This Week's Gurus

The film industry may have had its fair share of hits this week with the news surrounding Sony Pictures, but security is nothing new to Hollywood.   In conversation with Ryan Kalember, chief product officer at Watchdox, I asked him how their technology, which adds a digital watermark to a document to enable control of it, could be adapted to the film industry. He said it already is, pointing out customers including studios making superhero...

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It seems that it was only yesterday that patch/update Tuesday came and went, yet the next one is looming already. As an IT guy I actually look forward to seeing the types of vulnerabilities that have been discovered in Microsoft’s products. Some are obviously more interesting than others, such as the vulnerability in Schannel, but what they all have in common is that they actually do pose a threat to your business. We all know...

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The talk of cyber insurance has seen major steps forward in 2014.   With Cabinet Office Minister and Paymaster General Francis Maude MP recently working with the Association of British Insurers to create a comprehensive cyber security insurance model to Target’s successful claim, this is undoubtedly a topic being well discussed. At the recent Cyber Security Summit, Mark Brown executive director of cyber security and resilience at EY said that while there is currently $1BN of...

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Take any movie where robots rise up against their human makers, and you’ll see fear and panic set in.   This happens in films such as The Terminator (1984), Screamers (1995), and I, Robot (2004). Why? Because robots operate on autopilot and are not constrained by human limitations: the need for food, water, or sleep. Similar can be said for certain types of malware.   Malware is neither exclusively driven by machines nor humans. From studying different types of malware we...

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Last week’s announcement that hacktivists Anonymous were clashing with the Ku Klux Klan saw a “return to action” for the group.   In the incident, Anonymous took over Twitter accounts and websites related to the white supremacist group after altercations relating to the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. In conversation with TK Keanini, CTO of Lancope, he said that one thing that you can count on with Anonymous is that, once they come to the microphone, they...

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In 2011, just after the first BSides London, I gave a talk at the local DC4420 chapter on evading detection. There I made the point that there are four main technical areas that give an attacker's existence away: network communications, disk communications, logs and memory. From an attacker's point of view, their ability to stay undetected depends on balancing all of these things against their adversaries capabilities just as defenders must do the same. So...

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Since the FIDO Alliance launched 18 months ago, its achievements have not been boasted about too much, while it has quietly gone about its business attracting participating partners.   While the likes of PayPal’s security manager was there at the start, it has since attracted the likes of Alibaba and Winfrasoft and the industry has talked more and more about passwords and better authentication.   Research by Intercede of 2,000 UK consumers found 60 per...

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Previous to mid 2014, a company dominated the hosted data loss prevention (DLP) space and I had the opportunity to deal with them several times. That company was Verdasys and they were run by CEO Jim Ricotta. Fast forward to late 2014 though, and the times changed at the company. I met with the new EMEA vice president Eric Driehuis, at a company now calling itself “Digital Guardian”. It takes a lot of courage to...

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Yesterday saw the launch of Cloud Defender, a hosted security intelligence technology from Alert Logic.   I recently had the opportunity to meet the company’s founder and current vice president of strategy and emerging products, Misha Govshteyn, to discuss what the company is offering to the UK, just a few weeks after opening its first security operations centre in the UK.   He said the company has been in operation since 2002 and was one of the first software...

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The controversial anonabox anonymity hardware router project returned today amidst a scathing reaction from the wider security and anonymity communities.   Previously, the project was suspended from Kickstarter after claims that the project used entirely custom hardware were debunked by industry experts and laymen alike. The project has resurfaced on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, where so far it has raised over $11,000.   Claims made by the previous incarnation of the project, that turned out to be false, included:...

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