RSAC 2017- more of the same, but some interesting trends emerge

RSAC 2017 is behind us. It has been bigger, noisier and more crowded than any cybersecurity event in history. It’s so big, it’s overwhelming. And if you consider the off-site meetings, mini-conferences, meetups and parties you can forgive an average visitor if he or she feels kind of fuzzy afterward. Vendors don’t have it easy, either. With more than 700 companies and organizations presenting, trying to stand out or simply gauge the competition is extremely difficult.

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Israeli cybersecurity industry- looking back at 2016

Israel is a major force in cybersecurity innovation and development, and Israeli cybersecurity companies are at the forefront of technology, rubbing shoulders with global industry giants. In fact, according to CyberDB data-bank, Israel has the second largest amount of cybersecurity companies in the world, second only to the US. In terms of actual sales Israel cybersecurity exports account for anything between 5-10% of the global cybersecurity market , an amazing figure given Israel’s miniscule size and small population.

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IoT DDoS – When Will We Learn?

In late September and late October 2016 two massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks successfully targeted and impacted the operations of their targets. In the October DDoS against Dyn, a cloud-based Internet Performance Management company, several high profile organizational websites (Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, GitHub, Etsy, Tumblr, Spotify, PayPal, Verizon, Comcast, to name a few ) for a substantial part of the day. While Dyn was ultimately able to mitigate the three-wave attack, it did impact users’ abilities to access these sites.

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Cybersecurity for SMBs - The next frontier?

SMBs play a critical role in national economies- as they comprise about 97% of all commercial enterprises. Until very recently SMBs did not consider themselves a prime target of cyber threats and rightly so- all the high-profile hacks were aimed at large enterprise, and it was widely assumed that cybercriminals wouldn’t bother with small stake targets. But, as the economy becomes more connected SMB are taking center stage in cyber activities as well. As SMBs are connected to both customers and larger enterprises and governmental organizations, they now become a compelling target for cybercriminals. In addition, low cost, mass production cyber weapons now make it economically feasible for cyber criminals to successfully target SMBs and even individuals. Of these, Ransomware has one of the highest return-on-investments ratio for criminals, regardless of the victim’s occupation or annual turnover.

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Some months ago I had the pleasure of attending a GDS Engagement Evening hosted by Admiral Patrick Walsh (ret) from iSIGHTPARTNERS (prior to its acquisition by FireEye). It was fascinating to hear from Pat the role that threat intelligence played from his direct experiences in the Navy and I think I can speak on behalf my peers on our table when I say that we could all benefit from those insights in our own work.

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