Security

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Tapping into Boston talent
Security startup Lookout will add Boston office after naming local exec CEO
Lookout chief executive Jim Dolce.
Interesting string of events for Lookout, a San Francisco startup that focuses on security for mobile devices... In March, the company named former Verivue and Akamai executive Jim Dolce as CEO. Last week, the company added $150 million in new funding. And in October, the company plans to open its first U.S. office outside of the Bay Area, in downtown Boston. Read More
Party Photos
Boston Calling attendees were guinea pigs in IBM surveillance pilot
Via Dig Boston
A new three-part series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 forthcoming) from Dig Boston is looking at how IBM lured the city into trialling a new model of a "smarter city": One that watched and listened to its citizens, seeking out suspicious activity while tracking faces and clothing, tying together tweets and hundreds of cameras in a system the current administration ultimately found no "practical value" in. Read More
Guardians of the (Data) Galaxy
Verdasys becomes Digital Guardian, focuses on protecting data even after a security breach
Digital Guardian
Verdasys Systems has long been known in the security space for its Digital Guardian product; so much so, in fact, that the company is officially rebranding under the name of its banner product. Starting on Tuesday, the company will be known at Digital Guardian by Veradys. Read More
Blink and it's gone
Home monitoring system Blink, surpasses goal, has raised close to $300,000 in a week on Kickstarter
Blink mobile app
Andover-based Immedia Semiconductor launched a Kickstarter campaign for Blink, an HD video monitoring and motion detector system, just last week. As of today, the company has raised close to $300,000 (far exceeding the original $200,000 goal) with more than 2,300 backers. Read More
R.I.P. Passwords?
Will stealthy Certus let you forget all your passwords?
certus
How is this for a fantasy come true: never having to remember — or reset — another password? A stealthy startup with employees in Boston and San Francisco is developing a technology that would use an app on your smartphone to make the act of logging into a website not only less frustrating, but more secure. Certus Technology Systems has already raised about $375,000 in seed funding from individual investors, and is conducting its first pilot test with a financial services customer now. Read More
Protection money
Waltham security firm Verdasys gets new chief, $12 million in funding
Verdasys employees at the recent RSA Security conference in San Francisco.
A security executive who sold his last startup to McAfee is taking over at Verdasys, a Waltham company founded way back in 2002. Verdasys sells software intended to safeguard sensitive data from malicious outsiders — and employees. Ken Levine sold his last company, NitroSecurity, in 2011. He stuck around at McAfee until late last year. Then, one of Verdasys' investors told him the company was hunting for a new CEO to replace Jim Ricotta, who had been running Verdasys for a little more than three years. Levine's first day on the job was last Friday. Read More