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Stories by Ellen Messmer

  • TrustyCon vs. RSA and NSA: New conference pushes trustworthy agenda

    Who do you trust? That's a question asked increasingly by a security industry with a growing sense that the National Security Agency (NSA) has sought to weaken encryption or get backdoors into computers, based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden to the media. Now, trust is also the theme of a new conference called TrustyCon that will vie for attention on Feb. 27 in San Francisco while the big RSA Conference for security pros is also taking place in that city.

  • Start-up takes on threat detection and intelligence-sharing for the enterprise

    Start-up Confer recently debuted with software and services aimed at detecting stealthy malware and attackers targeting enterprise servers, laptops and mobile devices. Though market competition is fierce, Confer believes it can win through its application behavior-analysis approach and its cloud-managed threat-intelligence platform that makes use of the open protocol called STIX.

  • President Obama praises NSA, offers little in mass surveillance reform

    President Barack Obama today said his administration is going to change some aspects of how the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies conduct surveillance and hold data collected on U.S and foreign individuals. But his goals fell far short of what was recommended in the 46 proposals for reform of the NSA spelled out last month by the five-member working group he appointed.

  • Juniper announces Firefly Suite for virtual-machine security

    Juniper today announced its Firefly Suite for virtual-machine security, a set of software-based products for VMware and KVM that contain the security and switching capabilities found in Juniper's SRX Series Services Gateway, as well as Junos Space Virtual Director.

  • Fortinet wireless security gateway can now track, entice shoppers

    Retail store managers would like to know, in real time, how many shoppers enter their premises and what they are likely interested in buying. Security firm Fortinet, which makes the FortiGate threat-management gateways that include a wireless access point, says its gear can now pick up the presence of shoppers' smartphones in order to provide retailers a real-time view of where shoppers go in stores.

  • NSA scandal spooking IT pros in UK, Canada

    The National Security Agency's massive data collection practices that have come to light in the past six months have apparently spooked at least some businesses in Canada and the United Kingdom, based on a survey out today that says many are moving their company's data away from the U.S. due to "the NSA surveillance scandal."

  • NSA critic Bruce Schneier joins security firm Co3 as CTO

    The network security industry's legendary free thinker Bruce Schneier Monday said he's taken a job as CTO at Co3 Systems, but that this in no way will curtail his determination to speak and write candidly on important topics such as the National Security Agency's (NSA) practices.