Insights from SecureWorld Expo

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I had the pleasure of attending the SecureWorld Expo last week in Santa Clara, CA, right in the heart of Silicon Valley.   Although it was a relatively small show, the audience was feisty!   And as the first tradeshow I’ve attended as an Ipswitch employee, and my first security-themed show, there was a ton to learn.

The range of exhibitors and their offerings was impressive and instructive.  Attendees (and this reporter) had the opportunity to learn about end point security, patch management, threat management appliances, disaster recovery, identity management, and much more.

Here are a few vendors that caught my eye:

  • ESET – whose live, 2-inch long cockroaches drew cringes and well-earned attention to their anti-virus solutions set;
  • Websense – whose DLP solution is a great complement to Ipswitch’s managed file transfer products, as it automatically identifies content that likely contains data that is sensitive and needs to be secured;
  • Veracode – which is changing the game in application security testing with its SaaS static testing and analysis offerings.

I was tapped to be a panelist for a breakout session entitled “Data Protection – Walking the Thin Line Between Employee Productivity and Security”.  It was a great subject that my fellow panelists handled very well, demonstrating their deep knowledge about security solutions and how they fit (or don’t) within corporate cultures.  I look forward to exploring these questions with Ipswitch’s customers and at other tradeshows in the coming months.

The most insightful conversations I had at the show were with attendees who visited our booth.  More  on those conversations soon….

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