Silicon Valley Watcher (Security)

2019
March
11,
2019
| 09:30 PM America/Los_Angeles
Walking around the giant show floor at RSA I was struck by a thought: what a dismal industry this must be. If you are good at your job, you haven't created any new technology that makes processes more productive, or could be used to create new ty...
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2016
August
04,
2016
| 11:40 AM America/Los_Angeles
The cost of cybersecurity has become a burdensome tax on business and with 1.5 million IT security jobs unfilled, US corporations are losing to sophisticated criminal gangs, said security experts at a recent event in San Francisco."Cyber is a tax on ...
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March
24,
2016
| 03:32 PM America/Los_Angeles
The challenge of protecting the enterprise from simple email phishing scams.There’s no need to use advanced Black Hat technologies to get access to sensitive corporate data if you have a copy of a staff directory — as more than 21,000 employees of Sp...
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March
10,
2016
| 06:26 PM America/Los_Angeles
Working at Delphix, a virtual technologies startup in the heart of Silicon Valley, I've been learning a lot about enterprise software and the challenges facing global corporations as business becomes ever more digital. Data security is critical and i...
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2015
March
09,
2015
| 12:38 PM America/Los_Angeles
Secure Islands, a privately held Israeli computer security company, opened its US HQ earlier this year in New York City. The company is confident in repeating the success it has enjoyed in Europe,  here in US enterprise security markets, with its app...
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2014
August
08,
2014
| 01:09 PM America/Los_Angeles
I recently received this note from Pablo at Secsign Technologies... It looks like an interesting application especially for the enterprise market where security is a never ending battle. Sorry for disturbing you, sure you get 1000000 emails per day :...
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July
21,
2014
| 04:20 PM America/Los_Angeles
The National Security Agency (NSA) has lots of computer power but what it needs the most is brain power. It's not too early to plan ahead. A friend gave me a copy of an activity book for kids published by the NSA. Here's a few pages:...
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February
26,
2014
| 12:45 PM America/Los_Angeles
Cyphort, a San Jose, CA, based security firm, this week said it has emerged from stealth mode with the official launch of its advanced threat detection (ATD) platform, which is able to detect malware variants used in the recent Target attack.Here’s m...
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2013
November
13,
2013
| 04:55 PM America/Los_Angeles
I attended a dinner organized by Eastwick Communications that featured several of their security clients and a security industry analyst. The discussion grew ever more interesting as the wine glasses emptied and refilled. Here’s my notes from the eve...
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September
23,
2013
| 02:03 PM America/Los_Angeles
Daniel Ellsberg (above), famed whistle-blower of "Pentagon Papers" spoke at a recent protest to NSA spying at "Restore the Fourth" in San Francisco.Google has begun to encrypt all searches made by users even if they aren't signed in to Google but it ...
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September
17,
2013
| 03:18 PM America/Los_Angeles
Versafe, the Israeli security startup acquired today by F5 Networks, in Seattle, Washington, recently introduced its TotALL online fraud protection suite, which claims to protect financial institutions against all forms of fraud and malware without r...
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September
12,
2013
| 05:17 PM America/Los_Angeles
Above from Mother Jones.The NSA Edward Snowden revelations are getting worse and worse for the reputation of leading Silicon Valley companies as the latest information shows that the US spy agency has masqueraded as Google to collect information on u...
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September
04,
2013
| 10:16 PM America/Los_Angeles
Here's some good advice in the form of an infographic from Checkpoint's Zone Alarm about the new Facebook security changes. Your face has become very important to Facebook with a new facial recognition system that encourages others to tag your face i...
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July
13,
2013
| 11:01 PM America/Los_Angeles
"The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society;and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies,to secret oaths and secret proceedings..."- - -"…there is very grave danger that an announced need for inc...
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July
12,
2013
| 03:18 PM America/Los_Angeles
("Restore the Fourth" rally in San Francisco protesting NSA surveillance of US citizens.)Declan McCullagh, the Washington correspondent for CNET, reports that the NSA and other agencies can force tech firms to comply with demands for real-time data o...
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July
01,
2013
| 10:39 PM America/Los_Angeles
The National Security Agency could be rejigged as a self-funded entity fulfilling its missions while saving taxpayers billions of dollars and also providing them with a host of useful services. Its substantial computing platform and its superior secu...
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July
01,
2013
| 07:52 PM America/Los_Angeles
Simone Foxman at Quartz reports that Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the millionaire twins from the Facebook founders' saga, have filed SEC papers for a public offering of shares in Winkelvoss Bitcoin Trust. The venture will allow retail investors to i...
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June
12,
2013
| 10:12 AM America/Los_Angeles
Many are concerned about the National Security Agency (NSA) collection of data on US companies and individuals and the very real possibility that it has a way of directly accessing the servers of the world's largest computing platforms: Google, Faceb...
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2012
December
19,
2012
| 04:06 PM America/Los_Angeles
I recently spoke with Ruvi Kitow, CEO and co-founder of Tufin Technologies, which provides firewall policy management tools for very large companies. Tufin is interesting because it is rethinking the way firewalls should be managed. It's because of r...
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