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BlackBerry in talks to buy cybersecurity company Cylance

Just hearing the name brings a wave of nostalgia. This BlackBerry is a different beast from the CityBoy's favourite handset manufacturer...: BlackBerry Ltd is in talks to buy cybersecurity company Cylance Inc for as much as $1.5 billion, Business Insider reported on Friday, citing sources familiar with the matter. Irvine, California-based Cylance develops AI-based products to prevent cyberattacks on companies and recently considered filing for an IPO, according to the rep

An Embarrassment of Glitches

I work with clients that have tech that's way older than 10 years. Anyone for COBOL?... As voters headed to the polls Tuesday, the Associated Press reported an ominous statistic: “More than 40 states use computerized voting machines that are more than a decade old or are no longer manufactured.” A voting machine that’s been around that long is at least as old as the very first iPhone that Apple released way back in 2007. In a high-stakes situation that requires many hundr

Silicon Valley’s European solution

A significant part of the problem of how to regulate the digital economy is that, mostly, citizens quite like be able to use Google Earth etc. for 'free'. Let's see if the 'techlash' breaks out of the small circle of interested parties and into the general population...: Nick Clegg, Facebook’s new vice president for global affairs and communications, will have no trouble opening doors around Europe for his new bosses, having served in the bloc’s executive arm and speaking ...

Windows 7 End-of-Life: Are You Ready?

I still miss NT4...: Microsoft will terminate support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. That may seem far off, but the clock is ticking – and security and IT teams have sixteen months to figure out a plan. Many businesses already have the ball rolling, notes Andrew Hewitt, Forrester analyst serving infrastructure and operations professionals, who says the upcoming end-of-life "is a major point of focus for a lot of organizations I'm working with right now." Hewitt poi...

Bitdefender, Fortinet, eSentire Lead Big Day in Cybersecurity M&A

Whilst the markets wait to see who Facebook is going to target, there's a lot of other activity going on. Spot the buzzphrase amongst this lot...: Bitdefender, Fortinet and eSentire are beefing up their cybersecurity capabilities with acquisitions in the areas of network security analytics, cloud-based insider threat detection and response, and artificial intelligence (AI). Bitdefender is buying Netherlands-based RedSocks Security, which specializes in automated detection

If Facebook buys a security company, how will it retain the staff who absolutely hate Facebook?

Good point. The challenge with acquiring firms is that the assets walk out of the door every day, you do all you can to make sure they come back the following morning... According to reports, Facebook is planning to acquire a cybersecurity firm. But what will the security boffins think of working for Mark Zuckerberg of all people? [...]

Security: After Estonia’s ID-card train wreck this identity app is taking Baltics by storm

Clould this be the basis of a Europe-wide digital ID service?... [...] Less than two years after its launch, Smart-ID already has over 1.2 million users in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, who can access over 100 e-services. In August alone, 17 million transactions were done using Smart-ID authentication in the Baltics. "In all three countries, it's mostly used for financial services, which is logical because this product was created because of the EU payment service d

420 Cyber Launches Full-Suite Cybersecurity Offerings For The Cannabis Industry

Niche marketing at it's finest...: LAS VEGAS, Oct. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The belief that cyber threats are pertinent only to large-scale companies could not be further from the truth today, especially for businesses operating in the cannabis industry. In recent years, cannabis industry giants and state regulators have suffered from data breaches, with costly and long-term effects for all those impacted. Information such as tax records, social security n...