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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

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!