The email security market is littered with false claims. How to fix it

Today’s crowded email security market has become littered with false claims. I can tell you that firsthand—the company I run competes in this crowded arena. (And as such, I have a financial stake in writing this article.)

As a potential buyer, empty promises are incredibly confusing. As a vendor, they’re counterproductive and dishonest—it’s pretty unethical to say your product removes all risk of any existing or future threats.

How did the industry get here? It’s a little more complicated than just too many vendors trying to get heard over all the noise—and it’s entangled in the history of cybersecurity itself. Many of us often wonder if it’s even possible today for companies to see fact versus fiction to make sure they’re investing in the right system features and benefits.

Cybersecurity has grown extremely complex over the last decade. At its earliest, the landscape was ruled by hackers steeped in computer science whose activity was mostly on the offensive side—finding ways around security protocols for street cred. As it evolved, many hackers “went corporate” and refocused their skills defensively to help companies arm their internal systems against malicious attacks. These skills, honed intricately by years of practice and trial-and-error, established the baseline for the entire cybersecurity industry.

On the plus side, a new sense of professionalism has evolved with certifications such as certified information systems security professional (CISSP) and CSA. There’s even a course dedicated to certified ethical hacking. None of these programs were available 20 years ago. In addition, more mid-level jobs now exist for cybersecurity professionals, so the role of the chief information security officer (CISO) has become significantly less technical than it once was. 

Today, it exists as an amalgamation of a variety of functions, including application security, network security, and physical security. There’s much more on a CISO’s plate and many more security vendors to choose from. Many CISOs also sit on corporate boards and are carefully watched and assessed. With breaches potentially costing millions of dollars, the stakes are high—and vendors converge on stressed out CISOs unsure of where to turn.   

In the past, hackers were highly skilled at cyber breaking and entering—and these proficient hackers became cybersecurity leaders in the private sector. 

But today’s hackers are lazy cri

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Gift Guide: How to turn your outdoor space into a year-round living room

Winter came especially early this year to Chicago—the first snowflakes were spotted on October 26th, to be exact. In this part of the country people are already used to braving the elements, but with COVID still running rampant, having an outdoor space that is usable (no matter what the temperature) has become the best way to ensure you can keep socializing with other humans during the darkest and coldest months of the year. Here, we tracked down six essentials for making your outdoor space feel like your favorite indoor space this winter.

Solo Stove Bonfire, $284

You may have thought most of society’s great leaps forward in terms of innovation recently have been in gene editing, or perhaps app design. But don’t underestimate fire pits, particularly the Solo Stove’s “smokeless” model. As the company explains it, “Strategically placed holes in the double-wall structure suck the air from the bottom and feed the heated oxygen to the top resulting in a spectacular flame with intense heat.” Though you use regular firewood, there is “nearly no smoke and minimal ash left over.” The Solo comes in three sizes: Campfire, Bonfire and Yukon, with a range of covers and cooking accessories sold separately (we recommend the double-pronged marshmallow roaster). Botton line: The perfect gift for anyone who loves sitting around a campfire, but doesn’t love smelling like one.  

Nebula Capsule Max Projector, $470

If you haven’t already heard about the Nebula (or seen one in action) prepare to be amazed. At little more than the size of a soda can, this powerful wireless projector makes everything else on the market seem like something from your 7th grade science classroom. Set it on a table and stream your favorite shows or movies using your phone as a remote. The app supports Netflix, Amazon Prime and most other streaming services. We’ve seen the Nebula projected on a foldable screen, sheet, or even just the side of a house. Bonus: Technically you can also use it inside as well.

Cozy Wrap, $68

Is it a blanket? Is it a coat? Do we even care when it’s 24 degrees out? This cozy fall coverup not only looks like you just stepped off the Scottish moors, it’s flexible enough to keep you warm in almost any scenario. Tuck it around your next on a chilly evening or use it as a blanket during outdoor movie night. Perhaps Braveheart?

Nottingham Faux Fur Plaid Throw, $149

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In a historic vote, the Swiss will determine if multinationals should be held liable for global abuses

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For decades, Switzerland has been a favorite headquarters for global corporations, and for good reason: It transformed its tiny Alpine country into an economic powerhouse, in good part by keeping business secrets and asking few questions.

But that could be about to change—as soon as this weekend.

In a nationwide referendum on Sunday, Swiss voters will decide whether companies headquartered there should be held legally liable for whatever environment wreckage and human rights abuses occur as a result of their operations, no matter where. The so-called Responsible Business Initiative, or RBI as the Swiss call it, has been nearly a decade in the making, and would compel companies to report on non-financial aspects involved in every part of their global supply chain—a potentially mammoth undertaking for giants like pharmaceutical manufacturer Novartis or oil trader Trafigura. Those are just two of the 29,000 or so companies headquartered in Switzerland. In the future, all would be held accountable under Swiss law for transgressions across the world.

Depending on who you are, the idea is either long overdue, or a catastrophe in the making.

Human-rights advocates, trade unions and NGOs argue that the RBI would finally force companies to make sure that their suppliers and sub-contractors do not use child labor, expel people from their land, or pollute local rivers and air; those are among the accusations leveled against Nestlé (headquartered in Vevey, Swizerland), commodities trading house Glencore (headquartered in Zug, Switzerland) and cement giant LafargeHolcim (also in Zug).

“If we can only be competitive by ignoring human rights, by ignoring the basic laws of environmental protection, that means our country has really lost all dignity,” Dick Marty, the former Swiss Senator who spearheaded the proposal, told a local journalist earlier this month. He says that by far the majority of Swiss-based businesses are good global citizens, but that the abuses committed by a small number of them are “damaging to the local population and environment, as well as to the image of Switzerland and its economy.”

“Change is coming”

Surprisingly, Switzerland’s business organizations largely agree with that sentiment, saying that clearly something needs be done about the human-

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