I have no idea how long I've been with SC Magazine. It seems like forever that I have been answering that question with “25 years” and I think that's pretty close. That would make it 1992 when I first started writing for the magazine and I don't think that we were yet part of Haymarket Media back then. It's been a very long time in any event.
This has been a strange and interesting month. Our regular readers will note that we have the smallest crop of products, probably ever. There is a reason for that. The field of cloud-based security is small, new – emerging, really – and is trying to define itself. It has been just recently that we have taken it from and Emerging group to our mainstream group reviews. So, watch this space. Over the next couple of years this will become one of the most important categories at which we look.
Every now and again we see some very unusual and innovative approaches to solving a particular security problem. Occasionally one of those approaches takes us back to studies at university that we thought were pretty cool theoretically but we couldn't see a practical application in securing the enterprise. This only is the second one of those we've seen in recent years – the first used graph theory – and this one uses formal verification. Formal verification is not particularly new.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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