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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.

March 23, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week 23rd March 2018

This week has been dominated by the Cambridge Analytica – Facebook debacle. So, let’s just skip all of that and jump right into the security news that you may have missed.Stealing IPWe often hear of intellectual property being stolen by competitors. However, it’s not too common to hear of IP being stolen from an…

March 16, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I hearted this week 16th March 2018

Last weekend, my daughter and I finally got around to watching Wonder Woman. We quite enjoyed it. There was a part in which Chris Pine’s character said, “My father told me once, he said, "If you see something wrong happening in the world, you can either do nothing, or you can do something". And I already tried…

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March 9, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I hearted this week 9th March 2018

It’s been an uneventful week for the most part. I did spend a lot of time reading tweets by Today In Infosec. If you don’t know of it, I suggest checking it out. As the name suggests, it tweets out news from the world of information security from previous years. I was thinking that maybe I…

March 7, 2018 | Javvad Malik

An Interview with Graham Cluley

I can’t remember what year I first met Graham Cluley. It may have been around 2006 at an awards event of some sort. We were both nominated in the same category; I believe it was for best security blogger. Graham was already well-established with many awards under his belt, whereas I was the jittery newbie, glad to have even…

March 2, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week 2nd March 2018

This week London has been in the midst of snowmageddon! An inch of snow ground the city to a halt with schools closed and the capital on red alert. Fortunately, one of the perks of working from home is that I get to stay on top of the security news regardless of the weather, so put on your snow boots…

February 23, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week 23rd Feb 2018

This week seems to have flown past very quickly. We’re almost at the end of February but the security goodness (and badness depending on which side of the fence you sit) keeps rolling in at breakneck speed.I’m actually contemplating moving somewhere warm for the rest of winter. Not that it gets unbearably cold in London,…

February 16, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week 16th Feb 2018

Rolling in the bountyWe hear a lot about bug bounties and how some people are potentially making a lucrative living off it.HackerOne has paid out over $24m in bounties in the last five years. That’s some serious cash, considering how far that translates into local currencies. So, they asked some of their top hackers how they…

February 9, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week 9th Feb 2018

Much of this week’s news cycles were dominated by Space X successfully launching the Falcon Heavy rocket into space. Putting aside concerns of the cost, the feasibility, or other criticisms, it was just nice to see something positive and optimistic grab the headlines for a change.But that doesn’t mean the intergalactic world of cyber security…

February 2, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 2nd Feb 2018

January 2018 finds itself in the rear view mirror, which probably means I can’t wish Happy New Year to anyone I haven’t spoken to since December. But if I haven’t spoken to someone for that long, I do begin to question why I even bother speaking to them at all…One thing I don…

January 24, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Mental Models & Security: Thinking Like a Hacker

In the world of information security, people are often told to “think like a hacker,” which inevitably reminds me of Sylvester Stallone muttering his line in Demolition Man -- “Send a maniac to catch a maniac”.While such words of wisdom work great for movies, they tend not to be very helpful for those trying to…

January 19, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week – 19th Jan 2018

Happy Friday wonderful people. It’s been a busy week in infosec with a flurry of activity, so let’s jump right in.The 100 Billion Dollar Infosec QuestionIf someone gave you 100 billion dollars to improve information security, how would you spend it?No, seriously, please. Give it some thought.This question spurred Dan Klinedist to pen his…

January 12, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I hearted this week: 12th Jan 2018

Carphone Warehouse Fined £400,000The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Carphone Warehouse an eye-watering £400,00 for what it referred to as distinct and significant inadequacies in the phone company’s security controls.The full report by the ICO (PDF) is worth reading. It goes into a lot of detail around the vulnerabilities such as the…

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