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The Connected Home – Introducing the McAfee Little Red Box

November 6, 2012 1 comment

This will be old news to those of you who took the time to visit McAfee Focus 2012 , but for the rest – my team took the opportunity to introduce the concept of the McAfee “Little Red Box” in the Innovation roadshow.

It’s a prototype project that my team has been working on for some time now, and will go some way to answer the need to protect all the connected devices in your home. 

My house is the classic connected home – I have the usual assortment of PCs and laptops that build up over the years, some relegated to the role of photo frame, others scattered around for occasional browsing and email use. There’s also the odd real photo frame (wirelessly connected to a media server of course), and on that topic, numerous Playstations, XBoxs, and other gaming consoles that my family enjoy.

If that wasn’t enough IP connected equipment, you can add into the mix more than one of every Apple device made – iPads, iPhones, Apple TV’s, even an Apple Mini, oh and a few Samsung internet connected TV’s as well.

I often jest that I have an internet-toaster, but I don’t. My wife thought about buying an internet-fridge, but the fact it didn’t support wireless put her off.

I must be forgetting something, as my router DNS server regularly gets maxed out – oh yes, I have Sonos  throughout the house as well, and also a few Apple Airport Express wireless repeaters.

You don’t come to my place if you’re sensitive to EMF… Read more…

Speaking at Evanta CISO, Los Angeles on 14th May 2012

May 14, 2012  - Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza

Just a warning that I’ll be speaking at the CISO Summit on the 14th in LA – “Securing The Unsecurable” will be the topic. I look forward to seeing you there, and the usual rules apply – I’ll swap vanity short URLs on the http://mcaf.ee service for good jokes!

ISACA Orlando Event – thanks to those who attended…

The world’s leading audit conference for IT audit, security, governance and risk professionals

I just wanted to take a brief moment to thank all those who came and spoke to me after the ISACA presentation yesterday on “Securing The Unsecurable”. It’s great to hear that the direction I, McAfee, and our partner Accuvant are taking is indeed synergistic with our customers.

For those interesting, I uploaded a copy of the presentation to my companion site – CTOWild. You can find it under the title “2012-05 ISCAC.pdf” – You may be able to see it using this Direct Link.

Thanks again to the 100+ people who attended my session, and I hope you found it valuable and not too dull, even though I overran my time slot outrageously.

Simon.

Speaking at ASIS International Orlando, 20th September

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

For those in the Orlando area, you’ll find me presenting at ASIS International on the 20th – I’m talking about mobile security and consumerization, a topic close to most IT leaders hearts.

If you’re going to be there, please say hello, and of course my standing offer of a vanity http://mcaf.ee url in exchange for a good joke still holds.

Underground Economies – The rise of Intellectual Capital Theft.

March 28, 2011 Leave a comment

By now I hope readers have seen the latest latest report from McAfee that I was involved in – “Underground Economies” where McAfee and SAIC collaborated to investigate perceptions around intellectual capital – the “secret sauce” of companies. The report surveyed over 1,000 senior IT decision makers across the world, getting their opinion on where they thought their valuable data was, their attitude to outsourcing control of it, and questions around how it was protected and the risk of it being “misplaced”.

You can read more from the actual report, or see my corporate blog. There’s been a lot of press on this report, such as

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20047876-83.html

http://www.digitalninjastl.com/blog/2011/03/28/intellectual-property-theft-fuels-underground-cyber-economy/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12864666

Improving Security On Solid State Drives

March 9, 2011 7 comments

This post originally placed on my McAfee Blog - http://blogs.mcafee.com/corporate/cto/improving-security-on-solid-state-drives

Well, One week into the Intel/McAfee relationship and I am pleased to say it’s already bearing fruit. Over the last few days I’ve been reaching out to all my Intel peers, making the connections with people which were simply impossible while the deal was going through all the evaluations.

I had an interesting discussion with Knut Grimsrud in the Intel storage division today about “clever” things we can do to improve performance and security on the Intel SSD hard disks. Read more…

EU Close on Intel-McAfee Deal

February 2, 2011 1 comment

Another hurdle out of the way in McAfee’s plan to acquire Intel. Yes, $7.68billion is a lot to pay for a company who just makes silicon widgets, but we’re sure that McIntel will rise to greater things!

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704881304576094161244883424.html

Categories: McAfee/SafeBoot/Intel

Airmen to stop using removable media in wake of wikiLeaks incident…

December 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Last week Noah Shachtman of Wired reported that a new cyber-control order has been issued by Maj. Gen. Richard Webber to prevent the us of removable media under threat of Court-Martial. The order demands that airmen:

immediately cease use of removable media on all systems, servers, and stand alone machines residing on SIPRNET

Further in the order adds:

Unauthorized data transfers routinely occur on classified networks using removable media and are a method the insider threat uses to exploit classified information. To mitigate the activity, all Air Force organizations must immediately suspend all SIPRNET data transfer activities on removable media

Of course, blocking the use of removable media is not new – earlier this year a total ban of USB Stick use was in place following a massive worm infection introduced from a rogue usb stick. Operational Buckshot Yankee as it was termed then.

Noah closes with the comment that any remediation technology “Won’t be ready to deploy for years” – I hope he’s going to be surprised, because the technology is ready to deploy right now.

Speaking at the 29th Annual Government IT Symposium, St Paul MN.

December 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Just a short note that tomorrow (8th December) I’ll be speaking at the RiverCenter in St Paul. The usual offer of a custom short mcaf.ee URL is available to readers of my blog who find me and tell me a good joke.

Categories: Speaking

Speaking At McAfee Focus 2010 Paris…

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

This week for those in snowy-Europe, you can find myself along with co-conspirators such as Dave DeWalt, George Kurtz, and dozens of other speakers at the Focus Paris event.

With over 400 people predicted to turn out, and a full agenda of speakers including Philippe Trouchaud from PricewaterhouseCooper, Gérard LEVICKI from BT France, Vasco Gomes and Pete Colley of CSC, and Ricky Magalhaes of E2E, it promises to be a full, enlightening, and I hope fun day!

Feel free to look me up if you are attending, and if you have a good joke for me, I’ll be offering custom McAf.ee short urls in exchange.

De sécurité n’a pas à être insupportable, mais vous pouvez trouver mes tentatives de parler français une parodie.

McAfee Focus 2010 Paris Website

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