There’s no question companies are being more proactive in their network security approach than ever before. We’ve made substantial gains as an industry, in terms of cybersecurity education and adoption rates across businesses of all sizes. But when major technology companies with multi-layered security programs are still falling victim to breaches year after year, it points to a different problem altogether – that even accepted security best practices can sometimes leave gaps.

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Bill Odell
Executive Director of Marketing | SonicWall
As Executive Director of Marketing for SonicWall, Bill is responsible for overall marketing communications, campaign strategy and execution. With over 20 years of experience leading marketing for several innovative, category creating technology companies, Bill is a well-known and respected software marketing expert with deep expertise in the areas of marketing strategy and execution.

Bill joined Dell after serving as acting CMO for Cisco’s telepresence line of business. He has also served in executive marketing roles for several emerging software companies including Helpstream, Right90, Interlace Systems, and Latitude communications. He started his technology marketing career at Sun Microsystems. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Graph of ransomware attempts blocked by SonicWall per month

Ransomware is an advanced form of malware that attempts to get users to pay a fee or spoofed fine in order to regain access to their device or files.  The simplest version will place an image on one’s screen claiming the user downloaded illegal content or is using pirated software and will demand the payment of a fine or be arrested. 

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Brook Chelmo
Senior Product Marketing Manager Security Services and SonicWall Capture | SonicWall

According to a recent PWC survey, 54 percent of respondents buy products online every month. And millions of employees shopped online yesterday with their work devices on business networks. The critical business threat: Will any of your business computers or networks get infected with malware when employees make personal online purchases?

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Bill Conner
President and CEO of SonicWALL | SonicWall
Bill Conner is among the most experienced security, data and infrastructure executives worldwide, with a career spanning over 30 years across numerous high-tech industries. Today, he is the President and CEO of SonicWall, a trusted security leader of 25 years protecting over a million networks globally. SonicWall’s award-winning network security, access security and email security solutions protect medium-sized enterprises and enterprise organizations.

From leading key divisions of AT&T, to taking Nortel into data with the $9 billion acquisition of Bay Networks, to his work to secure digital identities with Entrust, and bringing secure communications and privacy from the consumer to the enterprise through mobile and cloud with Silent Circle, Conner has been the vanguard of four of the Digital Information Age’s most transformational technology shifts.

Upon taking Silent Circle’s President and CEO role in January 2015, he quickly re-positioned the consumer privacy company into an Enterprise Privacy Platform (EPP) focused business. This included creating the marketing category, building the products, and re-building the sales, service and marketing functions.

On assuming Entrust’s President and CEO role in April 2001, he quickly created a best in class company. Upon taking Entrust private in 2009, he reset corporate priorities to take advantage of new market dynamics and successfully created organic growth. As mobile devices and cloud computing became drivers of organizations’ buying behaviors, he directed the investment in technological innovations to help organizations realize the potential gains presented by these technologies.

Conner travels globally to meet with leaders at major financial institutions, enterprises and governments. He also created and hosted “Hacked” for SiriusXM’s business radio. He has been recognized with several awards including: Marketing Computers “Marketer of the Year”, Tech Titans “Corporate CEO of the Year”, Federal Computer’s “Top 100 Award”, and the “National Youth Science Camp Alumnus of the Year”.
Secure lock in the middle of a laptop network.

News reports about new data breaches have become an all too frequent occurrence.  But cyber attacks can’t and don’t stop state and local governments from getting on with the business of governing. It’s easy to fall into a state of paralytic fear about attacks and data breaches, but in the meantime, state and local governments need to deliver the services their citizens rely upon, and continue to leverage technology to expand and improve those services.

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Jeffrey Honeyman
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As I was driving home the other day one of my children spotted a house with old Halloween decorations on it. With the holiday this week, we are aware of their potential impact on an organization. Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the weekend in between kick off the unofficial holiday shopping season which goes until the end of the year.

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Scott Grebe
Senior Product Marketing Manager - Network Security | SonicWall
Scott Grebe has over 20 years of product marketing and product management experience working for high tech companies including SonicWall, Apple Computer and SGI. In his current role, Mr. Grebe is a senior product marketing manager for security products at SonicWall. Mr. Grebe holds an M.S. in Communications (television/radio/film) from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Whenever there’s talk of a DDoS (distributed denial-of service) attack, network administrators think of multiple systems flooding a network device from various locations on the internet. However, when it comes to BlackNurse, a new & quite different type of DDoS, a single laptop can launch the attack to bring down the gateway firewall!

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Sohrab Hashemi
Sr. Product Manager, SonicOS | SonicWall
Sohrab Hashemi is the Senior Product Manager for SonicOS at SonicWall. Prior to this role, Sohrab was the Senior Engineering Manager at SonicWall, managing test efforts for SonicOS & WXA. Before joining the SonicWall team, Sohrab held engineering positions at Code Green, Blue Coat, Shoretel and 8x8. Sohrab holds an MBA and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from San Jose State University.

Do you wake up in the middle of the night and wonder, where’s my smart phone, did I leave my laptop in the Uber? In my previous role as VP of Mobility at a top Fortune 500 financial company, like many CISOs, I tackled these issues of loss of intellectual property across my work, every day.

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James Whewell
Director of Product Management | SonicWall
James Whewell has more than 20 years’ experience in technology providing product management, security consultancy, systems analysis and engineering direction to many of the top Fortune 100 companies.

As Director of Product Management, James leads the SonicWall Mobile and Access Security product management teams worldwide. He joined Dell in 2014 to lead the Connected Security initiatives focused on combining Dell technology to solve scalable problems which point solutions alone fail to reach. Specializing in Access and Mobility, James has extensive knowledge of the BYOD landscape with firsthand experience both as a vendor and customer, providing a unique perspective on the challenges faced.

Before joining SonicWall, James ran Access and Mobility engineering at Barclays where he spent 10 years growing the companies mobility strategy, empowering a 200k+ work force to embrace BYOD and live a greater work life balance. With a long history in Access, James has been around SSL VPN technologies since inception and was a founding member of the UK startup Aspelle, who in the early 2000’s pioneered Aspelle Everywhere.

A few weeks ago one of my sons got a new Chromebook at school. The old one had been around for a few years and was rather outdated in terms of the technology. The new version has a touch screen and can be used as a laptop or tablet. Not exactly new to anyone in the tech world, but for a kid it’s pretty exciting.

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Scott Grebe
Senior Product Marketing Manager - Network Security | SonicWall
Scott Grebe has over 20 years of product marketing and product management experience working for high tech companies including SonicWall, Apple Computer and SGI. In his current role, Mr. Grebe is a senior product marketing manager for security products at SonicWall. Mr. Grebe holds an M.S. in Communications (television/radio/film) from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Today is an exciting day for SonicWall and our channel partners.  As part of SonicWall’s transition to an independent company owned by Francisco Partners and Elliot Management and to affirm our 100% channel strategy, we are launching the new SonicWall SecureFirst Partner Program.  We thought long and hard on what to name our new program. 

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Steve Pataky
Vice President of Worldwide Sales | SonicWall
Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Sonicwall Steve Pataky is a sales and partnering professional with over 25 years of experience architecting and executing global go-to-market strategies for networking and security technologies. He builds large domestic and global sales teams spanning inside, end user and partner sales, while leveraging single and two-tier channel and alliance ecosystems to deliver sustained revenue growth. As a persistent channel advocate, Pataky has built innovative global programs and partner development strategies at scale to generate leverage and partner profitability. Pataky has been recognized with CRN's prestigious Channel Chiefs award for several years, including the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs in 2014 and 2015.

To understand how SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection Service (ATP) protects the average company we looked at the data for 300 networks. SonicWall Capture ATP examines suspicious code and files to discover never-before-seen zero-day attacks.  So, in one day, how many of these new variants did Capture find?  See the infographic below to see what you could be up against without it.

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Brook Chelmo
Senior Product Marketing Manager Security Services and SonicWall Capture | SonicWall