Author: John Gordineer

John Gordineer

About: John Gordineer

Website
https://www.sonicwall.com
Profile
John Gordineer is the director of product marketing for SonicWall products.  In this role, he is responsible for technical messaging, positioning, and evangelization of Dell network security, email security, and secure remote access solutions to customers, partners, the press and industry analysts.  John has over 20 years of experience in product marketing, product management, product development and manufacturing engineering at Verilink, SonicWall and now Dell.  John earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Montana State University.
RSA Conference 2017

The 2017 RSA Conference opens at Moscone Center in San Francisco next week, February 13-17. One of the biggest cybersecurity events of the year, the conference allows thousands of industry professionals to interact with leading security experts to learn about the latest threats, strategies and techniques to combat increasingly more devastating cyber-attacks.

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In survey after survey, IT executives continue to say that security is one of the top challenges they face. No one has to tell us about the risks. The stories of data theft and breaches are in the media every day. We are intimidated by the rapidly changing threat environment. New malware is being written every day and some of it is being written using a variety of methods that defeat existing security technologies.

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SonicWall World 2015 takes place in Austin in a couple of weeks, Oct. 20-22, and I am eager to talk security with our customers, partners, press and analysts. We will kick off the conference with a Network Security Track at the SonicWall World Software User Forum, which leads to three information-packed days of technical training for SonicWall Next-Generation Firewall customers.

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It has been almost impossible to escape the news around high profile security breaches over the past couple of years. The world’s biggest brands are under attack by organized and heavily funded cyber-criminal organizations, and it seems as though they are losing the battle. SonicWall Security has written blogs about new, innovative, and highly effective methods of attacking due to memory scraping, attacks leveraging email and more.

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In my job at SonicWall, I talk to a lot of people about IT security. One thing I hear a lot of the time from small business owners is something along the lines of “Why would anybody target me? I am just a small company. They would much rather go after big companies.” While this is very true for highly targeted attacks, where a highly motivated and funded attacker is going after a well-known entity, it is simply not true for the majority of attacks which are much more opportunistic in nature.

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In January 2015, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver announced that his website, which attracts 10 million visitors per month, had been compromised. This followed an announcement by Forbes that a month earlier, in December of 2014, the highly visible “Thought of the Day” flash widget had been compromised as well. In both of these, the hacked website was simply the first step in a complex process that is carefully engineered to make money off of unsuspecting internet users.

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