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Atlanta lockdown revives ransomware fears

Though utilities have dodged the brunt of the latest SamSam resurgence, experts say the event serves as a troubling reminder of cyber risks to vital systems like those running the power grid. “Critical infrastructure owners should be alarmed and use Atlanta as a case study for more investment in cybersecurity,” noted John Dickson, principal at […]

The Bug Bounty Business: How Solution Providers Are Cashing In

Bug bounties weren’t on the radar of San Antonio-based Denim Group or its customers as recently as 18 months ago. Today, bug bounty-related services account for roughly 5 percent of Denim Group’s security revenue. “It’s not yet a significant portion of our business, but it’s growing quickly,” said Dan Cornell, principal and CTO of the […]

Flaws in Tinder App Put Users’ Privacy at Risk, Researchers Say

The vulnerabilities aren’t likely to result in such harms as identity theft, Dan Cornell, chief technology officer for the cybersecurity firm Denim Group, says, but the invasion of a Tinder user’s privacy could have dire consequences. “On the surface, you can laugh and say: ‘Ha, ha, ha, it’s public information,’” says Cornell, who has helped […]

Common Approaches to Automated Application Security Testing – SAST and DAST

When planning a testing strategy for an application, it is important to evaluate the applicability and likely effectiveness of the various testing approach options. The two most common approaches to automated application security testing are static application security testing (SAST) and dynamic application security testing (DAST). SAST involves testing application artifacts – such as source […]

Open source software security challenges persist, but the risk can be managed

Using open source components saves developers time and companies money. In other words, it’s here to stay. Here’s a look at what it will take to improve open source security. This year’s Equifax breach was a reminder that open source software and components pose a giant risk to enterprise security despite their many benefits, especially when not […]

How to Protect Your Child’s Privacy on Internet-Connected Toys

“We’re still in the wild, Wild West,” says John Dickson, a principal at Denim Group, a cybersecurity company in San Antonio, when it comes to connected products. VTech, which makes tablets, smartwatches, and other connected toys for kids, settled the complaint without admitting or denying any wrongdoing. Allan Wong, chairman and group CEO, said the […]