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What Is Threat Intelligence?

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Thank you to Oyelakin Timilehin Valentina and Duane Dunston for contributing this article.

Threat intelligence (or threat intell) is information used to understand past, present, and future threats targeting an organization. It is evidence-based knowledge about a previous, existing or emerging threat to organizational assets. Threat intelligence also includes settings, implications, mechanisms, context, and even action-oriented advice on the threat. Context mentioned here includes who the attackers are, what their motivation is, what their capabilities are, and what indicators of compromise are in your system. An Indicator of compromise (IOC) is forensic data in a system log file, for example, which identifies malicious activities on a system or network.

Biden's New Executive Cybersecurity Order Highlights the Power of Open-Source Security

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On Wednesday, May 12th, in the wake of the recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack that shut down one of the largest US pipelines for nearly a week, President Biden signed an executive order placing strict new standards on the cybersecurity of all software sold to the federal government. This order is part of a broad, multi-layered initiative to improve national security by incentivizing private companies to practice better cybersecurity or risk being locked out of federal contracts. 

21Nails: Multiple Critical Vulnerabilities Discovered in Exim Mail Server - Patch Now!

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The Qualys Research Team has discovered multiple critical vulnerabilities in the popular Exim mail server, which they have named 21Nails. Some of these flaws can be chained together to obtain full remote unauthenticated code execution and gain root privileges. With 60 percent of the world’s public email servers worldwide running on Exim, this set of flaws represents a serious threat to many organizations.

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