Blog posts by Alexei Balaganski

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Microsoft Azure Security Center

Last week, Microsoft has announced the general availability of the Azure Security Center – the company’s integrated solution for monitoring, threat detection and incident response for Azure cloud resources. Initially announced last year as a part of Microsoft’s new cross-company approach to information security, Azure Security Center has been available as a preview version since December 2015. According to Microsoft, the initial release has been used to monitor over 100 thousand cloud subscriptions and has identified over a million and a half of vulnerabilities and...

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Elementary, My Dear Watson

A couple weeks ago, just as we were busy running our European Identity & Cloud Conference, we’ve got news from IBM announcing the company’s foray into the area of Cognitive Security . And, although I’m yet to see their solution in action (closed beta starts this summer), I have to admit I rarely feel so excited about news from IT industry. First of all, a quick reminder: the term “cognitive computing” broadly describes technologies based on machine learning and natural language processing that mimic the functions of human brains. Such systems are able...

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IBM Acquires Resilient Systems

Yesterday at the RSA Conference, IBM has officially confirmed what’s already been a rumor for some time – the company is planning to acquire Resilient Systems for an undisclosed amount. Resilient Systems, a relatively small privately held company based in Cambridge, MA, is well known for its Incident Response Platform , a leading solution for orchestrating and automating incident response processes. With the number of security breaches steadily growing, the focus within IT security industry is currently shifting more and more from detection and prevention towards managing...

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Microsoft Security Announcements

With RSA kicking off this week, security experts from around the world are getting ready for a flurry of announcements from security vendors. Last Friday, it was Microsoft’s turn, and the company’s CISO Bret Arsenault has publicly announced some interesting news. The motto of the announcement is “Enterprise security for our mobile-first, cloud-first world” and it was all about unifying several key components, such as real-time predictive intelligence, correlating security data with threat intelligence data and, last but not least, collaboration with the industry...

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AWS IoT Suite

After an “extended holiday season” (which for me included spending a vacation in Siberia and then desperately trying to get back into shape) it’s finally time to resume blogging. And the topic for today is the cloud platform for IoT services from AWS, which went out of beta in December. Ok, I know it’s been a month already, but better late than never, right? As already mentioned earlier , the very definition of the Internet of Things is way too blanket and people tend to combine many different types of devices under this term. So, if your idea of the Internet...

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Information Rights Management explained

With the amount of digital assets a modern company has to deal with growing exponentially, the need to access them any time from any place, across various devices and platforms has become a critical factor for business success. This does not include just the employees – to stay competitive, modern businesses must be increasingly connected to their business partners, suppliers, current and future customers and even smart devices (or things). New digital businesses therefore have to be agile and connected . Unsurprisingly, the demand for solutions that provide strongly protected...

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“A Stab in the Back” of IoT Security

Following the topic of the Internet of Things security covered in our latest Analysts’ View newsletter , I’d like to present a perfect example of how IoT device manufacturers are blatantly ignoring the most basic security best practices in their products. As an Austrian information security company SEC Consult revealed in their report, millions of embedded devices around the world, including routers and modems, IP phones and cameras and other network products, are reusing a small number of hardcoded SSH keys and SSL certificates . According to SEC Consult, they have...

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Approaching the Internet of Things Security

As already discussed in one of our earlier newsletters , Internet of Things as a concept is by no means new – various smart devices capable of communicating with each other and their operators have been used in manufacturing, automotive industry, healthcare and even at home. These “Things” range from popular consumer products for home automation to enterprise devices like RFID tags all the way through to industrial sensors controlling critical processes like manufacturing or power generation. There is actually very little in common between them other than the reliance on...

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Building APIs without programming? New tools from CA make it possible

Last week, CA Technologies has announced several new products in their API Management portfolio. The announcement was made during their annual CA World event, which took place November 16-20 in Las Vegas. This year, the key topic of the event has been Application Economy, so it is completely unsurprising that API management was a big part of the program. After all, APIs are one of the key technologies that drive the “digital transformation”, helping companies to stay agile and competitive , enable new business models and open up new communication channels with partners and...

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Real-Time Security Intelligence Market Overview

With the ever-growing number of new security threats and continued deterioration of traditional security perimeters, demand for new security analytics tools that can detect those threats in real time is growing rapidly. Real-Time Security Intelligence solutions are going to redefine the way existing SIEM tools are working and finally provide organizations with clearly ranked actionable items and highly automated remediation workflows. Various market analysts predict that security analytics solutions will grow into a multibillion market within the next five years. Many vendors, big and...


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