Security Intelligence Report v10 Released

Yesterday we released our Security Intelligence Report v10. A few highlights/lowlights from the Key Findings section: Industry vulnerability disclosure trends continue an overall trend of moderate declines since 2006. This trend is likely because of better development practices and quality control throughout the industry, which result in more secure software and fewer vulnerabilities. Vulnerability disclosures…

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Cloud computing providers: Clueless about security?

To me, one of the benefits of moving to the Cloud is security – obviously besides availability and costs. Recent incidents made me doubt: Amazon not only having significant downtime but in the same time losing customer data. Sony’s game network being significantly compromised. This is definitely not to blame them but I was heavily…

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A Security Comparison: Microsoft Office vs. Oracle Openoffice

Actually, there is not much to say about this. It is a blog post by CanegieMellon called A Security Comparison: Microsoft Office vs. Oracle Openoffice and just does what it says. However, I do not particularly like the security comparison of products built solely on vulnerabilities as this shows only one side of the equation…

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Cyber Security: The Road Ahead

This paper by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) was just brought to my attention. A piece of work, which is definitely worth working through. It lays out the problem space and then does a deep dive into the different sections: Governments Legislative Bodies The Armed Forces Law Enforcement Judges…

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Six predictions for CIOs

An interesting article by ISACA: Six predictions for CIOs. Here they are: Prediction 1: Cloud computing is here to stay and will become business as usual. Prediction 2: Virtualization will be a catalyst that drives IT modernization. Prediction 3: IT operations become service-centric and business value-focused, rather than process-driven and reactive. Prediction 4: Risk management…

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Mutual Authentication in Real Life–Launching a Nuclear Missile…

A few years ago, I wanted to run an exercise with our incident response team in Switzerland. A customer, the government and me came together to develop the goals and the scenario. One of the key question we tried to answer together with the university, which we wanted to use as observers was, whether we…

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