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NetScout’s Great Blunder: Suing Gartner

NetScout, a vendor of network management tools, has filed a suit against Gartner claiming that Gartner has a “pay-to-play” business model. The suit states that Gartner made false and defamatory statements regarding NetScout, causing substantial injury to NetScout. It says that NetScout suffered the consequences based on its placement in Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant (MQ) report Network Performance Reporting and Diagnostics…

Black Hat at a Glance

In its 17th year, the annual Black Hat security conference was bigger than ever, with more than 8,000 registered attendees, 147 vendors exhibiting in the expo hall, and more workshops. The conference’s size and the fact that the conference had moved from Caesars Palace to Mandalay Bay are fairly cosmetic changes. The tenor of the…

The House Committee on Homeland Security Passes Three Cybersecurity Bills

The House Committee on Homeland Security passed three cybersecurity bills with broad bipartisan support on Monday. The Critical Infrastructure Research and Development Advancement Act of 2013 amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002. The bill directs the Department of Homeland Security to develop a strategy for developing technology to be used in protecting critical infrastructure…

Announcing the Marriage of the IT Security Office and the Network Management Group

Ok, maybe it’s not a marriage but more along the lines of living together. In a previous article, I spoke about moving to a Continuous Monitoring security model, which focuses on monitoring outbound traffic. As we move to completing our monitoring infrastructure, I’ve been pleased with the results so far and excited by the challenges discovered…