Security Acquisitions Oct 2015

Lancope, Viewfinity, Vormetric, LogEntries, Boxer, Secure Islands, Silanis

Lancope – StealthWatch provides a visual representation of the network to detect anomalies that could signify an attack. In the event of an infection, StealthWatch analyzes traffic between servers to determine which hosts were affected. Acquired by Cisco, $453m.

Viewfinity – Endpoint security for windows. App control features and administrative privilege capabilities to protect against zero-day attacks, malware and threats.

Vormetric – Filesystem encryption, keeping metadata in clear and enterprise key-management for third party encryption keys. Acquired by Thales Security for $400m

LogEntries – machine data search technology to help security teams  investigate security incidents deeply. Spun out of University College Dublin (UCD). Acquired by Rapid7, $68m. 3k customers.

Boxer – Android email app, acquired by VMWare

Secure Islands –  IQProtector looks at content and wraps/protects it based with policy based DRM automatically. “Secure Islands’ Data Immunization uniquely embeds protection within information itself at the moment of creation or initial organizational access. This process is automatic and accompanies sensitive information throughout its lifecycle from creation, through usage and collaboration to storage.” Acquired by Microsoft.

Silanis – e-Signatures with strong crypto algorithmic and keys


ThingWorx IOT Platform and Marketplace

The premise behind ThingWorx is that manufactured products are transforming into services. A product can be remotely monitored, maintained, and its data analyzed as part of the extended service wrapper. It is an interesting point of view on the evolution of products.

GE provides the engine not as a product but as a service, it continues to maintain it after the sale. Boeing provides the plane as a service, it continues to maintain it after the sale.

ThingWorkx claims to makes it easier for any product to be converted to such a service. It’s not clear how this works with legacy systems – whether it is an agent or a wrapper and how easy it is to add. Its security whitepaper discusses authentication, authorization, encryption, security models, audit etc.

Imagine a hyperconnected supply chain consisting of components that are tracked back by their supplier. Security and access controls would be a challenge in such a dynamic environment.

An example of a product/application on ThingWorx is Velio OBD device and Velio Webhook application.  The Webhook application displays basic data coming from OBD modules: GPS, accelerometer and OBD-II. It enables users to create customized views depicting the data that is important to them while also enabling access to both live and historical data. The application will be available in the ThingWorx Marketplace.

Some competitors include  Spark DevicesAyla NetworksCarriotsXively, Axeda, Arrayent and Berg Cloud.

Cloud Security and Compliance Standards

Cloud processing of information affects existing information processing flows, controls and compliance standards. Cloud service providers show the level to which they support diverse compliance standards that are specific to verticals such as payments, health, finance, enterprise. A reference is .

CSA-CCM Cloud Security Alliance Cloud-Controls Matrix. The foundations of the Cloud Security Alliance Controls Matrix rest on its customized relationship to other industry-accepted security standards, regulations, and controls frameworks such as the ISO 27001/27002, ISACA COBIT, PCI, NIST, Jericho Forum and NERC CIP. Part of Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) stack – CloudAudit, CCM, CAIQ, CTP.

PCI-DSS Payments Card Industry-Data Security Standards released guidelines for storing credit card data in the cloud. See

SSAE16 Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16. SSAE 16 reporting can help service organizations comply with Sarbanes Oxley‘s requirement. It is not limited to financial reporting; it can also be applied to other sectors, and is useful for datacentres. SSAE 16 is one of the most widely known tools for providing assurances to data center customers. See discussion at and related SOC1, SOC2.

ISO27001 Specification for an information security management system, released 2013.

FedRAMP U.S. federal agencies have been directed use a process called FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program) to assess and authorize federal cloud computing products and services. See

UK G-Cloud Framework for faster procurement of IT Services over the cloud. See also CESG Communications-Electronics Security Group

IRAP Information Security Registered Assessors Program is an Australian Signals Directorate initiative to provide high-quality information and communications technology services to government in support of Australia’s security. A list of certified clouds –

HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The privacy rule ensures patients access to their health information and Protected Heath Information data (PHI) and de-identification of such data before health information being shared publicly. The security rule covers physical and technical safeguards such as control and monitoring of information against intrusions, encryption over networks etc.

DIACAP DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process.  United States Department of Defense (DoD) process to ensure that companies and organizations apply risk management to information systems. Aligns with NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF).

GLBA Financial Services Modernization act of 1999. Removed barriers in the market among banking companies, securities companies and insurance companies acting as one,  allowing them consolidate. GLBA compliance is mandatory; whether a financial institution discloses nonpublic information or not, there must be a policy in place to protect the information from foreseeable threats in security and data integrity.

NIST-SP800 30 NIST Risk Management Guide for Information Technology Systems

FISMA Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002. The act requires each federal agency to develop, document, and implement an agency-wide program to provide information security for the information and information systems that support the operations and assets of the agency, including those provided or managed by another agency, contractor, or other source.[

UK Data Protection Act Governs the protection of personal data in the UK

EU Data Privacy Directive Officially officially Directive 95/46/EC. European Union directive adopted in 1995 which regulates the processing of personal data within the European Union. It is an important component of EU privacy and human rights law. On 25 January 2012, the European Commission unveiled a draft European General Data Protection Regulation that will supersede the Data Protection Directive.

FIPS 140-2  Federal Information Processing Standard  Publication 140-2 is a U.S. government computer security standard used to accredit cryptographic modules.

It’s Back to the Future day

30 years out in the future seemed far out. But here we are on Oct 21, 2015 when Marty arrives back to the future.

What were some security features in the movie ?

  1. Thumbpads or fixed fingerprint scanners are used as a door locks.  They are well integrated in the life of people.
  2. Vehicle had barcode license plates that were remotely scannable. This could allow remote scanning by other vehicles or building infrastructure.
  3. Police carry mobile fingerprint scanners to identify a person – they press their thumb and obtain the name, address and date of birth.
  4. An autonomous drone walks the dog and apparently is safe enough on the roads.

How does Marty identify the characters in a different age ? It is interesting to think about identification schemes that can last for decades. He first recognizes their mannerisms and relationships. Identification mechanisms are being built to leverage such signatures.

In Minority Report, there is personal advertising scene of the future which uses face/eye recognition to flash ads to Tom Cruise.

In Mission Impossible, Rogue Nation there are several futuristic authentication schemes (gait, hand, eye) and security schemes (automatic wipe, isolation).

Integrate Conference 2015

This conference has a focus on integration between technologies and is held with API World. A dominant theme was connected cars.

ActiveScaler demonstrated its Connected Car platform and API that delivers five types of information. It had a great session with visits from a number of car companies, partners, vendors advisors, investors and interested public.

The highlight was a visit by Maria Roat, CTO, US Department of Transportation where she and her colleague shared their views on the evolution of transportation technologies with ActiveScaler team.

ActiveScaler demonstrated an app that connects the car to the cloud to provide rich vehicle and driver analytics in real time.

TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

The Ford Hackathon at Techcrunch Disrupt encouraged use of the Ford SmartDeviceLink (SDL) SDK to talk to their head units. The apps can be submitted to Ford for cars supporting Ford Sync. Toyota also represented itself to lend support to this open source effort. With a combined open source effort  the number of cars targetted by such apps could be higher.

The SDK can be useful for insurance applications for measuring ride and driver quality. Many applications were built at the hackathon around this idea.

We built an application to synchronize brakes between two cars in real time to prevent car pileups in low visibility conditions. It alerts the driver that a car ahead acting as a virtual break light. Our goal was distraction free driving, so it used voice commands to alert and automatic brake detection instead of manual brake notification.

A previous SDK also supported by Ford was OpenXC. Another popular SDK at the hackathon was SDK.

There was discussion of a Waze like app that is built into cars. Talking to people I learnt of the role the Department of Transportation is playing to bring Intelligent Transportation to reality.