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.

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…

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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…

July 22, 2016 | Javvad Malik

The Alien Eye in the Sky - Friday 22nd July

A roundup of the week’s news, commentary, and observations.Pokemon Go has been all over the news this week, with initial reports of the app obtaining excessive permission, to reports of people being injured, or mugged by luring unsuspecting users.But this isn’t a new problem, simply a repackaging. Mobile apps are notorious for requesting excessive…

July 11, 2016 | Javvad Malik

SDD - Security Deficit Disorder

Security Deficit Disorder (SDD) is a condition that can impact any size of organization across the world. It can cause significant outages to a business as malware can run rampant, sensitive data can end up on public sites, or customer passwords could be exposed.In days gone by, businesses could suffer untreated for years, but with rising threats, it is…

July 7, 2016 | Javvad Malik

Naming Security

How you refer to the security industry will vary depending on how long you’ve worked in the industry, the nature of the work, and personal preference.We asked people at InfoSecurity Europe what their preferred term to describe security was – as you can see from the video, there was no agreed upon term.Personally, when I have…

June 28, 2016 | Javvad Malik

Clicking With The Enemy

Recent years have seen a marked increase in phishing as a preferred attack avenue. Phishing emails come in various forms. Some contain malicious attachments or have links which, once users click, direct them to a malicious website for a drive-by malware download, leading to infections by ransomware or other malicious software.Other phishing attack variations do not deliver malicious files,…

June 14, 2016 | Javvad Malik

Are Businesses Prepared for GDPR?

GDPR, or the General Data Protection Regulation was top of mind for many attendees at Info Security Europe 2016.The GDPR is due to come into force in 2018 and has the potential to significantly alter the way businesses handle data. At over 200 pages long, the regulation is possibly the most wide-ranging pieces of legislation passed; ever.Notable GDPR ImplicationsThe introduction…

June 11, 2016 | Javvad Malik

Infosecurity Europe 2016, a Recap

Another year and another Info Security Europe is in the books. In typical English manner, the weather remained unpredictable. It started with a hot summers day, followed by brief but heavy downpours that resulted in Olympia resembling a sauna that had been turned all the way up to eleven.But this didn’t dissuade the 15k+ attendees from descending…

May 17, 2016 | Javvad Malik

The Community of Extra-ordinary Aliens

Historically, when people talked about communities, they referred to the tight-knit neighborhoods people lived in, and groups people belonged to, where the members had shared values and interests. But like much of the English language, its meaning has changed with the unstoppable rise of the Internet.As well as being physical places where people live, work, and congregate, the word …

May 4, 2016 | Javvad Malik

A Day in the Life of Darth-CISO: Happy Star Wars Day!

It’s May the fourth, Star Wars Day. I don’t know why they call it that. It should be called Day of Vader, but what do people know?I head up cyber security for Lord Vader. I bet you didn’t think he had a security department. But after his plans for the first Death Star…

April 12, 2016 | Javvad Malik

Open Source, the Community, and Aliens

Anyone who has ever been to a security conference can testify that hackers are lovely. This might surprise some people given the competitive (and sometimes ego-driven nature) of our field, but it’s true.I was at DefCon last year (as I am most years) and was struck by the wonderful, perhaps even familial nature of the proceedings. It…

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