Faced with a vulnerability that exposes Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser to a zero-day exploit involved in recent targeted attacks, CISOs need to take prompt action, security specialists say. Learn the steps they recommend.
Saying the administration had no advanced knowledge of the Heartbleed bug, President Obama's top cyber adviser has outlined circumstances in which the government would not disclose software vulnerabilities, though such conditions would be rare.
"If you're not doing the right things on managing vulnerabilities, it doesn't really matter what other kinds of sophisticated things you do - that's the baseline for security," says BeyondTrust's Marc Maiffret.
The recent Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report notes more than 16,000 incidents in the past year where sensitive information was unintentionally exposed. "Nearly every incident involves some element of human error," the report notes.
The fact that the U.S. federal government would, under some circumstances, exploit software vulnerabilities to attack cyber-adversaries didn't perturb a number of IT security providers attending the 2014 Infosecurity Europe conference in London.
Following news of a serious zero-day exploit impacting several versions of Internet Explorer, the Department of Homeland Security is urging the use of other Web browsers until the issue has been remediated.
With the news that several large technology companies are going to assist in funding critical open source projects such as OpenSSL following the Heartbleed exploit, security experts weigh in on the move.