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posted in August 2019

Imperva Customer Database Exposed

8/27/2019
A subset of customers for the company's Incapsula web application firewall had their email addresses, hashed/salted passwords, and more open to unauthorized access, Imperva announced.

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Ransomware Trains Its Sights on Cloud Providers

8/23/2019
Ransomware writers are now targeting cloud service providers with network file encryption attacks as a way to hold hostage the maximum number of customers that they can, notes Chris Morales, head of security analytics for Vectra. He also discusses Vectra's new ransomware report, which offers tips for protecting against virtual hostage taking.

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Virtual World of Containers, VMs Creates New Security Challenges

8/23/2019
Containers, virtual machines, and the advent of DevOps as a software creation tool all put new pressures on organizations' security strength, according to Dan Hubbard, CEO of Lacework. Cloud's ability to offer scale, capacity, and processing power may even exacerbate the vulnerabilities unless properly managed, he adds.

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Spirent Nixes Over-Reliance on Compliance Checklists for Good Security

8/23/2019
Enterprises must regularly validate their security efficacy based on real-time conditions, not compliance criteria, says John Weinschenk, General manager, Enterprise Network and Application Security of Spirent. That sort of testing returns actionable data to tune devices, update policies, and fortify defenses before they are compromised, he adds.

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Cloud Services Require a Shift in Security Strategy

8/22/2019
End-user organizations have their security management tools, but so do cloud service providers, and that forces some hard questions about whose tools will be used to keep everything locked down, says Jesse Rothstein, CTO and Co-Founder of ExtraHop. And he makes the case that better data hygiene can help decrease the chances of a breach.

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Regular User Training Most Effective Security Antidote

8/22/2019
Social engineering remains the top vulnerability organizations face because humans remain the easiest way to access networks or databases, says Stu Sjouwerman, Founder and CEO of KnowBe4. Regular training sessions coupled with creation of a "human firewall" remain the most effective protections against social engineering and phishing, he adds.

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Analytics and Data Prove Effective Security Hybrid

8/22/2019
Against the backdrop of consolidation in the SIEM and SOAR sectors, infosec professionals are deploying some combination of analytics and security, according to Haiyan Song, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Security Markets for Splunk. Analytics helps organizations make better decisions and detect anomalies faster, she adds.

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Time to Get Smarter About Threat Intel

8/22/2019
Bad actors move faster than threat intelligence feeds and the infosec pros who monitor them, notes Joakim Kennedy, Threat Intel Manager for Anomali Research. Organizations need to establish a dedicated team to manage threat intel, and an adequate budget. Kennedy also encourages intelligence sharing as part of a stepped-up protection strategy.

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Make DNS a Cornerstone of Your Cyber Security Arsenal

8/22/2019
Better known for their essential role in networking, Domain Name Servers should be tapped as a means to identify and shut down suspicious or destructive activity, according to Anthony James, VP of Marketing for Infoblox. He also explains how to combine DNS with DHCP and IP address management to improve an organization's security.

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Endgame Boosts Apple Security to Be Commensurate with Windows Security

8/22/2019
Gone are the days when users could take refuge from Windows threats with Apple devices, as malware writers are exploiting OSX and iOS with real vigor, says Mark Dufresne, VP of R&D at Endgame. And though it's taken a while, Mac security has achieved parity with Windows so that Apple users need no longer settle for "protected enough."

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Asset Management Becomes the New Security Model

8/22/2019
While security pros once rallied around end-device management as their organizing principle, that approach is being subsumed by asset management, according to Dean Sysman, CEO and Co-Founder of Axonius. Device management becomes a subset of asset management, as organizations create a hierarchy to protect what's most valuable to them, he adds.

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eSentire Blends Managed Detection and Response With Machine Learning

8/21/2019
While many infosec pros believe they're getting managed detection response (MDR) from their managed security service providers, that's not necessarily the case, according to Eldon Sprickerhoff, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of eSentire. Adding machine learning to the mix helps automate MDR, strengthening an organization's security posture.

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Bad Actors Find Leverage With Automated Active Attacks

8/21/2019
Once used only by nation-state attackers, automated active attacks have gone mainstream and allow the average cyber-criminal to gain entry and engage in malfeasance, says Chet Wisniewski, Principal Research scientist with Sophos. Luckily, organizations are getting smarter at spotting these stealthy, customized attacks earlier than they used to.

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