Cybersecurity Goes Private: McAfee and RSA

There are some interesting industry dynamics going on in the cybersecurity market. Just a few months ago, Symantec bought Blue Coat, taking a private company public and forming a cybersecurity industry colossus in the process. Now two other historical cybersecurity powerhouses are heading in the other direction and going private. When the Dell/EMC deal was approved this week, industry veteran RSA became the security division of the...

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Data Protection: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Jun29

Data Protection: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

’The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ was Clint Eastwood’ last and best spaghetti western, and it’s also a very popular description of the cybersecurity industry, to which I will now shamelessly expropriate to describe the findings from EMC’s new global enterprise backup survey, ‘Are You Protected?’. Similar to virtually every other security study I see, the survey reports improvements in some areas, some problems in other areas, and the...

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…Network Visibility for Precrime, Incrime, Postcrime

Following up on my previous blog on network visibility, I want to distinguish pre-crime, in-crime and post-crime network based cybercrime. Pre-crime is like someone visiting you at home with an unexpected knock on your door. You: “Who’s there?” Them: “Oh, I’m just here to pick up a package”. You: “Not me. I didn’t request that”. Them: “Sorry, must be the wrong address.”...

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GRC Bullseye? RSA Updates Archer Platform
Nov04

GRC Bullseye? RSA Updates Archer Platform

EMC’s RSA Security division has announced a new release (6.0) of its Archer Goverance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Platform at this week’s RSA Conference Abu Dhabi, intended to inspire ‘everyone to own risk within the enterprise’. This market is hot, and depending upon the source, is only going to get hotter, but it is not without some major challenges. “Risk is no longer just the responsibility of executives,”...

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The EMC Elephant Stomps Dell World
Oct21

The EMC Elephant Stomps Dell World

AUSTIN, TEXAS: While EMC will enable Dell to join IT’s 800-pound-gorilla club, pretty much everybody at Dell World 2015 — especially a really pumped Michael Dell and his executive team — is talking about the proposed acquisition, and speculating on what it means for the companies involved, their customers and prospects, and their competitors. So now the gorilla can keep company with the elephant-in-the-room metaphor. The...

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