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Spotlight Podcast: To Fix Remote Access, CyberArk Alero Ditches Passwords and VPNs

In this Spotlight edition of The Security Ledger Podcast, sponsored by CyberArk*, we interview serial entrepreneur Gil Rapaport about his latest creation: Alero, a new remote authentication tool that promises to fix remote vendor access by doing away with passwords…and agents…and VPNs. If that sounds like a tall order, check out our podcast to learn how he does it! 

Updated: Intel Fixes ‘Nightmarish’ Firmware Flaw But Nobody’s Safe

In-brief: Intel issued a patch for a serious vulnerability in firmware that has shipped with its chipsets for almost nine years, but it could take months for patches to reach affected customers from OEMs. (Editor’s note: updated with analysis from Matthew Garrett. PFR May 2, 2017.)

Arbor Networks PoS Report

Unknown Knowns: Arbor Warns Of Widespread Point of Sale Compromises

The hack of U.S. retailer Target put attacks on point of sale systems on the radar, and prompted major retailers to revisit the security of the systems that accept credit card transactions. Now research from Arbor Networks is warning that hackers and cyber criminals are doubling down on point of sale (PoS) systems with a wide range of specialized PoS malware and targeted attacks. Arbor says it has data suggesting that PoS compromises may be widespread, and undetected. Arbor’s Security Engineering & Response Team (SERT)  issued its findings in a Threat Intelligence Brief (2014-6)  report. The company said that “ambitious threat actors” are using targeted attack campaigns against PoS networks. The “longevity and extent” of PoS attack campaigns – even at wealthy and sophisticated organizations – is “a serious concern.”   [Read Security Ledger’s coverage of the Target data breach here.] “In organizations with security teams and well-managed network infrastructure, point of […]