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The Top | April 8, 2020

Ray Rothrock joins Nathan Latka on the latest episode of “The Top.” Prior to RedSeal he was a general partner at Venrock, one of RedSeal’s founding investors. At Venrock he invested in 53 companies including over a dozen in cybersecurity including Vontu, PGP, P-Cube, Imperva, Cloudflare, CTERA, and Shape Security. He is on the board of Check Point Software Technology, Ltd. an original Venrock investment, and Team8, both Tel Aviv–based companies.

Securing the Supply Chain

CXO Insight ME | March 2020 (Pages 36-37)

Dr. Mike Lloyd, CTO at RedSeal, on how to protect your supply chain from cyberattacks.

“The supply chain combatted the challenge of repeatable quality through standards and audits – organisations establish baselines of what it takes to make a reliable product, and then build the supply chain around those who can meet the standard. The time has come for comparable efforts around cybersecurity and digital resilience across the supply chain.”

What coronavirus can teach us about network security

ITProPortal | March 18, 2020

In my travels, I’ve met cybersecurity professionals from many different backgrounds. That’s not so surprising – it’s a relatively new profession only recently taught in universities, and it takes on the order of ten years of on-the-job training to become an expert. Most seasoned cybersecurity veterans came from some other discipline. I moved into cybersecurity from epidemiology, studying how disease spreads. There are some surprising and interesting parallels between cybersecurity and epidemiology – starting from the point that most people really don’t want to talk to you about the icky stuff that you spend your time on until they face a real crisis and suddenly demand answers!

Cyberspace Solarium Commission Highlights the Importance of Digital Resilience

Morning Consult | March 17, 2020

By Ray Rothrock, RedSeal CEO

On March 11, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission released its long-awaited report, which provides more than 80 policy recommendations for “defending the United States in cyberspace against cyberattacks of significant consequences.” While the report is over 180 pages, Senator Angus King (I-Maine) said the report can be summed up in four words — define, develop, defend and deter. I would simplify this further, as these four words can be condensed into one concept: digital resilience.

How network modeling and cyber hygiene improve security odds for federal agencies

FedScoop | March 16, 2020

Agencies that have built network infrastructure over decades may not be doing enough to manage basic cyber-hygiene practices and stay ahead of modern threats, cautions a new report.

When out-of-date configuration rules lurk on networks, attackers essentially have a back door to walk into government systems. However, modern network modeling platforms, capable of integrating into existing infrastructure, can help agency IT departments identify and manage cyber risks and accelerate essential hygiene practices.

Why Aren’t Smart Devices Safer?

Forbes | March 6, 2020

We live in a world of rapid technological change. Consumers have adopted smart home devices at amazing (some might say alarming) speeds. Businesses have rushed to the cloud, to digitalization and to the latest artificial intelligence approaches. Each of these changes is driven by big benefits but also comes with a great deal of risk.

Securing the Cloud with Smart SMB

Sm@rt SMB | February 2020 (Pages 13-14)

Mike Lloyd, CTO, RedSeal says, “There was a lot of fear at first that cloud would be less secure, but those fears were unfounded. In general, cloud providers do a great job, and they do it full time, 24×7. There have been no recent incidents that can be pinned on a cloud provider failing to do their job.”

He cautions that this does not mean the cloud is perfect safe and there certainly have been cloud breaches that were the fault of the company buying those cloud services.

Cybersecurity Canon Book Review: “Digital Resilience”

Palo Alto Networks Blog | February 27, 2020

I got into cybersecurity because I read books like Winn Schwartau’s “Information Warfare,” William Gibson’s “Neuromancer” and Cliff Stoll’s “Cuckoo’s Egg.” These books gave me a very balanced view of what cybersecurity could be, even though no one called them cyber in the 90s. Until I got Ray Rothrock’s book, “Digital Resilience,” I didn’t have a book I was comfortable with suggesting as a great first read to the next generation of cyber professionals.

If you’ve recently been put in charge of IT or IT operations and didn’t grow up in cyber over the past 20 years, “Digital Resilience” is for you. This book is also equally useful for new CEOs, CFOs or board members who need to understand cyber risk without getting overwhelmed with IT technology or the defeatism of “hackers and nation-states will always get in, so why bother.”

Charting a Path to Hybrid Cloud Security

Nutanix Blog  | February 20, 2020

The majority of IT pros worldwide consider the most secure IT operating environment to be the hybrid cloud, according to recent research. In a hybrid cloud, some applications and workloads run in private cloud infrastructure, either on-premises or in a third-party hosting environment, while others reside in the public cloud.

…”Competitors that are building clouds all offer different services, with different complex details, and different skills required,” said Dr. Mike Lloyd, RedSeal CTO.

Competing management systems are one issue. Because each vendor innovates and builds its own management layer, effectively maintaining a hybrid environment means that “every IT organization has to become fluent in multiple languages at once,” according to Lloyd.

Huawei warning: Expert reveals how spy could EASILY hack into UK’s 5G network

Daily Express | February 8, 2020

Boris Johnson’s decision to allow Huawei continued access to the UK’s 5G network could lead to a serious threat to the country, a leading expert has warned.The Chinese firm will be allowed to access 35 percent of the UK’s network, which includes its radio networks. Huawei will also be banned from supplying “sensitive” parts to the network, the UK Government revealed last month.

Mr. Johnson declaring there will be limits to Huawei’s access, speaking to Express.co.uk, Dr. Mike Lloyd, security expert and CTO at RedSeal, warned 35 percent is a “huge amount” for any potential spy.