Writing from the FOCUS 16 Security Conference, Wed., Nov. 2
I just came out of one of the most energetic keynote sessions I have ever seen.
Chris Young, who heads McAfee, mapped out a vision for the future of our company. It was overwhelming.
I don’t need to re-quote figures on the problems with cyber-attacks and security threats on the Web. It’s something we all are aware of. All you have to do is read a news site or pick up a newspaper. Security is probably the biggest challenge to the Digital Age.
Our industry – cybersecurity – is moving faster than any other segment of IT. And McAfee is right in the center of what’s happening.
This year McAfee introduced 18 new products. We developed four integrated security systems. We moved forward, fast, on our industry partnerships, which are now up to 125.
This morning Chris unveiled the new McAfee logo, which will go into full effect early next year, when the company formally spins out from Intel (though Intel is hanging on to 49% of us!). At that point we will be one of the largest pure-play cyber security companies in the world. Our goal is to also be the #1 security partner.
We aim to move even faster in 2017, and actually increase our product introductions, chiefly through organic innovation. We will continue to move into the cloud and integrated solutions, and with the opening of DXL (https://github.com/opendxl), we expect to greatly accelerate our partnerships.
If I could be personal for a moment, this for me is one of the greatest chances of my lifetime. I’m working in a great company, with a fantastic team of over 2000 engineers, at a time when what we do is needed by the world more than ever.
Chris has given us our marching orders. #1. Agile. Integrated. Cloud-based. And working together within the industry, not just turning out point widgets.
The future is open. What’s your opinion? I’d like to hear from you.