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The Drone War Hits the White House

May 14, 2015


A man was just detained outside the White House for trying to fly a drone over the fence. It is too soon to know the intentions of the flyer but this is something I have warned about for some time. I first sounded the alarm over a year ago in a piece titled the Coming Urban Drone War. the challenge is as time goes on, the flying range of drones will increase meaning the ability to stop people from flying them by visually seeing them and taking action, will cease.



There may be technological solutions to the problem such as SmartSenseCom but it it unclear if it was used or would have been able to detect this threat soon enough.

In the end, the only solution to incoming drones being flown at targets from three-dimensions is to have security drones as a barrier which take out the bad drones.






The One New Anti-Theft Idea Apple Needs

May 13, 2015

I left my iPad Air 2 and a case in the glove compartment of Hertz rental car. I am a loyal Hertz customer but this is the second time I have left something of value in the car only to see it disappear very quickly after the car was returned. They told me lost and found was closed when I returned shortly after I realized it was missing. They said come back in the morning, which I did to find they couldn't find the item.

Expect Security Funding Bubble to Pop in 3-5 Years

March 26, 2015

Security is one of the hottest areas in tech right now. Indeed, there is infinite possibility in this space because technology inherently has weaknesses and malicious actors seem to always be a step ahead of users and software companies. I see many funding announcements and lately the amount of money flowing into security seems to be setting us up for a bubble burst at some point in the next half-decade or so.

I won't point out any specific companies because I do not think it is fair to single them out. And I certainly can't list all the companies which have been funded.

The opportunity in this market isn't the issue, it's just difficult to understand how so many new players will be able to carve out niches for themselves which will allow them to boost sales to the point that they justify the lofty valuations commensurate with the currently perceived opportunity.

Say that ten times fast.





SimpleWAN Well Positioned for Security-as-a-Service Growth

March 17, 2015

The state of IT security is terrible - that is the only conclusion you can make when breach after breach is reported in the news. Keep in mind these are the breaches we hear about... Countless others go unreported. Hackers are winning the war against companies and customers are caught in the crossfire.

TCS Shows Telemedicine Improvements and more at #MWC15

March 2, 2015


TCS had a wealth of interesting news at MWC - probably the most interesting was their VirtuMedix solution which is a HIPAA compliant virtual telemedicine solution allowing doctors and patients to securely communicate in order to minimize the need for in-person visits. In a live demo they showed me how a patient could get added to a queue after paying a fee for service and the doctor could then choose to take the audio or video call. From that point they communicate via WebRTC and can share photos if needed, of a rash for example.

The doctor has a fully integrated portal which links to billing and prescription systems and patients for their part get help entering their malady as the system is prepopulate with popular ailments.

In all, this is a very slick solution - they even have an integrated refund which can be sent to a patient if it is deemed they are better off going to the emergency room after all.

TCS is also working on connected car solutions - helping to harden the solutions to prevent buffer overruns and other issues which could be exploited by hackers. Penetration testing via range checks is one of the way they do this.






Citrix Boosts Mobile Solutions to Carriers, Enterprise

March 2, 2015

Citrix was showing off a lot of interesting solutions at MWC 2015, starting with the MPX 25000, a device which provides ADC functionality for carriers utilizing an NFV approach of using OTS hardware instead of customized solutions. The company tells me this gives them a 300% increase in price/performance over ASIC-based competitors. Moreover, the company's approach allows growing carriers to leverage cloud-based versus telco manageability meaning you get a single virtual interface as your solution grows with the addition of more OTS servers as opposed to fork-lifting boxes in exchange for ever-larger ones.



Carriers can use this device to get up to 80 virtualized sessions to help in various areas of their network such as diameter signaling, NAT, traffic steering and DNS.

Finsphere and Visa Just Made Credit Cards Smarter

February 12, 2015

One of the biggest credit card challenges for users is seeing charges get declined because of potential fraud. In families and many companies, a central card can be shared by many people and when the credit card company flags a potentially fraudulent transaction and alerts the cardholder, it is possible that the card gets immediately cancelled out of fear. This can happen, even if transactions aren’t really fraudulent and in turn can cause a cascade of problems related to automated payments and other pending transactions within the family or organization.

In my experience, the banks are getting better at communicating with their customers about the potential for a transaction to be fraudulent but they are far from perfect.

How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

December 12, 2014

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent or actors has been released. In just one incident a director called Angelina Jolie a spoiled, untalented, egomaniacal Brat. Then there were racially charged comments about President Obama. A leak of tens of thousands of salaries and social security numbers. The leak of contractor salaries, movies and discussions regarding costs related to movies.

You need a Flip Phone for Your Data Center

December 3, 2014



The big news of the week is celebrities are eschewing smartphones for flip phones. What you ask? Yes, flip phones, those clamshell devices which most people associate with the luddite relative you just saw at Thanksgiving. The reason?

AirHopper: Even Air-Gap Networks are Not Secure

November 20, 2014

It’s a good time to be in the Cybersecurity business.



Quite often, highly secure computers are disconnected from the outside world so as to not get hit by hackers. However, it seems these air-gap networks named for their isolation from other computers are not as secure as we once thought. A hacker can get to these networks in the following manner. They design software which logs the keystrokes and subsequently transmits this information via FM radio signals generated by the graphics card - without changing the display so the user doesn't detect the attack.

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