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Prof. Avishai Wool co-founded AlgoSec in 2004 and has served as its CTO since its inception. Prior to co-founding AlgoSec, he co-founded Lumeta Corporation in 2000 as a spin out of Bell Labs, and was its Chief Scientist until 2002. At Lumeta, Prof. Wool was responsible for transforming the firewall analyser technology he helped develop at Bell Labs into a commercial product. Earlier, Prof. Wool was a technical staff member at Bell Labs’ Secure Systems Research Department, where he led a team of researchers who created the first research prototypes for the firewall analyser. He has published more than 110 research papers and holds 13 US Patents, and has served on the program committee of the leading IEEE and ACM conferences on computer and network security. Prof. Wool has a B.Sc. (Cum Laude) in Mathematics and Computer Science, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science.

The Long-Term Forecast: Private Cloud Is Here To Stay

For several years now, the public cloud has been the main focus of conversations about how enterprise IT infrastructures will be deployed and managed. And with good reason: it continues to take the lion’s share of cloud spending. Worldwide public cloud market revenues were projected to grow 18.5% during 2017, according to Gartner.  However, this doesn’t mean that private clouds should be written off:  far from it. According to IDC, private cloud market revenues grew 10% in the 12 months to July 2017. And Forrester devoted two of its 2018 cloud predictions to private cloud, stating that over the coming year, ‘private and hybrid cloud spending will rebound after a slowdown, driven by a raft of new on-premises cloud solutions’ and ‘Private clouds will get a new life as app development and mod...

Major IT Security Lessons Learned From 2017

George Santayana famously observed that: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  In a year where data breaches escalated, and cyber-criminals found yet more ways to infiltrate the enterprise network, this quote came to mind. So, as 2017 came and went let’s look back over the year and reflect and evaluate past events in cyber security, and understand how they happened, so that we can hopefully prevent them from happening again in 2018. Data Breaches Continue To Happen As I have already alluded to, data breaches increased in number and severity over the past year. People may have become desensitised to the news, but the number of personal records stolen or lost is staggering. In 2017 alone Uber, Amazon, the US Government, Equifax and Yahoo – to name just a few – all...

Don’t Get Lost In Translation When Managing Mixed Firewall Estates

The first commercial firewall, the DEC SEAL, shipped in 1992. 25 years later the firewall is still the core building block of organisations’ security infrastructures. Of course, it has evolved dramatically since those early days, with each stage of evolution adding ever more sophisticated security features. We’ve evolved from the stateful firewall which filters bi-directional traffic streams as whole, requiring users to write policies only for outgoing traffic, to the next-generation firewall (NGFW), which supports more granular filtering and deep packet inspection to identify application-specific traffic, not just network protocols and port numbers.  The adoption of virtualised datacentres lead to the development of virtualised firewalls, adding even more devices that need to be managed. ...

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