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Content posted in January 2019
Is Your Cisco Router Leaving Your Enterprise Vulnerable?
Larry Loeb  
1/31/2019   8 comments
If your network uses Cisco's RV320 or RV325 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN routers, you are already under attack.
Four Security Questions You Need to Answer for SD-WAN Success
Alan Zeichick  
1/31/2019   7 comments
Before you select an SD-WAN vendor, read this.
Should All IAM Be CIAM?
Joe Stanganelli  
1/30/2019   5 comments
CIAM vendors are right that traditional IAM isn't going to cut it for customer-facing solutions – but their sound premises have led to the perverse conclusion of keeping in-house IAM systems suboptimal. What if the power of CIAM could help employees realize better usability and security too?
Japanese Government to Use 'Credential Stuffing' to Survey Consumer IoT Devices
Larry Loeb  
1/30/2019   18 comments
The Japanese government is concerned about the security of IoT devices – but is a mass attempt to log into consumers' devices the right approach to the issue?
5G Security Transformation: Why Businesses Need to Prepare Now
News Analysis  
1/29/2019   7 comments
5G technology holds a good deal of promise for businesses, from expanded IoT capabilities to new ways to reach customers. The downside is that these networks require a new security approach, which InfoSec teams need to start thinking about now.
'Steganography' Obsfucation Hides Old PDF Exploits From Antivirus Tools
Larry Loeb  
1/28/2019   20 comments
EdgeSpot has found two new obsfucation methods to hide old PDF exploits from various antivirus tools.
Four Enterprise Identity & Access Management Trends to Watch in 2019
Alan Zeichick  
1/25/2019   25 comments
For CISOs, Identity and Access Management, or IAM, is a must-have for the security tool box. However, the technology is rapidly evolving. Here are four important trends to watch this year.
DNS Tampering Prompts Homeland Security Warning
Larry Loeb  
1/24/2019   10 comments
Despite the partial federal government shutdown, DHS has managed to issue a warning to the public about possible tampering with DNS addresses that appear to have originated in Iran.
In the Cloud, SD-WAN Provides Security at the Edge
News Analysis  
1/23/2019   3 comments
As businesses move to the cloud, remote locations are relying more and more on SD-WAN. However, this change means a different approach to security. Here's why enterprises should look to the edge.
Enterprises Are Getting Smarter When It Comes to Patching Vulnerabilities – Study
Larry Loeb  
1/22/2019   11 comments
A joint analysis from Kenna Security and the Cyentia Institute finds that enterprises are getting better at patching vulnerabilities, specifically by focusing on critical flaws as opposed to trying to fix very problem that is published.
Microsoft Looks to Squash Bugs in its Azure DevOps Product
Larry Loeb  
1/21/2019   18 comments
Microsoft's latest bug-hunting program is targeting the company's Azure DevOps platform, which looks to make software development more secure.
Vulnerability Puts Millions of Fortnite Players at Risk, Check Point Finds
Jeffrey Burt  
1/18/2019   2 comments
Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, fixed vulnerabilities in its web infrastructure that researchers said exposed the sensitive information of users of the wildly popular online game.
Exposed Oklahoma Server Shows On-Premises Data Is Vulnerable, Too
News Analysis  
1/18/2019   16 comments
Over the last year, vulnerable, cloud-based databases have shown that dangers of trusting data to others. However, an exposed government server in Oklahoma proves that attackers can find on-premises data, too.
Intel Patching SGX Flaw That Can Lead to Escalation of Privileges
Larry Loeb  
1/18/2019   4 comments
A security researcher has found another flaw in Intel's SGX software than can allow an attacker to escalate administrative privileges within an infected machine.
'Collection #1' Repository Totals 87GB of Stolen Email Addresses & Passwords
News Analysis  
1/17/2019   1 comment
With the discovery of 'Collection #1,' security researcher Troy Hunt appears to have found the largest repository of stolen email addresses and passwords ever, totaling more than 87GB and 12,000 separate files.
A Diverse Security Workforce Is a Stable Security Workforce
News Analysis  
1/17/2019   2 comments
In an era when enterprises are scrambling to keep up with security demands, a new industry survey from ISF finds that having more diverse skills on the InfoSec team is one way to ensure a more stable workforce.
Fancy Bear's LoJax C&C Servers Still Functioning in the Wild
News Analysis  
1/17/2019   Post a comment
A new report from NetScout's ASERT Team found that two command-and-control servers associated with Fancy Bear's LoJax malware are still active.
Cyber Attacks, Climate Change Are Top Global Risk for Businesses & Governments
News Analysis  
1/17/2019   Post a comment
The World Economic Forum ranks climate change, economic instability, cyber attacks and data thefts as some of the top concerns facing businesses around the globe.
Justice Department Indicts 2 Ukrainian Nationals With Hacking SEC
News Analysis  
1/16/2019   1 comment
The Justice Department has charged two Ukrainian nationals with hacking into the SEC's EDGAR systems and accessing sensitive company reports and other data before the information was made public.
Federal Judge: Police Can't Force Suspects to Unlock Devices Using Biometrics
Larry Loeb  
1/16/2019   1 comment
A federal judge in California finds that police can't force suspects to unlock their smartphones or other mobiles using biometrics. The court found biometrics are protected much the same way passwords are.
Zix Acquiring AppRiver to Bolster Email Security for SMBs
News Analysis  
1/16/2019   Post a comment
In a move to bolster its email security portfolio for small and midsized businesses, Dallas-based Zix is paying $275 million for AppRiver.
Schneider Electric EV Charging Stations Vulnerable to Attack
News Analysis  
1/15/2019   1 comment
Researchers at Positive Technologies have found three vulnerabilities within Schneider Electric's EVlink Parking electric vehicle charging stations, which could allow an attacker to take control of the system.
Average Cyber Attack Cleanup Tops $1M, Radware Finds
News Analysis  
1/15/2019   1 comment
Over the last year, the amount that companies pay out to clean up from a cyber attack jumped more than 50%, topping $1 million on average, according to a new industry survey from Radware.
Texas City Hit With Ransomware
News Analysis  
1/15/2019   Post a comment
It's back to paper and pen for a while for Del Rio, Texas, which was hit with a ransomware attack earlier this month.
Ryuk Ransomware Origin Remains a Mystery
News Analysis  
1/14/2019   Post a comment
After shutting down newspaper printing facilities, as well as a cloud hosting firm, security researchers are debating who is behind the Ryuk ransomware. While it seemed that North Korea played a role, more research shows that a Russian gang might be responsible.
US Government Shutdown Preventing SSL Certificates From Being Renewed
Larry Loeb  
1/14/2019   Post a comment
The shutdown of the federal government is not only affecting federal workers, but the websites that various departments run. Specifically, SSL certificates are not being renewed.
Iran Suspected of 'Stealthy & Sophisticated' DNS Hijacking Campaign
Larry Loeb  
1/11/2019   Post a comment
New research from FireEye suggests that a group working within Iran is behind a large-scale DNS hijacking scheme that involves web traffic all across the globe.
ServHelper & FlawedGrace Malware Highlight Shift in Cyber Attacks
Jeffrey Burt  
1/11/2019   Post a comment
The ServHelper and FlawedGrace malware developed by threat group TA505 exemplify the move away from smash-and-grab ransomware toward more stealthy, longer campaigns, according to a recent analysis by Proofpoint.
Hyatt Hotels Kicks Off Bug Bounty Program
News Analysis  
1/11/2019   1 comment
Hyatt Hotels is teaming with HackerOne on a new bug bounty hunting program that looks to pay up to $4,000 for ‘critical’ vulnerabilities in software.
Zerodium Ups Ante for Zero-Day Exploits, Especially in iOS
News Analysis  
1/10/2019   Post a comment
Zerodium, which buys flaws and exploits for its customers, is upping the amount it pays for several different types of vulnerabilities, especially Apple's iOS.
Wi-Fi 6 Bakes in Additional IoT Security
Larry Loeb  
1/10/2019   8 comments
At CES this week, the Wi-Fi Alliance offered new details on the new Wi-Fi 6 protocol, which bakes in some additional safeguards for IoT security.
Sophos & Akamai Target Cloud Security With Acquisitions
News Analysis  
1/9/2019   Post a comment
As companies move more data to the cloud, data security becomes a major issue. To address these concerns, Sophos is acquiring Avid Security and Akamai inked a deal for Janrain.
Windows, Linux Susceptible to New Side-Channel Vulnerability
Larry Loeb  
1/9/2019   Post a comment
In a new paper co-authored by a researcher who discovered Spectre, it appears that Windows and Linux are susceptible to a new type of side-channel vulnerability that can target the page cache of an operating system.
Radware Boosts Bot-Fighting Capabilities With ShieldSquare Acquisition
News Analysis  
1/8/2019   Post a comment
Radware plans to bolster its cloud security portfolio with a deal for ShieldSquare, which offers tools for fighting bots.
Spectre, Meltdown Vulnerabilities Will Haunt Industry for Years
Jeffrey Burt  
1/8/2019   2 comments
Chip makers such as Intel have released patches and fixes to mitigate Spectre and Meltdown issues, but the problem won't be solved until they come out with new architectures, which is two to three years away.
New Malvertising Campaign Delivers Vidar Stealer Plus Ransomware
News Analysis  
1/8/2019   Post a comment
Malwarebytes Labs has uncovered a new malvertising campaign in the wild that delivers a one-two punch: the Vidar data stealer and GrandCrab ransomware.
Academics Look to Bolster the Optimization of Neural Networks
Larry Loeb  
1/7/2019   2 comments
A trio of academic papers looks at the current methods used to train neural networks and where the techniques can be improved in order to benefit the businesses that use them.
US Air Force: 5G Dominance Critical to National Security
Joe Stanganelli  
1/7/2019   1 comment
In a November 2018 report, the US Air Force's Electromagnetic Defense Task Force ranks control of 5G networks and spectrum as a top priority for national security in the event of a substantial electromagnetic disturbance.
Marriott Revises Data Breach Numbers as Investigation Continues
News Analysis  
1/4/2019   3 comments
Marriott has revised the number of customer accounts it believes were affected during a massive data breach. While the overall number dropped, the company now believes 5 million unencrypted passport numbers were exposed.
Six CISO Trends to Watch in 2019
News Analysis  
1/4/2019   1 comment
From legislation to insurance to staffing, 2019 is shaping up as a challenging year for CISOs. Here are six top trends security executives need to watch.
New USB Type-C Standards Offer Cryptographic-Based Security
Larry Loeb  
1/4/2019   19 comments
The USB-IF has published new guidelines that looks to bring tougher security protocols, including cryptography, to USB Type-C devices to better protect against attacks.
Ryuk Ransomware Tied to Printing Press & Cloud Service Provider Attacks
News Analysis  
1/3/2019   7 comments
A series of cyber attacks over the holiday week that targeted newspaper printing presses and a cloud service provider are tied to a specific strain of ransomware called Ryuk.
EU's FOSSA Project Launches New Bug Bounty Program
Larry Loeb  
1/3/2019   4 comments
The European Union's FOSSA project is launching its first-ever bug bounty program that will focus on 15 different software platforms starting later in January.
Phishing & Social Engineering Attacks Will Rise in 2019
News Analysis  
1/2/2019   10 comments
The rise of fileless attack techniques and other developments is making phishing a much more serious problem for enterprise security. As we head into 2019, a new approach is needed.
Ten Cybersecurity Predictions That I Don't Like for 2019
Alan Zeichick  
1/1/2019   32 comments
If 2018 turned into a security headache for enterprises, our writers predicts that 2019 won't be much better – maybe even worse.




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