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RSAC 2010 Guide: Network Security

By Mike Rothman
Over the next 3 days, we’ll be posting the content from the Securosis Guide to the RSA Conference 2010. We broke the market into 8 different topics: Network Security, Data Security, Application Security, Endpoint Security, Content (Web & Email) Security, Cloud and Virtualization Security, Security Management, and Compliance. For each section, we provide a little history and what we expect to see at the show. First up is Network Security. Network Security Since we’ve been connecting to the Internet people have been focused on network security, so the sector has gotten reasonably mature. As a result, there has been a distinct

Introducing SecurosisTV: RSAC Preview

By Mike Rothman
I know what you are thinking. “Oh god, they should stick to podcasting.” You’re probably right about that – it’s no secret that Rich and I have faces made for radio. But since we hang around with Adrian, we figured maybe he’d be enough of a distraction to not focus on us. You didn’t think we keep Adrian around for his brains, do you? Joking aside, video is a key delivery mechanism for Securosis content moving forward. We’ve established our own SecurosisTV channel on blip.tv, and we’ll be posting short form research on all

RSAC 2010 Guide: Top Three Themes

By Mike Rothman
As most of the industry gets ramped up for the festivities of the 2010 RSA Conference next week in San Francisco, your friends at Securosis have decided to make things a bit easier for you. We’re putting the final touches on our first Securosis Guide to the RSA Conference. As usual, we’ll preview the content on the blog and have the piece packaged in its entirety as a paper you can carry around at the conference. We’ll post the entire PDF tomorrow, and through the rest of this week we’ll be highlighting content from the guide. To

FireStarter: IT-GRC: The Paris Hilton of Unicorns

By Rich
Like any analyst, I spend a lot of time on vendor briefings and meeting with very early-stage startups. Sometimes it’s an established vendor pushing a new product or widget, and other times it’s a stealth idea I’m evaluating for one of our investor clients. Usually I can tell within a few minutes if the idea has a chance, assuming the person on the other side is capable of articulating what they actually do (an all too common problem). In 2007 I posted on the primary technique I use to predict security markets, and as we approach RSA I’

Upcoming Webinar: Database Activity Monitoring

By Adrian Lane
February 23rd (this Tuesday) at 12:00pm EST, I will be presenting “Understanding and Selecting a Database Activity Monitoring Solution” in a Webinar with Netezza. I’ll cover the basic value propositions of platforms, go over some of the key functional components to understand prior to an evaluation, and discuss some key deployment questions to address during a proof of concept. You can sign up for the Webinar here. We will take 10-15 minutes for Q&A, so you can send questions in ahead of time and I will try to address them within the slides, or you can submit

Friday Summary: February 19, 2010

By Rich
I’d like some fail, with a little fail, and a side of fail. Rothman was out in Phoenix this week for some internal meetings and to record some video segments that we will be putting out fairly soon. I have a slightly weird video recording and production setup, designed to make it super-fast and dirt easy for us to put segments together. I’ve tested most of it before, although I did add a new time saver right before Mike showed up. Yeah, you know where this is headed. First, the new thing didn’t work. It was so

What is Your Plan B?

By Mike Rothman
In what remains a down economy, you may be suspicious when I tell you to think about leaving your job. But ultimately in order to survive, you always need to have Plan B or Plan C in place, just in case. Blind loyalty to an employer (or to employees) died a horrendous death many years ago. What got me thinking about the whole concept was Josh Karp’s post on the CISO Group blog talking about the value of vulnerability management. He points out the issues around selling VM internally and some of those challenges. Yet the issues with VM

Incite 2/17/2010 - Open Your Mind

By Mike Rothman
I was in the car the other day with my oldest daughter. She’s 9 (going on 15, but that’s another story) and blurted out: “Dad, I don’t want to go to Georgia Tech.” Huh? Now she is the princess of non-sequiturs, but even this one was surprising to me. Not only does she have an educational plan (at 9), but she knows that GA Tech is not part of it. So I figured I’d play along. First off, I studied to be an engineer. So I wasn’t sure if she was poking at me, or what the deal

New Release: Understanding and Selecting a Database Assessment Solution

By Adrian Lane
The Securosis team is proud to announce the availability of our latest white paper: Understanding and Selecting a Database Assessment Solution. We’re very excited to get this one published – not just because we have been working on it for six months, but also because we feel that with a couple new vendors and a significant evolution in product function, the entire space needed a fresh examination. This is not the same old vulnerability assessment market of 2004 that revolved around fledgling DBA productivity tools! There are big changes in the products, but more importantly there are bigger changes in the

Network Security Fundamentals: Looking for Not Normal

By Mike Rothman
To state the obvious (as I tend to do), we all have too much to protect. No one gets through their list every day, which means perhaps the most critical skill for any professional is the ability to prioritize. We’ve got to focus on the issues that present the most significant risk to the organization (whatever you mean by risk) and act accordingly. I have’t explicitly said it, but the key to network security fundamentals is figuring out how to prioritize. And to be clear, though I’m specifically talking about network security in this series, the tactics
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