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Tanium Raises $100M With Endpoint Security Platform Set to Expand

Security firm raises new funds as it aims to give back to existing shareholders and grow technology base that can help defend against issues like WannaCry.

Equiteq advises Aecus Limited on its sale to The Hackett Group...

12/May/2017 Equiteq, the consulting sector MA specialist, is pleased to announce the sale of its long-term client, Aecus Limited, to The Hackett Group Inc.

Equiteq acted as exclusive financial advisor to Aecus Limited and its shareholders on the sale of the business having previously worked with the company for over 8 years in a strategic advisory capacity.

The transaction closed on April 7, 2017.Aecus is an award-winning European consultancy that helps clients optimize business process... Source: RealWire

Amazon will replace some of its electric forklifts with hydrogen fuel...

The deal with Plug Power is good news for a faltering hydrogen fuel cell economy.

Tesla sells five percent stake to Chinese firm Tencent

The cash should be handy as Tesla puts the Model 3 into production.

Yahoo to give Marissa Mayer $23 million parting gift after sale...

Mayer will leave as what remains of Yahoo becomes Altaba holding company.

Ford’s billion-dollar self-driving car AI deal

“There's a war for talent out there,” according to CEO Mark Fields.

Facebook shareholders would have uphill climb ousting Zuckerberg from board

A move by a watchdog group and a small group of shareholders to oust Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from his post as chairman would be an uphill battle that would be unlikely to succeed and could hurt the company, analysts said.It would completely destabilize Facebook,” said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy. “Zuckerberg still makes most of the key decisions and without him it would be a major risk… I don’t see a single piece of upside in removing Zuckerberg from the board.”[ Commiserate with your fellow techies—check out “7 hardware horror stories from the help desk.” | Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card—and keep you Anonymous. Send it to offtherecord@infoworld.com. | Follow InfoWorld’s Off the Record on Twitter and subscribe to the newsletter. ]It’s also unclear whether Zuckerberg could even be removed as chairman, since any shareholder vote would be advisory only.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Apple’s commitment to diversity faces test at shareholder meeting

Apple celebrates diversity, but a big test to its commitment to being inclusive will come at next month’s shareholder meeting.The company is encouraging a vote against a proposal by shareholders to implement an accelerated hiring policy “to increase the diversity of senior management and its board of directors.”[ Commiserate with your fellow techies -- check out "7 hardware horror stories from the help desk." | Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we'll send you a $50 American Express gift card -- and keep you Anonymous.
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But Apple’s senior management and board, who are mostly white, fails to represent the company’s “diversity and inclusion,” argued shareholders Zevin Asset Management and Antonio Avian Maldonado II.

They explained their position Tuesday in a rebuttal to Apple’s opposition filed with the U.S.
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Court ruling stands: US has no right to seize data from...

Enlarge / Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, speaks at the Microsoft Annual Shareholders Meeting in Bellevue, Washington, on November 30, 2016.Jason Redmond, Getty Images reader comments 23 Share this story An evenly split federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that it won't revisit its July decision that allowed Microsoft to squash a US court warrant for e-mail stored on its servers in Dublin, Ireland.

The 4-4 vote by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals sets the stage for a potential Supreme Court showdown over the US government's demands that it be able to reach into the world's servers with the assistance of the tech sector. A three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit had ruled that federal law, notably the Stored Communications Act, allows US authorities to seize content on US-based servers, but not on overseas servers.

Because of how the federal appellate process works, the Justice Department asked the New York-based appeals court to revisit the case with a larger, en banc, panel—but the outcome fell one judge short. Peter Carr, a Justice Department spokesman, said the agency was reviewing the decision and "considering our options." Those options include appealing to the Supreme Court or abiding by the ruling. In its petition for a rehearing, the government said Microsoft didn't have the legal right to defend the privacy of its e-mail customers, and that the July ruling isn't good for national security.

The authorities believe information in the e-mail could help it investigate a narcotics case. "The Opinion has created a regime where electronic communication service providers—private, for-profit businesses answerable only to their shareholders—can thwart legitimate and important criminal and national security investigations, while providing no offsetting, principled privacy protections," the government argued. Some of the members of the appeals court agreed with the government, but there weren't enough votes from the full court to rehear the case with all of its judges. In his vote to rehear the case, Judge Dennis Jacobs noted in his dissent that it doesn't matter where the data is stored, as Microsoft can retrieve it to honor the US-based warrant. "But electronic data are not stored on disks in the way that books are stored on shelves or files in cabinets," he wrote, in a dissent joined by three other judges. Dozens of organizations and companies have lodged briefs in the case on behalf of Microsoft.

They include the US Chamber of Commerce, Amazon, Apple, Cisco, CNN, Fox News Network, Gannett, and Verizon. Microsoft did not immediately comment on the ruling.

But right after the July ruling, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer said the outcome "provides a major victory for the protection of people’s privacy rights under their own laws rather than the reach of foreign governments.
It makes clear that the US Congress did not give the US government the authority to use search warrants unilaterally to reach beyond US borders."

Netflix is so big that it doesn’t need net neutrality rules...

Netflixreader comments 28 Share this story Netflix has long been an outspoken supporter of net neutrality rules, but the streaming video provider says it is now so popular with consumers that it wouldn't be harmed if the rules were repealed. The potential of reversing net neutrality rules increased the moment Donald Trump became president-elect, as Republicans in the Federal Communications Commission and Congress want to get rid of the rules.

But in a letter to shareholders yesterday, Netflix reassured investors that this won't affect the company's financial performance or service quality. "Weakening of US net neutrality laws, should that occur, is unlikely to materially affect our domestic margins or service quality because we are now popular enough with consumers to keep our relationships with ISPs stable," Netflix wrote. The FCC's rules prohibit ISPs from blocking or throttling traffic or giving priority to Web services in exchange for payment.

Because of the rules, small video providers that aren't as popular as Netflix don't have to worry about being blocked or throttled by ISPs or having to pay ISPs for faster access to customers.
ISPs would prefer that customers subscribe to the ISPs' own video services, and thus have incentive to shut out competitors who need access to their broadband networks. Though Netflix is no longer worried about its own access to broadband networks, the company's shareholder letter said the company still supports the net neutrality rules. "On a public policy basis, however, strong net neutrality is important to support innovation and smaller firms," Netflix said. "No one wants ISPs to decide what new and potentially disruptive services can operate over their networks, or to favor one service over another. We hope the new US administration and Congress will recognize that keeping the network neutral drives job growth and innovation." Netflix fought some high-profile battles against Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable in 2014, before the net neutrality rules were passed. Netflix at the time was seeking free interconnection so that it could deliver video traffic to the ISPs' networks directly instead of paying transit providers to carry its traffic to the ISPs.

This alone showed that Netflix was already a giant: Most video providers aren't so big that it's worth building out their own content delivery networks. Netflix ultimately paid ISPs for interconnection but the dispute had an impact on the FCC's net neutrality proceedings. The FCC didn't ban interconnection payments but set up a complaint process so that companies like Netflix can challenge specific payment demands as being "unjust" or "unreasonable." There have been no major public disputes since then. Netflix ended 2016 with 47.9 million paid memberships in the US and another 41.2 million outside the US.
In North America, Netflix accounts for about 35 percent of downstream Internet traffic during peak viewing periods, according to Sandvine's Internet Phenomena report. Netflix's letter to shareholders this week also poked fun at rival HBO for discouraging binge-watching by doling out episodes of new shows one at a time instead of all at once as Netflix does. Despite its previous fights with ISPs, Netflix has gained a privileged status with those same companies.

For example, Netflix is now available on Comcast's X1 set-top boxes, letting customers browse Netflix video alongside Comcast content. Netflix, video, however, is not exempt from the data caps Comcast imposes on customers.

Those data caps and overage fees do remain a roadblock for online video providers that seek to offer a replacement for the cable TV services offered by ISPs.

Tom Wheeler says being a lobbyist was easy—being FCC chairman was...

President Obama announces the nomination of Rep. Melvin Watt, left, as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and Tom Wheeler, right, as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), on May 1, 2013.White House reader comments 21 Share this story Tom Wheeler today presided over his final public meeting as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, a three-year stretch that he called the highlight of his career. Wheeler was sworn in to the FCC in November 2013, and he knew the industry well because he was a former lobbyist.

From 1979 to 1984, he led the cable industry's top lobby group, and from 1992 to 2004 he was the chief lobbyist for the mobile phone industry. Looking back, Wheeler says it was easier being a lobbyist. "To make decisions that are in the common good is tough," Wheeler said at a press conference today. "Remember: I have been on the other side. Making demands that benefit a specific constituency is easy, as is attacking the decision-makers when you don't like that decision." Wheeler was no industry lap-dog Some consumer advocates were skeptical of Wheeler when he was chosen by President Obama to regulate the industries he used to lobby for.

But he pushed through consumer protection regulations and other decisions that were bitterly opposed by the industries he used to represent, such as imposing network neutrality rules on ISPs and refusing to approve a Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger. Consumer advocacy groups praised Wheeler today. "Rather than be the lap-dog of industry some feared, or hoped for, Tom Wheeler proved himself to be the most ferocious watchdog for consumers and competition in nearly two decades," Public Knowledge Senior VP Harold Feld said. "In the days ahead, the public must be prepared to fight vigorously to keep the consumer protections he created.” Wheeler announced today that he will leave the commission on January 20; the next monthly meeting is scheduled for January 26. President-elect Donald Trump will have to appoint a new chairperson. Wheeler said his greatest lesson from being chairman "is how malleable the definition of the public interest becomes when it comes to protecting self-interest.

Good people would come into the office and explain that what benefited them was in the public interest, and those of an opposing view would argue that the public interest was only as they defined it." Wheeler said he concluded that "I needed to define the public interest as the common good. At a time when everyone is wrapping their self-interest in their definition of public interest, the question has to be what is the best way to serve the common interests of the most [people]." Republican Ajit Pai, who could be chosen for the chairmanship on at least an interim basis, said at today's meeting, "there's no question that Chairman Wheeler made the most of his time here at the Federal Communications Commission." Pai opposed many of Wheeler's key initiatives, but today he called his colleague "a tenacious worker." "I salute him for his public service, his love for this agency, and the people who work here," Pai said. Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who is also on her way out after the Republican-controlled Senate refused to act on her re-confirmation, thanked Wheeler "for what has undeniably been an activist agenda." Wheeler in turn praised Rosenworcel for being "an early champion" of reclassifying broadband as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act, a move that helped the FCC defeat legal challenges to net neutrality rules. Public Knowledge's statement on Wheeler listed some of his biggest achievements.
It wasn't just the net neutrality regulations that everyone will remember, the group noted. Wheeler extended the Lifeline subsidy program to help poor people buy broadband, "created the strongest privacy rules ever" for customers of ISPs, lowered phone prices for inmates, and overhauled the FCC's Enforcement Bureau to "protect... consumer privacy and curb... unfair practices such as Wi-Fi blocking by hotels and convention centers." In short, Wheeler "pushed to transform every aspect of the FCC’s jurisdiction to serve the public and the public interest," Public Knowledge said. (The advocacy group was founded by Gigi Sohn, who was hired by Wheeler to serve as one of his top counselors.) Praise for Wheeler also came from New America’s Open Technology Institute, another consumer advocacy group. Wheeler and fellow Democrats "enacted historic rules to preserve an open Internet and protect consumer privacy, thwarted the harmful Comcast merger with Time Warner Cable, and reformed the Commission’s important E-rate and Lifeline programs—all within a framework grounded in improving competition and innovation and promoting a vision of the Internet as an open platform for all voices," said Sarah Morris, the group's director of open Internet policy. Competition? NCTA, the cable lobby group that Wheeler used to represent, frequently opposed Wheeler over the past three years but today released a statement thanking him for his service. "Chairman Wheeler’s mantra from the beginning of his tenure has been ‘competition, competition, competition’ and he should be proud that American consumers are enjoying the benefits of today’s vibrant and highly competitive video and broadband sectors," NCTA CEO Michael Powell (a former FCC chairman himself under President George W.

Bush) said in the group's statement. Wheeler, however, does not agree with NCTA's claim that the market is "highly competitive," a view that influenced numerous FCC policies. The FCC's Republican future Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will be the sole remaining Democrat in the FCC after the departure of Wheeler and Rosenworcel. Wheeler today called Clyburn "the conscience of the commission." The FCC will have a 2-1 Republican majority in Trump's first days, though another Republican and Democrat will likely be added to restore the FCC's traditional 3-2 split.

All members of the commission are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, with minority party commissioners usually being selected based on suggestions from the minority party leadership. Wheeler said he met with Trump advisors to help facilitate the transition. He said that they had "good meetings" but declined to say what was discussed.

Trump appointed three advisors who are outspoken opponents of the FCC's net neutrality rules and are affiliated with the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Wheeler mostly declined to speak about the Trump administration's potential policies but said he hopes that net neutrality rules that forbid blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization will survive. One possibility is for Congress to eliminate Wheeler's net neutrality rules and impose a new, weaker version. "I hope that if there is legislation, that it is net neutrality in more than name," and "not some kind of false labeling where net neutrality rules are actually gutted under the name of being net neutrality," Wheeler said. The Title II reclassification was criticized by ISPs who claimed it would hinder investment, although a Comcast executive recently admitted things haven't turned out so bad. "There is no dearth in the number of folks who are willing to manipulate [network investment] numbers," Wheeler said today. "I think the key is we should be looking at investment decision numbers as they are reported to the FCC and shareholders, in which all of the major ISPs are talking about increasing investment." Wheeler pointed to ISPs building gigabit networks, saying, "the margin in high-speed broadband is very good."

Hurricanes, Earthquakes & Threat Intelligence

You must be prepared for foreseeable attacks as well as the ones that sneak up on you. Organizations deal with two types of cyberthreats: hurricanes and earthquakes. Hurricanes are those attacks you can see coming; earthquakes, you can't. Both are inevitable, and you need to plan and take action accordingly. This starts with an understanding of what threat intelligence is and how to make it relevant and actionable. Threat intelligence can help you transition from constantly reacting to being proactive. It allows you to prepare for the hurricanes and respond to the earthquakes with an efficient, integrated approach.   Eliminate Noise Mention threat intelligence and most organizations think about multiple data feeds to which they subscribe — commercial sources, open source, and additional feeds from security vendors — each in a different format and most without any context to allow for prioritization. This global threat data gives some insight into activities happening outside of your enterprise — not only attacks themselves, but how attackers are operating and infiltrating networks. The challenge is that most organizations suffer from data overload. Without the tools and insights to automatically sift through mountains of disparate global data and aggregate it for analysts and action, this threat data becomes noise: you have alerts around attacks that aren't contextualized, relevant, or a priority. To make more effective use of this data, it must be aggregated in one manageable location and translated into a uniform format so that you can automatically get rid of the noise and focus on what's important. Focus on Threats With global threat data organized, you can focus on the hurricanes and earthquakes that threaten your organization. Hurricanes are the threats you know about, can prepare for, protect against, and anticipate based on past trends. For example, based on research, say that we know a file is malware. This intelligence should be operationalized — turned into a policy, a rule, or signature and sent to the appropriate sensor — so that it can prevent bad actors from stealing valuable data, creating a disruption, or causing damage. As security operations become more mature, you can start to get alerts on these known threats in addition to automatically blocking them so you can learn more about the adversary. This allows you to focus on the attacks that really matter. Earthquakes are unknown threats, or threats that you may not have adequate countermeasures against, that have bypassed existing defenses. Once they're inside the network, your job is to detect, respond, and recover. This hinges on the ability to turn global threat data into threat intelligence by enriching that data with internal threat and event data and allowing analysts to collaborate for better decision making. Threat intelligence helps you better scope the campaign once the threat is detected, learn more about the adversary, and understand affected systems and how to best remediate. By correlating events and associated indicators from inside your environment (e.g., SIEM alerts or case management records) with external data on indicators, adversaries, and their methods, you gain the context to understand the who, what, when, where, why, and how of an attack. Going a step further, applying context to your business processes and assets helps you assess relevance. Is anything the organization cares about at risk? If the answer is "no," then what you suspected to be a threat is low priority. If the answer is "yes," then it's a threat. Either way, you have the intelligence you need to quickly take action. Make Intelligence Actionable Intelligence has three attributes that help define "actionable." Accuracy: Is the intelligence reliable and detailed? Relevance: Does the intelligence apply to your business or industry? Timeliness: Is the intelligence being received with enough time to do something? An old industry joke is that you can only have two of the three, so you need to determine what's most important to your business. If you need intelligence as fast as possible to deploy to your sensors, then accuracy may suffer and you might expect some false positives. If the intelligence is accurate and timely, then you may not have been able to conduct thorough analysis to determine if the intelligence is relevant to your business. This could result in expending resources on something that doesn't present a lot of risk. Ultimately, the goal is to make threat intelligence actionable. But actionable is defined by the user. The security operations center typically looks for IP addresses, domain names, and other indicators of compromise — anything that will help to detect and contain a threat and prevent it in the future. For the network team, it's about hardening defenses with information on vulnerabilities, signatures, and rules to update firewalls, and patch and vulnerability management systems. The incident response team needs intelligence about the adversary and the campaigns involved so they can investigate and remediate. And the executive team and board need intelligence about threats in business terms — the financial and operational impact — in order to increase revenue and protect shareholders and the company as a whole. Analysts must work together and across the organization to provide the right intelligence in the right format and with the right frequency so that it can be used by multiple teams. Operationalizing threat intelligence takes time and a plan. Many organizations are already moving from a reactive mode to being more proactive. But to make time to look out at the horizon and see and prepare for hurricanes while also dealing with earthquakes, organizations need to move to an anticipatory model with contextual intelligence, relevance, and visibility into trends in the threat landscape. Related Content: As Senior VP of Strategy of ThreatQuotient, Jonathan Couch utilizes his 20+ years of experience in information security, information warfare, and intelligence collection to focus on the development of people, process, and technology within client organizations to assist in ... View Full Bio More Insights