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Imperva profile – Spencer Young: Ransomware is a war businesses must fight

Ransomware is the software phenomenon that has come to define the bleakness of our age. Where previous forms of malware – viruses, remote access Trojans, spyware – were seen as alien forms that had to be kept out at all costs, ransomware seems gradually to be overturning belief that defence is even possible. Symptomatic of this is the pragmatic way ... Read More »

Marshalling DDoS defences for the Terabit era

For anyone involved with DDoS defence, 2016 will be remembered as the year of Mirai. Until the botnet’s spectacular attack on Internet company Dyn on 30 September, things had been going relatively well. DDoS attacks were up, of course, but probably no more than expected. The feared reflection attacks that exploit any one of a family of common Internet protocols ... Read More »

Trouble ahead for smart cities, predicts Tripwire’s Rekha Shenoy

It was an event long predicted but when it finally happened security watchers were still taken aback. On 23 December 2015, three Ukrainian power companies suffered an unexpected, near simultaneous power outage that left at least 225,000 people without electricity just before Christmas, a bitterly cold time of the year. The incident affecting 30 sub-stations was bad enough but it ... Read More »

Passive resistance will not cut it against today’s innovative cybercriminals, Proofpoint’s Gary Rider tells the Guru

To confused executives, today’s cybersecurity scene must look like an unsettling mixture of outrageous criminality and confusing technical jargon, laced by a creeping, destabilising paranoia. Ten years ago, cybersecurity was something technical people worried about. Five years ago, CSOs and CISOs were suddenly the men and women with furrowed brows. Today, in a period when data breaches, targeted attacks and ... Read More »

The rise of adblockers – what happened to privacy and security?

Browser privacy and security has become mired in a battle over the future of Internet publishing As if life wasn’t already hard enough for online publishers it has recently been getting a lot tougher thanks to adblockers. Loaded as free extensions to desktop and mobile browsers, up to a third of Internet users now run them which spells big trouble ... Read More »

Messaging security startups are suddenly pulling in investors – what is going on?

Messaging security startups are suddenly pulling in investors – what is going on?  Encryption is turning messaging apps into 2016’s hot trend  Of all the trends worth talking about for 2016 none is surely as intriguing as the sudden and largely unnoticed rise of communication apps that use strong encryption to secure messages, voice calls, video, file transfers and even ... Read More »

We can see what is hot. But how long will it be hot for?

We can see what is hot. But how long will it be hot for? Spotting growth sectors in security is easy. But long-term trends are always about underlying changes in the way technology is used Ignore the look of certainty and grandiose statements of purpose that emanate from big tech firms, nobody in the security industry is absolutely sure where ... Read More »

As money pours into security startups, a once quiet industry faces transformation

The security industry is under-going a once-in-a-generation reset. But which startups and which technologies will make it to the next power on? Something extraordinary and probably unparalleled is unfolding in the world of security startups that has the potential to reshape not only the security industry but perhaps also our understanding what a startup is. If that sounds a bit ... Read More »