals can help everyone be, literally, on the same page.
What The TSA Teaches Us About IP Protection
Commentary  |  8/11/2016  | 
Data loss prevention solutions are no longer effective. Todays security teams have to keep context and human data in mind, as the TSA does.
Theory Vs Practice: Getting The Most Out Of Infosec
Commentary  |  8/10/2016  | 
Why being practical and operationally minded is the only way to build a successful security program.
Building A Detection Strategy With The Right Metrics
Commentary  |  8/9/2016  | 
The tools used in detecting intrusions can lead to an overwhelming number of alerts, but theyre a vital part of security.
Data Protection From The Inside Out
Commentary  |  8/8/2016  | 
Organizations must make fundamental changes in the way they approach data protection.
Best Of Black Hat Innovation Awards: And The Winners Are
Commentary  |  8/3/2016  | 
Three companies and leaders who think differently about security: Deep Instinct, most innovative startup; Vectra, most innovative emerging company; Paul Vixie, most innovative thought leader.
Dark Reading Radio at Black Hat 2016: 2 Shows, 4 #BHUSA Presenters
Commentary  |  8/2/2016  | 
Even if you can't physically be at Black Hat USA 2016, Dark Reading offers a virtual alternative to engage with presenters about hot show topics and trends.
3 Steps Towards Building Cyber Resilience Into Critical Infrastructure
Commentary  |  8/2/2016  | 
The integration of asset management, incident response processes and education is critical to improving the industrial control system cybersecurity landscape.
Crypto Malware: Responding To Machine-Timescale Breaches
Commentary  |  8/1/2016  | 
The game has changed again with hackers ability to steal your data at record speeds and cripple your organization before the first alert.


Data Leak Week: Billions of Sensitive Files Exposed Online
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  12/10/2019
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The FTP client in AceaXe Plus 1.0 allows a buffer overflow via a long EHLO response from an FTP server.
CVE-2019-19777
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
stb_image.h (aka the stb image loader) 2.23, as used in libsixel and other products, has a heap-based buffer over-read in stbi__load_main.
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CVE-2019-16777
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
Versions of the npm CLI prior to 6.13.4 are vulnerable to an Arbitrary File Overwrite. It fails to prevent existing globally-installed binaries to be overwritten by other package installations. For example, if a package was installed globally and created a serve binary, any subsequent installs of pa...
CVE-2019-16775
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-13
Versions of the npm CLI prior to 6.13.3 are vulnerable to an Arbitrary File Write. It is possible for packages to create symlinks to files outside of thenode_modules folder through the bin field upon installation. A properly constructed entry in the package.json bin field would allow a package publi...