Anti-Malware , Mobility , Technology

Treat Data Security Like Firefighting

White Ops' Dan Kaminsky on Security, Glibc and Apple vs. FBI

Warning to enterprises: Patch all Linux systems immediately against the flaw in the GNU C Library - "glibc" - which affects millions of devices, and which could allow hackers to remotely exploit code on all vulnerable systems. That's the advice from Dan Kaminsky, chief scientist at anti-malware firm White Ops (see Alert: Patch Critical 'Skeleton Key' Flaw in Linux).

Kaminsky should know: He discovered and helped patch a massive vulnerability in DNS in 2008, which came to be known as the Kaminsky flaw. In this video interview at RSA Conference 2016, he also discusses:

  • How the glibc flaw compares with the bug in DNS that he discovered;
  • His thoughts on the Apple/FBI case;
  • The need for a radical rethink of how society views security;
  • Why protecting data today is just as important - and deserves to be treated just as seriously - as fighting fires.

Before White Ops, Kaminsky served as the director of penetration testing for security consultancy IOActive and as a senior security consultant for communications firm Avaya.

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About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the Executive Editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, amongst other publications. He lives in Scotland.




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