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Michelle Alvarez

Manager, IBM X-Force IRIS

    Michelle Alvarez is the manager of the Threat Intelligence Production Team with IBM X-Force Incident Response and Intelligence Services (IRIS). She brings more than 15 years of industry experience to her role, specializing in threat research and communication. In her current role, she focuses communications efforts around strategic threat and impact assessments for X-Force IRIS clients. Michelle's previous roles include threat analyst, writer and manager with IBM Managed Security Services (MSS).

    Written By Michelle Alvarez

    Keeping the Lights On: Security Trends in the Energy and Utilities Industry

    The energy and utilities industry is built on a highly regulated framework — but that doesn't mean it's immune to the threat of a cyberattack.

    Government Data Woes: 2016 Compromised Records Surpass Total for Last Three Years Combined

    Government entities in the U.S. and abroad have been targeted by malware infections, phishing schemes, SQL injection attacks and more.

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and More): No Shortage of Attack Targets in Transportation

    The transportation industry is a large target for cybercriminals, and the only way to avoid damaging attacks is to be proactive about security.

    Fool Me Once, Shame on You — Fool Me Eight Times, Shame on My Security Posture?

    Organizations with weak security posture are an attractive target for cybercriminals, and they may find themselves coming under fire frequently.

    Hacktivism: Fearmongering or Real Threat?

    Organizations must be prepared for possible hacktivism campaigns by arming themselves with the best defensive tools and security strategies.

    Insider Attacks May Be Closer Than They Appear

    Security policies and employee education are just two of the many ways that organizations can mitigate the threat of insider attacks.

    The Retail Industry’s Top Cyberthreat in 2015: Malware

    IBM found that malware was the biggest offender of data breaches throughout the retail industry this year, but it was hardly the only threat.

    The Year of the Health Care Industry Security Breach

    The health care industry is increasingly being targeted by cybercriminals who are clamoring after personal health information and electronic records.

    Infographic: The Top Four Cybercrime Trends Are…

    A new infographic from IBM Emergency Response Services (ERS) details four of the top trends in cybersecurity — as well as some indicators of risk.

    A Look Back With IBM X-Force: Lessons Learned From Security Research in 2015

    The latest 2015 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Quarterly focuses on the lessons learned from security research throughout the year.

    Co-Written By Michelle Alvarez

    Six Major Data Breach Trends From 2017

    IBM X-Force monitored major data breach trends throughout 2017 and gleaned key insights to help companies avoid headline-grabbing security incidents.

    BGP Internet Routing: What Are the Threats?

    The rate of BGP internet routing attacks has not increased significantly in the past two years. It is a considerable threat, however, because it puts the stability of the internet at risk.

    Cybersecurity Tips to Help Retailers and Consumers Stay Secure During the Holiday Season

    Consumers and retailers should implement these basic cybersecurity tips year-round to stay secure during the busy holiday shopping season.

    Downward Trend in Publicly Available Exploit Code? Don’t Ease Up on Patch Management Just Yet

    IBM X-Force reported a downward trend in publicly available exploit code, but security teams must still prioritize vulnerability and patch management.

    Apache Struts 2: A Zero-Day Quick Draw

    It took fraudsters less than 24 hours after the disclosure of a previously unknown Apache Struts 2 vulnerability to develop a Python script to exploit it.

    Mirai IoT Botnet: Mining for Bitcoins?

    Just in time for IoT Day, the Mirai botnet is launching attacks with a new trick up its sleeve: a built-in bitcoin mining component.