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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.

May 25, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 25th May 2018

The Royal Wedding is behind us. Elon Musk is melting down over a piece that exposed safety concerns in its car factory, and I'm just going to jump right into the InfoSec news for the week.Reliance On IOTNest, the manufacturers of smart home devices suffered an outage whereby owners of Nest products were unable to access…

May 18, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 18th May 2018

You know the BBC have got their priorities really wrong they pitch Meghan Markle saying her father snubbing the Royal wedding as "Breaking news". What is surprising though is that I haven't seen all that many phishing emails related to the wedding hitting my inbox. Maybe the scammers know that I wouldn't pay much attention anyway.Meghan Markle…

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May 11, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 11th May 2018

Growing up in London, I don’t think we ever got Mister Rogers on TV. With the new movie coming out on his life, there have been many articles and columns discussing him. An interesting fact I came across was that Mister Rogers always mentioned out loud that he was feeding his fish because a blind viewer once asked…

May 8, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Social Media Risks – The TweetChat

Our latest Tweetchat was on the topic of Social Media risks and featured guest Joseph Steinberg.Why did we choose social media? Social channels are easy to overlook when companies are assessing assets and assigning criticality. Social usually falls under the banner of marketing, so IT teams sometimes have little or no visibility altogether into the digital footprint a company…

May 4, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 4th May 2018

May the fourth. I’m sure there’s a sci fi reference to be made here somewhere, but I just can’t put my finger on it. I’m sure it will come to me soon enough.In the meantime, enjoy the security news, views, and opinions that caught my eye this past week.Schools out…

April 27, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 27th April 2018

Master KeysF-Secure researchers have found that global hotel chains and hotels worldwide are using an electronic lock system that could be exploited by an attacker to gain access to any room in the facility. The design flaws discovered in the lock system’s software, which is known as Vision by VingCard and used to secure millions of hotel…

April 20, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week – the RSA 2018 Edition

It’s RSA week! A week where security professionals from far and wide travel to San Francisco to attend not only RSA conference, but the number of other events around it. Whatever the flavour, there’s usually something for everyone.I didn’t make the pilgrimage this year, opting for a low-key vacation with the family during…

April 19, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Let’s be Fools

The Roman poet Lucretius once wrote: “A fool believes that the tallest mountain in the world will be equal to the tallest one he has observed.”Translation? He’s essentially saying that our lived experiences define our perspectives. They warp our sense of scale like a bit of plastic in the microwave, moulding what we consider to…

April 11, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Life of a Worm

This is a story of a computer worm, from the time it was coded and deployed onto the internet. It is narrated by the worm in first personZero dayI am a worm. Well that’s what Abe, the programmer who coded me says. He named me Libby, after Angelina Jolie's character, Kate Libby in the movie…

April 6, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 6th April 2018

Another week gone by, another bunch of stories to sift through. There is no algorithm or machine learning picking out these gems for you every week, each story is lovingly chosen by me. To paraphrase Judge Dredd, “I don’t use no algorithm, I AM THE ALGORITHM”.Time to jump right into it.A bank statement for…

April 3, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Security Myths : TweetChat Roundup

Continuing our tradition of tweetchats, we were fortunate to have the brilliant Lesley Carhart join us as a special guest to share her views on security myths. It was a lively discussion with many viewpoints shared. Searching for the #AlienChat hashtag should give you a good insight into all the conversation.Incident responseWe kicked things asking what people thought…

March 30, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 30th March 2018

Another week and social media giants Facebook and Google are under scrutiny by all and sundry as to the information they gather and the privacy implications. I know that something is big when my Dad asked me about the whole debacle over dinner this week – and he doesn’t even use, or fully understand Facebook.Many years ago,…

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