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Michelle Alvarez

Threat Researcher and Editor, IBM Managed Security Services

Michelle Alvarez is a Threat Researcher and Editor for IBM's Managed Security Services; she brings more than 10 years of industry experience to her role. In this role she focuses communications efforts around threat research and mitigation. Michelle joined IBM through the Internet Security Services (ISS) acquisition, where she served as an Analyst on the X-Force Vulnerability Database Team.

Written By Michelle Alvarez

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

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.