Today Blue Coat announced that it had acquired Solara Networks, resulting in a massive, “huh?” from security analysts everywhere. What is going on here? Is Thoma Bravo, Blue Coat’s owner, up to something?
Posted in Industry Analysis
Tagged Blue Coat, DeepSee, HP, McAfee, nCircle, Netwitness, Proxy SG, RSA, Solara Networks, Symantec, Thoma Bravo, Tripwire
War is beginning. Not in a galaxy far away, but to the industrial controls that make our life here on earth bearable. Inside every electric utility, sewage processing site, nuclear plant, and other industrial sites there is a whole army of SCADA devices controlling and monitoring the ebb and flow power and filth. But this army is weak and vulnerable. Attacks on these systems can cripple vital infrastructure causing widespread damage.
Last week, Tripwire announced it was acquiring nCircle, creating a lot of buzz throughout the infosec world. What are the implications of this combination on the industry and customers?
Reflecting upon RSA2013, there is a lingering wanting. Like a meal that fills you up, but leaves you unsatisfied. There is a quiet battle being waged at the big security conferences like RSA, BlackHat, Defcon and such. This is not a battle of exploits or force, but one of attention. It is the battle to dismiss defense as irrelevant.
For a community that routinely uses war imagery and analogies, it is baffling how the information security world gives only passing interest in defending systems and networks. Has the community thrown in the towel on defending networks?
Posted in Business of Security, RSA 2013
Tagged APT, big data, BlackHat, Defcon, Gartner, IDS/IPS, ISACA, ISC2, ISSA, MDM, Mobile Security, Nate Silver, RSA, Security B-sides
RSA 2013 is in the memory banks. The bar at the W is quiet again (until those degenerates from VMWorld infect the place). 2013 went down as a year of data, data, data. How did RSA 2013′s final hours play out?
Well, it was better than a massage in the Tenderloin but worse than a shopping spree in the Castro.
Posted in RSA 2013
Tagged Ahn Labs, Android, Apple, big data, Billy Beane, Blackberry, Bluecoat, Charlie Miller, Checkpoint, Cisco, Dino Dai Zovi, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, ESET, FireEye, Fortinet, Good Technology, Huawei, Hugh Thompson, iOS, Jane McGonigal, Juniper, McAfee, Microsoft, MobileIron, nCircle, neckbeards, Palo Alto Networks, Rapid7, Research In Motion, RSA, RSAC, Secunia, Sophos, Splunk, Symantec, Veracode, Websense, Zscaler
Wednesday is when RSA starts to show the strain of the week. The Tuesday hangovers are everywhere. The booth folks are a little more surly and the buzzwords come out in force. Wednesday is when you start to see what is really going on in the security industry. How good is it?
Posted in RSA 2013
Tagged Allan Paller, APT, cyberwar, Ed Skoudis, Gartner, Ira Winkler, Johannes Ullrich, John Pescatore, Mandiant, Phllippe Courtot, PLA 61398, SANS, Symantec, Vint Cerf