I again had the privilege of interacting with customers, government officials and other cyber experts at the McAfee Through Innovation Summit here in the D.C. area last week. With nearly 1,000 registrants and dozens of speakers from industry and government, it is one of the premier cybersecurity events anywhere in the country every year.
This year, we kicked off a productive day with remarks from McAfee’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Chris Young, who spoke on the country’s growing cybersecurity talent gap, and how automation of certain aspects of the cybersecurity threat defense lifecycle can remediate the problem. If we can automate the process of remediating a cyberattack, then the lack of available cybersecurity professionals has less drastic consequences.
Chris’s remarks set the tone for much of the day’s proceedings. Throughout the course of the conference, we heard from McAfee’s Vice President and General Manager of Corporate Products, Brian Dye, about managing the threat defense lifecycle within an organization. As a real world example, NSA’s Curtis Dukes discussed how his agency is managing security challenges faster and more effectively with a new approach to identifying and remediating problems.
We were honored that so many luminary speakers from the public sector joined us. We had a keynote address from Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity & Communications, and a lively panel discussion with DoD’s Marianne Bailey, HHS’s Emery Csulak, FBI’s Arlette Hart, and CIA’s Sherill Nicely on cyber leadership in government. The day also featured a number of major breakout sessions on every topic from securing cloud to endpoint, to offensive cybersecurity, and a perennial favorite, CDM.
Finally, we used the event to launch a new cloud security report titled “Blue Skies Ahead: The State of Cloud Adoption,” which examined how business leaders perceive cloud in a variety of countries, and what the future holds for this trend. The report had many interesting findings, including that 80% of IT budgets will go toward cloud in the next 16 months, and that 77 percent of respondents are more likely to trust cloud than they were a year ago. To commemorate the launch, we hosted a media lunch during the Summit to introduce DC-area reporters to the content. The lunch featured a lively discussion with the Commerce Department’s CISO, Rod Turk, Brian Dye, and McAfee CTO Steve Grobman.
Thanks to everyone – especially Tammy Shaffer of my staff – who made the summit possible and contributed to its success. We’re already looking forward to next year’s!