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Author: Ericka Chickowski

An award-winning writer, Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading. Chickowski’s perspectives on business and technology have also appeared in dozens of trade and consumer magazines, including Consumers Digest, Entrepreneur, Network Computing and InformationWeek.

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The 'Grass-is-Greener' Syndrome of Modern SOCs

Feb 06 by Ericka Chickowski

While most enterprises recognize the critical role that security operation centers (SOC) play in cybersecurity activities, very few are able to perfect a SOC approach that meets their ultimate satisfaction. A new study out on attitudes toward SOC efficacy shows that organizations are spending millions each year to run their SOCs, but that many are unhappy with the ROI from this investment.

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The Protocol That's Putting Enterprise IoT At Extreme Risk

Feb 04 by Ericka Chickowski

A protocol little known by executives outside of the networking world may put the future safety of enterprise IoT at extreme risk if organizations don't take action to secure their connections. New research out last week found that the way that many large organizations are using the Long Range Wide Area Networking (LoRaWAN) protocol is making them susceptible to hacking that could cause civic disruption and even put people at risk.

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API Security a Top Concern for Cybersecurity in 2020

Jan 09 by Ericka Chickowski

The role of the application programmable interface (API) keeps rising in prominence within the enterprise. And as that happens, so does the risk of APIs as an enterprise attack surface. According to security experts, API security will be a top concern for many cybersecurity organizations in the coming year.

API security is no longer a problem of the future—widespread API proliferation is already here, after all. According to a report earlier this year from Akamai, a full 83% of web traffic today is now API traffic.  There are a number of factors that are increasing the prevalence—and the importance-- of APIs within organizations both large and small.

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The Year Ahead for Kubernetes and Container Security

Jan 08 by Ericka Chickowski

A new study out conducted among the DevSecOps community shows that Kubernetes use is rapidly growing within the enterprise, and not just within test or development environments. As organizations try to catch their breath with the rapid adoption rate, the security community is scrambling to adapt to containers and cloud native architectures as the new normal.

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We Phish You a Very Merry Christmas and a Fraudulent New Year

Dec 02 by Ericka Chickowski

The holiday season is kicking into full gear, and so is the annual holiday cybercrime surge. As gift givers scour the web to seek out the best deals, cybercrooks put in extra work to profit off of the holiday shopping frenzy.

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SOC Prevalence and Maturity on the Rise

Nov 28 by Ericka Chickowski

While most individual security analysts today are still overworked and battling burnout, the good news is that the process and organizational support they need is improving across the industry. A new report out last week shows that security programs are growing more mature and performing better as the number of organizations with formal security operations centers (SOC) experiences a huge spike.

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Every Hour SOCs Run, 15 Minutes Are Wasted on False Positives

Sep 02 by Ericka Chickowski

New research out in the past few weeks show that false positives and alert fatigue continue to plague security operations centers (SOCs) worldwide. And, according to the research, it's killing the SOC's ability to keep teams intact and to respond quickly to threats.

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15 Hot Tools To Come Out of Black Hat and Def Con

Aug 07 by Ericka Chickowski

Security summer camp is upon us as the cybersecurity industry convenes on Las Vegas this week for Black Hat and Def Con. In addition to presenting a ton of important research on new vulnerabilities and exploit methods, many security researchers will be sharing with attendees a smorgasbord of new and updated open source tools. Between speaker tracks at both shows, Black Hat Arsenal, and DEF CON Demo Days, presenters will unveil and demo dozens of freebies designed to help their colleagues with a range of offensive and defensive security activities.

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Breach Costs Keep Creeping Upward with Financial Fallout Lasting Years

Jul 26 by Ericka Chickowski

The cost of data breaches keeps increasing for companies, and new research indicates that the financial impact can continue to sap company coffers for years after the incident occurs. Released this week, the 2019 Cost of a Data Breach Report from Ponemon Institute showed that the average data breach now costs companies $3.92 million globally. This represents a 12% rise in breach costs over the last five years.

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Incident Response Lessons Learned from JPL Cybersecurity Fails

Jul 03 by Ericka Chickowski

A few weeks ago, the U.S. federal bureaucrats from the NASA Office of the Inspector General’s audit division put together a thorough document detailing the security woes at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The details come together in a classic “what not to do” anti-case study that many security professionals are probably familiar with at this point. It’s a good read for security people interested in learning from the mistakes of others.

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5 Cloud Security Concerns That Still Keep Cybersecurity Pros Up at Night

Jun 26 by Ericka Chickowski

Many cybersecurity leaders today express greater levels of confidence than ever before in their cloud security posture. Cloud security tools have greatly matured over the last few years and that, combined with the inevitability of cloud dominance in modern IT, has helped them reach a wary acceptance of the new normal. Nevertheless, recent research indicates that security pros are still dealing with some significant cloud risk factors that justifiably give them heart palpitations now and again.

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2018 Sees API Breaches Surge With No Relief in Sight

Dec 04 by Ericka Chickowski

Last year the OWASP Top 10 committee was prophetic in at least one of its inclusions in the update to its industry benchmark list. For the first time, the group included insecure APIs as one of the most common attack vectors that developers need to avoid adding to their code when creating software. Looking back on 2018, you can see why they sounded the warning.

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