Kent Landfield has spent 30+ years in software development, global network operations and network security arenas. Currently he is the Chief Standards and Technology Policy Strategist at McAfee. Kent has been extremely active in the NIST Cybersecurity Framework development, participating and presenting in workshops, writing and coordinating responses and providing global policy and educational outreach in multiple countries. He initiated and co-authored of ‘The Cybersecurity Framework in Action: And Intel Use Case’. Kent has been a participating member of multiple subcommittees of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) efforts. He has worked on multiple cyber threat information sharing research, standards and development efforts and co-authored the IETF’s RFC 7203, An Incident Object Description Exchange Format (IODEF) Extension for Structured Cybersecurity Information. He currently Co-Chairs the ISAO SO Information Sharing Working Group and the NTIA Software Transparency Standards & Formats Working Group. Previously as Director of Content Strategy, Architecture and Standards for McAfee Labs, Kent was the chief McAfee Labs Vulnerability Group Architect, as well as one of McAfee’s Principal Architects. Kent was one of the founding members of the CVE Editorial Board, chairs the CVE Strategy Working Group and is currently involved with multiple global vulnerability related standards efforts. He has been active in Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) related security automation efforts. Kent holds patents in DNS, Email and Software Patch Distribution technologies.

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Ransomware Task Force Releases its Comprehensive Framework for Action

Since ransomware’s introduction in 1989 in the form of the AIDS Trojan, also known as PS Cyborg, distributed on diskettes, ransomware has continually increased and evolved into a heinous threat to our national security, public safety, and to our economic and public health. With ransoms paid in 2020 reaching more ...

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Home-Point Cybersecurity: Bring Your Enterprise Home

For more than 20 years, the cybersecurity industry has been focused on enterprises, not on a larger national integrated security environment – and certainly not on comprehensive home security. Smart devices that make home life more convenient have been growing in acceptance and adoption, but by and large, the industry ...

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Interoperability Is Key To Cybersecurity – A Conversation at CSIS

Interoperability – a subject that for too long cybersecurity companies have treated as an inconvenient nuisance – is finally getting the attention it deserves. In February, I had the opportunity to discuss the critical nature of interoperability with true security experts in the public and private sectors. We agreed that ...

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The Open Cybersecurity Alliance – Building for the Future

Today, the rapidly evolving cybersecurity threat landscape has driven an explosion of security products, generating an ever-increasing mountain of potentially valuable data and insights. But with that comes the increased complexity needed to make sense of it all and extract the real value.  According to the industry analyst firm Enterprise ...

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Privacy and Security by Design: Thoughts for Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day has particular relevance this year, as 2018 brought privacy into focus in ways other years have not. Ironically, in the same year that the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect, the public also learned of glaring misuses of personal information and a ...


NIST’s Creation of a Privacy Framework

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held its “Kicking off the NIST Privacy Framework: Workshop #1” in Austin, Texas. I was honored to be asked to participate. This was the first in a series of public workshops focusing on the development of a useful ...

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