Senior Vice President and General Manager, Network Security Pat Calhoun is responsible for defining and executing ...
Cyber security is constantly on my mind. Not only is it my career, but I have a personal interest in making this world a safer place for all of us. But, I understand that not everyone is wired this way. That’s why I’m becoming more and more appreciative of the media and its increased focus on cyber security and online threats – a focus that is truly not just for ratings. I’m seeing more and more coverage on educating consumers and businesses about malware and online threats and what’s required to stay secure.
This shift in media attention was obvious last month when McAfee Labs released its second quarter Threats Report. I was pleasantly surprised that the critical trends and challenges that our team discovered were actually important to the media. While the report was quoted in hundreds of articles, several of the top news networks were also interested in covering the information on the air. I was interviewed to share my experience and knowledge on behalf of McAfee.
In this interview with KCBS, I shared some information about the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend that involves bringing smart phones and tablets into the corporate setting and how that is becoming a serious weak link in enterprise networks due to the rise in malware targeting them. We’re seeing that hackers are becoming more creative and are targeting smart phones as a way to introduce malware into the enterprise network.
It was refreshing that the interview did not highlight the threats to create drama and fear, but instead focused on the threats and challenges in a way to create awareness and to then share solutions. I was able to explain how consumers and businesses can stay protected with a philosophy based on a comprehensive end-to-end security architecture.
This entire experience has given me a much greater appreciation of the positive power of the media. I am thrilled to have an opportunity to participate in creating awareness across the globe, and hopefully, the solutions.
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