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As Tech Drives the Business, So Do CISOs

Many CISOs I talk to still spend a lot of time fighting operational fires. This survey may be more about aspiration than reality...: Security leaders are evolving from technicians to business executives as tech drives enterprise projects, applications, and goals. The tasks topping the CISO's to-do list are slowly shifting, as their core priorities transition from primarily technical expertise to securing business applications and processes. It's the key takeaway from a new

New cybersecurity collective to launch ‘Protection’ hack-detection app this fall

An (unfortunately) rare example of a community getting together to solve common cybersecurity problems...: MONTREAL -- A newly formed cybersecurity collective out of Montreal has developed a free app for smartphone users designed to protect their data from cybersecurity threats. Dubbed Protection, the app is designed to help users detect security breaches and scam attempts in their emails, texts and other apps, as well as give tips to prevent future hacks. In a rare co

Shots fired! Cybersecurity expert calls McAfee a ‘technically incompetent schmuck’

The infosec equivalent of a mud-wrestling fight...: Dr. Vesselin Vladimirov Bontchev, a computer security developer and commentator on cryptography and malware issues via his Twitter handle VessOnSecurity has taken aim at John McAfee’s legacy and in particular, his claim to have ‘invented cybersecurity,’ in a Twitter thread full of pointed attacks on McAfee's abilities as a computer developer.  John McAfee, a cryptocurrency enthusiast who first came to prominence developi

Google turns 20: In search of next multibillion-dollar company

If you want to understand what drives Google, read the full article from Deutsche Welle. Here's a taster...: [...] The single biggest achievement of Google over the past 20 years has been "monetizing search," GlobalData analyst Avi Greengart told DW. "Someone would have stumbled upon Google's algorithm, but Google managed to turn it into an advertising business that — despite huge investments in cloud services, Android, and moonshots — still generates the vast majority of

Alphabet’s Chronicle Getting Set To Launch Cybersecurity Platform

No product details so far. It feels like we're in the middle of a teaser campaign...: Earlier this year, Alphabet announced the creation of Chronicle, a cybersecurity firm that will enable companies to detect and prevent cyberattacks. At the time of the announcement, Alphabet wasn’t offering many details, just that Chronicle would offer two services: a new security intelligence and analytics platform for companies, as well as VirusTotal, an online malware and virus scanne

Can Microsoft save the mid-terms? Tech giant offers candidates new cybersecurity protections for …

Microsoft is offering a new cybersecurity program to help political candidates and organizations protect themselves from hackers in the run up to the November mid-term elections. Observers are concerned that the mid-term elections will be targeted by hackers from around the world, and Microsoft is doing its part to fend off attacks with its Defending Democracy program. The latest feature, known as AccountGuard, aims to help campaigns and organizations identify and neutrali

Coinbase files patent for freeze logic cryptocurrency wallet security

For digital currencies to become mainstream, spending them has to be as easy as a debit card, or ApplePay...: [...] Coinbase's patent application, number 10,050,779, says that "it may be a security concern for users that the private keys of their Bitcoin addresses may be stolen from their wallets, [and] existing systems do not provide a solution for maintaining security over private keys while still allowing the users to check out on a merchant page and making payments using

Why Israel is investing $24M in its cybersecurity industry

I'm not sure if this analysis includes US startups founded by Israelis (full disclosure - I work for Cymmetria Inc, founded by 8200 alumni)...: On Wednesday, Israel announced that it would be investing 90 million shekels ($24 million) in its cybersecurity industry, according to Reuters. As reported by the Times of Israel, Israel is largely regarded as the second biggest cybersecurity market in the world, winning 16% of all cybersecurity investments made around the globe.

Cybersecurity stocks savaged for a second week as Symantec results disappoint

There's lots of competition for the big boys from more nimble startups and enterprises have shown willing to buy from outside the top 3 cybersecurity firms....: Cybersecurity stocks fell for a second week in a row, as earnings beats and raised outlooks did little to boost prices in a sector that some believe is overpriced. The ETFMG Prime Cyber Security ETF HACK, -0.61% has fallen 4.9% since the first earnings report of one of its components, Check Point Software Technolo

Europe’s Smack to Google May Only Be the Beginning

On Wednesday, the European Union brought down an antitrust fine of €4.34 billion—or about $5.06 billion—against Google, for anticompetitive practices related to Android, the company’s mobile operating system. It’s the European Commission’s largest antitrust fine ever, topping the previous record of €2.42 billion—which was also levied against Google, just last year, for abuses of its search-engine dominance. At issue is how Google has used the proliferation of Android, whic