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.

February 12, 2016 | Javvad Malik

7 Cyber Security Movies That Need to Be Made

Our recent tweet chat on pop culture got a lot of people talking.Opinions were thrown in each direction, ranging from the good, bad and the ugly.It got me thinking about two of my favourite things, Hollywood and Information Security. And so I present to you my list of seven cyber security movies fitted into a tried and tested…

February 9, 2016 | Javvad Malik

Tweetchat roundup: Is Pop Culture Making Cybersecurity Sexy?

If pop culture is to be believed, cybersecurity is hot property. Hacks and breaches not only dominate the real-world media but can be seen everywhere in TV and in the movies. These are popping up as plot devices, like in Homeland, or the focus of shows like CSI Cyber and Mr. Robot.But what do industry professionals think of this?…

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January 28, 2016 | Javvad Malik

The 7 Strangest Places People Have Lost Data

Each January 28th, we celebrate International Data Privacy Day. Around this time, the Internet sees a deluge of blog posts talking about how to secure your personal data, and how companies can best protect your privacy. This article is not one of them.Rather, we’re going to take a look at the seven wackiest, most unusual places people…

January 27, 2016 | Javvad Malik

The Challenge of Retaining IT Security Skills - Blood on HR’s Floor

Just how bad is the challenge of retaining IT security professionals? When I was asked to write this blog, I didn’t know, so I decided to do some research.Methodology and ScopeThe full report is based on an online user survey that gathered 132 responses. I supplemented the findings of this survey with secondary research from industry practitioners…

November 12, 2015 | Javvad Malik

2015 SANS Analytics & Intelligence Survey

Following on from its 2014 survey, SANS has conducted a new survey to determine how organizations are leveraging analytics and intelligence tools and services. These are important questions to ask because without the right mechanisms in place to utilize analytics and intelligence, companies will struggle to be effective in detecting and responding to attacks.The survey collected responses from 476 participants across…

November 11, 2015 | Javvad Malik

Questions are the answers

How to avoid becoming the blamed victimI stare into my coffee mug. I’m not even paying attention to what Bill, the CEO, is saying and wonder if his soul is black and bitter like my brew.He doesn’t look like he’s slept well for the last two days. I notice a small stain…

October 4, 2015 | Javvad Malik

The toughest thing about working in IT

In its 9th year running, Spiceworld is one of the premier conferences for IT professionals and technology marketers. Held in the Austin Convention Centre, it is a Texas-sized IT conference that provides us with a great opportunity to interact with professionals engaged in broad IT activities as opposed to just focussing on security.As such, it provides the perfect backdrop…

September 29, 2015 | Javvad Malik

Disclosing Vulnerabilities, Using Data Dumps & Sharing Threat Intelligence

Executive summaryIn recent years, there has been an explosion in the number of information security conferences held around the world. Despite this, the weeks leading up to Black Hat in Las Vegas are still reserved for some of the most significant security announcements, advancements and hacks of the year, all of which generate their fair share of controversy and…

August 10, 2015 | Javvad Malik

Black Hat 2015 - Recap

Day 2 of Black Hat started off slowly as many attendees were undoubtedly suffering the ill effects of attending one of the many late-night parties that were held the night before. But with some sleep and sufficient amounts of caffeine, the booth was buzzing again with energy.Open Threat Exchange remained one of the most popular discussion points and Andy Manoske…

August 6, 2015 | Javvad Malik

Black Hat 2015 - AlienVault Booth

As security professionals were getting ready to descend upon Mandalay Bay for Blackhat 2015, we were putting the final touches on our Area 51 themed booth, which featured a UFO abducting a cow.As usual, we were serving our special Cosmic cocktails to keep attendees cool and refreshed as well as unveiling a new design of our infamous green flashing glasses.Aside…

July 21, 2015 | Javvad Malik

2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM: Visionary Aliens

AlienVault has been named the only visionary in Gartner’s 2015 magic quadrant for security information and event management (SIEM).As an ex-industry analyst I do not envy the amount of research effort that goes into creating a magic quadrant. There are several challenges which plagued me as an analyst when comparing vendors in a particular segment.One of the…

July 13, 2015 | Javvad Malik

Javvad Malik’s first 3 months at AlienVault

There’s an old saying that someone once told me that, “You never truly know someone until you’ve either lived with them, travelled with them or conducted business with them.”With it being three months today with AlienVault I thought it would be a good time to take stock of where I stood.It&rsquo…

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