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As the EMEA Cyber Security Evangelist for Radware, Pascal helps execute the company’s thought leadership on today’s security threat landscape. Pascal brings over two decades of experience in many aspects of Information Technology and holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Free University of Brussels. As part of the Radware Security Research team Pascal develops and maintains the IoT honeypots and actively researches IoT malware.

Are Web App Developers Falling Into The Same Old Security Gaps?

Web applications are absolutely crucial in today’s digital world. They are an enabler for digital transformation. The agility of these applications, providing quick time to market and close adherence with users’ expectations, is a requirement to stay competitive in fast moving digital markets. This requirement for quick development and constant availability does come at a price: security is often an afterthought. Security features not fully implemented or tested, updates not applied and patches being held back are just a few of the issues that can arise during web app development and maintenance. So, with that in mind, should we be surprised that in the latest update of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) didn’t actually contain many updates? The top vulnerability remains ‘in...

Malware Sharing Presents New Problems For The IoT

The widespread sharing of IoT malware is having a significant effect on the broader threat landscape, with source code and even tutorials now freely available on Darknet forums. For starters, the hacker economy is maturing – their communities have been growing for some time now. It’s little surprise to those of us in the security industry that forum and source sharing models have begun to develop, as has been seen in the open source communities. The sharing and leveraging of open source code was inevitable, as people work together to accelerate and advance the quality and development of new features. As open source has been proven successful in the ‘clear’ world, replicating the success in the ‘dark’ world was to be expected at some point. It is yet another step in the development pr...

Web Scraping Is Eating Away At Revenue, Profit And IP

In a digital world, content-gobbling, intellectual-scraping web bots pose a tremendous risk to today’s organisations. In addition to stealing intellectual property and/or data, bots that perform content scraping can perform so many requests that it leads to a Denial-of-Service situation. In addition, a company can lose revenue thanks to aggregators and price comparison websites or due to information leakage. Web scraping refers to a type of software tool that harvests data from websites and uses it for a variety of purposes. If a browser can render it, it can be scraped. There are five main use cases for web scraping: Content scraping (lifting content from a site and posting it elsewhere without permission). Research. Price comparison. Data monitoring (weather, stocks, etc.). Website chang...

Blockchain: The Missing Link For IoT?

Blockchain is expected to be instrumental in digital transformation in the coming years, especially in the field of IoT. But there are technical hurdles to overcome largely because most IoT devices lack the adequate computing power to participate in blockchains directly. That said, as with most IoT initiatives, a small thing like power isn’t going to stop the world from trying. You just have to look at the importance of cryptocurrencies, which rely on blockchain to operate, to see the potential. Cryptocurrencies, which allow people to move money in the same way they move information on the internet, are being traded in huge sums. There are currently more than 900 different cryptocurrencies being traded and the most popular, the Bitcoin (BTC), has a market cap of over $40 billion with daily...