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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

    The Deep Web: What’s Lurking in the Underbelly of the Internet?

    Organizations should be aware of how the Deep Web works in order to make sure employees aren't accessing it and sensitive information isn't on it.

    Vulnerabilities Detected in Employee-Installed Dating Applications

    Mobile Dating Apps Can Place Confidential Information at Risk As more people utilize mobile dating applications to find companionship, the apps have become increasingly attractive to potential attackers. This study explores mobile security...

    Identifying the Insider Threat: The Benign and the Malignant

    Whether a disgruntled employee intentionally steals data or an unknowing co-worker accidentally releases information, the insider threat is real.

    Revelations in Data Protection in the Aftermath of Shellshock

    Sometimes less is more. But when it comes to data protection, more is definitely more, as proven by new research into the recent Shellshock vulnerability.

    Are You Digging Deep? When Antivirus Is Not Enough

    Sometimes, antivirus solutions aren't enough to detect potential issues within your system. Be sure you or your security provider are digging deeper.

    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.