Stories by Anthony Caruana

Dell malware report paints a scary picture

The Dell SonicWALL Threat Research Team has released its annual threat report for 2013. The report is based on data collected by the Dell SonicWALL Global Response Intelligent Defense (GRID) Network, from over 1 million sensors that monitor traffic for emerging threats.

Anthony Caruana | 11 Mar | Read more

What will be news at RSA Conference 2015?

In the months following RSA Conference 2013, Executive Chairman Art Coviello saw his company’s name trashed through allegations that a secret deal was made with the NSA that allowed snooping on data, banners unfurled on the Moscone Center during the opening of this year's event and speakers withdraw from this year's event.

Anthony Caruana | 07 Mar | Read more

Wearable Tech - Can your life be hacked?

Paraphrasing the song made famous in the 1960s by The Troggs and wonderfully updated by Bill Nighy in "Love Actually" Big Data is really all around us. We are making more and more data about ourselves available to a broader audience. But what if that data is stolen? Is it useful to anyone?

Anthony Caruana | 07 Mar | Read more

Was the NSA/RSA Scandal Started on a False Assumption by RSA?

In the months preceding this year's RSA conference, it was alleged in an article published by Reuters that the arranged a secret $10 million contract with RSA. Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that the NSA created and promulgated a flawed formula for generating random numbers to create a "back door" in encryption products and that RSA became the most important distributor of that formula by rolling it into BSAFE, an security application used in personal computers and many other products.

Anthony Caruana | 07 Mar | Read more

Code Red – How Security Became Core Business at Microsoft

Mountain Dew Code Red – it's fitting that the same drink Jesse Eisenberg's character in the horror-comedy Zombieland was drinking when he was first exposed to the zombie apocalypse was also used to name the piece of malicious software that caused Microsoft's then CEO Bill Gates to completely refocus his business, forcing it to embrace security as a central pillar.

Anthony Caruana | 06 Mar | Read more

RSA Highlights the Changing Face of Infosec

Hugh Thompson is the Program Committee Chairman of RSA Conference and a Senior Vice President and Chief Security Strategist at Blue Coat Systems. But he's perhaps most famously known for hacking the Florida and Utah state electronic voting systems in 2006 and presenting that work on HBO's Hacking Democracy.

Anthony Caruana | 05 Mar | Read more

Advice for Aspiring CSOs

You want to sit in the big chair and take over the role of CSO or CISO for your company? Do you really know what you're getting your self into? At the recent RSA Conference, we asked some experts for what advice they'd give to aspiring CSOs and CISOs.

Anthony Caruana | 05 Mar | Read more

Infosec 2020 – Coming Sooner Than You Think

Trend Micro has been pushing their Vision 2020 theme for some time now. The online video series "2020" is the story about the near future based on an ICSPA report entitled Project 2020. Rik Ferguson is Trend Micro's Vice President for Product Research. We spoke to him at RSA Conference 2014 about whether the vision of 2020 is coming true.

Anthony Caruana | 04 Mar | Read more

Colbert Holds a Mirror to the RSA Conference Audience

In a closing keynote address at the 2014 RSA Conference, acclaimed comedian, actor and political satirist Stephen Colbert was able to simultaneously entertain and challenge a room filled with security experts from across the world. But it was all laughs. There were moments when the crowd squirmed in their seats.

Anthony Caruana | 03 Mar | Read more

Closing out RSA Conference with a Couple of Friends

For the last nine years, Hugh Thompson has delivered one of the most anticipated and well-attended keynotes at the annual RSA Conference. This year's instalment of 'Hugh Thompson and Friends' started talking about monkeys and finished with conversations with a leading psychologist and a specialist in security metrics.

Anthony Caruana | 03 Mar | Read more

Is RSA's Chairman Art Coviello in denial?

In an exclusive interview given to the Australian media at RSA Conference this week, RSA Chairman Art Coviello said "It is against the law for the NSA to spy in the US and if they've done anything illegal, which, again, within US law, people might have commented that they have in the press, but no legal authority seems to be raising that as an issue."

Anthony Caruana | 02 Mar | Read more