Ellen Messmer

Senior Editor, Network World

Ellen Messmer is a senior editor at Network World. She covers news and technology trends related to information security.

Start-up fights ambush attacks on SDN, virtual machine networks

Start-up fights ambush attacks on SDN, virtual machine networks

GuardiCore developing “honeypot” approach to detecting and blocking stealthy attacks.

Does your business need a "Data Protection Officer?"

New data-privacy regulation for the European Union expected to gain approval as early as October of this year would break new ground by requiring businesses selling goods and services to European citizens to appoint a so-called "Data...

DeRodes steps into breach as Target's new CIO

Target has named veteran IT executive Bob DeRodes as its CIO and is tasking him with taking the $73 billion retailer in a new technology direction following the mammoth data breach that it disclosed late last year. The breach resulted...

Patch management missteps facilitate cybercrime

Failures in patch management of vulnerable systems have been a key enabler of cybercrime, according to the conclusions reached in Solutionary's annual Global Threat Intelligence Report out today, saying it sees botnet attacks as the...

How can the FBI and Secret Service know your network has been breached before you do?

Knock, knock! Secret Service here. "Is this your customer payment card data?"

IBM rolls "Big Data" software to combat big business fraud

IBM today introduced software that can be used by business to combat attempted fraud in insurance, financial and healthcare settings by applying "Big Data" analytical concepts that bring together various data streams to decide whether...

20 infamous security vendor break-ins

20 infamous security vendor break-ins

Here are 20 of the most notorious known break-ins over the past decade.

12 hot security startups you need to know

The willingness to invest in new security startups is continuing at such a breakneck pace that startups still in stealth mode are getting snapped up by more established players before they even publicly introduce their security...

NSA critic Bruce Schneier joins security firm Co3 as CTO

The network security industry's legendary free thinker Bruce Schneier Monday said he's taken a job as CTO at Co3 Systems, but that this in no way will curtail his determination to speak and write candidly on important topics such as...

Juniper vs. Palo Alto Networks: Firewall court battle set to begin

Call it the fist fight over firewalls for 2014. Juniper Networks is going for a knock-out against rival Palo Alto Networks in a patent-dispute lawsuit related to next-generation firewalls that's set to go to trial in Delaware in...

Microsoft and Symantec push to combat key, code-signed malware

An alarming growth in malware signed with fraudulently obtained keys and code-signing certificates in order to trick users to download harmful code is prompting Microsoft and Symantec to push for tighter controls in the way the...

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