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Beware of Spear Phishing this Cyber Monday

Nov 28, 2016 By Paul Curran | For malicious parties hoping to capitalize on the frantic frenzy of online purchasing, both the prevalence of email marketing and popularity of mobile purchasing pose significant threats.   The promise of incredible deals via email marketing campaigns presents the perfect attack vector for malicious parties to prey on unsuspecting shoppers.
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The Biggest Breaches and Hacks of October

The Biggest Hacks and Breaches of October 2016

Nov 23, 2016 By Arden Rubens | October proved to be a massive month for hacks and breaches. Hackers everywhere have been keeping busy, from a widespread cyberattack which took down major sites worldwide to the theft of over 3 million cash cards from several top Indian banks.
The US election, a proven hot topic in 2016, came with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) being hacked twice in a month, exposing thousands of emails. And over in Australia, the International Red Cross was hacked and files containing the personal details of blood donors were stolen. Check out the infographic below featuring some of October’s biggest breaches.
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WordPress Security Check – Plugins Could Leave Online Shoppers and Businesses Vulnerable On Cyber Monday

Nov 22, 2016 By Paul Curran | As American shoppers gear up for the biggest shopping weekend of the year – the perfect storm of Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday- more and more shoppers are preparing to do their purchasing online from the comfort of their homes.   In order to gain a better understanding of the potential threats posed by the hundreds of thousands of websites which utilize e-commerce plugins, the Checkmarx research lab used CxSAST, Checkmarx’s static code analysis solution, to run a scan WordPress security check of the most used WordPress e-commerce plugins in the weeks leading up to Cyber Monday.
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Local File Inclusion Vulnerability

How a Local File Inclusion Vulnerability led to the AdultFriendFinder Hack

Nov 21, 2016 By Paul Curran | For millions of users, and former users, of websites on the Friend Finder Network, the service built to bring them closer to their fantasies is turning into a nightmare. In what Wired is calling a “privacy catastrophe,” over 400 million accounts and deleted accounts, were breached on one of the world’s largest adult dating websites as the result of a Local File Inclusion vulnerability. AdultFriendFinder . com was acquired by Penthouse in 2007, which subsequently changed its name to Friend Finder Network. Under the Friend Finder Network exists numerous adult websites of which AdultFriendFinder . com is the largest. Combined, these websites contain over 412 million past and present users, all affected by the latest hack. Besides AdultFriendFinder . com, the Friend Finder Network includes numerous adult-oriented “hookup” websites which include Penthouse.com.
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keys to avoiding data security breaches

Keys to Avoiding Data Security Breaches

Nov 17, 2016 By Arden Rubens | Data security breaches and exploits continuously make headlines as online organizations and applications are under constant attack by cyber criminals. The number of data breaches are increasing drastically year to year putting millions of people at risk of identity theft and fraud. A consequential data breach has the power to wreck company assets while taking down whole organizations by releasing sensitive data and embarrassing emails, so it only makes sense for an organization to take all necessary steps to protect its data. Data breaches can occur from a variety of different scenarios ranging from large scale cyber attacks and hacking techniques to malicious activity within a system as the result of a portable device, system outage or error, and poor or non-existent security policies. That being said, the most common cause of data security breaches is weak or stolen passwords. In fact, according to Verizon’s “2015 Data Breach Investigations Report”, a whopping 76% of network intrusions occurred as a result of weak credentials. Hackers crack passwords with the help of specific tools and techniques or by using malware or phishing attacks. Once the right password is in the wrong hands, it is game over for the company and the user alike.  Here are some keys to help you avoid data breaches.
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web application security lessons

3 Web Application Security Lessons from Recent Vulnerabilities and Exploits

Nov 13, 2016 By Paul Curran | 2016 has been a hot year for hackers and this trend shows no sign of stopping. Major hacks and the breached data released as a result over the course of 2016 have led to millions in losses for the organizations who failed in establishing proper web application security. The now-infamous Yahoo hack cast some shades of doubt on how Verizon was going to proceed with its $4.8 billion acquisition while Iceland’s prime minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson resigned as part of the fallout from the Panama Papers.  
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threat modeling - The Ultimate Cheat Sheet

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Threat Modeling

Nov 08, 2016 By Arden Rubens | Security has become a major concern in recent years with hacks becoming bigger and risks becoming greater. Today’s software must be built with the ability to combat and cope with various malicious attacks, and yet, many software developers still might miss a crucial step while creating a secure SDLC (software development lifecycle) process. In order to ensure secure software development, alongside conducting risk management, one of the first steps in your SDLC should be Threat Modeling.
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Information Security Jobs, Salaries and Opportunities

Information Security Jobs, Salaries and Opportunities for Developers Willing to Upgrade

Nov 03, 2016 By Paul Curran | Developers who choose to augment their coding knowledge with secure development skills will find themselves in the most in-demand career field as the massive growth in cyber attacks continues to force organizations, and governments, to strengthen their cyber war chests with more advanced tools, increased budgets and larger teams. Read on the learn about the information security jobs, salaries and opportunities for developers willing to upgrade their skills.
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Secure Software Development

Secure Software Development Tips – Interview with Josh Feinblum

Oct 25, 2016 By Paul Curran | The fourth, and final, interview in our 2016 National Cyber Security Awareness Month series is with Josh Feinblum, the VP of Information Security at Rapid7. In this series, we have gotten tips for accelerating application security with Dan Cornell of the Denim Group, received insights about managing open source security with Rami Sass of WhiteSource and learned about the importance of security awareness training with Checkmarx’s own founder and CTO Maty Siman.
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Secure Coding Job Interview Questions

7 Secure Cyber Security Interview Questions (and Answers)

Oct 19, 2016 By Kevin Beaver | The dreaded job interview. From small talk to tough questions – it’s the true testing time for the interviewee. But if you’re the interviewer, control – and advantage – is on your side. When interviewing candidates for job positions that involve secure coding, i.e. development, QA, or related information security roles, what should you ask? Do you stick it to them with super-technical questions and allow them to show off their technical prowess or do you throw them some seemingly softball-type questions that, in the end, better showcase how they think, their personalities, and business skills? Read these 7 secure coding job interview questions below to find out. 
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