Is Google working with the NSA a cause for concern?

In an agreement first reported in a story by the Washington Post and quickly circulated more broadly by dozens of news sources (to say nothing of bloggers and Twitters), Google will apparently seek the assistance of…

Excitement plus a little security trepidation about the iPad

Just a day after Steve Jobs presented the highly-anticipated iPad at an event in San Francisco, security analysts are raising concerns about malware, browser and other application attacks, phishing, and other threats seen against the iPhone….

Microsoft pushing hard on privacy in the cloud

Whether due to clever marketing objectives or to its stated commitment to making privacy a core consideration for its products and services, there’s no denying Microsoft is emphasizing privacy across multiple dimensions. Taking center stage this…

IronClad’s “PC on a stick” could be a benefit or a threat

Defense contracting giant Lockheed Martin announced the general availability of its IronCladTM secure USB drive as a fully self-contained PC, containing operating system, applications, and data all within a flash drive form factor that presents the…

Sophistication, severity of attacks on Google raise visibility of advanced persistent threat

The recently disclosed hacking attacks suffered by Google and many other companies are noteworthy not just for the high profile of the victims, but also for the sophistication of the attacks, which have been described as…

Government emphasis on compliance drives another security acquisition

Enterprise security giant Symantec announced yesterday that it will acquire the privately held vulnerability assessment and security compliance vendor Gideon Technologies. While Gideon focuses on commercial markets such as financial services and health care as well…

Continued focus on compliance rather than effectiveness is driving the market

In a story widely reported last Monday, enterprise software giant EMC Corp. announced its pending acquisition of the private company Archer Technologies, a vendor of IT governance and compliance solutions. EMC plans to make Archer part…