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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.

February 2, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week, 2nd Feb 2018

January 2018 finds itself in the rear view mirror, which probably means I can’t wish Happy New Year to anyone I haven’t spoken to since December. But if I haven’t spoken to someone for that long, I do begin to question why I even bother speaking to them at all…One thing I don…

January 24, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Mental Models & Security: Thinking Like a Hacker

In the world of information security, people are often told to “think like a hacker,” which inevitably reminds me of Sylvester Stallone muttering his line in Demolition Man -- “Send a maniac to catch a maniac”.While such words of wisdom work great for movies, they tend not to be very helpful for those trying to…

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January 19, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week – 19th Jan 2018

Happy Friday wonderful people. It’s been a busy week in infosec with a flurry of activity, so let’s jump right in.The 100 Billion Dollar Infosec QuestionIf someone gave you 100 billion dollars to improve information security, how would you spend it?No, seriously, please. Give it some thought.This question spurred Dan Klinedist to pen his…

January 12, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I hearted this week: 12th Jan 2018

Carphone Warehouse Fined £400,000The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Carphone Warehouse an eye-watering £400,00 for what it referred to as distinct and significant inadequacies in the phone company’s security controls.The full report by the ICO (PDF) is worth reading. It goes into a lot of detail around the vulnerabilities such as the…

January 5, 2018 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week 5th Jan 2018

The opening of movies sets the tone for the rest of the film. Within the first few minutes you usually get an idea of the characters, whether it's a slow suspense, a drama, or action flick.If the first few days of 2018 are any indication, the IT Security world has kicked off with a dizzying Michael Bay-esque opening action…

January 2, 2018 | Javvad Malik

I Am Dave

This cartoon has been making the rounds on the internet for a long time. It depicts how all security technologies and efforts can be undone by “Dave” the ‘stupid user’. I can’t think of many (well no) real industries that treat their users, peers, and customers with the same level of disdain.Imagine…

December 29, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week – 29th December 2017

And here we are, the last week of 2017! Congratulations for making it through and thank you for sticking with us. I really enjoy pulling together these weekly recaps, and I hope you enjoy them and find them informative.This week has been a quiet week as people seem to be in constant limbo as to whether they should be working…

December 22, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week 22nd December 2017

But we’ve always done (in)security this wayBeing an operator for the Twitter account for any large brand can be challenging and tough at the best of times. But it can be even more so when faced with security questions.When security experts on Twitter questioned NatWest_help why the homepage wasn’t secure the Bank…

December 15, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted This Week 15th December 2017

Continuing the trend from last week, I’ll continue trying to put a positive spin on the week’s security news.Why? I hear you ask. Well, I’ve been mulling over the whole optimist thing, and glass half full analogy and it does work wonders. Side note, a tweet about half full / empty glasses and infosec…

December 11, 2017 | Javvad Malik

The Impact of NotPetya and WannaCry

Another wake up callEvery time there is a major security incident many people claim it to be the “wake up call” the incident has needed. Surely, it stands to reason that if a big enough incident occurs, people will stand up, take notice, and take the necessary steps needed to make sure it doesn’t happen…

December 8, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Things I Hearted this Week – 8th December 2017

I’ve been spending a couple of days this week at the SANS EU Security awareness summit which has featured some exceptionally good speakers. Dr. Jessica Barker was the opening keynote and made some great points about optimism and how positive reinforcement is a far better motivator in security than the usual negativity.As I’m one that…

December 7, 2017 | Javvad Malik

Six Cybersecurity Predictions for The Year Ahead

Cloud computing, ransomware, IoT, GDPR and technology politics poised to make a significant impact on the world of security in 2018It’s that time of the year again – the time for us to start gazing into crystal balls, pulling out the ouija board, and taking a DeLorean up to 88 miles per hour, all in an attempt to predict…

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