Palo Alto Networks announced this morning a deal to buy Cyvera, a privately held firm based in Israel, for US$200 million. The purchase is expected to close in the second half of fiscal year 2014.
The history of malware is a fascinating topic that provides insights into the current landscape of computer threats. Ken Bechtel, as one of the authors of the Avien Malware Defense Guide, has contributed to the book’s chapter on history of malware and is expanding on some of that content on an article published today at Tenable’s website to give context to where we are today.
Bit9, the leader in advanced threat protection for endpoints and servers, today announced it has merged with Carbon Black, a next-generation security company with an architecture that enables rapid installation on every enterprise endpoint and server and delivers “incident response in seconds.” The combined entity, which retains the Bit9 name, is the only company that prevents and detects advanced threats on endpoints and servers andprovides incident response in seconds.
Kaspersky Lab has announced the establishment of an International Advisory Board, gathering world-known cybersecurity experts, to provide strategic advice in the IT security market to the company. The Advisory Board brings together seven internationally recognized experts in IT security from the industry, public sector and academia, who will provide practical guidance, insights and validation on the strategic plans and priority business development areas of the company. The newly-formed Advisory Board will hold its first meeting on February 11, 2014 in conjunction to the company’s annual Security Analyst Summit.
In a blog post, Imperva pointed out that Gartner expects global cloud spending to rise from $155 billion this year to $210 billion in 2016, with the result that “cloud deployment is significantly increasing security and compliance risk because security solutions have not kept up – leaving high value assets seriously exposed.”
ScrapeDefender, the company created by a team of computer security and web content experts with 20 years of experience working at leading organizations such as RSA Security, Goldman Sachs and Getty Images, launched today a new cloud-based anti-scraping monitoring solution that identifies and blocks suspicious activity to protect websites against content theft from mass scraping. The product provides triple protection levels against web scraping in the areas of vulnerability scanning, monitoring and security.
The article below was published on E&E Publishing, a publication for Environment and Energy companies. The article talks about a “bear” then cyberattacker’s nickname given by security firm CrowdStrike, that combines Russia’s national animal with a taste for targeting energy companies. Analysts at the startup say the powerful “Energetic Bear” could step up attacks this year as the U.S. energy sector struggles to keep its secrets and infrastructure safe.
Palo Alto Networks announced this week, it has acquired Morta Security, a Silicon Valley-based cybersecurity company operating in stealth mode since 2012. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The acquisition of Morta Security further cements Palo Alto Networks as the leading provider of next-generation enterprise security. Palo Alto Networks offerings uniquely provide enterprises the ability to safely enable applications and rapidly detect and prevent threats, especially those that use an increasingly sophisticated array of tactics to compromise networks and gain access to valuable intellectual property.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich broke the news this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that the McAfee brand name will be phased out and replaced with “Intel Security” for all of McAfee’s security products. The McAfee red shield will remain but with the Intel Security name instead, and McAfee will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel, working “side-by-side” with Intel Security’s team.