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  • An Investor’s View of the RSA Conference

    by David Needle on March 23, 2016

    The RSA Conference in San Francisco wrapped up earlier this month, and there has been much discussion and analysis of the new products and services that were on display in addition to the many thought-provoking sessions. After spending a week among the crowds, I was very interested to get an investor’s perspective on the conference. It’s fascinating because investors can have a very bottom-line, …

  • Cybersecurity Preparedness: Tips from a Veteran Security Journalist

    by David Needle on March 21, 2016

    To conclude my three-part series on security planning, I chatted with Sean Michael Kerner, a highly regarded security reporter for eWeek (and a former colleague). Sean had some interesting things to say about preparing for the year ahead—and good security practices in general. There are always going to be new security solutions to address the latest threats that Kerner says are worth looking at, …

  • Building a Security Plan from Scratch: Kodak Alaris

    by David Needle on March 16, 2016

    Companies don’t often have the luxury of starting over when it comes to security, because there is usually legacy infrastructure to consider. As companies consider a move to the cloud, they're getting more flexibility, but even that typically takes a hybrid approach, moving some operations gradually off-premises while still keeping considerable infrastructure on-premises. Kodak Alaris, however, …

  • How to Become a Super CISO

    by David Needle on March 10, 2016

    Want to be the best CISO you can be? Take a word of advice from Todd Fitzgerald, Global Director of Information Security at Grant Thornton International, who gave a detailed and often entertaining presentation on Friday, the last day of the RSA Conference. Fitzgerald talked about his own journey to becoming a security professional, the current state of security affairs, and what’s needed going…

  • A Geek’s Guide to Getting People to Hear You

    by David Needle on March 8, 2016

    Tech people love to talk, but does anyone hear what they have to say? “Why Won’t Anyone Listen to Us?” was a very entertaining and informative talk given by Josh Bressers, a Security Strategist at Red Hat, at the RSA conference last week. Bressers framed the issue right from the start. “We are all bad at talking to people and some of us don’t even know it,” he said. “This is why nobody takes us…

  • Security Panel Warns IoT Will Change the Security Game

    by David Needle on March 4, 2016

    The year 2020, once a faraway-sounding era of future scientific marvels, is now only four short years away. When we get there we may still not have those flying cars we were promised decades ago, but the world will be very different than it is today. “There’s no doubt the hyper-connected world of 2020 will change how we live, work and play,” said Symantec CEO Michael Brown in an afternoon…

  • Up Close and Personal with Actor, Activist Sean Penn at RSAC 2016

    by David Needle on March 4, 2016

    The RSA Conference wrapped up Friday with an onstage keynote interview with two-time Academy Award winning actor and activist Sean Penn. During an on stage conversation with RSA Program Director Hugh Thompson, Penn shared some insights into his acting career, what drives his activism, and his relationship with technology. On that last point, Penn jokingly suggested during the interview that…

  • ‘We Need to Cool the Temperature on Encryption Debate’: U.S. Rep. Michael T. McCaul

    by David Needle on March 4, 2016

    As terrorist threats escalate it’s important to note how much the world has changed since the 9/11 attack in New York, said U.S. Representative Michael T. McCaul in a well-attended speech at the RSA Conference Wednesday. McCaul scored points for setting aside 20 minutes to take questions from the audience of security pros eager to get his thoughts on the encryption debate and privacy. “Attacks are…

  • Technology Takes a Backseat to Storytelling in StoryCorps Keynote

    by David Needle on March 3, 2016

    Dave Isay knows how to deliver bad news: Start with a compliment. “You are all working at a blistering pace to protect our lives,” Isay told the packed hall of security pros at the RSA Conference Wednesday afternoon. Then he added, “The next hour has nothing to do with cybersecurity.” You might think that would elicit groans at a security conference, but the crowd laughed and applauded with…

  • How a Security CEO Fell Prey to Scammers (Almost)

    by David Needle on March 3, 2016

    Having a security breach is one of every company’s worst nightmares. But the bad guys don’t just try to compromise your computer systems, they also use social manipulation and phony email addresses and domains to try and steal information and funds from right out from under your nose. That’s exactly what happened two years ago to Tom Kemp, CEO of cloud security firm Centrify. And the problem has…

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