What the security industry can learn from the World Health Organization

May 26, 2015

Joe Uchill released 5-22-15

As soon as the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike announced its discovery last week of a computer vulnerability it dubbed "Venom," the ominous headlines began.

"Venom vulnerability: Serious computer bug shatters cloud security," wrote Fortune.

But as buzz died down and more experts weighed in, much of the initial dread about Venom turned to a collective shrug. "Blinked and you may have missed [Venom]," The Wall Street Journal wrote just a day after it said the vulnerability was sending companies "scrambling." The vulnerability is indeed widespread, but most agreed it would be difficult to exploit. The initial surge of press attention may not match the actual danger.

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