Entries by Dr. Mike Lloyd, CTO, RedSeal

Understanding What’s In My Cloud

Today’s business applications run in an environment that would be unrecognizable to IT professionals 10 years ago. The rise of virtualization and the cloud has finally cut the ties to specific hardware, and all but the most exotic workloads can now be run anywhere — on virtual machines in your physical buildings, or on a cloud vendor of your choice.

Lessons for All of Us From the SolarWinds Orion Compromise

All cybersecurity news events, like the recent disclosure of compromise involving SolarWinds Orion by APT 29, aka “Cozy Bear,” cause CISOs to ask the same initial questions:

Do I have this problem? Where? What are the consequences?

In this instance, the attack is extremely sophisticated, and quite alarming – it’s a supply chain attack, involving […]

Digital Preparedness for Health Care

Health Tech Digital | June 23, 2020

Being prepared for the unknown is as important to the digital side of healthcare as it is to the medical side. Both require knowing your resources, preparing for likely scenarios and following good hygiene practices for advanced planning, health maintenance, and rapid intervention. There are established protocols in […]

I See A Milestone, Not Just Another Funding Round

I’m delighted with the deal RedSeal just announced with STG.  I’ve worked in several start-ups — from the earliest stage, when the whole company could share a single elevator, all the way through acquisition by huge global corporations. My favorite times are when we’re all actively engaged with customers and the company has a sense […]

Which is more valuable – your security or a cup of coffee?

The drumbeat of media coverage of new breaches continues, but it’s useful sometimes to look back at where we’ve been.  Each scary report of so many millions of records lost can be overwhelming.  It certainly shows that our network defenses are weak, and that attackers are very effective.  This is why digital resilience is key […]

Warren Buffett’s Take On Cyber Insurance

Warren Buffett recently made clear how risk-averse his business is when it comes to cyber insurance. Addressing his annual shareholder meeting, he summarized the state of play like this: “I think anybody that tells you now they think they know in some actuarial way either what [the] general experience is like in the future, or what […]

Uber Hack: A Bad Breach, But A Worse Cover-Up

The Uber hack is a public lesson that a breach may be bad, but a cover-up is worse.  (See Nixon, Richard.)  It was a foolish mistake to try to hide an attack of this scale, but then, the history of security is a process where we all slowly learn from foolish mistakes.  We live in […]

Keep Up with the Basics

I just came across a WSJ Pro article titled “Inside the NSA: Companies Need to Follow the Basics,” and figured I could offer an “amen.” The NSA gets points for seeing things clearly – but then, I suppose that is their job, whether we like it or not! The area they discuss isn’t easy to write […]

The Internet of Things That Can Attack You

FORBES | February 17, 2017

By Dr. Mike Lloyd, RedSeal CTO

The Internet of Things crashed into the old Internet on Oct 21st, and it wasn’t pretty. A specialized but fairly simple bit of malware known as Mirai was used to cause huge numbers of simple Internet-connected devices (cameras, home routers, baby monitors, etc.) to […]