Security

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Hazmat Helper
908 Devices has a hand-held approach to thwarting chemical attacks
The M908 mass spectrometer device helps Hazmat teams detect chemical toxins (Photo via 908 Devices).
Massive public events like the Boston Marathon, which draw hundreds of thousands of spectators each year, also require elaborate security measures. But the police, fire, and emergency staff who were stationed along the route Monday had a new device helping them protect the public: the M908 mass spectrometer, a locally designed tool that allows Hazmat teams to quickly detect the presence of chemical weapons or other toxic chemicals. Read More
Cybersecurity summer camp
MIT students, Highland Capital, partner to launch Cybersecurity Factory
Networking Switch
Over the past several months, two PhD candidates in MIT's CSAIL program have been busy attempting to solve a few tough questions: How do you make cybersecurity sexy? How can you create excitement about the field? And perhaps most importantly, how do you take the impressive work being done at academic institutions and find ways to bring it to market? Read More
No Hibernating
Sqrrl raises $7.1 million for its NSA-rooted security risk detection software
Left to right: Adam Fuchs, co-founder and CTO; Mark Terenzoni, CEO; Ely Kahn, co-founder and Director of Business Development.(Photo via Liz Linder Photography)
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 More
hide and seek
4 Talking Points: Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith on privacy, technology, Edward Snowden
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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. Read More
LEDs, Irish 3D Love
Daily Brief: Prelert gets $7.5 million, BeON Kickstarts, and Web Summit kicks off in Dublin
BeOn Burglar Deterrent bulbs would have made Home Alone less interesting. Courtesy BeON Home
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