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Guest View: Cybersecurity education isn’t a game. Or is it?

28 Feb 2017 | By Amit Ashbel

Security, specifically application security, has become a huge challenge for IT companies worldwide. Actually, most companies in any vertical nowadays have some sort of IT platform they maintain. An increasing number of exploits, causing widespread financial and technical damage, are being reported on an almost daily basis. Yet the biggest vulnerability you have is sitting right under your nose (or next to you). Sixty-six percent of respondents to a recent study from the Ponemon Institute cited employees as the biggest security threat to their company.

As a leader, the best place to start looking for employee vulnerabilities is within your own team. If you look around, you might realize that some of the key IT players and developers are uneducated and sometimes even unaware of security in their code. There’s a big gap between app developers’ coding abilities and their security literacy.

 

Read more here.

Security, specifically application security, has become a huge challenge for IT companies worldwide. Actually, most companies in any vertical nowadays have some sort of IT platform they maintain. An increasing number of exploits, causing widespread financial and technical damage, are being reported on an almost daily basis. Yet the biggest vulnerability you have is sitting right under your nose (or next to you). Sixty-six percent of respondents to a recent study from the Ponemon Institute cited employees as the biggest security threat to their company.

As a leader, the best place to start looking for employee vulnerabilities is within your own team. If you look around, you might realize that some of the key IT players and developers are uneducated and sometimes even unaware of security in their code. There’s a big gap between app developers’ coding abilities and their security literacy.

 

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Checkmarx announces Open Beta for Scala Programming Language Vulnerability Detection

16 Feb 2017 | By Dawn Nicholls

New York: Checkmarx has announced open beta support of the Scala programming language. The new capability adds the ability to analyze and remediate security risks and vulnerabilities exposed in projects written using Scala code.

 

Checkmarx is the first static analysis solution to support Scala. The added capability not only allows the detection of vulnerabilities within Scala code, but also the ability to identify security and compliance issues in the flows between Scala and Java, and vice versa – enabling applications built using both Java and Scala to be fully analyzed using a single Checkmarx scan. With Checkmarx, users can identify a wide range of potential vulnerabilities in Scala code such as code injections, connection string injections, reflected XSS, SQL injections, stored XSS and many more.

The growing success of the Scala programming language has incentivized organizations globally to shift away from using Java, with Scala predicted to become a preferred choice by developers. Due to the rise in popularity, there is an urgent need to address the risks that may be exposed if coding is not done in a secure manner. Without a way to analyze Scala code statically the industry will soon find itself combating breaches exposed by bad Scala coding techniques.

 

Click here for the full article. 

New York: Checkmarx has announced open beta support of the Scala programming language. The new capability adds the ability to analyze and remediate security risks and vulnerabilities exposed in projects written using Scala code.

 

Checkmarx is the first static analysis solution to support Scala. The added capability not only allows the detection of vulnerabilities within Scala code, but also the ability to identify security and compliance issues in the flows between Scala and Java, and vice versa – enabling applications built using both Java and Scala to be fully analyzed using a single Checkmarx scan. With Checkmarx, users can identify a wide range of potential vulnerabilities in Scala code such as code injections, connection string injections, reflected XSS, SQL injections, stored XSS and many more.

The growing success of the Scala programming language has incentivized organizations globally to shift away from using Java, with Scala predicted to become a preferred choice by developers. Due to the rise in popularity, there is an urgent need to address the risks that may be exposed if coding is not done in a secure manner. Without a way to analyze Scala code statically the industry will soon find itself combating breaches exposed by bad Scala coding techniques.

 

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A Modern Day Love Story: Security and DevOps

13 Feb 2017 | By Amit Ashbel

It’s a tale as old as time, the last person you ever thought you would love becomes the one person you can’t live without. Enter – software security and developer teams, did you see that one coming? While these teams may not always see eye to eye, one cannot succeed without support from the other.

For starters, it’s important to take a look at the differences between developers and security teams to better understand the complex relationship. Developers are on a constant time crunch to meet deadlines and code faster than ever before to make sure their product hits the market in a timely fashion. They are most concerned with how quickly an application can go to market, and the perceived time needed for security testing has caused security to be put on the backburner.

 

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It’s a tale as old as time, the last person you ever thought you would love becomes the one person you can’t live without. Enter – software security and developer teams, did you see that one coming? While these teams may not always see eye to eye, one cannot succeed without support from the other.

For starters, it’s important to take a look at the differences between developers and security teams to better understand the complex relationship. Developers are on a constant time crunch to meet deadlines and code faster than ever before to make sure their product hits the market in a timely fashion. They are most concerned with how quickly an application can go to market, and the perceived time needed for security testing has caused security to be put on the backburner.

 

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Executive Viewpoint 2017 Prediction: Checkmarx – Spotting Software Trends and Beyond

6 Feb 2017 | By Paul Curran

Software is now embedded in every aspect of modern day business, making it critical for organizations to understand how the industry is evolving and where it’s headed. The internet, with the addition of software, has changed the way people and businesses interact and engage, especially when you consider the fact that there are over 4.5 million apps available on platforms such as Google, Apple and Microsoft. Software is the driving force behind everyday tasks like communicating with clients and driving to work. At Checkmarx, we’re keeping an eye on the software industry to spot trends and opportunities in the application space and adapt accordingly.

 

The full article can be found here

Software is now embedded in every aspect of modern day business, making it critical for organizations to understand how the industry is evolving and where it’s headed. The internet, with the addition of software, has changed the way people and businesses interact and engage, especially when you consider the fact that there are over 4.5 million apps available on platforms such as Google, Apple and Microsoft. Software is the driving force behind everyday tasks like communicating with clients and driving to work. At Checkmarx, we’re keeping an eye on the software industry to spot trends and opportunities in the application space and adapt accordingly.

 

The full article can be found here


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January 2017: The month in hacks and breaches

6 Feb 2017 | By CSO Staff

Then, on January 19th, internet account passwords for 14 Trump appointees, including Rudy Giuliani and Michael Flynn, were leaked online, the result of “mass breaches of websites like LinkedIn, MySpace, and others between 2012 and 2016,” according to a report by Britain’s Channel 4.

But that wasn't all the news from January. Scroll down to see a timeline of last month’s hacks and breaches, compiled by application security provider Checkmarx.

 

For the full article and infographic, click here

Then, on January 19th, internet account passwords for 14 Trump appointees, including Rudy Giuliani and Michael Flynn, were leaked online, the result of “mass breaches of websites like LinkedIn, MySpace, and others between 2012 and 2016,” according to a report by Britain’s Channel 4.

But that wasn’t all the news from January. Scroll down to see a timeline of last month’s hacks and breaches, compiled by application security provider Checkmarx.

 

For the full article and infographic, click here


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J is for Java Script

6 Feb 2017 | By Network Computing

J is for JavaScript. JavaScript is a core component of and present in almost every element of the web browsing experience. Because of the prolific nature of JavaScript on the web, any JavaScript vulnerabilities that are identified are valuable to cybercriminals and can be exploited to attack websites, individuals and networks.

"This programming language was developed under the code name Mocha and was originally known as LiveScript. It was created in just 10 days by Netscape Communications Corporation and the programmer, Brendan Eich, later went on to co-found the Mozilla Project", explains Amit Ashbel, Cyber Security Evangelist at Checkmarx.

Amit continues with the history, saying "The language was created by Eich as a more accessible glue type language for casual programmers who were building web content instead of Java, which was seen as a component language used by higher priced programmers. Despite the confusion between Java and JavaScript, the name change from LiveScript to JavaScript actually worked as a marketing tactic to capitalise on the hot programming language of the time."

 

For the full article, click here

J is for JavaScript. JavaScript is a core component of and present in almost every element of the web browsing experience. Because of the prolific nature of JavaScript on the web, any JavaScript vulnerabilities that are identified are valuable to cybercriminals and can be exploited to attack websites, individuals and networks.

“This programming language was developed under the code name Mocha and was originally known as LiveScript. It was created in just 10 days by Netscape Communications Corporation and the programmer, Brendan Eich, later went on to co-found the Mozilla Project”, explains Amit Ashbel, Cyber Security Evangelist at Checkmarx.

Amit continues with the history, saying “The language was created by Eich as a more accessible glue type language for casual programmers who were building web content instead of Java, which was seen as a component language used by higher priced programmers. Despite the confusion between Java and JavaScript, the name change from LiveScript to JavaScript actually worked as a marketing tactic to capitalise on the hot programming language of the time.”

 

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Checkmarx opens beta support for Scala programming language

1 Feb 2017 | By Michael Haynes

Checkmarx, an application security testing company, has announced open beta support of the Scala programming language. The new capability adds the ability to analyze and remediate security risks and vulnerabilities exposed in projects written using Scala code.

 

Click here to continue reading. 

Checkmarx, an application security testing company, has announced open beta support of the Scala programming language. The new capability adds the ability to analyze and remediate security risks and vulnerabilities exposed in projects written using Scala code.

 

Click here to continue reading. 


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Trump, Twitter and Hackers? Don’t Just Use Passwords

31 Jan 2017 | By Jimmy H. Koo

“A Twitter account probably has no financial value by itself but depending on the account owner, it could be used to spread false information and create wrong impressions,” Amit Ashbel, director of product marketing and cyber security evangelist at application testing company Checkmarx Ltd. in Tel Aviv, told Bloomberg BNA.

 

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“A Twitter account probably has no financial value by itself but depending on the account owner, it could be used to spread false information and create wrong impressions,” Amit Ashbel, director of product marketing and cyber security evangelist at application testing company Checkmarx Ltd. in Tel Aviv, told Bloomberg BNA.

 

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Report: malicious ‘fake’ news links used to socially engineer

31 Jan 2017 | By Max Metzger

Amit Ashbel, cyber-security evangelist at Checkmarx told SC: “I think that it's not exactly the fake news that create these excellent lure tactics but rather the targeted news.”

“Modern social engineering campaigns are based on research. Hackers build a persona profile for the people they are after.” Ashbel added, “The more information you expose about your life, the more accurate the social engineering attack will be and this is why ‘fake news' are still successful attack techniques.”

 

The full article can be found on SC Magazine

Amit Ashbel, cyber-security evangelist at Checkmarx told SC: “I think that it’s not exactly the fake news that create these excellent lure tactics but rather the targeted news.”

“Modern social engineering campaigns are based on research. Hackers build a persona profile for the people they are after.” Ashbel added, “The more information you expose about your life, the more accurate the social engineering attack will be and this is why ‘fake news’ are still successful attack techniques.”

 

The full article can be found on SC Magazine


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Shift Left – how to improve security in your developers’ code – do it earlier

27 Jan 2017 | By Tony Morbin

There was a pretty simple premise behind last week's Shift Left conference, organised by Checkmarx at the Bulgari hotel in Knightsbridge.  If you look at the software development cycle, it typically starts with the setting of requirements, design, build, test, deploy and maintain.  All too often security considerations don't get a look in until after testing and just before deployment.  But the further to the left on that process that you engage in security, the greater the impact, because later design changes are more complex and difficult to make, more costly, and more time consuming – even if they are still possible.  And a recall of deployed systems is the most costly of all.

 

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There was a pretty simple premise behind last week’s Shift Left conference, organised by Checkmarx at the Bulgari hotel in Knightsbridge.  If you look at the software development cycle, it typically starts with the setting of requirements, design, build, test, deploy and maintain.  All too often security considerations don’t get a look in until after testing and just before deployment.  But the further to the left on that process that you engage in security, the greater the impact, because later design changes are more complex and difficult to make, more costly, and more time consuming – even if they are still possible.  And a recall of deployed systems is the most costly of all.

 

Continue reading here.


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