security

  • Lookout Lands $150M To Bring Mobile Security Product To Enterprise

    Lookout Lands $150M To Bring Mobile Security Product To Enterprise

    Lookout, a mobile security product that to this point has been mostly geared towards consumers, announced today they had snagged $150M in Series F funding to begin focusing on enterprise customers. The round was led by investment funds managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and includes participation from new investors Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Wellington Management Company… Read More

  • Notes From Crazytown, Day Three: Black Hat Breakdown

    Notes From Crazytown, Day Three: Black Hat Breakdown

    So far this week, at Black Hat, I have learned to deeply mistrust: passwords, chip-and-PIN cards, USB devices, HTTPS connections, more than two billion phones, governments worldwide, all human societies, and my sense of the ridiculous. You should mistrust all those too! Sorry. What follows is a summary of the most eyebrow-raising talks I attended or heard about: Read More

  • Facebook Buys Secure Server Technology Provider PrivateCore

    Facebook Buys Secure Server Technology Provider PrivateCore

    Facebook announced this morning it has acquired PrivateCore, a Palo Alto-based secure server technology company. The deal does not appear to be solely an acqui-hire, as Facebook says that it plans to deploy PrivateCore’s technology into Facebook’s server stack in order to better protect its own servers and customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but PrivateCore was backed… Read More

  • Notes From Crazytown, Day Two: How To Fix Everything

    Notes From Crazytown, Day Two: How To Fix Everything

    Did you know the CIA has a venture fund? Of course the CIA has a venture fund. It’s called In-Q-Tel, and yesterday its Chief Information Security Officer, Dan Geer, a world-weary man with white Wolverine sideburns, stepped forth from the shadows to give the keynote address at Black Hat. It was a remarkable speech and I want to signal-boost it. Read More

  • FortyCloud Teams With Rackspace To Manage Cloud Security

    FortyCloud Teams With Rackspace To Manage Cloud Security

    FortyCloud, an Israeli cloud security service, announced today it was joining the Rackspace Marketplace to provide Rackspace customers with cloud security services and the ability to safely connect between different cloud products. Like any good partnership if it offers something to both parties giving FortyCloud access to Rackspace customers, who then get access to FortyCloud’s… Read More

  • AgileBits Shows Off 1Password Login Extension For iOS 8 Apps

    AgileBits Shows Off 1Password Login Extension For iOS 8 Apps

    At WWDC last month, Apple finally announced that it was opening up Touch ID to all app developers. Now, AgileBits is showing how its 1Password app will combine Touch ID with iOS 8’s Extensions to let you securely log in to any app without having to save your credentials everywhere. Read More

  • Peak Drive Aims To Be As Usable As Dropbox, As Secure As SpiderOak

    Peak Drive Aims To Be As Usable As Dropbox, As Secure As SpiderOak

    A new German cloud storage startup is preparing to launch a service it bills as more secure than Dropbox, thanks to offering client-side encryption — but it’s also shooting to be as usable as Dropbox — and therefore more user friendly than other security-focused cloud storage services that do local encryption, like SpiderOak. Read More

  • BlackBerry Snags German Voice Encryption Firm Secusmart, But Years Too Late

    BlackBerry Snags German Voice Encryption Firm Secusmart, But Years Too Late

    In a move that makes a lot of sense, BlackBerry bought Secusmart today, a German firm that makes voice encryption chips for Blackberries and other mobile phones. Unfortunately, the deal is probably much too late to matter. The companies have worked closely in the past, so it’s probably not surprising that BlackBerry chose to pull the trigger and purchase them. Secusmart is used by… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Way For Your iPhone To Lock Out Users Whose Behavior It Doesn’t Recognize

    Apple Patents A Way For Your iPhone To Lock Out Users Whose Behavior It Doesn’t Recognize

    Apple has a new patent out (via AppleInsider) that describes a method for locking a device or asking a user for proof of their identity if the device detects a pattern of unusual behavior. It’s a security method that goes beyond the standard pins and passwords, letting your phone pick up on cues like your specific grammar habits, vocabulary, motion sensor information and particular… Read More

  • Google Launches Project Zero To Find Security Bugs In Third-Party Software

    Google Launches Project Zero To Find Security Bugs In Third-Party Software

    Google today announced that it is launching Project Zero, an internal team of security specialists tasked with finding vulnerabilities in third-party software — not to exploit them, but to alert the developers and avoid the next Heartbleed.
    The Heartbleed bug put the whole software industry on heightened alert, and Google, Facebook, Microsoft and many others already formed a… Read More