The Dangers of Publicly Identifying Security Vulnerabilities Too Quickly

The practice of exposing companies' security vulnerabilities quickly might seem helpful, but this can be detrimental, says Blackpoint Cyber.

Christopher Hutton, Technology Reporter

June 13, 2024

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Protecting partners and vendors is the goal of any security company, but how much information is too much?

According to Blackpoint Cyber's VP of security, MacKenzie Brown, some researchers' propensity to release lists of known security vulnerabilities in near real-time might accidentally put the affected vendors and their customers at greater risk of attack. Brown, a former Microsoft executive, has been advocating for security researchers to adopt a coordinated approach in hopes of remediating the threat of outing a security hole before it can be patched.

Channel Futures had a chance to sit down with Brown during this week's Pax8 Beyond to discuss several of the issues around security vulnerabilities and the risks observed within the security community.

See the slideshow above for our conversation.

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About the Author(s)

Christopher Hutton

Technology Reporter, Channel Futures

Christopher Hutton is a technology reporter at Channel Futures. He previously worked at the Washington Examiner, where he covered tech policy on the Hill. He currently covers MSPs and developing technologies. He has a Master's degree in sociology from Ball State University.

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