Seven Favorite FOCUS Sessions: Ready to Replay

FOCUS 14 is a wrap!  Another great year of interesting content, good conversation and great networking.  With over a third more customers presenting in 2014 than last year, our breakout sessions had record attendance, with a few sessions standing room only. In addition to the perennial favorite Endpoint and ePO sessions, this year saw a rise in popularity in our Advanced Malware and SIEM tracks, indicating that with the recent spate of retail breaches, incident response is top of mind.  Some of the most popular sessions illustrated advanced malware and how best to gain visibility and apply intelligence to block, detect, and remediate an attack. We are able to gauge popular sessions not only as indicated by the number of attendees, but also through our attendee survey, and the real-time survey in the FOCUS mobile app where attendees rate the sessions they just attended. Here are the top-rated sessions, with links where we have permission.

  • A.T. Kearney shared how they have used the attack chain to make intelligent business decisions—using the kill chain framework to evaluate if they have the right solutions in place for visibility, detection and control.
  • Security Connected Hack and Defend and the Ask the Hackers two extremely popular sessions by Intel Security Professional Services, helped attendees to understand the methods hackers use to penetrate enterprises, as well as insight to help prepare organizations for defending their networks.
  • Once again, Arlan McMillan, former CISO of City of Chicago, now with United Airlines, was our most popular speaker.  His highly rated session provided attendees with some great tools to help them build a Risk Metrics program to develop clear reports to the board to answer the question “Are we Secure?”  Attendees walked away with tools to develop metrics that are factual and defensible in the form of KPIs, and KRIs (Key Risk Indicators) to implement in their environments.
  • Intel Security highlighted throughout the event the new technologies of McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange (TIE) and the data exchange layer (DXL) and how they harmonize a true Security Connected solution.  A highly regarded session by Chris Cole on Driving Efficiency into Malware Detection and Eradication did a great job bringing it all together.
  • Our customers were hungry for best practices and tips and tricks on using their products and were given full servings from all the product groups.  Our SIEM track delivered multiple sessions from a SIEM 101 tutorial to Optimizing Threat Management with SIEM showing how to Find, Freeze and Fix a malware incident.
  • Endpoint sessions were filled to capacity, with almost a dozen sessions devoted to best practices and optimizing endpoint protection. Dennis London and Sean Slattery once again delivered their best practices to a packed house, where we had to turn away attendees due to fire safety!  Another endpoint session, The Forgotten Endpoint—Have your Endpoint Policies Been Neglected? challenged attendees to look at their endpoint deployments and see if in fact they need a refresh, given the change in environments and the threat landscape
  • Similarly, the Deep Dive into ePolicy Orchestrator, promising attendees that they will become ePO Superheros, delivered.  Attendees received best practices and tips and tricks that they can put into practice immediately.

With 74 breakout sessions, this is only a sampling of the great content shared this year. This and other FOCUS 2014 content is being woven into the new Expert Center, also unveiled in Las Vegas, so please visit and bookmark for the latest technical tools and recommendations: www.mcafee.com/expertcenter. We look forward to FOCUS 15 already and hope you will join us October 26-28, 2015 at The Venetian / The Palazzo Congress Center in Las Vegas, NV!

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