Richard Stiennon

Richard Stiennon is a security industry innovator. He is currently consulting, speaking and writing on all manner of security topics while organizing a startup that is going to change the way enterprises protect their networks. He was most recently Chief marketing officer for Fortinet. He has served stints at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Gartner, and Netrex, the world's first Managed Security Service Provider.


3 Things You Need to Know About Gartner Magic Quadrants

Despite heated debate surrounding the Gartner Magic Quadrants, the vendor community and IT leaders both continue to support the research. The Magic Quadrant is a useful tool, but to reap its greatest benefit, you need to use it with...

RSA 2009 Best of Show

As much of the security industry recovers from RSA Conference 2009 in San Francisco it is time to attempt to condense a five day conference to few hundred words. There were 360 vendors on the exhibition floor and many more who...

Top Ten removable media security incidents

I thought it would be valuable to put the top ten most important incidents regarding removable devices, including hardware keystroke loggers, USB thumb drives, and MP3 players, together into a list. It helps highlight the risks...

Take the log management survey

In security we live and breath by the results of surveys. From annual spending surveys to awareness results from the Ponemon Institute.The SANS Analysts Program is running their fifth annual Log Management Survey. The results will be...

Security prognostications are too easy

 It is never satisfying being the Nostradamus of security.  No matter how many warnings you give through your writing, presentations, and conversations you will always be in a position to say “I told you so” because security is not...

2008 Security lessons learned

While many bloggers and trade journals are scrambling to get their 2009 security predictions out this week (See TechBuddah for instance).  I have decide to eschew the publicity train this year.2008 saw some security events that...

Check Point acts on my advice

While I admit that senior management at Check Point Software does not arise every day and ask themselves "What would Stiennon do?", sometimes I think they should.

Nasa at risk

This BusinessWeek article on attacks against the crown jewel of US technology and innovation is rather disturbing. While most of the incidents have been previously released, or rather- dribbled out on the QT,BusinessWeek has had...

Ten best practices for avoiding data loss during layoffs

Re=posted from ThreatChaos.com   An economic downturn is one of the most difficult times to protect data.  Layoffs create disgruntled employees and provides them with motivation as they face the prospect of loss of income. ...

It's official. Moving on.

I have been taking a look at the security industry lately as I get back into being a full time analyst.  Preliminary results indicate that about 30% of 1,200 companies I tracked two years ago have either been acquired or have quietly...

A letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama:          By the time you read this you will be the president-elect of the United States of America.  I am writing to alert you to the serious action that is required to secure the information systems of the...

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