Scott Montgomery

Scott Montgomery is vice president and chief technology officer of public sector at McAfee. He runs worldwide government certification efforts and works with industry and government thought leaders and worldwide public sector customers to ensure that technology, standards, and implementations meet information security and privacy challenges. His dialog with the market helps him drive government and cybersecurity requirements into McAfee’s products and services portfolio and guide McAfee’s policy strategy for the public sector, critical infrastructure, and threat intelligence.

With more than 15 years in content and network security, Montgomery brings a practitioner’s perspective to the art and science of cybersecurity. He has designed, built, tested, and certified information security and privacy solutions—including firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, encryption, vulnerability scanners, network visibility tools, mail and web gateways, strong authentication tokens, embedded systems, and more. Prior to its acquisition by McAfee, Montgomery ran worldwide product management and corporate strategy for Secure Computing, designing and building products like Sidewinder (now McAfee Firewall Enterprise), Webwasher (now McAfee Web Gateway), and Ironmail (now McAfee Email Gateway).
The new year is only moments old and we’re already off to a breakneck start of ignoring the greater issue (critical infrastructure cyber security) in lieu of the one that’s more fun (attribution of attackers). Earlier this year, the discovery of Grizzly Steppe malware on a Vermont utility laptop not connected to the power grid created ...
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Each National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a new opportunity to highlight the importance of concepts like observing best practices, refreshing outdated technology, and designing security into the latest connected devices. But few issues strike at the core of our ability to defend against cyber bad actors like having a strong and talented cyber workforce. It ...
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My McAfee colleagues who design and produce solutions for consumers put together a Twitter campaign for our employees to say what they do in order to live more safely on the Internet, with the hashtag #HowILiveSafe.  I wanted to lend my voice to this fascinating effort and examine a few things I think about as ...
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Would you hand your house keys to a total stranger and then go away on vacation for two weeks? Probably not, but that’s precisely what some businesses do when they move applications and data to the public cloud. Security has long been the principal fear that weighs on cloud investments. While perceptions are improving, McAfee’s ...
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The indictment of five Iranian hackers three years after the fact raises the question: Is naming them a worthwhile part of the threat defense lifecycle, or is it a meaningless distraction? This week, the US Justice Department announced an indictment has been prepared for five Iranian hackers allegedly responsible for the breach of systems at ...
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No organization will ever be impervious to breaches, but efficient organizations can lower their overall spend. The intense demand for trained information security and privacy practitioners is reflective of the convergence of technology, productivity, and profitability. CIOs and CISOs that balk at enabling more mobile, cloud, and Internet of Things (IoT) tools not only find ...
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It takes a village. With today’s vast cybercriminal network churning out sophisticated attacks by the minute, it’s virtually impossible for any single security solution to combat today’s threats alone. For years, organizations have resorted to layering security technologies and deploying best-of-breed point solutions at various control points, trying to achieve better protection. However, the lack ...
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Much has been written in a variety of news, financial, and political publications about the effects upon the populace and economy as a result of the October 2013 government shutdown.  From thousands of children having their “Head Start” programs terminated to poultry and meat inspections potentially not occurring, to a $2 billion to $6 billion ...
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