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Last Watchdog - blog 11/04/2019 13:32
Some 20 years ago, the founders of Amazon and Google essentially set the course for how the internet would come to dominate the way we live. Jeff Bezos of Amazon, and Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google did more than anyone else to actualize digital commerce as we’re experiencing it today – including its […]
Last Watchdog - blog 10/29/2019 11:17
If your daily screen time is split between a laptop browser and a smartphone, you may have noticed that a few browser web pages are beginning to match the slickness of their mobile apps. Related: The case for a microservices firewall Netflix and Airbnb are prime examples of companies moving to single-page applications, or SPAs, […]
Last Watchdog - blog 10/16/2019 08:30
Digital commerce has come to revolve around two types of identities: human and machine. Great effort has gone into protecting the former, and yet human identities continue to get widely abused by cyber criminals. By comparison, scant effort has gone into securing the latter. This is so in spite of the fact that machine identities […]
Last Watchdog - blog 10/14/2019 05:42
The digital footprints of U.S. consumers’ have long been up for grabs. No one stops the tech giants, media conglomerates and online advertisers from intensively monetizing consumers’ online behaviors, largely without meaningful disclosure. Related: The state of ransomware Who knew that much the same thing routinely happens to enterprises? A recent report by network detection […]
Last Watchdog - blog 10/10/2019 09:53
Cloud Access Security Brokers – aka “caz-bees” — have come a long way in a short time. CASBs, a term coined by tech industry consultancy Gartner, first cropped about seven years ago to help organizations enforce security and governance policies as they commenced, in earnest, their march into the cloud. Related: Implications of huge Capital […]
Last Watchdog - blog 09/30/2019 11:33
Homomorphic encryption has long been something of a Holy Grail in cryptography. Related: Post-quantum cryptography on the horizon For decades, some of our smartest mathematicians and computer scientists have struggled to derive a third way to keep data encrypted — not just the two classical ways, at rest and in transit. The truly astounding feat, […]
Last Watchdog - blog 09/26/2019 10:26
Is mobile technology on a course to become more secure than traditional computing? Seven or eight years ago, that was a far-fetched notion. Today, the answer to that question is, “Yes, it must, and soon.” Related: Securing the Internet of Things I’ve been writing about organizations struggling to solve the productivity vs. security dilemma that’s […]
Last Watchdog - blog 09/24/2019 10:43
Keeping track of badness on the Internet has become a thriving cottage industry unto itself. Related: ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’ is upon us There are dozens technology giants, cybersecurity vendors, government agencies and industry consortiums that identify and blacklist IP addresses and web page URLs that are obviously being used maliciously; and hundreds more independent white […]
Last Watchdog - blog 09/23/2019 04:46
How can it be that marquee enterprises like Capital One, Marriott, Facebook, Yahoo, HBO, Equifax, Uber and countless others continue to lose sensitive information in massive data breaches? Related: Breakdown of Capital One breach The simple answer is that any organization that sustains a massive data breach clearly did not do quite enough to protect […]
Last Watchdog - blog 09/19/2019 17:47
A singular topic has risen to the top of the agenda in executive suites and board rooms all across the planet: cybersecurity. Related: Security, privacy fallout of IoT A recent survey by Infosys, a tech consulting and IT services giant based in Bangalore, India, quantifies the degree to which the spotlight has landed on cybersecurity […]
Last Watchdog - blog 09/19/2019 11:29
The city of Portland, Ore. has set out to fully leverage the Internet of Things and emerge as a model “smart” city. Related: Coming soon – driverless cars Portland recently shelled out $1 million to launch its Traffic Sensor Safety Project, which tracks cyclists as they traverse the Rose City’s innumerable bike paths. That’s just […]
Last Watchdog - blog 09/11/2019 09:59
One of the promising cybersecurity trends that I’ve been keeping an eye on is this: SOAR continues to steadily mature. Security orchestration, automation and response, or SOAR, is a fledgling security technology stack that first entered the cybersecurity lexicon about six years ago. Related: Here’s how Capital One lost 100 million customer records SOAR holds […]
Last Watchdog - blog 09/10/2019 11:53
Hear about the smart toaster that got attacked three times within an hour after its IP address first appeared on the Internet? That experiment conducted by a reporter for The Atlantic crystalizes the seemingly intractable security challenge businesses face today. Related: How 5G will escalate DDoS attacks Caught in the pull of digital transformation, companies […]
Last Watchdog - blog 08/29/2019 14:54
Europe came down hard this summer on British Airways and Marriott for failing to safeguard their customers’ personal data. The EU slammed the UK airline with a $230 million fine, and then hammered the US hotel chain with a $125 million penalty – the first major fines under the EU’s toughened General Data Protection Regulation, […]
Last Watchdog - blog 08/26/2019 11:26
Andrea Carcano’s journey to co-founding a security company in the vanguard of defending critical infrastructure began at a tender age. Related: Why the Golden Age of cyber spying is here Carcano hacked a computer screen at age 14, and that got him intrigued by software controls. He went on to earn a masters degree in cybersecurity, […]
Last Watchdog - blog 08/22/2019 13:11
A core security challenge confronts just about every company today. Related: Can serverless computing plus GitOps lock down DX? Companies are being compelled to embrace digital transformation, or DX, if for no other reason than the fear of being left behind as competitors leverage microservices, containers and cloud infrastructure to spin-up software innovation at high […]
Last Watchdog - blog 08/21/2019 04:57
Between Q1 2019 and Q2 2019, malicious communications emanating from residential IP addresses in the U.S. – namely smart refrigerators, garage doors, home routers and the like – nearly quadrupled for the retail and financial services sectors. Related: How botnets gave Trump 6 million faked followers To put it plainly, this represented a spike in […]
Last Watchdog - blog 08/19/2019 04:59
The full blossoming of the Internet of Things is on the near horizon – or is it? Enterprises across the planet are revving up their IoT business models, and yet there is a sense of foreboding about a rising wave of IoT-related security exposures. Related: The security and privacy implications of driverless vehicles Some 25 percent […]

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