Here’s an overview of some of last week’s most interesting news and articles:
Intel, SAP, and Citrix release critical security updates
August 2020 Patch Tuesday was expectedly observed by Microsoft and Adobe, but many other software firms decided to push out security updates as well. Apple released iCloud for Windows updates and Google pushed out fixes to Chrome. They were followed by Intel, SAP and Citrix.
Critical ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus RCE flaw patched
A critical vulnerability (CVE-2020-11552) in ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus, an Active Directory password-reset solution, could allow attackers to remotely execute commands with system level privileges on the target Windows host.
6,600 organizations bombarded with 100,000+ BEC attacks
Cybercriminals are increasingly registering accounts with legitimate services, such as Gmail and AOL, to use them in impersonation and BEC attacks, according to Barracuda Networks.
Exploits for vBulletin zero-day released, attacks are ongoing
The fix for CVE-2019-16759, a remote code execution vulnerability in vBulletin that was patched in September 2019, is incomplete, security researcher Amir Etemadieh has discovered.
State-backed hacking, cyber deterrence, and the need for international norms
As time passes, state-backed hacking is becoming an increasingly bigger problem, with the attackers stealing money, information, credit card data, intellectual property, state secrets, and probing critical infrastructure.
Facebook open-sources a static analyzer for Python code
Need a tool to check your Python-based applications for security issues? Facebook has open-sourced Pysa (Python Static Analyzer), a tool that looks at how data flows through the code and helps developers prevent data flowing into places it shouldn’t.
Half of IT teams can’t fully utilize cloud security solutions due to understaffing
There are unrealized gaps between the rate of implementation or operation and the effective use of cloud security access brokers (CASB) within the enterprise, according to a global Cloud Security Alliance survey of more than 200 IT and security professionals from a variety of organization sizes and locations.
Surge in cyber attacks targeting open source software projects
There has been a massive 430% surge in next generation cyber attacks aimed at actively infiltrating open source software supply chains, Sonatype has found.
Organizations knowingly ship vulnerable code despite using AppSec tools
Nearly half of organizations regularly and knowingly ship vulnerable code despite using AppSec tools, according to Veracode.
The precision of security undermined by a failure to correlate
Oone of the major deficiencies affecting security is not a lack of data or even an aggregation of data, but the central problem is one of correlating data and connecting the dots to find otherwise hidden traces of attack activity.
Why the rapid transition to cloud demands that DevOps shift left
To accommodate remote work policies amid COVID-19, companies have increasingly adopted the public cloud to support off-site business continuity. A MarketsandMarkets analysis found that due to the impact of the current crisis, the cloud market is expected to grow from $233 billion in 2019 to $295 billion by 2021.
DevOps is transforming database development in the healthcare sector
As IT teams across the country struggle with smaller budgets and staffing shortages, every industry has seen a rising demand for standardized process and automation to quickly address pressing needs, according to Redgate.
Expanding attack surfaces leave security teams stretched thin
30% of businesses globally have seen an increase in attacks on their IT systems as a result of the pandemic, HackerOne reveals.
Internal investigations are changing in the age of COVID-19
Internal investigations in corporations are typically conducted by the human resources (HR) department, internal compliance teams, and/or the IT department. Some cases may also require the involvement of outside third parties like forensic experts, consultants, law or accounting firms, or security experts.
10-point plan for securing employee health data collected for COVID-19 prevention
Employee health data is considered personally identifiable information (PII) and should be protected accordingly. This is easier said than done, though.
Securing human resources from cyber attack
As COVID-19 forced organizations to re-imagine how the workplace operates just to maintain basic operations, HR departments and their processes became key players in the game of keeping our economy afloat while keeping people alive.
Maximizing data privacy: Making sensitive data secure by default
Maximizing data privacy should be on every organization’s priority list. We all know how important it is to keep data and applications secure, but what happens when access to private data is needed to save lives? Should privacy be sacrificed? Does it need to be?
New infosec products of the week: August 14, 2020
A rundown of the most important infosec products released last week.