Intelligence Sharing and the RSA 2014 Conference

This week, the city of San Francisco is hosting one of the biggest cybersecurity events of the year – the RSA conference. The meeting draws hundreds of prominent cyber exhibitors and thousands of guests, spurring a discussion on the cyberthreat landscape and the solutions companies are employing to keep us safe from bad actors on the web. I’m at the event this year on behalf of McAfee to meet with customers and get their responses to the solutions we’re announcing at RSA.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Share. Learn. Secure. Capitalizing on Collective Intelligence.” Appropriately, we’re expanding our Comprehensive Threat Protection, a solution that tightly binds and shares threat intelligence and workflows across endpoints, networks and the cloud. This collective intelligence helps detect and stop threats to our systems immediately, rather than trying to repair damage retroactively. McAfee’s expanded Comprehensive Threat Protection now conducts even more advanced malware analysis, plus it has the ability to find, freeze and fix any problem in milliseconds.

In the same spirit of this year’s RSA theme, I’m excited to announce six new partners in our Security Innovation Alliance (SIA), which allows us to integrate solutions and provide a greater value proposition to our customers. The expansion of this alliance gives our government, enterprise and consumer customers a deeper bench of expertise and market leadership to tap into.  We take the theme of collective intelligence seriously, and building out the SIA is one way we “share, learn and secure.”

These announcements are compelling but they’re by no means our only new solutions. Nor are they the only feature of the conference that we’re excited about. It’s also nice to see some other McAfee heavy hitters in attendance, including McAfee Chief Privacy Officer Michelle Dennedy. Michelle is the author of the recently-published guidebook “The Privacy Engineer’s Manifesto,” where she argues that from an engineering perspective, privacy must be built into software and systems from the core, rather than tacked on at the end. Michelle will be showcasing her groundbreaking book throughout the week.

And after a week of great sessions and meetings, I’ll look forward to lightening it up a bit with the closing keynote from Stephen Colbert. We’ll be recapping more of RSA’s high points in a follow-up post next week.

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