Akamai acquires Prolexic - do you know if your DDoS mitigation approach works?
China, NSA, cybercriminals, Kardashians - protect business by focusing on vulnerabilities not threateners.
This week the US will celebrate Thanksgiving, which historically means drastic increases in cranberry consumption, football (US-style) viewing, Friday morning shopping related trampling of little old ladies in the rush to grab $99 tablet computers - and some actual giving of thanks.
2013 has not been one of your better security years. The year started out with the focus on advanced persistent threats from China but in June all that was wiped out by Edward Snowden's leaking of classified documents detailed advanced persistent threats launched by the United States. Throw in sequestration and the government shutdown and 2013 looks like a good year to try to forget. But, from all the Kardashian-like publicity that surrounded those sets of events a few things to be thankful for did emerge:
- Companies like Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others decided that the risk of government snooping somehow outweighed all the previous risks of
Monday night I was on a "Security and Privacy for the Internet of Things" panel with FTC Commissioners Julie Brill and MaureenOhlhausen at an Online Trust Alliance event. As a thought exercise, OTA director Craig Spiezle had the audience each say the one word that came to mind when they thought of the term "Internet of Things" - they then created one of those word heat map infographic kinda things from the responses.
Mine was "acceleration."