VMware to Acquire Mobile Security Firm AirWatch for $1.54 Billion

VMware, Inc. today announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire mobile management and security solutions provider AirWatch for $1.54 billion. VMware said it would pay approximately $1.175 billion in cash and $365 million in installed payments and assumed unvested equity for the Atlanta-based startup. The acquisition will be funded in part…

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Notorious Hacker Guccifer Reportedly Arrested

Romanian law enforcement authorities have arrested a man they believe is “Guccifer,” the hacker who broke into email accounts of high-profile individuals, such as George W. Bush. Guccifer leaked several of the former president’s self-portraits last year. Marcel Lazar Lehel, a 40-year old Romanian male living in the city of Arad, was arrested after authorities searched his home,…

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Shape Security Comes Out of Stealth Mode with Network Appliance that Disables Attacks on Websites and Web Apps

Shape Security disclosed today that after two years of research and development, the company has built a network security appliance called a botwall, which it said protects websites against a wide range of cyber attacks – scripts, bots and malware. Shape said its network security appliance is the first commercial use of real-time polymorphism as…

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Tech Bubble? Yes. Security Bubble? No.

Bob Ackerman, a VC at Allegis Capital wrote what could be considered a self-serving piece on the security tech bubble published on VentureBeat. Of course an investor in security companies is going to stoke the flames of exuberance, especially in light of the ridiculous valuation of FireEye at IPO of $6 billion ($FEYE has a market…

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What is Really Needed to Reform the NSA

Here is how it is going to play out. Starting with the lackluster reforms that President Obama introduced today, reducing meta data based surveillance to two instead of three links, beefing up requirements for looking at that data, with more FISA court review, clarifying NSA spying on foreign heads of state, and making national Security…

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Target Compromise Apparently Identified as KAPTOXA Malware

The malware apparently behind the Target breach of approximately 110 million customer credit cards and  personal records was known as KAPTOXA, according to a report released today. iSight Partners, which did not specifically identify Target, stated that it had been working since December 18th, 3 days post the Target attack being launched, with the US…

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Scared of SCADA? Maybe It’s Cultural. Read a Children’s Book

There is growing concern over the security of SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition systems), one of the Internet of Things topics discussed at the Amphion Forum conference recently held in San Francisco. Once upon a time, SCADA systems were based on proprietary operating systems, proprietary protocols and limited connectivity.  Now, many of the controls…

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Survela Aims to Protect Your Personal Brand

Most organizations are familiar with Mark Monitor, A Thomson Reuters  service that continuously scans the Internet for abuses of brands and intellectual property. If a counterfeit website or even a domain is registered Mark Monitor will alert their client’s legal team. Now there is a similar service for your personal brand. Survela is easy to…

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Three Must Watch Videos to Understand Why Bitcoin is Disruptive

Bitcoin was the hot topic of summer 2013. It lost some of its luster when the largest Chinese exchange, BTC, announced it was no longer taking deposits in Yuan, and China’s central bank banned financial institutions from accepting Bitcoin. However, Bitcoin stays in the news as online merchants such as overstock.com announced that they are accepting…

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Target Confirms that Hackers Stole Personal Info on Up to 70 Million People

Target disclosed today that personal information on some 70 million customers including names, addresses, emails and phone numbers was stolen. This is in addition to the 40 million customers whose credit and debit card information was breached. “I know that it is frustrating for our guests to learn that this information was taken and we…

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