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Fahmida Y. Rashid

Senior Managing Editor

Fahmida brings over a decade of IT security news reporting along with ten years of network administration and software development to Decipher.

Every security story has a human face, and her goal is to bring those stories to light. As the senior managing editor of Decipher, she will focus on ways security can impact how people live, work, and play. She enjoys working on stories that speak to those outside the security industry, highlighting the intersection of security and other technology areas. Over the years, she has seen enough to make her overzealous about her personal threat-model, but she doesn’t hold it against anyone for having a more relaxed worldview.

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Featured Articles

276 articles by Fahmida Y. Rashid

Insurers See Ransomware Claims More Than Double

Ransomware attacks are on the rise, and the in-house breach investigations team at insurance company Beazley Group said there were 131 percent more ransomware attacks against its customers in 2019 than was in 2018. The spike in attacks were most evident in healthcare, professional services, and financial services.

Ransomware, Cybersecurity Insurance

Use Data, Not Magical Thinking

Many security leaders rely on a cost-per-record metric to calculate the costs of a security incident. The latest research from Cyentia Institute using Advisen data shows estimates based on that metric are frequently inaccurate.

Risk, Data Breaches, Risk Management

Security Norms Must Shift in a Crisis

With so many employees and contractors working remotely, security teams and CISOs grapple with the job of continuing to protect networks, systems, data, and people. One challenge: recognizing clues that something is wrong when nothing looks normal.

Network Security, Ciso

GitHub’s npm Acquisition Will Boost JavaScript Security

The security of the JavaScript software ecosystem will get a significant boost with GitHub acquiring npm, which hosts and maintains the Node package manager and the package registry. GitHub has the resources to invest in robust and stable infrastructure, thorough vetting of software packages, and integration into GitHub's other services.

Javascript, Github, Appsec

Microsoft Releases Emergency Fix for SMBv3 Flaw

Microsoft has issued a security advisory warning of a vulnerability in the Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. Until a fix is available, administrators are advised to disable SMBv3 compression on their servers.

Microsoft, Smb Security, Networking