Our annual security conference, FOCUS 13, came and went this past week – and boy, was it a success!
Over 3,000 security professionals and McAfee executives convened in Las Vegas for three days of networking, education, and fun. FOCUS 13 kicked off with our SIA Partner Summit followed by over 80 breakout sessions, 3 days of showroom exhibitions, an exciting product launch, and one big party with Kid Rock.
Below are highlights from the event you wouldn’t want to miss!
SIA Partner Summit and DevCon
Much was covered during Security Innovation Alliance (SIA) Partner Summit, including an open Q&A with McAfee President Mike DeCesare, our annual Partner DevCon, and inspirational keynotes from McAfee SVP of WW Channels Operations Gavin Struthers and motivational speaker Erik Weihenmayer. This year’s theme was Better Connected, and over 700 SIA partners demonstrated their increased connectivity by tweeting and sharing photos throughout the day.
Breakout Sessions and Keynotes
What would FOCUS 13 be without its multitude of educational sessions? This year we were thrilled to offer three days of breakout sessions in 10 different tracks. From Advanced Thread Defense and Mobile Safety to the Public Sector, conference attendees had plenty to choose from.
It was a treat to hear from McAfee President Mike DeCesare, McAfee EVP Mike Fey, Intel President Renée J. James and former Secretary of State and Director of the CIA, Leon Panetta.
They discussed the impact of the Internet of Things on both the professional the personal, the changing threat landscape, and what Intel and McAfee are going together to lead the industry. The threats are growing and evolving, and security must be ubiquitous and integrated to protect the enterprise and our personal data.
Conference attendees shared some of their favorite sound bites from the keynotes on social media. Even our CMO Penny Baldwin was tweeting!
McAfee Advanced Threat Defense Unveiled
One of the most exciting pieces of news to come out of this year’s FOCUS conference was the unveiling of McAfee Advanced Threat Defense (ATD), the newest addition to the Security Connected portfolio. McAfee ATD was built on the technology acquired from ValidEdge, and combines sandboxing with the leading McAfee anti-malware engine, anti-virus technology, and global reputation feeds to create the market’s most complete approach to advanced malware detection. For more on this exciting announcement, check out the blog post.
An Evening With Kid Rock
It wouldn’t be a proper Las Vegas conference without a little bit of rock and roll! Kid Rock had FOCUS 13 crowds singing and dancing at the Hard Rock Hotel. We’d go on, but you know what they say about what happens in Vegas…
*Conference attendee Basant Kumar snapped this photo of Kid Rock at the private concert held on Wednesday night.
Until Next Year…
We want to thank everyone who attended our 7th annual event. FOCUS is a special time of year for McAfee, and we enjoyed meeting with our partners, customers, and fellow thought leaders in the security space.