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 13, 2018 | Javvad Malik

The Black Hat Recap

BlackHat is always one of the most interesting conferences of the year. Firmly sandwiched between BsidesLV and DefCon, it brings a unique mix of research and people to Las Vegas.We unveiled our new booth design, which featured a huge Alien head hovering above the shiny new green and black booth, which had a presentation theatre on one side and…

August 3, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 3rd Aug 2018

It’s August already. The kids are off on their summer vacations telling me how bored they are every 5 minutes, and the annual security gathering in Las Vegas of Blackhat, Defcon, and BsidesLV is all but upon us.There will be no recap next week because I’ll probably be getting ready to fly home - but normal…

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July 30, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst

In an attempt to wake up companies that may not be taking security as seriously as they should, they are often told, "It's not a matter of if, but when."Historically, I've not been the biggest fan of this term, in that it has a certain undertone of doom and gloom. A bit like one of those life…

July 27, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 27th July 2018

Welcome to your weekly security roundup, providing you all with the security news you deserve, but maybe might not need.As always, these news stories are human-curated by me - no fancy algorithms, no machine learning, and definitely no trending topics here.We are less than two weeks away from Blackhat in sunny Las Vegas. We’ll be there…

July 24, 2018 | Javvad Malik

The Security Compliance Tweet Chat - What We Learned

In our most recent Tweet Chat, we had Ben Rothke join us as our special guest, and the topic for discussion was compliance.If there ever was a topic that gets security professionals riled up, I think it would be compliance. There were many questions asked and answered; you can find most of the discussion by searching for…

July 20, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 20th July 2018

INFOSEC RECRUITING - IS THE INDUSTRY CREATING ITS OWN DROUGHTWe've all been blasted with many a report that infosec has a massive skills gap. But what if the problem doesn't lie with the lack of skilled professionals, but the hiring process itself?Thomas Fischer makes a compelling argument, using some of his personal recent experiences from both…

July 13, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 13th July 2018

AT&T To Acquire AlienaultI've covered and speculated, and even advised on security M&A over the years, but it's the first time I've been working in a technology company that has been acquired. It's exciting times, and glad to be part of the journey.AT&T to Acquire AlienVault |…

July 9, 2018 | Javvad Malik

15 Ways to Deal with Badly Written Risks

Every so often, a report gets presented which looks like it was written by the work experience student that was employed by the intern.So what’s the best way to respond? I went on Twitter to ask the opinion of folk who have to deal with this kind of thing on a regular basis, and distilled their wisdom…

July 6, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 6th July 2018

Here's an idea.Have convicts in prison manually mine cryptocurrencies.Call it, <wait for it> the blockchain gang!Thank you very much, I'll be here all week.Now on to the serious stuff.10 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE GETTING INTO CYBERSECURITYYou may know Kevin Beaumont as @GossiTheDog on twitter. He won the 2018 EU blogger awards for…

July 3, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Cloud Based Security

Benedict Evans stated that, the best is often the last. He elaborates by saying, "The development of technologies tends to follow an S-Curve: they improve slowly, then quickly, and then slowly again. And at that last stage, they're really, really good. Everything has been optimised and worked out and understood, and they're fast, cheap and reliable."And while…

June 29, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 29th June 2018

It's been an absolutely lovely warm week in London. The sun has been shining, allergies have been high, and kids have been missing out on all the wonders because they're too busy being indoors staring at a mobile device or tablet.Things were very different back in my days... and just like that, I've turned into my…

June 22, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 22nd June 2018

The Tesla InsiderElon Musk sent out an email stating an employee had stabbed the company in the back like Brutus, changing production code, and leaking inside information. I'll admit that like many people who have talked about or written about insider threats in the past, I instinctively punched the air and yelled, "YES! I warned you but you…

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