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Terry Sweeney is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who has covered technology, networking, and security for more than 20 years. He was part of the team that started Dark Reading and has been a contributor to The Washington Post, Crain's New York Business, Red Herring, Network World, InformationWeek and Mobile Sports Report.

In addition to information security, Sweeney has written extensively about cloud computing, wireless technologies, storage networking, and analytics. After watching successive waves of technological advancement, he still prefers to chronicle the actual application of these breakthroughs by businesses and public sector organizations.

Sweeney is also the founder and chief jarhead of Paragon Jams, which specializes in small-batch jams and preserves for adults.

Articles by Terry Sweeney

OpenText Blends Security, Data Protection for Greater Cyber Resilience

8/6/2020
SPONSORED CONTENT: Infosec professionals are taking advantage of technology hybrids to keep users, data, and their networks more safe, according to Hal Lonas of OpenText's Webroot division. And they're also finding new ways to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve security management and reduce risk.

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Broadcom: Staying Safe with WastedLocker Ransomware Variant on the Prowl

8/6/2020
SPONSORED CONTENT: Stealthier and more patient than some predecessors, WastedLocker lingers surreptitiously for as long as it needs to for maximum payoff, says Jon DiMaggio with Broadcom's Symantec division. He explains how Windows servers are at a different risk level than their open-source counterparts, and how WastedLocker identifies "valuable" targets.

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Platform Security: Intel Pushes to Reduce Supply Chain Attacks

8/6/2020
SPONSORED CONTENT: Attacks on supply chains involve lots of players and companies, not to mention an exponential amount of data for the stealing, notes Intel's Tom Garrison. Notoriously difficult to detect and mitigate, Garrison discusses new approaches to securing an individual company's computing platforms, including Compute Lifecycle Assurance.

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SynerComm Reboots a Security Staple with 'Continuous' Pen Testing

8/5/2020
SPONSORED CONTENT: Penetration testing has evolved well beyond a couple guys you hire to try and break into your network, according to SynerComm's Brian Judd. In addition to a service that offers round-the-clock pen testing, SynerComm also provides purple team testing, effectively splitting the difference with red- and blue-team exercises.

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Synopsys: Why Security-Minded Companies Are Transitioning to DevSecOps

8/5/2020
SPONSORED: For too long, developers have had to weigh the tradeoffs between software security and feature development. But as DevSecOps continues to gain momentum over application security, organizations realize that adopting security in software development needn't be a drag on productivity, says Tim Mackey from the Synopsys Cybersecurity Research Center.

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Voatz Delivers Multilayered Security to Protect Electronic Voting

8/5/2020
SPONSORED CONTENT: While electronic voting has been plagued by fears of tampering or fraud, Voatz is looking to make the process more transparent and auditable, according to company founder Nimit Sawhney. He offers learning points from three recent pilots that highlight how governments can improve the integrity and better protect the voting process and its data.

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Why Clouds Keep Leaking Data

9/26/2019
Most devastating cloud data leaks are caused by the same kinds of common cloud security challenges and configuration errors. Here's what you need to know.

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How a PIA Can CYA

9/16/2019
More than a compliance mandate, privacy impact assessments can also spot risks early in the product development cycle.

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[Strategic Security Report] Assessing Cybersecurity Risk

7/6/2017
As cyber attackers become more sophisticated and enterprise defenses become more complex, many enterprises are faced with a complicated question: what is the risk of an IT security breach? This report delivers insight on how today's enterprises evaluate the risks they face. This report also offers a look at security professionals' concerns about a wide variety of threats, including cloud security, mobile security, and the Internet of Things.

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The Top Cybersecurity Risks And How Enterprises Are Responding

8/1/2016
The information security landscape is a constantly shifting risk environment. Today's IT security department must manage both internal and external threats' ranging from malware to mobile device vulnerabilities, to cloud security and ransomware. Download the Dark Reading 2016 Strategic Security Survey to gain insight into how security professionals view these risks, and how they are addressing them.

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Are EMC And IBM Reliable Storage Bellwethers?

4/23/2008
Their success is no guarantee of success for other vendors, but dismal results from these two companies would augur poorly for the rest of the storage industry, to say the least. And quite apart from my glass half-empty outlook, I'm not sure how much weight to give the recent positive financial performance from EMC and IBM.

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Crank Up The Volume

4/22/2008
If storage were an audio receiver, we'd be flirting with that "9" or "10" mark on that big black dial. But we're talking capacity here (and maybe speed), as vendors appear to bend the rules of physics by cramming more bytes than any space or drive should be able to accommodate.

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Data in Motion, And At Rest

4/15/2008
As an IT professional, which one worries you more? And what do you do about a technology like RFID that splits the difference between those two conditions -- stationary, yet traveling across the airwaves, and god knows where else?

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E-Ignorance Can Be Bliss

4/14/2008
I missed something that was staring me in the face. It wasn't something huge or important, like, "Oh, look, Hillary Clinton's really trying to be nice this week." No, what I happily missed were online ads served up by Evite alongside the "Come to dinner" verbiage. This offense apparently is enough for the New York Times to proclaim the site as the ruination of parties in our modern e-times. But what if we forget

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The Temperature Of Storage

4/12/2008
Why can't I look away from the morning weather report, or just turn the page when I come across the odds-makers' lines on the sports section? Maybe it's the control freak in me. Or that I want to believe some mere mortal really knows how this will all turn out. Maybe I just want information, even if it's deemed reliable but not guaranteed. I try to remember all this as I read the temperature taking going on in the storage industry, against a backdrop of bankruptcies, foreclosures, and r

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Wheeling And Dealing

4/8/2008
With the RSA conference on the West Coast competing with Storage Networking World in Orlando, Fla., this week, there are just a couple of vendors big enough to straddle both realms. Any guesses? Both have figured prominently in the tech headlines in the last 48 hours.

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Second-Guessing Yahoo

4/7/2008
I'm not a native Californian, but after eight years of residency, I often find myself in the position of having to defend or explain aspects of life in the Golden State: the improbability of Gov. Schwarzenegger, the unnatural obsession with Britney Spears, or the latest woo-woo, crystal snorting trend, to name a few. But here's one I recently fielded that I didn't see coming: Why is Yahoo playing hard to get with Microsoft?

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In Lockstep At RSA

4/5/2008
Just a few days before the RSA show begins in San Francisco, it's HP and not EMC that's talking loudest about storage and security. Why is that odd? Maybe because EMC owns RSA.

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A Federal Indictment, That's What

4/3/2008
Stop me if you've heard this one: What do you get if you try to board a flight to China while carrying confidential documents, a thumb drive, four external hard drives, 29 recordable CDs, a videotape, and $30,000 in cash?

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A Paradigm Spins Down

4/2/2008
Which is better (and less cliché) than a paradigm that shifts, in my opinion. But based on public and private comments from readers, it's well past time to do away with these fault-prone spinning platters called storage arrays. Here's why.

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Mission Creep And Storage

4/1/2008
Anyone who has ever worked in an organization of, say, more than 50 people is aware of the phenomenon of mission-creep. It's always clear that it has occurred when the person whose initial job was ordering Post-its finds himself handling quality control, handling "external relations" (whatever that is), and traveling two-thirds of the time to make sure branch offices are using the right copying paper. Does any of this ring a bell for today's storage professionals?

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Lockdown Tradeoffs

3/29/2008
Enterprise users and consumers alike have been scared straight about data protection, given the regular headlines about laptop theft or misplaced hard drives. But as users rush to secure the desktop, are their good intentions making the jobs (and lives) of storage pros more difficult?

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And I Recommend Caviar For Dinner

3/27/2008
Yes, every night. Because in this age of federal bailouts of brokerages, record mortgage defaults, and a stock market that doesn't know which way is up, it's time to indulge. At least that seems to be a piece of the logic behind this report, encouraging would-be videoconferencing customers to go HD.

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The Disruption Factor

3/25/2008
Here's a hypothetical based on a lot of ifs. If you had a bunch of money to invest, if you had access to the smartest brokers around, and if the economy were on firm ground, which of these ideas would you invest in?

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Real Tossers

3/24/2008
How long do you hang on to decommissioned hard drives and storage devices? Do you at least wait to make sure your new drives or backup applications are functioning properly? If you answered yes to that last question, there might be a job at the White House for you.

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Behind Microsoft's Visor

3/21/2008
What if Microsoft decided to get really serious about server virtualization? Yeah, yeah, I know Hyper-V is coming this summer. But especially now that they've made such a hash of Vista, virtualization's a natural place for the company to regain a bit of

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De-Dupe Do-Si-Do

3/19/2008
I'm not sure if you need a dance card or a scorecard to keep track of the pairings in the data deduplication market. One thing's abundantly clear: this storage app must have more commercial appeal than most everything else that's come down the pike lately, given the scramble for partners.

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Information Is Power

3/18/2008
Government officials' seeming inability to manage information has led me to conclude they don't need a backup and archiving policy so much as they need a virtual Roto-Rooter turned on their servers and tape drives and cardboard boxes. And here are three cases in point.

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Worth Watching

3/14/2008
Back when I covered storage networking a lot more closely, I learned to anticipate the industry's rhythms. If any one of EMC, HP, IBM, or NetApp introduced something, one of the other three would frequently contact me on the QT to let me know why their solution was still superior.

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What Sticks

3/13/2008
And what doesn't in the startup world doesn't appear to have much to do with technology. Like in sports, whoever can deliver on the fundamentals -- in this case, basic business fundamentals, stands a better chance of thriving in the market.

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I Smell A Reality Show

3/12/2008
Geeky? Unsociable? Does this sound like you? It's how the European Union's top technology official summed up the current lot holding down jobs in IT. Her prescription for change isn't likely to win her tons of support, either.

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Economic Spin

3/11/2008
While we contemplate the wisdom of locking Eliot Spitzer and Geraldine Ferraro in a room together for all eternity, let's take a deep breath and give thanks for some positive economic news (Go, Dow, go) and wonder what in the world they're smoking over at the freshly renamed NetApp.

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Demise Of The Specialist

3/10/2008
Security's never been an afterthought in storage, but it wasn't exactly a major cornerstone as stored bytes moved beyond the mainframe and into storage networks. Lost or stolen hard drives, laptops, and backup tapes have made big headlines in recent years, and prompted state and federal lawmakers to horn in on the act.

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A Taxing Response

3/7/2008
"No effort to control greenhouse-gas emissions or to lower the carbon footprint ... can succeed unless those emissions are priced properly," writes Michael Specter in the Feb. 25 issue of The New Yorker. "There are several ways to do that: they can be taxed heavily, like cigarettes, or regulated, which is the way many countries have established mileage-per-gallon standards for automobiles." Exchanges where entities buy and sell rights to pollute are another way. While Specter's article i

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In Love With Wireless

3/6/2008
And public Wi-Fi hotspots, texting galore, and the iPhone are the tools of this seduction. But with more applications and wireless spectrum (and YouTube clips) on the way, where exactly are we going to store all this new content?

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Julienne Storage

3/5/2008
Given the variety of ways that stored data gets sliced and diced these days, it's hard not to imagine that Ron Popeil of Veg-o-Matic fame didn't have a hand in there somewhere along the way. Here's what I mean.

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SRM Gets The Gas

3/4/2008
In Vendor Land, it's a short hop from capacity planning to storage resource management (SRM). A couple product guys from IBM volunteered to explain why this makes good business sense (even if it blows your budget).

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A Bracketed Discussion

3/3/2008
You know, the kind where you want to decide where to go for dinner, and suddenly your significant other/spouse/soulmate is off and running on the past, present, and future of the relationship and why you never ... well, you get the point. This is actually good practice for when you try to talk to a vendor or reseller about storage capacity planning. Why? Because this very specific function you want help with snowballs quickly into a referendum on the future and sanctity of your enterprise's da

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Stomping On Your Carbon Footprint

2/28/2008
The "greening" of IT is very à la mode right now, especially in storage. But this umbrella term suffers from overuse, and near as I can tell, is a euphemism for using less electricity. It's also a "feature" that enables some vendors to bump up their prices. So what exactly is the fuss again?

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In tensorflow-lite before versions 1.15.4, 2.0.3, 2.1.2, 2.2.1 and 2.3.1, when determining the common dimension size of two tensors, TFLite uses a `DCHECK` which is no-op outside of debug compilation modes. Since the function always returns the dimension of the first tensor, malicious attackers can ...
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In tensorflow-lite before versions 1.15.4, 2.0.3, 2.1.2, 2.2.1 and 2.3.1, a crafted TFLite model can force a node to have as input a tensor backed by a `nullptr` buffer. This can be achieved by changing a buffer index in the flatbuffer serialization to convert a read-only tensor to a read-write one....
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In tensorflow-lite before versions 1.15.4, 2.0.3, 2.1.2, 2.2.1 and 2.3.1, if a TFLite saved model uses the same tensor as both input and output of an operator, then, depending on the operator, we can observe a segmentation fault or just memory corruption. We have patched the issue in d58c96946b and ...
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In TensorFlow Lite before versions 1.15.4, 2.0.3, 2.1.2, 2.2.1 and 2.3.1, saved models in the flatbuffer format use a double indexing scheme: a model has a set of subgraphs, each subgraph has a set of operators and each operator has a set of input/output tensors. The flatbuffer format uses indices f...
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PUBLISHED: 2020-09-25
In TensorFlow Lite before versions 2.2.1 and 2.3.1, models using segment sum can trigger writes outside of bounds of heap allocated buffers by inserting negative elements in the segment ids tensor. Users having access to `segment_ids_data` can alter `output_index` and then write to outside of `outpu...