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.

September 29, 2016 | Javvad Malik

Ransomware Raises the Question: Establishing the Value of Data

Many years ago one of my dad’s friend’s house got burgled. He was single and didn’t have a lot of possessions. After rummaging through the place, they ended up only taking an old radio.My dad, being a natural optimist comforted his friend by encouragingly remarking how that old radio was probably worth next…

September 23, 2016 | Javvad Malik

Alien Eye in the Sky, Friday 23rd September

A roundup of the week’s news, commentary, and observations.This week has ended with news of what appears to yet again be the biggest hack ever. But you’re probably tired of reading about it everywhere, so I’ll keep quiet about it.A detailed account by Wired on how it made the move from plain…

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September 20, 2016 | Javvad Malik

Blackhat 2016: Threat Intelligence Déjà vu

Effectively utilizing threat intelligence is as much about having the right processes in place as it is about choosing the most appropriate technologies. How to best incorporate threat intelligence is an area that many enterprises have been trying to wrap their heads around for some time. Whilst we are seeing a growing level of maturity at many organizations, the question…

September 16, 2016 | Javvad Malik

The Alien Eye in the Sky - Friday 16th September

A roundup of the week’s news, commentary, and observations.Friday 16th SeptemberJoe Gray contributed a great post on the AlienVault blog laying out the basics of Security issues of WiFi – How it Works.This is pretty cool – USBe – air-gap cover-channel via electromagnetic emission from USB. (PDF). There’s also a video showing it…

September 9, 2016 | Javvad Malik

The Alien Eye in the Sky - Friday 9th September

A roundup of the week’s news, commentary, and observations.The ICO has a report on UK data incident trends. Healthcare is by far the worst sector with 232 incidents. In second place is local government with 62. The most common data security incident type was ‘data posted or faxed to incorrect recipient’. The most common Cyber Incident type…

September 8, 2016 | Javvad Malik

Changing Business, and Risks of the Supply Chain

Business models have greatly evolved and changed over the years. Global, multi-billion dollar enterprises are a far cry from the days of rural cottage industries. But this also adds a large degree of complexity – and risk can be found where it is least expected.Do you want fries with that?Global giant McDonald's is famous for the fast…

September 2, 2016 | Javvad Malik

The Alien Eye in the Sky - Friday 2nd September

A roundup of the week’s news, commentary, and observations.Ever wondered what File Integrity Monitoring is? Well, wonder no more as Jim Hansen explains all.Ransomware is everywhere. It’s growing. Can you Resist the Ransom?When security and convenience collide we get beauty sites that let anyone read customers' personal informationNot really surprising, but still…

August 26, 2016 | Javvad Malik

The Alien Eye in the Sky - Friday 26th August

A roundup of the week’s news, commentary, and observations.Popular messaging app, WhatsApp to share data with Facebook. So much for the comfort that end-to-end encryption provides.Story of a researcher who infected a scammer with Locky for messing with his mother. Hacking back is considered illegal in many jurisdictions, but we doubt the scammer will be pressing…

August 22, 2016 | Javvad Malik

Can You Explain Encryption to Me?

From: Thomas, Kevin Sent: 24 August 2011 10:43To: Malik, Javvad Subject: EncryptionJavI’m updating the presentation pack for this month’s management meeting. Can you send me a short description of encryption so the SLT can better understand the solution?Kev From: Malik, Javvad Sent: 24 August 2011 11:03To: Thomas, Kevin Subject: EncryptionHi Kevin,Encryption is the process…

August 19, 2016 | Javvad Malik

The Alien Eye in the Sky - Friday 19th August

A roundup of the week’s news, commentary, and observations.We missed last week’s edition as we were at Blackhat and BsidesLV. If you weren’t attending or missed us at the event, Kate managed to capture some of the impressions.Gartner announced its 2016 Magic Quadrant for SIEM and AlienVault once again remained a visionary. I…

August 11, 2016 | Javvad Malik

2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM: A Visionary Feast

We are extremely happy and proud that AlienVault has remained the only visionary in Gartner’s 2016 magic quadrant for security information and event management (SIEM).AlienVault customers consistently reinforced the key value proposition of Unified Security Management (USM) of being a more comprehensive and affordable option; as highlighted in the report:“Customers report the security monitoring technologies…

July 29, 2016 | Javvad Malik

The Alien Eye in the Sky - Friday 29th July

A roundup of the week’s news, commentary, and observations.Black Hat, BsidesLV, and DefCon are upon us! Next week will see the annual gathering of security professionals in Las Vegas. We will be there with our booth (1016) at Black Hat, and I will be presenting a talk, How to Become "The" Security Pro, at BsidesLV. Full details of…

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