Archive for September 27, 2018

Darktrace receives Series E funding

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 27, 2018 by itnerd

Darktrace, the world’s leading AI company for cyber defense, has today announced that it has raised $50 million in Series E funding at a valuation of $1.65 billion. The investment is led by Vitruvian Partners with participation from existing investors KKR and 1011 Ventures.

Darktrace continues to define the cyber defense market, with the world’s first autonomous response technology. Darktrace Antigena responds within 2 seconds to the earliest signs of threat and its adoption has increased by 30% in the last quarter. New capabilities include autonomous response for cloud, as well as protection against sophisticated email attack campaigns with the recently launched Antigena v2. Since its last funding, Darktrace has more than doubled its number of deployments and is now finding threats that other tools miss in over 7,000 networks.

The company’s rapidly growing roster of customers includes eight major international airports including London Gatwick Airport and Milan-Bergamo Orio Al Serio International Airport, the world-leading Science Museum Group, as well as a number of global financial institutions such as AIG, AEGON Sony Life Insurance and Ipreo.

Having ushered in a new era for cyber defense, Darktrace has grown its employee headcount by 60% in the last 12 months, now standing at over 750 employees worldwide. Seeking to meet the global demand for its technology, the company has accelerated its global operations, opening eight new offices in the last year including locations in Los Angeles, Mexico City and São Paulo as well as tripling the size of its Asian headquarters in Singapore. This latest round of funding will drive further international expansion and development.

Darktrace is the world’s leading AI company for cyber defense. Created by mathematicians, the Enterprise Immune System uses machine learning and AI algorithms to detect and respond to cyber-threats across diverse digital environments, including cloud and virtualized networks, IoT and industrial control systems. The technology is self-learning and requires no set-up, identifying threats in real time, including zero-days, insiders and stealthy, silent attackers.

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Cyber Florida’s to Host Florida Cyber Conference 2018

Posted in Commentary on September 27, 2018 by itnerd

The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (Cyber Florida) will host Florida Cyber Conference 2018 at the Tampa Convention Center on October 10–11. The center’s fifth annual conference, Florida Cyber Conference 2018, will welcome hundreds of cybersecurity practitioners, executives, policymakers, educators, students, and other industry stakeholders for a day and a half of sessions, panel discussions, and networking. Registration is open now at FLCyberCon.com, and ticket prices are $25 for military personnel and students, $60 for government personnel and educators, and $125 for general admission.

This year’s conference highlights include the following:

  • Keynote Address, “Thriving in the Cyber Age,” presented by Chris Inglis, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Center for Cyber Security Studies, US Naval Academy, and former NSA Deputy Director
  • Opening Discussion, “The Future of Cybersecurity,” led by Vice Adm. Mike McConnell (USN, Ret.), former Director of National Intelligence, with guests Manny Medina, CEO of Cyxtera, and Roland Cloutier, Staff VP & Global Chief Security Officer of ADP
  • Twenty sessions across five tracks: Emerging Technologies; Practitioner; Human Aspects; Community; and Governance, Risk, and Compliance
  • Sessions on crisis management, risk and control assessments, cyberciminalsyndicates, workforce development, blockchain and cryptocurrency, social engineering, IoT, threat hunting, and more
  • Panel discussions on gamification and workforce development, GDPR, cybersecurity law and policy, cryptography, the multidisciplinary approach to cybersecurity
  • Speakers from ReliaQuest, KnowBe4, IBM, Raymond James Financial, FBI, NICE, University of Miami, EY, Bank of the Ozarks, IARPA, Merit Network, University of South Florida, Circadence Corporation, and St. Petersburg College
  • A pre-conference workshop, CyberSecure My Business™, led by the National Cyber Security Alliance
  • The Duel Factor Challenge on-site capture-the-flag competition and hands-on cyber range demonstration

Visit FLCyberCon.com for complete conference details, to register, and to become a sponsor or exhibitor.

Review: Twelve South TimePorter

Posted in Products with tags on September 27, 2018 by itnerd

Now I’ve had several Apple Watches over the last couple of years. But what I haven’t had is a way to organize the accessories. Namely the charger and the two alternate watch bands that I own. In fact, I misplaced one of them lately and it took about two days to find it. Since I figured that enough was enough on that front, I decided to do something about it. So I bought the Twelve South TimePorter:

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It looks like an eyeglasses case, but don’t be fooled, It’s actually quite a clever case with a fair amount of versatility. It’s made of leather (vegan friendly leather if that matters to you) You’ll note the black dot in the center of the case. That’s there for a reason:

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If you fold it back like I have you can put an Apple Watch charger in it. Thus making the case capable of charging an Apple Watch. You’ll note the cut outs on the left and right sides of the case, you can run the USB connection neatly through them to charge it using a USB charger of some description. Which by the way if you use the Apple supplied one fits just fine in this case.

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And if you use the more upscale Apple Watch charger, the chrome that it has adds a bit of bling to the TimePorter.

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But the versatility doesn’t end there. If you have a power bank that is thin and long like the one that I am using in the above picture, then it will fit inside the TimePorter making it a portable Apple Watch charger which can top off your Apple Watch with juice should the need arise.

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You basically lay the Apple Watch on top of the charger like this and assuming it is plugged into a power source, it will charge. You can even fold it up to a 45 degree angle to use it as a display stand which is a great use case for a hotel room.

There’s one other trick that the TimePorter capable of:

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It is capable of storing your Apple Watch bands in one place. That’s personally why I got the TimePorter. But the fact that the TimePorter is so versatile is a total win for Apple Watch owners. It’s $60 CDN or $40 USD and is available from the Twelve South website or from selected retailers. Their website only seems to list black as a color option, but I got this white one at a local retailer. Thus you may want to look around. If you travel and you need a place to stash your accessories and watch bands. Or you want a cool portable charger, the TimePorter is a must get.