What does the CISO say? A Tweetchat roundup

May 7, 2019 | Javvad Malik
Javvad Malik

Javvad Malik

The man, the myth, the blogger; Javvad Malik is a London-based IT Security professional. Better known as an active blogger, event speaker and industry commentator who is possibly best known as one of the industry’s most prolific video bloggers with his signature fresh and light-hearted perspective on security. Prior to joining AlienVault, Javvad was a senior analyst with 451 Research providing technology vendors, investors and end users with strategic advisory services, including competitive research and go-to-market positioning.

June 3, 2015 | Javvad Malik

Is Infosec Different in the UK Versus USA?

The green sunglasses were blinking, the green slushies were on tap and somewhere the imperial death march tune was playing. It was of course the AlienVault booth at Infosec 2015 which gave us Aliens the perfect vantage point to interact and meet with attendees. @secwaza @J4vv4D @twistandshoutUK by the way I loved the starwars theme on the @alienvault stand.…

June 1, 2015 | Javvad Malik

The European Security Perspective

Better known for maintaining a stiff upper lip, Mary Poppins and a spot of tea, London is also playing host to information security conferences galore. Infosec Europe sets the stage with its signature three day event. Traditionally it has been perceived as more of a trade show, but in recent years it has focussed more on the content side -…

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May 18, 2015 | Javvad Malik

Tweetchat about Threat Intelligence: The Final Analysis

Twitter can be both an extremely fun and infuriating medium to communicate via. Limited to 140 characters, one has to resort to creative ways to make a point succinctly. Last week, we thought we’d kick the proverbial hornets nest with a tweet chat on the topic of threat intelligence. As expected, the conversation flowed fast and furious and often down…

May 13, 2015 | Javvad Malik

When Bad Things Happen in Good Software

When I was 9, I left school one day to see my mum was not there to pick me up. I thought she may be a few minutes late so spent some time playing with friends in the playground until each and every one of them were picked up and I was left alone in school. Minutes felt like hours as…

May 13, 2015 | Javvad Malik

Ethics, security and getting the job done

Security professionals can sometimes find themselves caught up in dilemmas. On one hand processes and procedures are put in place to ensure the security of systems whilst maintaining accountability - these very same principles can become barriers at times when getting the job done is imperative. It can put a professional in a tough spot where adhering to the principles…

May 4, 2015 | Javvad Malik

50 Shades of Threat Intelligence

What is threat intelligence? Walking the expo halls of RSA this year, threat intelligence and its many variations were touted by a significant percentage of the 500+ exhibitors. While some offerings had impressive visualisations, others promised to provide context, actionability or provided attribution. Whilst providers of threat intelligence have their own definitions and understanding of what it constitutes - asking the…

April 22, 2015 | Javvad Malik

RSA Day 2: The Numbers Are In

Captains log, star date 0421.15. The alien exploration of RSAC continues and we've noticed some anomalies. One of the most prominent features of RSA is the sheer size of it. The number of talks, exhibitors, attendees, parties and everything else is on a different level to almost anything else. Just over 500 security vendors are exhibiting this year which, when you think…

April 21, 2015 | Javvad Malik

RSA Day 1: A New Hope

Captain's log. Stardate 0420.15. Aliens have landed at RSAC 2015. Booth 1807, in the South Hall. Monday is typically the quiet day of RSA. The show floor only opens for a couple of hours and only a subset of the full might of 30,000+ visitors make it down. Still, it was a respectable showing of people visiting us enjoying a drink from our star…

March 31, 2015 | Javvad Malik

Climbing rocks, not ladders

More years have passed than I care to remember since I graduated and landed my first job at a large bank in the IT Security Operations team. My parents were happy for me, particularly my father, who proudly told anyone that listened (and even those that didn’t) that his son was employed by a bank doing something to do…