Firestarter: Predicting the Past

By Rich

In our last Firestarter for this year, Mike, Adrian, and I take on some of the latest security predictions for 2015. Needless to say, we aren’t impressed. We do, however, close out with some trends we are seeing which are likely to play out next year, and are MOST DEFINITELY NOT PREDICTIONS.

One warning: despite a lack of Guinness, we use some bad words, so let’s just brand this NSFW. Unless your workplace is like ours – then go for it.

Lastly, here are links to the predictions we called out (the only ones we found – feel free to mention more in the comments):

  • Websense. Which we didn’t read because you need to register to see them.
  • Trend Micro. Home of the legal disclaimer in case you get hacked after believing their predictions.
  • Kaspersky. A hard one to rip because we have friends there.
  • Netwrix. Yeah, we don’t know who they are either.
  • Vormetric. Another company we like, but we haz to play fair.
  • My 2011 security predictions. I keep renewing them every year, without change. Still mostly holding up – I estimate I hit 70-80% accuracy for 2014.

The audio-only version is up too.

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“Mr. Netwrix, your predictions suck, but they are precisely accurate” - That’s a good one still :)

On the other note, if you say cloud security has already happened, it’s a thing of the past, then why services like DropBox still don’t encrypt your data using YOUR OWN private keys? And this is just one example of many others. My point is, no matter how cool the trend is and no matter how many times it was “predicated”, it hasn’t happened until it becomes mainstream and gets widespread adoption. Believe it or not, but many companies don’t move to the cloud because they don’t trust it and security is the biggest concern. No matter how many years all those smart Gartner and Forrester analysts have been talking about how great the cloud is.

By Michael Fimin, Netwrix CEO

No LIKE button? Enhancement for 2015!  Great job and Happy Holidays!

By Gary

There is a grain of joke in every joke ;-) As freaky as it sounds, wifi connected light bulbs were hacked already - as a proof of concept so far, but the folks from Contextis explain how they could steal home WiFi credentials via light bulbs:

(Disclosure: yes, I work for the guys you’ve never heard of. And yes we’re working to fix that.)

By Ilia

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