There are numerous potential threats to Internet security: lone-wolf hackers, state-sponsored cyber attacks, or identity and data theft, for example. But one of the most difficult cybersecurity challenges to identify and prevent are the Edward Snowdens — the players already inside an organization who are looking to steal or share sensitive information.
Today, Cambridge-based Sqrrl, which uses data analytics to fight Internet security threats, including from those known as 'determined insiders' like Snowden, announced that it has raised $7.1 million in new funding. Read MoreCyber ResponseCybersecurity company Co3 Systems rebrands as Resilient Systems
SaltDNA, a Belfast-founded startup that has built a secure mobile and data communication network for enterprises, is setting up shop in Boston after having receiving $3 million in funding from Atlas Venture and a few security-minded angel investors. Read More
It's been about 17 months since Edward Snowden leaked details about the National Security Agency's tracking practices, information that triggered a firestorm of investigations into the US government's access to private data and the way technology companies secured and shared consumer information.
On Tuesday, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith spoke at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, facing an audience that included some of the loudest critics of the NSA's activities in the US.
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It's been a very active two-week period for fundraising among Boston's tech companies, and there are no signs of that slowing down at all.
-Framingham-based Prelert, a company that develops advanced analytics software that helps enterprises with the early detection of possible data loss, announced $7.5 million in new funding today led by Intel Capital. Read More
Two weeks ago, Facebook began suspending the accounts of members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a drag and community service organization. Members who'd been active on Facebook under their stage names were locked out until they registered with their legal names.
For those members who wanted to keep their stage identities separate from the rest of their lives, at least online, Facebook's actions threatened to tear down a critical wall of privacy. After attempted discussions with Facebook, a whole lot of media (and social media) attention, and a Change.org campaign that's collected more than 36,300 signatures, on Wednesday Facebook's chief product officer Chris Cox apologized to the group. Read MoreForget your passwordCan the fitness-tracking Apple Watch offer a healthy alternative to passwords?
Apple showed off its Apple Watch today and demonstrated how it's also a sophisticated fitness and health tracker that measures your heart rate, various activity levels, and syncs with your phone.
Apple, the company that once held your photos and emails and contacts, can now collect a whole other kind of additional private data that's even closer to your skin—heart rate, movement patterns, sleeping patterns, and more.
They also have a unique opportunity to use that very same information for security. But will they take it?
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