SiliconANGLE: This week’s news

I have known John Kindervag for many years, going back to the days when Novell Netware was a major power and Interop a must-see international conference. Yes, those dinosaurs have become extinct, but John soldier’s on with promoting zero trust networking far and wide. Now he is with Illumio, which seems like a great fit. I interview him for a post here.

Have you heard the term purple teams in reference to IT security? There is yet another new vendor on the purple scene, and the purple trend is catching on, albeit slowly. The notion is to have both defenders and attackers collaborate, and learn something from each other. Here is my take on the situation.

Finally, there has been yet another NFT hack, this time with one of the OG NFT marketplaces OpenSea. It is not their first time when funds were stolen. You would hope by now they would have gotten their act together. Here is my post about the situation.

SiliconANGLE: Security threats of AI large language models are mounting, spurring efforts to fix them

A new report on the security of artificial intelligence large language models, including OpenAI LP’s ChatGPT, shows a series of poor application development decisions that carry weaknesses in protecting enterprise data privacy and security. The report is just one of many examples of mounting evidence of security problems with LLMs that have appeared recently, demonstrating the difficulty in mitigating these threats. I take a deeper dive into a few different sources and suggest ways to mitigate the threats of these tools in my post for SiliconANGLE here.


SiliconANGLE: California stays ahead on state privacy protection

California has become the latest state to enact a special law regulating how consumers can remove themselves from data brokers. The Delete Act was passed this week and it’s now up to Governor Gavin Newsom to sign it into law. But it has already led to similar laws and bills being proposed in other states in next year’s legislative sessions.

My summary of the past summer’s privacy laws enacted across the country, what makes California stand out, and the problem with data brokers all can be found in my latest piece for SiliconANGLE here.

SiliconANGLE: Deepfake cyberthreats keep rising. Here’s how to prevent them

As expected, this summer has seen a rise in various cybersecurity threats based on deepfake audio and video impersonations.

Despite warnings from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in June, it’s now quite common to experience these types of threats. The fakes are used to lend credibility to larger exploits, such as for a phishing email lure or a request from a superior. These can run the gamut of executive impersonation, performing various forms of financial fraud and obtaining stolen account credentials. My story for SiliconANGLE provides some perspective.

SiliconANGLE: A network observability protocol standard gets a big boost

A networking protocol that has been under development for four years got a boost from both F5 Inc. and ServiceNow Inc. this week.

Called OpenTelemetry — OTel or OTLP for short — the protocol has been endorsed by dozens of vendors and has a curious mixture of open- and closed-source code to help advance the cause of observability, as it is now called. If refers to the broad collection of log analyzers, metrics and network traces that are used to figure out what’s happening inside a digital infrastructure.

OTLP was designed to be extensible, efficient and useful in a number of situations. For example, it can help analyze server log collections and share network trace data between different providers’ products. There is more in my story for SiliconANGLE here.

SiliconANGLE: Beware of insecure networked printers

Despite promises of a paperless office that have origins in the 1970s, the printer is still very much a security problem in the modern office.

And even if Microsoft Corp. will succeed in its efforts to eradicate the universe of third-party printer drivers from its various Windows products, the printer will still be the bane of security professionals for years to come. The problem is that the attack surface for printer-related activities is a rich one, with numerous soft targets.

Taking care of insecure printers isn’t easy, here is a trip down memory lane for my latest post for SiliconANGLE.

SiliconANGLE: It’s the end of the line for the outdated TLS

An aging core internet protocol is finally getting the ax by Microsoft Corp.

But it wasn’t just last month’s announcement that the software vendor was ending support for versions 1.0 and 1.1 of Transport Layer Security, or TLS, but that it was actually dropping the support from the impending release of the latest beta version of Windows 11. This means it is time to locate and update your aging TLS 1.0 and 1.1 systems, Windows 11 will disable by default in its next preview release.

You can read my story in SiliconANGLE here

SiliconANGLE: Software supply chain attacks are multiplying, but so are strategies to avoid them

By now most information technology managers are painfully aware of the consequences of software supply chain attacks. Thanks to exploits affecting the supply chains of SolarWinds,  Log4Shell and 3CX, the power and widespread damage inflicted by these attacks on thousands of businesses are certainly well-known. In addition to new software startups to try to help stop these attacks, there is also a new NIST draft strategy doc on how to cope with software supply chain exploits.

You can read my post for SiliconANGLE here.


SiliconANGLE: Well-known security consultant ‘Mudge’ is once again on the move

The former hacker known as Mudge is once again on the move. Mudge, the alias for Peiter Zatko (pictured, center), was the former head of security back when X Corp. was known as Twitter. He is now a consultant for the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Washington Post reported yesterday. My story for SiliconANGLE here.

SiliconANGLE: The summer of adversarial chatbots

This has been the summer of adversarial chatbots.

Researchers from SlashNext Inc. and Netenrich discovered two such efforts, named WormGPT and FraudGPT. These cyberattack weapons are certainly just the beginning in a long line of products that will be developed for nefarious purposes such as creating very targeted phishing emails and new hacking tools. This summer demonstrated that generative artificial intelligence is quickly moving into both offensive and defensive positions, with many security providers calling out how they are using AI methods to augment their defensive tools. The AI security arms race has begun.

You can read my post in SiliconANGLE here.