Things I hearted this week, 5th April 2019

April 5, 2019 | Javvad Malik
Javvad Malik

Javvad Malik

The man, the myth, the blogger; Javvad Malik is a London-based IT Security professional. Better known as an active blogger, event speaker and industry commentator who is possibly best known as one of the industry’s most prolific video bloggers with his signature fresh and light-hearted perspective on security. Prior to joining AlienVault, Javvad was a senior analyst with 451 Research providing technology vendors, investors and end users with strategic advisory services, including competitive research and go-to-market positioning.

April 5, 2019 | Javvad Malik

Things I hearted this week, 5th April 2019

Hello again, back to your regularly scheduled weekly security news, views, and opinions roundup. So without further ado, let’s jump straight into it. Pwned GPS eatches A German security researcher has printed the word "PWNED!" on the tracking maps of hundreds of GPS watches after the watch vendor ignored vulnerability reports for more than a year, leaving thousands…

March 29, 2019 | Javvad Malik

Things I hearted this week, 29th March 2019

I search long and hard each week to find the best and most interesting security stories. These aren’t just news stories, but also interesting blogs and experiences people share. One thing I’ve felt (I say feel because I don’t have scientific proof to back this up) is that fewer people are blogging regularly. Of…

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March 22, 2019 | Javvad Malik

Things I hearted this week, 22 March 2019

RSA has come and gone, and things are settling down into a normal routine. I did write a post-RSA blog which covered the highlights and trends I observed. Because of RSA and the subsequent week of getting through the backlog of emails and work, the news list has piled up with over 141 separate news items lined up in my list.…

March 15, 2019 | Javvad Malik

RSA 2019 - A Case of the Blues

RSA is arguably the biggest business-focussed cyber security event of the year. As over 40,000 security professionals completely take over the Moscone Centre in San Francisco. Of course, one of the biggest changes this year was a case of the blues - as AlienVault made its transition into AT&T Cybersecurity. There were smiles all around, and the now blue…

February 22, 2019 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted This Week, 22 Feb 2019

We have two weeks of news to catch up with because I was travelling last week and wasn’t able to submit to the editor in time. But that just means double the security fun. So let’s just jump right into it. Helping The Smaller Businesses Small and mid-sized businesses have most of the same cybersecurity concerns…

February 20, 2019 | Javvad Malik

Securing People

Cybersecurity has three pillars of people, process, and technology. Enterprises have historically had a skewed focus towards the technology aspect of cyber security - installing another endpoint agent, or deploying another network monitoring device designed to seek out anomalys behaviour. While all these things are well and good, when you look at user awareness plans, and most companies have a…

February 8, 2019 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted This Week, 8th February 2019

What a wild week it’s been. There have been assaults on researchers (ok, just one that I know of), there’s a great look into changing company cultures, and RDP has a flaw. All this and more, in this week’s action-packed edition of things I hearted this week. Assaulting Researchers The short version is that…

February 6, 2019 | Javvad Malik

Security Have and Have-Nots

Security Have and Have-Nots Way back in around the 2010 / 2011 timeframe Wendy Nather coined the phrase "The Security Poverty Line" in which she hypothesised that organisations, for one reason or another (usually lack of funds), can't afford to reach an effective level of information security. Nearly a decade on, and while the term has sunk into frequent usage within the…

February 1, 2019 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted This Week, 1st Feb 2019

Hello February! I was doing some research last night and was surprised to discover that the Target breach is over five years old! Five years! I was sure it only happened a couple of years ago - but such is the fast-paced nature of the industry, and also I guess a testament to how certain major breaches become part of…

January 29, 2019 | Javvad Malik

Ways to Respond to a Breach

Breaches aren’t easy to deal with, especially if you are of the opinion that companies are people too. Having seen, been part of, and lent a shoulder to many a breach, here are nine of the common ways companies respond to breaches. Delayed response A delayed response is when a breach has occurred and the company is informed…

January 25, 2019 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 25th January 2019

And in what feels like a blink of an eye, January 2019 is almost over. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. But we’re not here to have fun, this is a serious weekly roundup of all the security news and views, with a few cynical observations thrown in for good measure. Tables Turn on Journalists …

January 24, 2019 | Javvad Malik

How to Be an InfoSec Thought Leader

What does it mean to be a thought leader? Is it merely the opposite of a thought follower, or is it more nuanced than that? Becoming a thought leader is the epitome of professional success. But a thought leader isn’t a title that one attains by going to Harvard, or Cambridge. No, it’s a title bestowed…

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