On Thursday, December 9, 2021, my young, Minecraft-addicted kids were still completely oblivious of the Log4j vulnerabilities in their favorite game. Then again, so was every cybersecurity professional in the world. That all changed when the Apache Log4j project announced CVE-2021-44228 (aka Log4Shell) – a zero-day vulnerability in Log4j’s standardized method of handling log files…

Before the recent pandemic, many executives began appreciating the risks and opportunities associated with cybersecurity. A 2019 survey on cybersecurity priorities from Optiv Security found that 96% of CISOs are taking “a more strategic approach to cybersecurity,” and many were even willing to slow business development to account for cybersecurity-related risks. This was great news…

As part of its crowdsourced security program, Zoom has recently increased the maximum payout for vulnerabilities to $50,000. Such figures make great headlines and attract new talent in search of the big bucks, but here is a question that begs to be answered: how much is a vulnerability worth? I have previously found several bugs…

The banking sector has always been at the center of criminal attention. Today, banks must contend with near-constant cyber attacks from organized criminal gangs, as well as highly skilled and well-resourced threat actors working on behalf of nation-states. In recent years we have seen multiple APT groups launching sophisticated attacks on financial institutions around the…

Dubbed NAT Slipstreaming, the attack can be triggered when the victim visits a specially crafted website, exploiting the browser and Application Level Gateway (ALG), a connection tracking mechanism present in firewalls, NATs, and routers. According to the researcher, the attack chains “internal IP extraction via timing attack or WebRTC, automated remote MTU and IP fragmentation…

Cloud adoption was already strong heading into 2020. According to a study by O’Reilly, 88% of businesses were using the cloud in some form in January 2020. The global pandemic just accelerated the move to SaaS tools. This seismic shift where businesses live day-to-day means a massive amount of business data is making its way…

Many companies tend to jump into the cloud before thinking about security. They may think they’ve thought about security, but when moving to the cloud, the whole concept of security changes. The security model must transform as well. Moving to the cloud and staying secure Most companies maintain a “castle, moat, and drawbridge” attitude to…

Increasingly demanded by consumers, data privacy laws can create onerous burdens on even the most well-meaning businesses. California presents plenty of evidence to back up this statement, as more than half of organizations that do business in California still aren’t compliant with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which went into effect earlier this year….

As the frequency and intensity of ransomware attacks increase, one thing is becoming abundantly clear: organizations can do more to protect themselves. Unfortunately, most organizations are dropping the ball. Most victims receive adequate warning of potential vulnerabilities yet are woefully unprepared to recover when they are hit. Here are just a few recent examples of…