Is Symantec getting ready to buy Splunk?

Yesterday, Symantec CEO Greg Clark flexed his M&A biceps, saying that Splunk could be an attractive target. Clark definitely plans to go whale hunting to regain Symantec’s long-lost security position. Symantec expects to grow 3-5% in 2018. Compare that to Splunk, which projects to grow upwards of 20% and generate $1.2 billion revenues. Read more on TechCrunch

Can the security community grow up?

As the times change, the security community needs to adapt. We live in an imperfect world, as Alex Stamos, Chief Information Security Officer of Facebook pointed out in his recent BlackHat 2017 keynote address. Instead of trying to punish each other, hackers and innovators need to work closely to ensure a higher order. Read more on TechCrunch

Discontent and Disruption in CDNs

As content delivery networks (CDN) market leaders grapple with technological shifts, some innovators are making rapid advances. The CDN market, estimated at $5 billion today, is anticipated to be more than $10 billion by 2019. While the market is growing rapidly, can the giants learn to dance? How are the startups aiming slingshots at the legacy Goliaths? Read more on TechCrunch

Attack of the Drones

The FAA recently demonstrated how easy it is to hack leading drone brands such as Parrot, DB Power and Cheerson. None of these manufacturers used passwords or encryption. Advantage: Hackers. Read this post on TechCrunch

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The Age of Resilience - Security in 2017

As we look at 2017, it’s evident that the CISO has moved from “we will be hacked someday” to “we are already compromised” to “give me that disaster recovery solution NOW.” It doesn’t get any worse. The mindset has moved precipitously towards hot backups in the age of ransomware and DDOS.

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Measuring what matters in cybersecurity

The cybersecurity risk metrics market has exploded, and insurance carriers will collect upwards of $3 billion in premiums this year. While there is consensus that we need to measure risk, several of my security 'super' friends told me that it’s easier said than done. Richard Seiersen, vice president of Trust and CISO at Twilio, wants to simplify this debate. 

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The Ransomware Dilemma

More than 90 percent of all phishing emails are now ransomware. The average amount paid via ransomware has grown from $40 in 2009 to $1,000 in 2016. This amount will grow even faster as ransomware moves to enterprise. Read more in my TechCrunch post

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Can startups disrupt the $20bn Cyber Insurance market?

Over the past few years, cyber insurance markets have been growing at between 25-50 percent CAGR each year. According to The Betterley Report 2015, annual policy premiums are approaching $2.75 billion. The ecosystem of insurance underwriters, intermediaries/brokers, analysts/management consultants and compilers of insurance market information is evolving rapidly.