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Content posted in August 2019
To Navigate a Sea of Cybersecurity Solutions, Learn How to Fish
Commentary  |  8/30/2019  | 
Three steps for relieving the pressure of picking the right tools.
Privacy 2019: We're Not Ready
Commentary  |  8/29/2019  | 
To facilitate the innovative use of data and unlock the benefits of new technologies, we need privacy not just in the books but also on the ground.
Securing Our Infrastructure: 3 Steps OEMs Must Take in the IoT Age
Commentary  |  8/28/2019  | 
Security has lagged behind adoption of the Internet of Things. The devices hold much promise, but only if a comprehensive security model is constructed.
Unsecured IoT: 8 Ways Hackers Exploit Firmware Vulnerabilities
Commentary  |  8/27/2019  | 
As new Internet of Things products enter the market, speed shouldn't trump concerns about security.
Cryptography & the Hype Over Quantum Computing
Commentary  |  8/26/2019  | 
It's not time to move to post-quantum cryptography yet -- too many things are still up in the air. But you can start to become prepared by making sure your infrastructure is agile.
Capital One Breach: What Security Teams Can Do Now
Commentary  |  8/23/2019  | 
Knowing the methods of the attacker, as laid out in the federal indictment, allow us to prevent similar attacks.
Threat Intelligence Gateways: A Useful Adjunct to Overworked Perimeter Security
Commentary  |  8/22/2019  | 
Comparative research shows the relative strengths and weaknesses of five TIG vendors and which kinds of security organization will reap the most benefit.
5 Identity Challenges Facing Todays IT Teams
Commentary  |  8/22/2019  | 
To take control over your company's security, identify and understand the biggest identity and access management challenges facing IT teams today and start addressing them.
'Phoning Home': Your Latest Data Exfiltration Headache
Commentary  |  8/21/2019  | 
Companies phone enterprise customer data home securely and for a variety of perfectly legitimate and useful reasons. The problems stem from insufficient disclosure.
Who Gets Privileged Access & How to Enforce It
Commentary  |  8/20/2019  | 
Let's begin by re-evaluating IT infrastructures to determine who has access to what, why, and when.
Tough Love: Debunking Myths about DevOps & Security
Commentary  |  8/19/2019  | 
It's time to move past trivial 'shift left' conceptions of DevSecOps and take a hard look at how security work actually gets accomplished.
Beat the Heat: Dark Reading Caption Contest Winners
Commentary  |  8/16/2019  | 
Phishing, token codes, training, MFA, polluted data entry, and whales. And the winners are ...
The Flaw in Vulnerability Management: It's Time to Get Real
Commentary  |  8/15/2019  | 
Companies will never be 100% immune to cyberattacks. But by having a realistic view of the basics, starting with endpoint vulnerabilities, we can build for a safer future.
The Mainframe Is Seeing a Resurgence. Is Security Keeping Pace?
Commentary  |  8/15/2019  | 
The old-school technology is experiencing new popularity, but too many people assume mainframes are inherently secure.
Why Companies Fail to Learn from Peers' Mistakes (and How They Can Change)
Commentary  |  8/14/2019  | 
Far too often, there's a new breach in the headlines. Companies need to start learning some obvious lessons.
Microservices Flip App Security on Its Head
Commentary  |  8/14/2019  | 
With faster application deployment comes increased security considerations.
The California Consumer Privacy Act's Hidden Surprise Has Big Legal Consequences
Commentary  |  8/13/2019  | 
The CCPA's provision devoted to 'reasonable' cybersecurity procedures and policies could trip up your business. Get ready now.
History Doesn't Repeat Itself in Cyberspace
Commentary  |  8/13/2019  | 
The 10th anniversary of the US Cyber Command is an opportunity to prepare for unknowns in the rapidly changing cybersecurity landscape.
6 Security Considerations for Wrangling IoT
Commentary  |  8/12/2019  | 
The Internet of Things isn't going away, so it's important to be aware of the technology's potential pitfalls.
It's (Still) the Password, Stupid!
Commentary  |  8/9/2019  | 
The best way to protect your identity in cyberspace is the simplest: Use a variety of strong passwords, and never, ever, use "123456" no matter how easy it is to type.
Yes, FaceApp Really Could Be Sending Your Data to Russia
Commentary  |  8/8/2019  | 
FaceApp has an unprecedented level of access to data from 150 million users. What could its endgame be? We unpack three potential risks.
Rethinking Website Spoofing Mitigation
Commentary  |  8/7/2019  | 
Deception technology is evolving rapidly, making it easier for organizations to turn the tables on their attackers. Here's how.
When Perceived Cybersecurity Risk Outweighs Reality
Commentary  |  8/6/2019  | 
Teams need to manage perceived risks so they can focus on fighting the real fires.
Security & the Infinite Capacity to Rationalize
Commentary  |  8/6/2019  | 
To improve the security posture of our organizations, we must open our eyes to rationalization and put an end to it with logic. Here's how.
Fighting Back Against Mobile Fraudsters
Commentary  |  8/5/2019  | 
The first step toward identifying and preventing mobile fraud threats is acknowledging that mobile security requires a unique solution.
Black Hat: A Summer Break from the Mundane and Controllable
Commentary  |  8/2/2019  | 
Enjoy the respite from the security tasks that await you back at home. Then prepare yourself for the uphill battles to come. Here's how.
Demystifying New FIDO Standards & Innovations
Commentary  |  8/1/2019  | 
Staying on top of the latest cybersecurity risks and preferred attack methods can feel impossible, but standards like FIDO2 are designed to help relieve the burden.
SecOps Success Through Employee Retention
Commentary  |  8/1/2019  | 
To keep your turnover low, focus on these areas: compensation, advancement opportunities, training, and environment.


7 Tips for Infosec Pros Considering A Lateral Career Move
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/21/2020
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Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/22/2020
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CVE-2015-3154
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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.
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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.
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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 ...