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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

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.

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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

Got (wiki)Leaks? Call a McAfee (DL)Plumber…

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

With the current news fracas regarding the latest WikiLeaks disclosures, which have reached a pretty interesting juncture with Congressman Peter King asking for WikiLeaks and it’s founder Julian Assange to be declared “Terrorists and spies”, I thought I’d add my fire to the flame and say quite bluntly –

McAfee can help you protect your information!

Yes, you would not believe it but monitoring for inappropriate disclosure of sensitive information is bread-and-butter stuff to us. Read more…

5 Steps To Data Protection Nirvana..

November 5, 2010 Leave a comment

This week as many of you know I’ve been working out of our South African office in Johannesburg, and in particular presented 4 sessions at the McAfee Executive Summit here.

ITWeb, who co-sponsored the event were kind enough to give me a writeup on their site which you can enjoy at your leisure.

Thankyou though to all the customers and partners who came to see us and made the event such a success!

More than Spam – Baloney?

October 7, 2010 1 comment

I hate spam – it wastes my day, wastes my bandwidth, and mostly it’s inanae rubbish.

BUT

Even more than spam, I hate those obviously mailing-list targeted emails that I recieve from small companies trying to reach a larger customer base, who obviously think that by sending messages to everyone in the list, they can attract a little more buisness.

I HATE the fact that they try to act personal, but obviously have no idea who I am and who my company is before sending their stupidity out.  Take this message for example from John H. Ackermann from Klaras Group, LLC / Amerivest Group in Boca Raton who sent me this message: Read more…

McAf.ee Launched!

September 21, 2010 1 comment

McAf.ee Secore Short URL ServiceA pet project of mine for a couple of months now, McAfee’s secure-short URL service went through a viral launch last week and has taken flight!

Leveraging McAfee Global Threat Intelligence, McAf.ee lets you create short url’s which are checked against our databases of known spammy, dangerous, malware hosting, bot control etc sites prior to being show. A while ago there was a glut of dangerous short links circulating around Twitter, Facebook etc – this is something McAfee can proactively do to help offer a little more safety in our online lives.

You can create a short URL for any site, but when someone clicks on it, if the site is flagged as dangerous we throw up a warning page to give users a chance to back out before visiting.

This service was created by the McAfee Office of the CTO, which I am part of – the team is charged with looking into and creating innovative test projects, which, if successful can be rolled into the more traditional McAfee Business Units. It means we have a little more freedom to go out on a limb and try new ideas out.

You can find more information, and of course comment and add feature suggestions, or report issues on our forum http://mcaf.ee/about

I’d love to have your feedback, and, as of now I’m proud to say you can find my blog at http://mcaf.ee/simon (smile!).

Update – Larry Magid from CNET NEws called me to interview me about the service, he was very gracious and published a great writeup of the service. He also recorded the interview and made a podcast available. Boy, I hate hearing recordings of myself.

Speaking at the McAfee Houston Community User Group, September 2nd..

August 10, 2010 1 comment

I’ll be speaking on Data Protection and Privacy law at the Houston Community Group meeting, amongst other speakers such as Martin Littmann, Director of IT Systems Kelsey-Seybold, and John Schoweiler, Director of Security Opps, US Oncology. If you’d like to attend please contact your McAfee account manager for registration details.

Speaking on “Celebrations”, Seattle on 26th August…

August 4, 2010 Leave a comment

No, I’m not talking about weddings or the like, Celebrations is a rather beautiful boat that sails around Lake Washington. McAfee have booked her out for a private tour. Attendance is by registration only, but if you think you might like to come you should approach your McAfee account manager.

Bon Voyage!