Author: Pat Calhoun

Pat Calhoun Senior Vice President and General Manager, Network Security Pat Calhoun is responsible for defining and executing the strategic direction for McAfee’s Network Security business, which includes Network IPS & NAC, Enterprise Firewall, Web Protection, Email, DLP and Identity Management, and Services Gateway products. Calhoun leads the engineering, marketing, and sales functions that drive worldwide growth for this area of the business. Calhoun was most recently at Cisco where he led the Secure Network Services business unit, and was responsible for the strategic direction and market success across a broad portfolio of products generating more than $1 billion in revenue. Also while at Cisco, he served as Chief Technology Officer for Wireless Networking and Access Network & Services. Prior to Cisco, Pat held various Chief Technology Officer and senior engineering roles at US Robotics, Sun Microsystems, and Airespace, Inc. where he was a co-founder before an acquisition by Cisco. Calhoun studied Computer Science at Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology.

Last week, our team worked with several global law enforcement agencies to take down a botnet known as “Beebone.” Beebone is an example of polymorphic malware – malware that changes its form and even control servers with every new infection. This is the epitome of zero-day malware because the typical artifacts used to write signatures […]

The Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us and it is not only moving into our homes through our networks and refrigerators, it is also moving into our bodies through networked medical devices. Wearable, temporarily ingested, or even embedded devices for medical treatment, medication and general health and wellness represent the future of healthcare. The […]

Today, I am proud to share with you that our industry leading Network Security Platform (NSP) has been recognized in the leaders quadrant of the latest Gartner MQ for IPS for the 8th time in a row.   In addition, McAfee was placed farthest on the right of the visionary axis. We believe this is a […]

In my last posting, I celebrated the 25 year history of the firewall and how its technology has evolved from simple packet filtering in the 1980’s, to the first intrusion prevention systems in the 1990’s, to fully application-aware next-generation firewalls in the mid-2000’s.  Now the stage is set for what I believe will be the […]

In July, I wrote a piece entitled, The Firewall is Turning 25, but is it Really All Grown Up?  It was interesting to look back on the evolution of a technology that we were all pretty darn proud of at the time – and even prouder of with every revision and improvement throughout more than […]