July 30, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst

In an attempt to wake up companies that may not be taking security as seriously as they should, they are often told, "It's not a matter of if, but when."Historically, I've not been the biggest fan of this term, in that it has a certain undertone of doom and gloom. A bit like one of those life…

July 27, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 27th July 2018

Welcome to your weekly security roundup, providing you all with the security news you deserve, but maybe might not need.As always, these news stories are human-curated by me - no fancy algorithms, no machine learning, and definitely no trending topics here.We are less than two weeks away from Blackhat in sunny Las Vegas. We’ll be there…

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July 26, 2018 | Rick Stiffler

New! AlienVault USM Anywhere Challenge Coin: What is it and how do I get one?

AlienVault has minted a challenge coin to acknowledge the commitment and dedication it takes to become an AlienVault® Certified Security Engineer. Becoming certified in any technology is something to be proud of but becoming certified on AlienVault® USM Anywhere™ proves that you are skilled in deploying and managing a threat detection solution that’s trusted by…

July 25, 2018 | John McLeod

You are Doing Cloud Vendor Assessments Wrong

I’m a firm believer in “trust but verify” and I’m just going to come out and say it, most security professionals are conducting 3rd party assessments wrong. I’m in a unique spot where I’m on both sides of the fence: we conduct vendor assessments and we fill out questionnaires required…

July 24, 2018 | Javvad Malik

The Security Compliance Tweet Chat - What We Learned

In our most recent Tweet Chat, we had Ben Rothke join us as our special guest, and the topic for discussion was compliance.If there ever was a topic that gets security professionals riled up, I think it would be compliance. There were many questions asked and answered; you can find most of the discussion by searching for…

July 20, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 20th July 2018

INFOSEC RECRUITING - IS THE INDUSTRY CREATING ITS OWN DROUGHTWe've all been blasted with many a report that infosec has a massive skills gap. But what if the problem doesn't lie with the lack of skilled professionals, but the hiring process itself?Thomas Fischer makes a compelling argument, using some of his personal recent experiences from both…

July 18, 2018 | James Quinn


This is a guest post by independent security researcher James Quinn.Continuing the 2018 trend of cryptomining malware, I’ve found another family of mining malware similar to the “massminer” discovered in early May.  I’m calling this family ZombieBoy since it uses a tool called ZombieBoyTools to drop the first dll.ZombieBoy, like MassMiner, is…

July 17, 2018 | Kate Brew

Threats, Politics, and Cryptocurrency-Mining - Infosecurity Europe 2018 Survey Results

Javvad Malik and the rest of the AlienVault team surveyed 928 participants at Infosecurity Europe 2018 on this topic. Read the full report from Javvad here!Key FindingsLooking forward, cloud security threats are the most concerning external threatInternally, phishing (55%) and ransomware (45%) lead the pack of worries for security departments92 percent would rather pay a subscription fee, allow ads, or…

July 13, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 13th July 2018

AT&T To Acquire AlienaultI've covered and speculated, and even advised on security M&A over the years, but it's the first time I've been working in a technology company that has been acquired. It's exciting times, and glad to be part of the journey.AT&T to Acquire AlienVault |…

July 12, 2018 | Amy Pace

Continuous Information Security Monitoring to Combat Continuous Threats

Continuous security monitoring -- a term you’ve heard time and time again. And, while you may be tired of hearing the term, the fact is that continuous monitoring is vital when it comes to mitigating risk, protecting critical assets, and meeting compliance demands.Unfortunately, continuously security monitoring has become more and more of a challenge given that…

July 10, 2018 | GenZ Student

The Terms and Conditions of Internet Privacy for a GenZ Student

We’ve all seen it before; the pop ups of necessary security updates, the horror stories of leaked celebrity pictures by hackers and the infamously long document of God-knows-what followed by “I agree to the following terms and conditions”. These are ever present in our rapidly progressing technological society and continue to characterise the interaction of society…

July 9, 2018 | Javvad Malik

15 Ways to Deal with Badly Written Risks

Every so often, a report gets presented which looks like it was written by the work experience student that was employed by the intern.So what’s the best way to respond? I went on Twitter to ask the opinion of folk who have to deal with this kind of thing on a regular basis, and distilled their wisdom…

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