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Hands-Off Security: Automating & Virtualizing the Enterprise Network
Joe Stanganelli  
5/31/2018   8 comments
A series of recent tech events demonstrate that enterprises are increasingly using virtualized automation to improve their network-security posture – but perhaps no tool is perfect.
FBI & DHS Warn About 2 North Korea Malware Threats
Jeffrey Burt  
5/31/2018   4 comments
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are warning about North Korea's Hidden Cobra group, which is suspected of being behind the Joanap and Brambul threats that have targeted multiple countries for almost a decade.
Public Cloud, Part of the Network or Not, Remains a Security Concern
Alan Zeichick  
5/30/2018   27 comments
Security in the public cloud is like asking who is responsible for securing your rented apartment – you or the building owner?
Researchers Bypass AMD's SEV Hypervisor & Cause More Chip Concerns
Larry Loeb  
5/30/2018   3 comments
Intel is not the only chip maker being tested these days. A group of German researchers have found a way around AMD's SEV hypervisor, leaving these processors open to attack.
FBI Urges Businesses & Consumers to Reboot Routers
News Analysis  
5/30/2018   3 comments
After the discovery of botnet malware called VPNFilter last week, the FBI is urging small businesses and consumers to reboot their routers to stop these devices from being used in an attack.
Cybersecurity & C-Suite: Why Executives Should Take the Lead
News Analysis  
5/29/2018   17 comments
Enterprises of all sizes need to be cyber resilient, but who should take the lead? Here's why the whole C-Suite needs to get more involved in the fight against cyberattacks – both inside and out.
Office 365 & G-Suite: How Email Security Is Failing Your Business
News Analysis  
5/29/2018   5 comments
Microsoft's Office 365 and Google's G-Suite boast of many advanced features to secure email, however, as phishers and other attackers get better at attacking email platforms, these two companies need to do more to keep up.
Z-Shave Attack Shows Why IoT Security Need More Attention
Larry Loeb  
5/29/2018   6 comments
Pen Test Partners have discovered a new IoT vulnerability that researchers call Z-Shave. This shows why manufactures need to think much harder about building security into connected devices.
World Password Day 2018: Let's Make It the Last One
News Analysis  
5/28/2018   3 comments
Every year, the IT and security world marks World Password Day, but why do we? Here's why this year's should be the last one ever.
Kaspersky: Data Breaches Cost Enterprises $1.23M
News Analysis  
5/25/2018   14 comments
Between 2017 and 2018, the average cost to clean up a data breach in an enterprise increased 24% to $1.23 million, according to new research from Kaspersky Labs. The recovery for small firms increased even more to 36%.
GDPR: SecurityNow's Need-to-Know Guide
News Analysis  
5/25/2018   1 comment
Today marks the official beginning of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR. Here's everything you need to know about the new privacy and security framework.
IoT Security Concerns Include Pet Trackers, Kaspersky Finds
Jeffrey Burt  
5/24/2018   20 comments
Kaspersky Lab researchers found BLE and weaknesses in the Android apps running on pet trackers can enable attackers to access user data from the IoT devices.
GDPR Should Change Your Thinking About Network Firewalls
Alan Zeichick  
5/24/2018   8 comments
Old-fashioned firewalls are an effective weapon for protecting the network incursions and data breaches, and that goes for the new era of GDPR that begins Friday as well.
FBI Knocks Out VPNFilter Malware That Infected 500K Routers
Larry Loeb  
5/24/2018   3 comments
The VPNFilter botnet malware spread to 500,000 globally before the FBI knocked it out late in the day on May 23. However, it's another skirmish in the cyberfight between Russia and Ukraine.
Microsoft Offering GDPR-Like Protection for All Customers
News Analysis  
5/23/2018   6 comments
Microsoft plans to expand GDPR privacy protections to all its customers, both inside and outside the European Union.
Spectre Number 4 Disclosure Raises Fresh Hardware Alarms
Larry Loeb  
5/23/2018   5 comments
The latest side-channel vulnerability, dubbed Spectre Number 4, is raising new alarms about widespread issues in chips, beyond x86. However, this time, Intel is trying a different approach.
Roaming Mantis Android Malware Expands Its Reach to iOS, Cryptomining
Jeffrey Burt  
5/22/2018   5 comments
The rapidly evolving campaign that is Roaming Mantis now includes iOS devices, expansion into new regions around the world, additional cryptomining capabilities and it is becoming even more evasive.
TeenSafe Data Leak Shows Cloud Security Weaknesses
News Analysis  
5/22/2018   4 comments
The news that TeenSafe, which allows parents to monitor the activity of their children's phone use, leaked personal info that shows some of the issues with moving so much sensitive data into the cloud.
Satori Botnet Plays Hidden Role in Cryptomining Scheme, Researchers Find
Larry Loeb  
5/21/2018   2 comments
Several different researchers have found that recent attempts on TCP port 3333 is the work of a cryptomining scheme where the Satori botnet is playing a hidden part.
Check Point: Cryptomining Malware Targeting Vulnerable Servers
Jeffrey Burt  
5/21/2018   1 comment
As the incidence of ransomware wanes, attackers are shifting to cryptocurrency mining malware as a less noisy, more lucrative alternative, according to a new Check Point study.
McAfee Finds More Malware on Google Play Targeting North Korea Dissidents
News Analysis  
5/18/2018   3 comments
McAfee researchers have found more malware hiding in the Google Play store that is targeting North Korean dissidents. It's the second instance of the so-called ‘Sun Team.’
Throwhammer & Nethhammer Show How Chips Are Vulnerable to Bit Flips
Larry Loeb  
5/18/2018   4 comments
In a pair of papers released over the last week, researchers have shown how two different types of attacks, Throwhammer and Nethhammer, can cause a bit flip in chips by sending packets across a standard network.
FBI Suspects Former CIA Worker of Vault 7 Leak – Report
News Analysis  
5/18/2018   3 comments
Federal prosecutors and the FBI believe that a former CIA developer gave the so-called Vault 7 tools to Wikileaks but have been unable to prove it or bring charges, according to a published report.
WannaCry: How the Notorious Worm Changed Ransomware
Jeffrey Burt  
5/17/2018   6 comments
This week marked the one-year anniversary of the WannaCry ransomware attacks and its impact can still be seen in the form of such encrypting malware as NotPetya, BadRabbit and Olympic Destroyer.
GDPR Is Driving Businesses to Revamp Privacy & Security Policies
News Analysis  
5/17/2018   11 comments
While enterprises have been slow to respond to the rigors of GDPR guidelines, companies are now using the May 25 deadline to improve their data privacy and security infrastructure, according to a survey from IBM.
Relax: PGP Is Still Secure
Larry Loeb  
5/16/2018   3 comments
Talk about overreacting. After researchers claimed to have found some flaws in PGP, the industry lost its collective mind. Here's what is really happening.
Next-Generation Firewalls: Poorly Named but Essential to the Enterprise Network
Alan Zeichick  
5/16/2018   1 comment
They may be stupidly named but they are essential for protecting enterprise assets that span on-premises servers, IaaS and PaaS clouds, as well as virtual machines.
Trump Administration Eliminating Cyber Coordinator Role – Report
News Analysis  
5/16/2018   2 comments
The Trump administration is eliminating the role of cyber coordinator on the National Security Council under the guise of streamlining the decision process. Security pros aren't impressed...
Chili's Investigating Data Breach After Malware Infects PoS Machines
News Analysis  
5/15/2018   2 comments
Chili's is investigating a data breach that started when the restaurant chain's point-of-sale machines were infected with malware. It's not clear what customer data was taken or how much.
UNC Researchers Pitch Framework to Fight Password Reuse
Jeffrey Burt  
5/15/2018   2 comments
The proposal from two security researchers at the University of North Carolina would entail creating a protocol that would enable websites and service providers to block attempts by individuals trying to use the same password for multiple sites.
Trump Tweets Lifeline to ZTE
News Analysis  
5/14/2018   3 comments
After running afoul of the US Commerce Department and raising security concerns, ZTE appears to get a lifeline from President Trump.
Radware: Nigelthorn Malware Hiding in Google Chrome Extensions
Larry Loeb  
5/14/2018   3 comments
A new type of malware called Nigelthorn is hiding in Google Chrome extensions and hijacking victims as part of an elaborate cryptomining scheme, Radware reports.
IBM's USB Ban Earns Some Praise, Some Skepticism
News Analysis  
5/14/2018   4 comments
In a bold move that has security experts talking, IBM is reportedly looking to ban USB drives, as well as other portable storage devices, for its employees.
ZooPark Malware Targets Android Users in Middle East, Kaspersky Finds
Jeffrey Burt  
5/11/2018   2 comments
The ZooPark malware that has infected Android phones has evolved rapidly over the past three years and can now steal data ranging from browser histories to photos, videos and keylogs as well as information from external apps.
Microsoft's JavaScript Update for Excel Is a Gift to Cryptominers
Larry Loeb  
5/11/2018   3 comments
At Build 2018, Microsoft revealed a new JavaScript features that is supposed to add new functionality into Excel. However, it's also a gift for those who want to indulge in cryptomining schemes.
Cisco: As Business Users Go Mobile, So Do Attackers
Jeffrey Burt  
5/10/2018   1 comment
Cisco monitored the wireless traffic at the MWC show in February and found more than 32,000 security events and high use of encryption, though some applications used outdated protocols.
Microsoft, Apple & Others Rush OS Patches Following Debugging Debacle
News Analysis  
5/10/2018   2 comments
Microsoft, Apple, along with several open source operating systems providers, plus a few hypervisor vendors, rushed patches out this week following a x86 chip debugging mistake.
Equifax Filing Sheds Light on 2017 Data Breach Carnage
News Analysis  
5/9/2018   1 comment
In a new filing with Securities and Exchange Commission, Equifax executives are offering a greater level of detail of the 2017 data breach that affected more than 146 million customers.
FBI: Ransomware Contributed to $1.4B in Losses in 2017
News Analysis  
5/9/2018   2 comments
The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center is out with its annual report based on complaints from consumers in the US, as well as overseas. Overall, losses totaled $1.4 billion in 2017, with ransomware, business email compromise and tech support fraud as the main culprits.
Phishers Are Finding Ways Around Office 365's ATP Feature
Larry Loeb  
5/9/2018   8 comments
Security researchers at Avanan have seen phishers using a new method to circumvent Microsoft Office 365's ATP technology, which is allowing them to send malicious emails.
Romanian Hackers Extradited to US for $18M Bank Fraud Scheme
News Analysis  
5/8/2018   5 comments
The DOJ has charged three Romanian citizens with using automated phones calls and software to steal about $18 million from bank customers in the US.
Number of Data Breach Reports Fell More Than 50% in Q1 – Study
News Analysis  
5/8/2018   1 comment
The number of reported data breaches fell more than 50% in the first quarter of this year compared to the same time in 2017, as attackers focused more on cryptomining and cryptojacking schemes.
China's Cyberspies Are Changing Tactics, Techniques & Targets
Larry Loeb  
5/7/2018   6 comments
A new report from 401TRG about the Winnti Umbrella group finds that cyberspies in China are changing their techniques as they zero in on new targets.
Endpoint Security: A Never-Ending Battle to Keep Up
Simon Marshall  
5/7/2018   1 comment
Endpoint security has evolved over the last several years as the BYOD trend has slowed, but enterprises are still uploading more data to the cloud, which is accessible on more devices. Even the notion of what an endpoint is has changed. What can enterprise security do?
'Spectre NG' Flaws Reportedly Found in Intel Chips
News Analysis  
5/4/2018   1 comment
A German magazine is reporting that ’Spectre Next Generation’ vulnerabilities have been found in Intel's x86 processors, although full details are not being released yet.
ICS Network Managers: Time for a Wake-Up Call
Larry Loeb  
5/4/2018   Post a comment
A report from Positive Technologies shows that despite the best efforts to wall and secure Industrial Control Systems from the wider Internet, attackers are still able to target and exploit this equipment.
Pentagon, Citing Security, Will Stop Selling Huawei, ZTE Smartphones
News Analysis  
5/3/2018   9 comments
The Pentagon is following a ruling by the FCC and concern from other government agencies, and is now discontinuing sales of Huawei and ZTE smartphones to DoD personnel.
New Vulnerability Puts Industrial Systems at Risk
News Analysis  
5/3/2018   1 comment
Security research firm Tenable has found a new remote code execution vulnerability in software made by Schneider Electric that is used in power plants and other industrial systems.
Microsoft's 4-Step Plan for Eliminating Passwords
Jeffrey Burt  
5/3/2018   1 comment
Microsoft is on a campaign to replace passwords with other authentication methods and it points to its Windows Hello and Authenticator app as examples of viable alternatives.
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5/3/2018   Post a comment
Sage Wagner, senior security pre-sales engineer with RiskSense, provides a demo of the company's latest technology 'RiskSense Solution,' a vulnerability management and cyber risk platform, which helps companies manage their cyber risks through their vulnerabilities.
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