Software Integrity Blog

Author Archive

Taylor Armerding

tarmerding

Taylor Armerding is an award-winning journalist who left the declining field of mainstream newspapers in 2011 to write in the explosively expanding field of information security. He has previously written for CSO Online and the Sophos blog Naked Security. When he’s not writing he hikes, bikes, golfs, and plays bluegrass music. Follow him on Twitter @tarmerding2.


Posts by Taylor Armerding:

 

Medical device security improvements coming—but not anytime soon

This article was originally published in Forbes. The cybersecurity of connected medical devices—notoriously poor for decades—should finally start to improve. That is genuinely good news. But it is tempered by the reality that it will not happen quickly. The long-overdue change is coming thanks to the federal Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement in June that it […]

Continue Reading...

Posted in Healthcare Security | Comments Off on Medical device security improvements coming—but not anytime soon

 

CamuBot malware, SonarSnoop hacking, and government backdoors

Taylor Armerding, Synopsys Software Integrity Group senior strategist, gives you the scoop on application security and insecurity in this week’s Security Mashup. What’s in this week’s Security Mashup, you ask? CamuBot malware is the new kid on the block, the sounds of hacking (SonarSnoop), and back to the government’s wish for chat backdoors. Watch this […]

Continue Reading...

Posted in Government Security, Weekly Security Mashup | Comments Off on CamuBot malware, SonarSnoop hacking, and government backdoors

 

Gmail Confidential? Not so much

According to privacy advocates, Google has a problem with truth in labeling. No, not about its surreptitious tracking of users who have turned their Location History off, which has sucked up most of the headline space over the past few weeks. This is about the rollout of their allegedly “confidential” Gmail feature. Confidential mode doesn’t […]

Continue Reading...

Posted in Privacy | Comments Off on Gmail Confidential? Not so much

 

Fixing the CVE program, your personal data checking out and taking flight

Taylor Armerding, Synopsys Software Integrity Group senior strategist, gives you the scoop on application security and insecurity in this week’s Security Mashup. What’s in this week’s Security Mashup, you ask? Fixing the CVE program, your personal data has already “checked out,” and it even “may potentially” have taken flight. Watch this week’s episode below to […]

Continue Reading...

Posted in Mobile Application Security, Weekly Security Mashup | Comments Off on Fixing the CVE program, your personal data checking out and taking flight

 

These hacks brought to you by ‘leaky’ APIs

“Leaky” is almost never a good thing. The whole idea, in just about any case, is to make things that don’t leak and to plug things that do. And that’s true of cyber security, as demonstrated by a couple of recent incidents involving leaky APIs (application programming interfaces). Hacked at Black Hat A couple of […]

Continue Reading...

Posted in Data Breach, Web Application Security | Comments Off on These hacks brought to you by ‘leaky’ APIs

 

SamSam ransomware keeps striking—victims still unprepared

“You can pay (a little) now or you can pay (a lot) later” is a very old line—a pitch for oil filters almost 40 years ago. Unfortunately, it remains relevant in cyber security, especially when it comes to ransomware. And especially when that ransomware is the potent, pernicious SamSam. The “trade-off” is stark: You can […]

Continue Reading...

Posted in Government Security | Comments Off on SamSam ransomware keeps striking—victims still unprepared

 

A test hack, don’t let Ghostscript haunt you, and a helpful hacker

Taylor Armerding, Synopsys Software Integrity Group senior strategist, gives you the scoop on application security and insecurity in this week’s Security Mashup. What’s in this week’s Security Mashup, you ask? Not a real hack, but maybe a test hack, don’t let Ghostscript haunt you, and a helpful hacker. Watch this week’s episode below: Why the […]

Continue Reading...

Posted in Data Breach, Open Source Security, Weekly Security Mashup | Comments Off on A test hack, don’t let Ghostscript haunt you, and a helpful hacker

 

Survey: Data management is an afterthought in cloud migration

Moving virtualized workloads to the cloud is either a reality or a near-term goal for an overwhelming majority—90%—of 170 organizations surveyed during July and August by Druva, a cloud data management and security company. But the forecast for the security and management of company data in that setting is, well, cloudy at best. The survey […]

Continue Reading...

Posted in Cloud Security, Privacy | Comments Off on Survey: Data management is an afterthought in cloud migration

 

Facing off with Google, Snap out of it, and Password protection

Taylor Armerding, Synopsys Software Integrity Group senior strategist, gives you the scoop on application security and insecurity in this week’s Security Mashup. What’s in this week’s Security Mashup, you ask? Facing off with Google, Snap out of it, and Password protection. Watch this week’s episode taped live at Black Hat USA 2018. Inside Google’s plan […]

Continue Reading...

Posted in Data Breach, Open Source Security, Webinars, Weekly Security Mashup | Comments Off on Facing off with Google, Snap out of it, and Password protection

 

Medical devices still hackable, researchers say

Security researchers Jonathan Butts and Billy Rios wanted to make it clear at the beginning of their presentation. “The benefits of implanted medical devices outweigh the risks (for most people),” read one of their opening slides. But they probably wouldn’t have been doing a session at Black Hat titled “Understanding and Exploiting Implanted Medical Devices” […]

Continue Reading...

Posted in Healthcare Security, Medical Device Security, Webinars | Comments Off on Medical devices still hackable, researchers say