How to Handle Meltdown and Spectre: Patch, But Don’t Rush It

February 7, 2018 | Jack Danahy
Jack Danahy

Jack Danahy

co-Founder and CTO

Jack Danahy is the co-founder and CTO of Barkly, the company advancing endpoint security by combining the strongest, smartest protection with the simplest management. A 25-year innovator in computer, network and data security, Jack was previously the founder and CEO of two successful security companies: Qiave Technologies (acquired by Watchguard Technologies in 2000) and Ounce Labs (acquired by IBM in 2009). Jack is a frequent writer and speaker on security and security issues, and has received multiple patents in a variety of security technologies. Prior to founding Barkly, he was the Director of Advanced Security for IBM, and led the delivery of security services for IBM in North America.


February 7, 2018 | Jack Danahy

How to Handle Meltdown and Spectre: Patch, But Don’t Rush It

Welcome to 2018. If you’re still catching up, one of the first things on your radar is probably Meltdown and Spectre — two massive CPU vulnerabilities that have sent the security and broader tech world spinning. There is plenty of additional data to be found about the actual technologies involved and the likely attacks that will probably follow, but…

August 15, 2017 | Jack Danahy

Stackhackr : Build Your Own Mock Malware, Then Test Your Own Security

Over the past 25 years or so, while developing a variety of security products, I’ve been asked the same question repeatedly: “Who are your competitors?” While this is a typical question that every new company is asked, it always forces me to re-examine the basic tenets of the competitive landscape with an open mind. From my experience at three different…

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May 23, 2017 | Jack Danahy

Are We Learning the Right Lessons from WannaCry?

Encouraging organizations to follow the usual security best practices didn’t prevent the spread of WannaCry. Let’s acknowledge that and focus on new ideas that will. In the aftermath of the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, a familiar pattern is beginning to play itself out. Now that we all know the general details behind how WannaCry infections were initiated…

April 10, 2017 | Jack Danahy

Investing in Security : The Next Dollar In

Improving protection will always require increasing investment. Attackers change tactics to avoid the protections that they have already seen, and advanced attackers continue to prove they can develop attack technologies that penetrate even sophisticated targets. At the same time, pedestrian attackers and automated campaigns rely on finding new victims for older attack vectors, so existing defenses need to remain strong.…

March 1, 2017 | Jack Danahy

Three Steps to Hiring a Great Security Lead

Are you thinking about adding more senior resources to your security team? It may be that you are looking to create your first stand-alone security role or maybe you’re prioritizing security experience as a desired skill in your newest senior IT hire. If so, you aren’t alone. Recently, a workforce survey done by the International Information…

February 8, 2017 | Jack Danahy

Managing Your Security Appetite

Make the best use of security budget windfalls when they happen In a given year, 90% of companies are going to get hacked or DDoSed. It might be ransomware, a data breach, or a denial of service, but damage is occurring and everybody is worried. As a result, three-quarters of large-enterprise IT managers are looking to increase their security investments in 2017,…