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Content posted in September 2018
How Data Security Improves When You Engage Employees in the Process
Commentary  |  9/28/2018  | 
When it comes to protecting information, we can all do better. But encouraging a can-do attitude goes a long way toward discouraging users' risky behaviors.
How to Keep Up Security in a Bug-Infested World
Commentary  |  9/27/2018  | 
Good digital hygiene will lower your risk, and these six tips can help.
Managing Data the Way We Manage Money
Commentary  |  9/27/2018  | 
In the data-driven enterprise, myriad types of data have become a new form and flow of currency. Why, then, hasn't the CISO achieved parity with the CFO?
A 'Cyber Resilience' Report Card for the Public Sector
Commentary  |  9/26/2018  | 
Government agencies are making great strides in defending themselves against cyberattacks, according to new research from Accenture. But technology alone won't solve the problem.
Owning Security in the Industrial Internet of Things
Commentary  |  9/26/2018  | 
Why IIoT leaders from both information technology and line-of-business operations need to join forces to develop robust cybersecurity techniques that go beyond reflexive patching.
The Cloud Security Conundrum: Assets vs. Infrastructure
Commentary  |  9/25/2018  | 
The issue for cloud adopters is no longer where your data sits in AWS, on-premises, Azure, Salesforce, or what have you. The important questions are: Who has access to it, and how is it protected?
The Human Factor in Social Media Risk
Commentary  |  9/25/2018  | 
Your employees need help recognizing the warning signs and understanding how to protect themselves online.
Hacking Back: Simply a Bad Idea
Commentary  |  9/24/2018  | 
While the concept may sound appealing, it's rife with drawbacks and dangers.
Data Manipulation: How Security Pros Can Respond to an Emerging Threat
Commentary  |  9/21/2018  | 
Industry leaders are scrambling to address the issue, which will take new thinking to overcome.
3 Drivers Behind the Increasing Frequency of DDoS Attacks
Commentary  |  9/20/2018  | 
What's causing the uptick? Motivation, opportunity, and new capabilities.
Turn the NIST Cybersecurity Framework into Reality: 5 Steps
Commentary  |  9/20/2018  | 
Actionable advice for tailoring the National Institute of Standards and Technology's security road map to your company's business needs.
WebAuthn, FIDO2 Infuse Browsers, Platforms with Strong Authentication
Commentary  |  9/19/2018  | 
New standards offer protection against hacking, credential theft, phishing attacks, and hope for the end of an era of passwords as a security construct.
5 Steps to Success for New CISOs
Commentary  |  9/19/2018  | 
You've been hired to make an impact. These tips can help set you up for continued success.
The Top 5 Security Threats & Mitigations for Industrial Networks
Commentary  |  9/18/2018  | 
While vastly different than their IT counterparts, operational technology environments share common risks and best practices.
Overhauling the 3 Pillars of Security Operations
Commentary  |  9/18/2018  | 
Modern apps and the cloud mean that organizations must now rethink older security practices.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Security Teams
Commentary  |  9/17/2018  | 
Security requires smart people, processes, and technology. Too often, the "people" portion of the PPT equation is neglected.
Cybersecurity Is Only 1 Part of Election Security
Commentary  |  9/14/2018  | 
Protecting the 2018 election cycle means fixing the information infrastructure.
Enterprise Security Needs an Open Data Solution
Commentary  |  9/13/2018  | 
What would it look like if more than a tiny fraction of enterprises had access to all the signals hidden in their big data today?
The Increasingly Vulnerable Software Supply Chain
Commentary  |  9/13/2018  | 
Nation-state adversaries from Iran to Russia have leveraged the supply chain as a vehicle to compromise infrastructure and disrupt businesses.
4 Trends Giving CISOs Sleepless Nights
Commentary  |  9/12/2018  | 
IoT attacks, budget shortfalls, and the skills gap are among the problems keeping security pros up at night.
Foreshadow, SGX & the Failure of Trusted Execution
Commentary  |  9/12/2018  | 
Trusted execution environments are said to provide a hardware-protected enclave that runs software and cannot be accessed externally, but recent developments show they fall far short.
4 Practical Measures to Improve Election Security Now
Commentary  |  9/11/2018  | 
It's more critical than ever for states to protect our democratic system and voting infrastructure from foreign cyber espionage.
DevOps Demystified: A Primer for Security Practitioners
Commentary  |  9/10/2018  | 
Key starting points for those still struggling to understand the concept.
TLS 1.3 Won't Break Everything
Commentary  |  9/7/2018  | 
The newest version of TLS won't break everything in your security infrastructure, but you do need to be prepared for the changes it brings.
The Role of Incident Response in ICS Security Compliance
Commentary  |  9/7/2018  | 
The data-driven nature of IR can provide many of the reporting requirements governing industrial control system safety, finance, consumer privacy, and notifications.
Why a Healthy Data Diet Is the Secret to Healthy Security
Commentary  |  9/6/2018  | 
In the same way that food is fuel to our bodies, data is the fuel on which our security programs run. Here are 10 action items to put on your cybersecurity menu.
Understanding & Solving the Information-Sharing Challenge
Commentary  |  9/6/2018  | 
Why cybersecurity threat feeds from intel-sharing groups diminish in value and become just another source of noise. (And what to do about it.)
The Weakest Security Links in the (Block)Chain
Commentary  |  9/5/2018  | 
Despite the technology's promise to transform how business is done, there are significant limitations and potential risks at the intersection of the digital and physical worlds.
Thoughts on the Latest Apache Struts Vulnerability
Commentary  |  9/5/2018  | 
CVE-2018-11776 operates at a far deeper level within the code than all prior Struts vulnerabilities. This requires a greater understanding of the Struts code itself as well as the various libraries used by Struts.
Lean, Mean & Agile Hacking Machine
Commentary  |  9/4/2018  | 
Hackers are thinking more like developers to evade detection and are becoming more precise in their targeting.


Sodinokibi Ransomware: Where Attackers' Money Goes
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  10/15/2019
Data Privacy Protections for the Most Vulnerable -- Children
Dimitri Sirota, Founder & CEO of BigID,  10/17/2019
7 SMB Security Tips That Will Keep Your Company Safe
Steve Zurier, Contributing Writer,  10/11/2019
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CVE-2019-17513
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-18
An issue was discovered in Ratpack before 1.7.5. Due to a misuse of the Netty library class DefaultHttpHeaders, there is no validation that headers lack HTTP control characters. Thus, if untrusted data is used to construct HTTP headers with Ratpack, HTTP Response Splitting can occur.
CVE-2019-8216
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-17
Adobe Acrobat and Reader versions , 2019.012.20040 and earlier, 2017.011.30148 and earlier, 2017.011.30148 and earlier, 2015.006.30503 and earlier, and 2015.006.30503 and earlier have an out-of-bounds read vulnerability. Successful exploitation could lead to information disclosure .
CVE-2019-8217
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-17
Adobe Acrobat and Reader versions , 2019.012.20040 and earlier, 2017.011.30148 and earlier, 2017.011.30148 and earlier, 2015.006.30503 and earlier, and 2015.006.30503 and earlier have an use after free vulnerability. Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution .
CVE-2019-8218
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-17
Adobe Acrobat and Reader versions , 2019.012.20040 and earlier, 2017.011.30148 and earlier, 2017.011.30148 and earlier, 2015.006.30503 and earlier, and 2015.006.30503 and earlier have an out-of-bounds read vulnerability. Successful exploitation could lead to information disclosure .
CVE-2019-8219
PUBLISHED: 2019-10-17
Adobe Acrobat and Reader versions , 2019.012.20040 and earlier, 2017.011.30148 and earlier, 2017.011.30148 and earlier, 2015.006.30503 and earlier, and 2015.006.30503 and earlier have an use after free vulnerability. Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution .