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Alphabet Spins Off Security Company

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Alphabet Spins Off Security Company

In a further bid to branch out of search Alphabet, the parent company of Google, spins off its security unit into Chronicle-- a standalone company with aim to deliver high-end security analytics services.

Born out of the Google X moonshot group, Chronicle is lead by former Symantec COO (and Starbucks CIO) Stephen Gillett. Google hardware powers its two first offerings. One is an enterprise security intelligence and analytics platform, while the other is VirusTotal, the online malware and virus scanner Google acquired back in 2012.

“We want to 10x the speed and impact of security teams’ work by making it much easier, faster and more cost-effective for them to capture and analyze security signals that have previously been too difficult and expensive to find,” Gillett writes in a blog post announcing the creation of Chronicle. “We are building our intelligence and analytics platform to solve this problem.”

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Spectre Patch Affects New Core Chips After All

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Spectre Patch Affects New Core Chips After All

Intel eats back the words it said earlier this month as it admits newer Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs are also affected by the patch released to fix the issues brought about Spectre and Meltdown.

According to a company blog post, while the firmware updates are "effective at mitigating exposure to the security issues," they also lead to more frequent reboots. Previously Intel insisted the issue was only noticeable on systems running on older Broadwell and Haswell CPUs, but tests have confirmed similar behaviours happen on Ivy Bridge-, Sandy Bridge-, Skywell- and Kaby Lake-based platforms.

That said, Intel insists it is close to identifying the root cause of the issue. In parallel, it is providing vendors with "beta microcode" for validation in the near future.

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Spectre and Meltdown Fixes Cause PC Slowdowns?

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Spectre and Meltdown Fixes Cause PC Slowdowns?

As the industry figures out how to fix Spectre and Meltdown-- the two security issues affecting the processors powering just about every PC, server and mobile device-- news emerges on how the fixes might negatively hit the performance of said devices.

In case anyone is in need of background, the ominously named Spectre (dubbed so because of the root cause, speculative execution) and Meltdown (since it melts security boundaries normally enforced by hardware) were discovered by security researchers in the early days of 2018. The discovery brought about a flurry of patches and updates, but soon afterwards reports emerged of performance taking a hit as a result of said updates. Initially the industry was hesitant to confirm the reports, but now both Microsoft and Intel admit that, yes, the Spectre and Meltdown fixes affect the performance of at least some machines.

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Gartner: 2018 Security Spending to Reach $96bn

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Gartner: 2018 Security Spending to Reach $96bn

According to Gartner global security spending will reach $96.3 billion in 2018-- an 8% increase over 2017, driven by regulations, shifting buyer mindset, emerging threats and the evolution to a digital business strategy.

"Overall, a large portion of security spending is driven by an organisation's reaction toward security breaches as more high profile cyberattacks and data breaches affect organisations worldwide," the analyst says. "Cyberattacks such as WannaCry and NotPetya, and most recently the Equifax breach, have a direct effect on security spend, because these types of attacks last up to 3 years."

A 2016 Gartner survey valadates current security buyer behaviour. Of the 53% of organisations citing security risks as the top driver for overall security spending, the highest percentage of respondents say security breaches are the main security risk influencing their security spending. As a result, security testing, outsourcing and security information and event management (SIEM) are the fastest growing security subsegments driving the infrastructure protection and security services segments.

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Cisco Rolls Out Security Connector iOS App

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Cisco Rolls Out Security Connector iOS App

Cisco releases another result of its partnership with Apple-- Security Connector, an iOS app the company describes as a "first of its kind enterprise security solution" for iDevices.

Security Connector monitors network traffic generated by users and applications. Designed for company-owned iDevice running in supervise mode, it makes things easier for admins, since they only need to provision a single app even as it supports two extensions, Umbrella and Clarity.

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