Fahmida Y. Rashid

Senior Writer

Fahmida Y. Rashid is a senior writer at CSO, focused on the information security beat. Before joining CSO, she wrote about networking and security for various technology publications, including InfoWorld, eWeek, PC Magazine, Dark Reading, and CRN. She also spent years as an IT administrator, software developer, and data analyst. "I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords."

5 things you need to know about Stack Clash to secure your shared Linux environment

It's time to update XP, Windows Server 2003 despite Microsoft's emergency patch

It's time to update XP, Windows Server 2003 despite Microsoft's emergency patch

Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are supposed to be dead, but Microsoft's emergency update to address serious vulnerabilities gives organizations another excuse to hang on to these legacy operating systems a little longer.

Why linguistics can't always identify cyber attackers' nationality

Why linguistics can't always identify cyber attackers' nationality

The security whodunnit: analyzing the language used in an attack is just one tool to assign attribution, and it’s not always reliable.

Mobile app developers: Make sure your back end is covered

Mobile app developers: Make sure your back end is covered

Developers need to make sure they are baking security into the application code and protecting how their apps handle data, but as the so-called HospitalGown security issue shows, they also need to know how the back-end servers and...

Don’t like Mondays? Neither do attackers

Don’t like Mondays? Neither do attackers

You can reduce potential damage by paying attention to when attackers are most likely to strike.

Target's data breach settlement sets a low bar for industry security standards

Target's data breach settlement sets a low bar for industry security standards

Target’s multistate data breach settlement over its 2013 data breach outlines the kind of security measures enterprises should have in order to not be found negligent with customer data. The problem is, the settlement doesn’t go far...

Patch the Samba bug before a network worm exploits it

Patch the Samba bug before a network worm exploits it

It isn’t at WannaCry-crisis levels yet, but the fact that Samba is so widely used means a network worm can really have a field day exploiting this vulnerability.

The modern guide to staying safe online

The modern guide to staying safe online

Keeping safe and productive online requires smart decision-making and just the right preventive measures to fit the level of risk you can live with.

McAfee: Wave of Shamoon cyberattacks being coordinated by a single group

McAfee: Wave of Shamoon cyberattacks being coordinated by a single group

The latest campaigns are bigger, more sophisticated, and causing far more damage as the attackers learn new techniques and collaborate with other groups

Don't get bit by zombie cloud data

Don't get bit by zombie cloud data

Data you thought you had deleted from the cloud can come back to haunt you. Get to know your provider’s data deletion policy

Shadow Brokers dump contained Solaris hacking tools

Shadow Brokers dump contained Solaris hacking tools

The tools would let attackers remotely take over any Solaris system around the world

Know the limits of SSL certificates

Know the limits of SSL certificates

All SSL certs are not created equal, and web browsers make matters worse by not clearly showing what security you’re actually getting

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