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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.

September 15, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week

A new beginning, a refresh, or has nostalgia finally caught up? We’re changing the name of this weekly update back to “Things I Hearted this Week”. Here are some of the popular and not-so-popular security and technology stories that caught our fancy for your reading pleasure.“It’s the only and most fascinating read…

September 8, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Week in Review – 8th September 2017

Ransomware and Threat Intelligence in Las VegasThis week will start off somewhat biased as it’s a report I wrote based on a survey we conducted at Black Hat 2017.Some of the key findings from the report were:Ransomware is the biggest concern among security professionals (42%) Sharing of threat intelligence continues to grow among the different channels 56% of…

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September 1, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Week in Review 1st Sept 2017

Where has the year gone? Give it a few weeks and summer will be officially over, and I’ve not even been able to attain a “beach body” yet. I suppose there could be worse things to worry about. So without further ado, let’s jump right into this weeks greatest, worst, and weirdest infosec news. …

August 25, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Week in Review, 25th August 2017

I have to thank our editor-in-chief, Kate Brew, for stepping in to compile the week in review last week while I was out topping up my tan on holiday.So without further ado, let’s dive right in.Buckets of insecurityI think this is the week that unsecured Amazon S4 bucket leaks have officially jumped the shark. It…

August 11, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Week in Review 11th August 2017

It’s felt like a comparatively slow week for information security. Maybe it’s just because I’ve had my head down busy working, or maybe it’s the unusually wet August in good old London.But, just because there may have been fewer stories to hit the news, it doesn’t mean they are…

August 4, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Week In Review – 4th August 2017

Creating Fake IdentitiesEverything today seems to be linked to your identity; or perhaps more specifically, to your digital identity. While safeguarding one's identity is important, it is also equally important to find ways to stop people from creating fake identities.Kevin Mitnick belonged to an earlier generation that many of this generation's up…

July 28, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Week in review 28th July 2017

It’s been one of the busiest weeks in InfoSec as thousands descended upon Las Vegas to attend BSidesLV, Blackhat, and Defcon.But that doesn’t stop the world of InfoSec or lessen the impact of the latest security developments on day to day businesses, so let's take a look at what's been…

July 21, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Week in Review, 21st July 2017

The purpose of ransomwareAlthough monetary gain is the ultimate goal for most cyber criminals, there are multiple scenarios that are possible.In this post, Bart goes over such tactics as:Deployed as ransomware, extortion; Deployed as smokescreen; Deployed to cause frustration; Deployed out of frustration; Deployed as a cover-up; Deployed as a penetration test or user awareness training; Deployed…

July 19, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Tweetchat Roundup: GDPR Commentary

GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation, invokes mixed feelings in everyone that hear of it. It represents a large change in how European citizen and resident data is handled, both by data controllers and processors.So, it made sense to limber up our tweeting thumbs, break out the #AlienChat hashtag and seek the opinion of the twitterati.But this wasn…

July 14, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Week in Review 14th July 2017

A license to hackThe Singapore government may soon require hackers to get a license.As part of a draft bill that will make sweeping changes to Singapore’s national cybersecurity regime, already rated the world’s best by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), hackers who conduct investigative work such as penetration testing—probing systems for holes…

July 7, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Week in Review 7th July 2017

How to not handle a data breachCar breakdown service provider the AA apparently suffered an issue whereby it was publicly disclosing customer data. Except it wasn’t. But it was.Short version is that AA published 13GB worth of customer data to the internet, including partial credit card details.However, in a masterclass on how not to handle…

June 30, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Week in Review 30th June 2017

New Petya VariantUnless you’ve been away for the week on a deserted location with no access to the internet, radio, or television, you’ve likely been bombarded with news of the Petya ransomware variant that took offline most of the Ukraine as well as spreading around to other countries. It echoes the disastrous impact WannaCry had…

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