security

  • Okta Beefs Up Multi-Factor Authentication

    Okta Beefs Up Multi-Factor Authentication

    Okta, the company best known for cloud identity management, is introducing a new level of multi-factor authentication (MFA) that it is calling Adaptive MFA. It uses intelligence and a rules engine to determine when it’s prudent to ask for a second form of identification. By now we have all heard about the growing list of high profile breaches over the last 12-18 months. Just the… Read More

  • Okta Joins Unicorns With $75M Round And Looks Towards IPO

    Okta Joins Unicorns With $75M Round And Looks Towards IPO

    Okta, the cloud identity management company, announced a $75 million round.  Okta was valued at $1.2 billion in this deal, meaning it has entered the hallowed halls of the Unicorn club, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the deal. CEO Todd McKinnon told TechCrunch that actual price is a tad below that reported figure at $1.175 billion. While being a Unicorn… Read More

  • Kill The Password

    Kill The Password

    There are a myriad of problems with the password in the modern computing context. We are no longer signing onto a single mainframe. We have multiple applications in use across various platforms. That means we are forced to remember far too many passwords. This causes people to use silly ones like 1234 or the same password across multiple sites, not even attempting to be secure. Think… Read More

  • Tanium Gets Another $120M To Unpick The Cybersecurity Patchwork

    Tanium Gets Another $120M To Unpick The Cybersecurity Patchwork

    Enterprise security and system management firm Tanium has announced another big tranche of funding, taking in $120 million, led by TPG and Institutional Venture Partners, with existing investor Andreessen Horowitz also participating. Read More

  • Israeli App Security Startup Snags $2.3M Seed Round

    Israeli App Security Startup Snags $2.3M Seed Round

    AppInside, a tool designed to help app developers check for security vulnerabilities, announced a $2.3 million seed round from Boston’s Accomplice today. When a company commissions an app, they are putting their brand’s reputation on the line when people download it to their tablet or smartphone, Elon Ohevya, co-founder and CEO of AppInside told TechCrunch. Mobile devices… Read More

  • AlienVault Secures $52M Round With Eye Toward IPO

    AlienVault Secures $52M Round With Eye Toward IPO

    AlienVault, a company that delivers a hybrid threat management solutions combined with a crowd-sourced threat intelligence platform, announced a $52 million investment round today. The company boasts 24,000 registered users with 2,200 paying customers and has been adding 300-400 customers every quarter. Investors liked the growth trajectory and decided to pursue a round, company CEO… Read More

  • Traversal Networks Wants To Be Your Company’s Cyber Security Department

    Traversal Networks Wants To Be Your Company’s Cyber Security Department

    Imagine a company that installs an appliance to monitor your network for malicious activity, then broadcasts that security data to a cloud service and has experts watching and responding to any real threats. That’s what Traversal Networks, a member of the Summer Y Combinator 2015 class, is trying to do. In fact, the company was making its pitch at YC Demo Day shortly after I spoke… Read More

  • Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 Landing In September

    Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 Landing In September

    Silent Circle showed off the second generation of its pro-privacy Android-hardened smartphone, the Blackphone, back in March at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow — touting a summer launch for the device. In the event, it’s still not launched, and the company has now quietly put up a pre-order page on its website, for a September release. Read More

  • DataGravity Focuses On Security In Latest Release

    DataGravity Focuses On Security In Latest Release

    DataGravity announced version 2.0 of its storage appliance today, which focuses on data security, particularly knowing what files you have and who’s been accessing them. When DataGravity emerged last summer with a new concept of data aware storage, it announced a number of key features, but it found that “customers were gravitating most around security at the point of… Read More

  • Hack The Planet! (Before It’s Too Late)

    Hack The Planet! (Before It’s Too Late)

    Greetings from the gaudy hellscape of Las Vegas, and that overcrowded maelstrom of surly hackers known as DEF CON! What follows is a brief rundown of the talks here (and its big corporate sister Black Hat) that seemed particularly interesting. Short version: software is eating the world; software can be hacked; ergo, the world can be hacked. Be afraid. Read More

  • Taking The Mystery Out Of SDKs With Open Source Crunch Network

    Taking The Mystery Out Of SDKs With Open Source

    Mobile SDKs are, for most publishers, a necessary evil. Whether you’re trying to integrate analytics, cross-promotion, tracking, monetization or payments, your first step is most often to inject a third-party SDK into your codebase. This much-maligned piece of software drives developers, operations and marketers alike up the wall. Are SDKs quite the dirty word, though? Read More

  • Google And Samsung Will Now Release Monthly OTA Android Security Updates

    Google And Samsung Will Now Release Monthly OTA Android Security Updates

    Earlier today, Samsung announced that it would now provide security patches for its Android devices “about once per month.” In addition to Samsung, Google also today announced a similar program for its Nexus devices. Both Samsung and Google will release these security patches as over-the-air updates. Read More

  • Neglect Is Still The Biggest Threat To Data Security Crunch Network

    Neglect Is Still The Biggest Threat To Data Security

    When it comes to data security, we hear a lot about how cyber attackers are becoming more sophisticated or that cloud technology is full of risks. While these statements are true to some extent, both can be convenient excuses hiding a harsher truth. Today, neglect is actually one of the biggest threats to corporate data. Read More

  • Dmail Makes Your Gmail Messages Self-Destruct

    Dmail Makes Your Gmail Messages Self-Destruct

    Have you ever regretted sending an email, and wished you could take it back? Or maybe you’ve worried about sending confidential information over email – especially after seeing the damage a large-scale email hack can cause, like the one that hit Sony Pictures last year? A new “self-destructing” email service called Dmail aims to eliminate these concerns with the… Read More

  • Security Company CrowdStrike Scores $100M Led By Google Capital

    Security Company CrowdStrike Scores $100M Led By Google Capital

    If you need proof that security is a red hot market these days, how about this morning’s announcement that cybersecurity company CrowdStrike landed a $100 million Series C investment round? The round was led by Google Capital with Rackspace, which happens to be one of the company’s customers also investing. Existing investors Accel and Warburg Pincus also participated. Read More

  • Splunk Buys Security Startup Caspida For $190M

    Splunk Buys Security Startup Caspida For $190M

    Splunk announced this evening it had purchase Caspida, a Palo Alto startup that uses machine learning techniques to help identify cyber-secruity threats from inside and outside the company, for $190 million. The deal has already closed, the company reported. Splunk helps companies deal with the onslaught of machine data coming from IT systems using data science techniques and automation to… Read More

  • Media Server Company Plex Hacked – Forum Servers Affected, But Payment Info Safe

    Media Server Company Plex Hacked – Forum Servers Affected, But Payment Info Safe

    Plex, a popular application that lets users organize and stream their media collections across devices, has been hacked. However, the attackers were only able to compromise the servers hosting the company’s forums and blog – not account information or users’ financial data, the latter which Plex says is not stored on its own servers at all. That being said, many Plex users… Read More

  • Harvard Reveals It Had An IT Breach In June Impacting 8 Colleges And Administrations

    Harvard Reveals It Had An IT Breach In June Impacting 8 Colleges And Administrations

    A seventeenth-century university has become the victim of a twenty-first-century crime. Harvard University on Wednesday announced that on June 19, it discovered a breach in the IT systems of its Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Central Administration, currently impacting eight different schools and administrative organizations at the university. A copy of the memo from Anne Margulies, VP… Read More

  • Blogging Site Medium Rolls Out Password-Free Email Logins

    Blogging Site Medium Rolls Out Password-Free Email Logins

    Online blogging platform Medium announced this week a new way to log into its website, without having to use a password. Instead, users will be able to enter in an email address, then click a link sent to them in order to sign in to the site. Previously, the company allowed its users to sign in using their Twitter or Facebook credentials, but it received feedback from many who said they wanted… Read More

  • Security Firm Sophos Raises $125M In UK IPO, Valuing It At $1.6B

    Security Firm Sophos Raises $125M In UK IPO, Valuing It At $1.6B

    As malicious hacks, data breaches and other forms of cyber crime continue to persist in our networked, Internet-connected world, Sophos, a maker of antivirus software, firewall hardware and other security products for networks, individual users and servers, is going public on the London Stock Exchange. Trading now as Sophos Group plc and using the “SOPH” ticker… Read More

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