In theatre and film, the fourth wall is the imaginary wall in a traditional three-walled set separating the performers from the audience.

If vendors, investors and buyers form the first three walls of the stage – industry analysts are the fourth wall.

It’s my belief that the job of the fourth wall isn’t to erect a barrier. Rather to provide an objective and transparent view to the marketplace and its players. If the fourth wall removes noise, it can enable you to make better-informed decisions on your purchases, sales, investments and strategy.

The user awareness landscape

Overall, technologies can be pretty straightforward to secure. Teach software not to execute a certain command, block a port, or alert on a set of conditions, and it will abide. Humans, on the other hand are not as easy to harden against attacks. These attacks are frequently delivered through emails, text messages, social media, or […]


M&A Mania

2018 has kicked off with a flurry of M&A activity in the infosec space. There have been four that I’ve been aware of, Barracuda acquired Phishline Cyxtera acquired Immunity Inc Verizon acquired Niddel Threatcare acquired Savage Security I wonder how many more deals will be announced between now and RSA. Either way, it looks like […]

Threatcare secures $1.4m seed funding

Threatcare has announced a $1.4m seed round led by Moonshots Capital and includes Flyover Capital and Firebrand Ventures. The Austin-based company was founded in 2014 by CEO Marcus Carey. Its flagship product, Violet, is a SaaS-based offering that enables continuous security validation through attack simulations. For many security departments, the question they are often faced […]


Analyst Vendor Briefings

Fuelled by a twitter conversation both Adrian Sanabria and Anton Chuvakin posted articles here and here, sharing some good tips on what makes a good briefing and common pitfalls to avoid. As a former (recovering?) analyst, I thought it only right that I jump on the bandwagon and share my thoughts on the topic. What […]

Thales splashes out $5.7bn for Gemalto

M&A in the infosec world has waited for the holiday season to go all out splashing its cash. A flurry of activity has occurred at the tail end of the year with considerable consolidation. Proving that encryption and identity management is no slouch, Thales has made an eye-watering bid of $5.7bn to acquire Gemalto, a […]

A tale of two public companies

Infosec companies don’t always get the love they deserve from the markets once they IPO. As Barracuda Networks discovered despite posting respectable profitable growth. PE firm Thoma Bravo stepped in, paying $27.55 per share for Barracuda in a $1.6bn move taking it private. The market can be unforgiving, even when a company like Barracuda is […]

New CEO leading the Bugcrowd

Bugcrowd has announced a new CEO, Ashish Gupta to take the helm from founder Casey Ellis, who has stepped aside to assume the role of Chairman and CTO of the firm he founded five years ago in 2012. The move shows a level of maturity on behalf of the company, and indeed Ellis. Startup founders […]

Flashpoint, shining a light on threat intelligence from the dark web

New York-based Flashpoint was founded in 2010, and has evolved its mission to comb the dark web to provide business risk intelligence to help organizations mitigate risk across the enterprise. The company is headed up by CEO Josh Lefkowitz, with Evan Kohlmann and Josh Devon serving as chief innovation officer, and chief operating officer respectively. […]

Firemon reaches for the FortyCloud

Network security is a major concern for both enterprises and individuals. With threats seemingly around every corner, we focus much of our energy on awareness and mitigation, such as firewalls. Well, sometimes. It’s not always this simple. Setting up a suitable firewall becomes far more of a challenge the more systems there are in a […]

LiebSoft seeks privileged management from Okta

Despite some of the world’s most innovative minds working tirelessly to develop solutions to security woes, the average user still lags far behind in prioritizing his or her own security online. In fact, the mobile identity company TeleSign conducted a survey  of 2000 people in 2015 and found that consumers have an average of 23 […]