Pressrelease: Knowit is strengthening its security venture

Published: 27 March, 2013, at Knowitgroup.com.

Knowit is strengthening its venture in IT and information security. For this reason, Åsa Schwarz has been employed as sales manager of Knowit’s specialist company in the field, Knowit Secure. Her task is to position Knowit as the leading supplier of outsourced security.

– The demand for IT and information security is growing, as the situation for all companies becoming more complex, with outsourcing, cloud services and social media. At the same time, cybercrime is becoming more organized and goal-oriented, says Åsa Schwarz.

Knowit is growing quickly in the area. In one and a half years, Knowit Secure has gone from zero to twenty-five employees. The goal is to have thirty employees by the end of the year.

– Our goal is to become the Swedish leaders in the field. Åsa will help us on the way, with her unique competence in security, marketing and sales, says Tomas Rimming, CEO at Knowit Secure.

– Knowit has already become one of the sharpest security consultants, says Åsa Schwarz. It will be fun to see what we can achieve together in the future.

Åsa Schwarz has long experience of IT security and has founded both business fields and companies in the area. She also works as a columnist for Computer Sweden and has published four works of fiction, translated into seventeen languages.

Outsorcing vs Cloud Services.

First published in 2013-04-13 in Computer Sweden.

The year was 2009. The warning lights were blinking. The clouds were approaching. Unsure, immature, hyped, and with a seductive price tag. A customer commissioned me to make a check list of services that could be placed in the cloud. The answer was simple: any services, as long as they are not connected to the rest of one’s infrastructure and don’t contain sensitive information. I hope you never need to retrieve the information. Curtain-fall.

The year is 2013. The price tag is still seductive, but the situation is different. The market is maturing. The larger suppliers are listening to their customers. Although contracts are standardised, they are premised on the customer being a professional purchaser. Now one has to make the right choice, not abstain from buying. The pitfalls are many, but the rewards are lower prices, flexibility, and in some cases higher security.

Personal information has been a major obstacle for cloud giants. Therefore a construction called Safe Harbor has now been implemented, meaning that American companies pledge to abide by European legislation. This pertains not only to one’s personal information – all one’s information is accessible only in countries with reasonable legislation. However, Patriot Act and FISAA trump Safe Harbor, which is mportant for Swedish public authorities to keep in mind.

Integration with the rest of one’s infrastructure has been another problem. Nowadays, however, one might connect cloud services to the existing Active Directory and the transition is invisible to users through a single Sign On. Naturally, this has to be done in a secure way. Both outsorcing and cloud suppliers are often ISO 27001 certified. Keep in mind that the certificate does not always pertain to outsorced activities. As pertains to cloud suppliers, the services as such are certified.

Don’t misunderstand me. I am not advocating placing everything in the cloud. There are lots of things to keep in mind. Cloud Security Alliance will help you with risk information, control lists, and so forth. We should, however, ask ourselves why whole IT enterprises are to be outsorced if, in some cases, it is both more secure and cheaper to make use of clearly demarcated cloud services.

A Dead Angel – Review by Cybermage

I don’t want to go into too many details and spoil the surprise but Nova stumbles on something that can have global repercussions. We dig into cyber security, angels, family secrets, and much more before the surprising and explosive finale.

Åsa Schwartz is the leading lady of eco fantasy and her new book En Död Ängel [A Dead Angel] is an ominous eco thriller, a sequel to Nefilim that takes us into the supernatural. It was a real page-turner I read in one go. This gets a warm recommendation as a more cerebral fantasy experience.

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Nefilim – Review by Hans Persson

Reviewed by Hans Persson, www.duarvaddulaser.se

Nephilm is Åsa Schwarz third book after …And Shackle Lilith in Chains and Stigma. The first two are connected but I can’t see any relationship with them and Nephilim.

When I read Nephilim two books came to my mind: The Da Vinci Code and Stieg Larsson’s Millennium-series. The main character here, Nova Barakel, has some similarities with Lisbeth Salander even though she is not quite as extreme and thereby more believable. When it comes to the story it is a typical thriller with action and biblical mysticism in an (un)holy mixture, but contrary to Dan Brown the wording is more nimble and restricted to a reasonable amount.

Nova is a Greenpeace activist who is involved in a plot where she is supposed to paint insults on the walls in the home of Vattenfall’s [a major Swedish corporation] VP because Vattenfall is at the top of the list of companies that pollute the environment. When she is has written on a few places in the apartment she discovers that the owner is actually at home – murdered. Nova flees, but realises that she will be one of the people that the police will want to contact.

After that opening the story alternates between Nova and the police officers that are trying to catch the killer (including a couple of flashbacks). As usual, the interchanging thriller perspective makes you want to know what happens to the person you just left and therefore read some more, so this book is easy to finish.
On paper this is Fantasy, but the fantastical elements are explained to the reader rather than being shown directly. Based on what is actually shown you could say that it is all a scam in order to make Nova believe in the right things, however there is nothing in the book to supports this interpretation.

Summarily it is, simply, a really good thriller.

Nefilim – Review by TheCrimehouse.com

I liked Nefilim and I think it has some ingredients that could make it a real bestseller:

1. It feels very modern and updated
2. It´s a page turner – I read it in only a couple of hours
3. The characters are interesting. When you finish the novel there are a lot of loose ends, which makes you want more.
4. The author uses real names and real companies which gives it a feeling of reality.
5. Stockholm is a beutiful city and Åsa Schwarz description of it and her small anecdotes of buildings that exist in real life doesn´t make it worse.
6. The element of occultism, religion and the supernatural is very “in” at the moment. You can google the word Nefilim.

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