The hottest Cybersecurity Substack posts right now

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Nonzero Newsletter • 482 implied HN points • 16 Feb 24
  1. There is a push to increase investment in AI technology, with companies seeking trillions of dollars for large-scale projects. This poses potential benefits but also risks like job loss and psychological effects.
  2. Egypt is constructing a large 'security zone' to handle displaced Palestinians, possibly due to Israel's actions in Gaza. The situation highlights complex political and humanitarian dilemmas in the region.
  3. AI tools are increasingly used in various sectors, from analyzing workplace communication to cyberattacks. The technology's potential benefits come with concerns about privacy, worker rights, and security vulnerabilities.
The Security Industry • 28 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. In the cybersecurity industry, a company's success often comes from acquiring and integrating other successful cybersecurity companies that offer products in different areas like network, endpoint, data, identity, or GRC.
  2. Professional management is essential for growth through acquisitions in the cybersecurity field. It's crucial to make wise choices, integrate acquired teams effectively, and stay focused on customer service.
  3. Cybersecurity companies need to deliver good products at good prices to succeed, rather than solely relying on complex platformization strategies for sales growth.
Frankly Speaking • 254 implied HN points • 15 Feb 24
  1. Crowdstrike initially succeeded by focusing on incident response, not just products, which differentiated them from competitors like Symantec.
  2. The company's expansion into adjacencies and acquisitions, like PAM and logging, is an effort to move from endpoint protection to a broader platform play for sustained growth.
  3. Crowdstrike may face challenges if they don't adapt successfully to selling to DevOps, security engineers, and managing acquisitions, risking plateauing growth and loss of market interest.
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The Security Industry • 38 implied HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. Enterprises do not want to buy all cybersecurity solutions from a single vendor, showing no appetite for it after past experiences.
  2. It is crucial to have the best cybersecurity defenses in place to protect against real threats, even if it means not opting for a unified 'platform' solution.
  3. Past instances with vendors like Symantec and McAfee caution against getting locked into a single vendor's ecosystem due to risks of stagnation and lack of innovation.
SHERO • 314 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. There were six separate mass shooting incidents in the United States last week, with a total of 13 people killed and 22 injured. It's crucial to stay informed and advocate for sensible gun reform.
  2. A new cybersecurity warning report reveals stealthy hacks from China into US infrastructure systems. It's essential to be aware of cybersecurity threats.
  3. Ronna McDaniel, the head of the Republican National Committee, is expected to step down. This marks the end of a significant era in the Republican Party.
Newcomer • 1238 implied HN points • 19 Jan 24
  1. OpenAI has faced challenges as a 'big tech' company early in its life, including raising significant funds and experiencing executive drama.
  2. OpenAI removed its 'Don't Be Evil' slogan and is now collaborating with the Department of Defense on cybersecurity projects.
  3. Aileen Lee's research on unicorns reveals that strong unicorns are more involved in enterprise tech than consumer tech, with many 'papercorns' yet to prove their value.
Venture in Security • 275 implied HN points • 08 Feb 24
  1. Large corporations like Microsoft may have resources, but they often struggle to innovate due to the innovator's dilemma.
  2. Startups need to focus on understanding market needs and finding the right distribution channels to succeed.
  3. Cybersecurity founders should consider external factors like market conditions and economic trends when planning their startup journeys.
Department of Product • 314 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Passkeys are digital keys replacing traditional passwords, enhancing security and creating unique keys for each account and device.
  2. Major companies like Uber, Apple, Google, and Microsoft are actively supporting and implementing passkeys for a passwordless future.
  3. Product teams can implement passkeys by understanding how they work and following a step-by-step guide for integration.
Elliott Confidential • 137 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Use two-factor authentication and authenticator apps to protect your online travel accounts from hackers.
  2. Enable login notifications and maximize security settings on platforms to monitor any unauthorized access to your accounts.
  3. Avoid using simple or repeated passwords, practice safe Wi-Fi usage, and be cautious of urgent emails or suspicious links to prevent hacking incidents.
ChinAI Newsletter • 609 implied HN points • 22 Jan 24
  1. China's chip imports dropped for the first time in consecutive years due to geopolitical factors and increased demand in emerging industries like 5G and AI.
  2. China has been focusing on localizing chip production to reduce the trade deficit, with the self-sufficiency rate increasing from 16.6% in 2020 to 23.3% in 2023.
  3. In the past ten years, China's chip industry experienced significant growth, with chip imports and exports doubling in quantity and value.
Venture in Security • 235 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. Product-led growth in cybersecurity can be beneficial for growth and reaching security practitioners.
  2. Product-led growth can harm cybersecurity startups by undermining traditional sales channels, causing revenue cannibalization, and leading to misplaced focus.
  3. Startups should carefully consider if their product is suitable for self-serve, avoid jeopardizing sales opportunities, and focus on value over rapid implementation of PLG.
Venture in Security • 707 implied HN points • 09 Jan 24
  1. The book 'Cyber for Builders' is a comprehensive guide for building a cybersecurity startup.
  2. The book covers various aspects of cybersecurity industry including key players, trends, and essential insights for early-stage founders.
  3. The book has received praise from industry experts for its practical advice and guidance for navigating the complexities of building a cybersecurity company.
Venture in Security • 511 implied HN points • 16 Jan 24
  1. The cybersecurity industry benefits from a large number of startups that lead to innovation and competition.
  2. Venture capital is crucial for cybersecurity startups to innovate, educate the market, and speed up the adoption of best practices.
  3. Investors need to better evaluate security startups, and the industry needs a reset of expectations to address real problems like navigating undifferentiated tools and poor go-to-market approaches.
News Items • 196 implied HN points • 01 Feb 24
  1. The modern economy and international order are being challenged by incidents at sea involving Houthi rebels, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and the resurgence of piracy.
  2. The U.S. government has disrupted a dangerous Chinese hacking operation targeting American critical infrastructure networks in preparation for potential cyberattacks during conflict.
  3. Beijing's advanced hacking capabilities and interest in infiltrating U.S. critical infrastructure pose a significant cybersecurity challenge.
Venture in Security • 255 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. Hero culture in cybersecurity is common and involves individuals working long hours and taking on immense responsibilities, leading to negative consequences.
  2. Hero culture in cybersecurity has roots in the original hacking culture, the adversary's presence, reliance on knowledgeable individuals, and a special relationship with the military.
  3. Hero culture is reinforced through employees' sense of identity, belonging, and fear, as well as by companies' reluctance to invest in adequate security measures.
TechTalks • 78 implied HN points • 07 Feb 24
  1. Don't panic about recent deepfake scams without more details on the case.
  2. The threat of deepfake scams is rising, so you should know how to safeguard yourself.
  3. Reining in instincts, using alternative communication channels, and verifying AI-generated material can protect you from deepfake scams.
ChinAI Newsletter • 157 implied HN points • 29 Jan 24
  1. National Data Administration in China started coordinating data infrastructure construction in 2023.
  2. China took significant actions in internet governance, such as fines on financial platforms and AI-generated content regulations.
  3. Important events included new regulations on cyberviolence management and the first AI text-to-image infringement case in China.
Cybersect • 78 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Armchair experts in both football and software development have strong opinions without real expertise.
  2. Software bugs are complex and not solely due to moral weakness, but rather the inherent difficulty of preventing them.
  3. Proposed software regulations may not improve cybersecurity but instead burden smaller companies and benefit larger corporations.
The Security Industry • 14 implied HN points • 16 Feb 24
  1. Cybersecurity stocks have seen significant growth in just a year, with some major stocks more than doubling.
  2. The rise of AI, particularly large language models, is predicted to have a greater impact on human development than past technological advancements like the internet and electricity.
  3. Investors, security buyers, and industry pundits need to adapt to the technological expansion ahead and be prepared for significant changes in various sectors.
Deploy Securely • 216 implied HN points • 10 Jan 24
  1. Block major generative AI tools from scraping your website by adding specific directives to your robots.txt file.
  2. Consider modifying your site's terms and conditions to prevent undesired activities like scraping by AI tools.
  3. Blocking AI tools may impact your search and social media rankings, so find a balance between cybersecurity and potential repercussions.
Threats Without Borders • 39 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. The New York State Attorney General is taking legal action against Citibank regarding fraud and cybersecurity issues.
  2. Financial institutions might be required to reimburse customers for funds lost to electronic fraud under the Electronic Funds Transfer Act.
  3. There are concerns about the use of deepfake technology in cybercrime, highlighting the importance of security controls and validation procedures.
Platformer • 3419 implied HN points • 27 Jun 23
  1. Generative AI is dramatically impacting the internet with a variety of changes to platforms and services.
  2. The increasing use of AI-generated content poses challenges such as misinformation, disruption, and a dilution of human wisdom.
  3. Research shows that relying on AI systems to generate data can lead to degradation and collapse of models, raising concerns for the future of the web.
The Good blog • 13 implied HN points • 14 Feb 24
  1. Governments, particularly the US, are involved in a variety of technical research areas such as defense, regulatory agencies, and other government departments.
  2. There is a mix of in-house and contracted technical research, with some independent agencies excelling in this area.
  3. Defense research tends to dominate government technical research, with no clear pattern indicating whether in-house or contracted research is more successful.
The Web Scraping Club • 19 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Browser fingerprinting is used as an alternative to cookies and raises privacy concerns due to its unique identification capabilities.
  2. Desktop devices are more easily uniquely fingerprinted compared to mobile devices, with Chrome providing more detailed configurations.
  3. Innovative approaches like using WebGPU for web fingerprinting pose privacy risks and may require countermeasures to prevent misuse.
Deploy Securely • 117 implied HN points • 12 Jan 24
  1. Mithril Security offers tools for securing sensitive AI deployments.
  2. StackAware assists companies in managing risks related to cybersecurity, compliance, and privacy in AI deployments.
  3. Partnership between StackAware and Mithril Security combines expertise in AI threats and confidential AI for secure deployments.
Metacurity • 39 implied HN points • 01 Feb 24
  1. The US government disrupted a dangerous Chinese hacking operation known as Volt Typhoon by taking over and wiping infected routers.
  2. Senior officials expressed concern over Beijing's attempts to infiltrate US networks for potential cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.
  3. The operation was part of efforts to prevent future cyberattacks, particularly around potential conflicts like the one involving Taiwan.