Prominent websites like Twitter, Netflix, Airbnb, and Spotify were having sporadic problems since Friday, thanks to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Dyn’s servers. Dyn is one of the largest ISPs in the world, so an attack on its servers meant a significant chunk of DNS (Internet’s address directory) went down. DNS is something similar to a phone book, and it allows users to connect to different websites and applications. Thus, when the DNS servers were attacked, users could not connect to certain IP addresses.
In most DDoS attacks, the information is intact, but temporarily unavailable. But in this case, Dyn’s core Internet infrastructure was [...]
Microsoft is known to provide customized products for government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, to ensure that its products meet the necessary requirements and certifications laid down for these agencies. To add a feather to its cap, Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it would create custom versions of its cloud platform, Azure and Office 365, to meet the Impact Level 5 requirements laid down by the US Department of Defense (DoD). This product is expected to be available by the end of 2016, according to a press release.
In this version, Azure and Office 365 will be physically isolated and kept in two new regions dedicated for it. According to the company, [...]
Despite rumors of an impending acquisition, Rackspace has recently announced expansion of its Rackspace Managed Security services to Microsoft Azure and developments in its OpenStack technology.
Rackspace’s main focus is providing services that offer support for applications not only on its own cloud but third party clouds as well. The service launched in September of 2015 and has been exclusive to Amazon Web Service, Rackspace Dedicated Hosting, and Rackspace Managed VMware.
Rackspace Managed Security for Microsoft Azure will allow those utilizing Azure services to benefit from added security services provided by Rackspace. Rackspace’s technology [...]
Lance Crosby has recently announced his new venture StackPath, a Security-as-a-Service company, at HostingCon Global. Initially, StackPath will include content delivery, DDoS protection, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services. Eventually, the company will grow to include other services such as secure compute and storage. These services will be offered as both individual products and a suite of services, operating on private and public clouds. StackPath’s global threat intelligence engine will be available across 35 points-of-presence.
Crosby was inspired to found StackPath in 2013 after he left IBM. He witnessed a plethora of flaws within the cloud [...]
Cloud giant Cisco has recently acquired cloud security startup CloudLock for $293 million. This $293 million includes cash as well as equity awards. CloudLock will be integrated into Cisco’s Networking and Security Business group under David Goeckeler. The deal is expected to close by November, 2016.
Cisco has utilized acquisition to build its security software and service sector; it paid $2.7 billion for Sourcefire, security hardware and software maker, in 2013 and $635 million for OpenDNS, which helps stop cyber attacks, in 2015. These acquisitions are similar to those of Microsoft, who purchased Adallom for $250 million, and Blue Coat, who purchased Perspecsys [...]
India’s leading venture capital firm Kalaari Capital’s seed program, Kstart, has recently invested $510k into cloud security startup ParaBlu. This funding will be used for both team expansion and marketing activities.
Kalaari Capital launched its Kstart program in February of 2016, allocating over $20 million for the program over the course of two years. ParaBlu marks Kstart’s fourth investment, following Affordplan, Active.ai, and Indee. Kstart plans to invest in over 40 startups over the next four years.
About ParaBlu: Founded in 2011, California based ParaBlu provides an award winning Cloud Access Security Broker data solution, among other cloud security [...]