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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

    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.