Week in review: DevSecOps readiness, human bias in cybersecurity, Linux servers under attack

Here’s an overview of some of last week’s most interesting news and articles:

CISO do’s and don’ts for board reporting
Security is no longer just a job for IT – it impacts all areas of a business, from brand perception to the bottom line. As a result, CISOs are increasingly being asked to deliver cybersecurity reports to their boards, including information on global trends, security performance, security strategy, and security spend.

Vulnerabilities allow attackers to take over infusion pumps
Two vulnerabilities in Windows CE-powered Alaris Gateway Workstations (AWGs), which provide support for widely used infusion pumps, could allow remote attackers to disable the device, install malware, report false information, and even instruct the pumps to alter drug dosages and infusion rates.

GDPR implementation lessons can help with CCPA compliance
The ever increasing number of data breaches has made consumers more aware of how their data is being used and has emphasized the importance of keeping personal data private, says Sovan Bin, CEO and founder of cloud data management firm Odaseva.

The gaming community is a rising target for credential stuffing attacks
Hackers have targeted the gaming industry by carrying out 12 billion credential stuffing attacks against gaming websites within the 17-month period analyzed in the report (November 2017 – March 2019) by Akamai.

Is there a weak link in blockchain security?
Recent research revealed that blockchain is set to become ubiquitous by 2025, entering mainstream business and underpinning supply chains worldwide.

Ransomware disrupts worldwide production for Belgian aircraft parts maker
ASCO Industries, a manufacturer of aerospace components with headquarters in Zaventem, Belgium, has been hit with ransomware, which ended up disrupting its production around the world.

Healthcare executives need to make cybersecurity a business priority
Risks associated with Internet of Things, medical devices, third-party vendors, and program management are top of mind for healthcare executives, according to a CynergisTek’s survey.

Code signing keys and certificates are crucial security assets, are you protecting them?
Only 28 percent of organizations consistently enforce a defined security process for code signing certificates, a Venafi study of over 320 security professionals in the U.S., Canada and Europe reveals.

Linux servers under attack via latest Exim flaw
It didn’t take long for attackers to start exploiting the recently revealed Exim vulnerability (CVE-2019-10149). Amit Serper, Cybereason’s head of security research, warned about attackers exploiting the flaw to gain permanent root access via SSH to target Linux servers.

Smart home security devices most at risk in IoT-targeted cyber attacks
Smart home security cameras equate to 47% of the most vulnerable devices followed by smart hubs such as Googlehome, Amazon Alexa, with the top countries executing attacks coming from China followed by USA, according to SAM Seamless Networks.

Researchers devise RAMBleed attack to grab secret data from memory
Researchers have demonstrated a new variation of the Rowhammer attack: dubbed RAMBleed, it may allow attackers to read data stored inside the computer’s physical memory.

There’s a significant disconnect between DevOps capabilities and DevSecOps readiness
Retailers are putting their customer’s data at risk by failing to incorporate proper security controls in their new application development practices, according to the latest research from Claranet.

First framework to score the agility of cyber attackers and defenders
To help train government and industry organizations on how to prevent cyberattacks, as part of a research project for the U.S. Army, scientists at The University of Texas at San Antonio, developed the first framework to score the agility of cyber attackers and defenders.

3.4 billion fake emails are sent around the world every day
At least 3.4 billion fake emails are sent around the world every day — with most industries remaining vulnerable to spear-phishing and “spoofing” cyberattacks simply because they’re not implementing industry-standard authentication protocols, according to a Valimail report.

Whitepaper: Maturing a Threat Intelligence Program
Whether you are getting started with TI or seeking to expand an existing program, the Threat Intelligence Maturity Model provides a systematic guide to help you understand where your organization resides on the path to a mature threat intelligence program and how it can better apply threat intelligence to drive smarter security processes, unite all resources behind a common defense, and take decisive action to keep your business on course.

Critical Microsoft NTLM vulnerabilities allow remote code execution on any Windows machine
The Preempt research team found two critical Microsoft vulnerabilities that consist of three logical flaws in NTLM, the company’s proprietary authentication protocol.

Hackproofing smart meters and boosting smart grid security
Smart electricity meters are useful because they allow energy utilities to efficiently track energy use and allocate energy production. But because they’re connected to a grid, they can also serve as back doors for malicious hackers.

How human bias impacts cybersecurity decision making
In a newly released report, Dr Margaret Cunningham, psychologist and Principal Research Scientist at Forcepoint, examined six universal unconscious human biases, how they can influence cybesecurity decision making, and urges infosec pros and leaders to make an effort to overcome them.

Malware peddlers hit Office users with old but reliable exploit
Emails delivering RTF files equipped with an exploit that requires no user interaction (except for opening the booby-trapped file) are hitting European users’ inboxes, Microsoft researchers have warned.

Most e-commerce websites running Magento at high risk of cybercrime
New research has found 87% of SME websites using the Magento platform are currently at high risk from cyber attacks. By contrast, under 10% of websites using other major e-commerce platforms surveyed register in the same high risk category.

New infosec products of the week: June 14, 2019
A rundown of infosec products released last week.

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