• David Ulevitch, a seemingly unusual choice to lead Cisco’s security business, will foster ‘positive’ disruption.
• He’s the perfect choice to usher the business toward a cloud-centric future, in spite of looming challenges.
For many years, the top job in Cisco’s security business group has essentially been a revolving door. Leaders have come and gone quickly, generally in one to two year stints, with varying levels of success. It’s been a double-edged sword; ineffective leaders and misguided strategies haven’t lasted long (see: Jayshree Ullal and “Anti-X”), but innovative leaders and winning strategies often haven’t stuck (Chris Young, widely credited for the group’s turnaround, is now CEO of rival vendor McAfee). Continue reading “In David Ulevitch, Cisco Has Found Its (Alternative) Rock Star Security Leader”→
WannaCry, the largest-ever ransomware attack, is likely a harbinger of what’s to come.
The emergence of ransomware highlights the importance of tying security to data backup and recovery.
Suddenly, the whole world knows about ransomware.
While ransomware is no secret to those in the cybersecurity industry who have seen a steadily growing number of isolated incidents, to everyone else, ransomware made its presence broadly known late last week. The largest-ever single ransomware incident, a variant of the WannaCrypt strain known (aptly) as WannaCry, caught tens of thousands of organizations in at least 150 countries by surprise, likely causing millions if not billions in damage. Continue reading “WannaCrypt Global Ransomware Attack Highlights a Worsening Data Hijacking Epidemic”→
New Fortinet marketing chief Stacey Wu plans to build Fortinet’s brand by leveraging its culture of innovation, imagination, and technical breakthroughs.
It’s unclear whether Wu can overcome the pitfalls that recently doomed her two predecessors, namely wavering support for marketing by CEO Ken Xie.
When it comes to marketing, Fortinet has a checkered history. Historically, the company has not prioritized marketing, embracing a corporate identity that places technological innovation at the fore.
In recent years, however, the company has endeavored to increase marketing spending in order to bolster sales growth. It has also sought to create a brand and go-to-market message that matches the agility of its technology, which helps justify purchasing from a vendor that was previously unfamiliar to many IT buyers. But, these efforts have been inconsistent and uncoordinated; insiders and those close to Fortinet lay the blame on CEO Xie, noting his inability to commit to a consistent marketing strategy and his eagerness to redirect marketing funding back toward product development. Continue reading “Fortinet and Marketing Management: Third Time’s a Charm?”→
Now that Sentry, the gateway component of MobileIron’s EMM solution, is compatible with Azure, the vendor has a fully cloud-based offering for the first time.
For MobileIron, the move should accelerate product development, boost cloud-based EMM sales, and increase its competitiveness with rivals Microsoft and VMware AirWatch.
Just before the holidays, enterprise mobility management vendor MobileIron quietly revealed that it had completed the first stage of its long-planned effort to port the centerpiece of its EMM architecture to the cloud. Despite the lack of fanfare, the move represents a significant pivot point that not only enables MobileIron’s first fully cloud-based EMM solution, but also positions the vendor to compete more broadly and effectively. Continue reading “MobileIron Quietly Debuts Sentry for Azure, Enabling Fully Cloud-Based EMM”→
• SPIFs enable pre-integration of standalone third-party security products, eventually enabling enterprises to construct a customized, more effective enterprise security solution architecture.
• SPIFs are nascent, but they will have a growing impact on security product purchasing decisions. Leading-edge enterprises should begin researching SPIF ecosystems.
Enterprises have long been frustrated with the lack of interoperability among their enterprise security point products. The average large enterprise uses dozens of unique commercial security products and services, with few if any of them designed to work together.
Security product integration frameworks (SPIF) have the potential to change the game. SPIFs facilitate the sharing of security-related metadata, help standalone security products and services to interoperate effectively, and ultimately improve the efficacy of enterprises’ unique security architectures.
So what is a SPIF and how can it possibly deliver on such lofty ambitions? At its core, a SPIF is a fancy message bus system, typically augmented with authentication and access control, message encryption, subscription management and limited message store. Its centralized interconnection and messaging architecture enables security products to distribute data to other products and services and receive data from them. Third-party vendors add a SPIF’s pre-built messaging client code into their own products, customizing it as needed, and voila: enterprises using a SPIF can integrate products supporting that SPIF, often in a matter of minutes. Continue reading “Security Product Integration Frameworks: A Gamechanger for Enterprise Security”→