Raj Samani is Chief Scientist and McAfee Fellow for cybersecurity firm McAfee. He has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases, and is a special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre in The Hague. Samani has been recognized for his contribution to the computer security industry through numerous awards, including the Infosecurity Europe hall of Fame, Peter Szor award, and Intel Achievement Award, among others. He is the coauthor of the book "Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid" and the "CSA Guide to Cloud Computing," as well as technical editor for numerous other publications.

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McAfee Labs Executive Perspectives

An Analysis of the WannaCry Ransomware Outbreak

Charles McFarland was a coauthor of this blog. Over the course of Friday, May 12 we received multiple reports of organizations across multiple verticals being victim to a ransomware attack. By Friday afternoon, McAfee’s Global Threat Intelligence system was updated to identify all known WannaCry samples and the company had ...

Cloud Security Executive Perspectives

CIOs: You need to have the cloud talk with your staff

CIOs, it is time to have a frank and open discussion with your staff. This conversation may be difficult or awkward, as it involves topics such as consent, privacy, and appropriate protection. Yes, you need to speak with your staff about the organization’s cloud strategy, and any deployment or security ...

Executive Perspectives

The State of Shamoon: Same Actor, Different Lines

Naming the recent data-wiping attacks in Saudi Arabia as a continuation of the Shamoon campaign suggests that we are dealing with identical malware and procedures. However, there are fundamental differences between the campaigns of 2012 and 2016‒17, and these differences provide a fascinating insight into the development process of the ...

Enterprise Executive Perspectives

Shamoon Returns, Bigger and Badder

In November 2016, we published a blog that drew comparisons between samples that we had received to that of the 2012 ‘Shamoon’ campaign. Since November, there has been a considerable amount of research corroborating our initial assertions, which we have reviewed against our own continuing analysis. We found that the ...

Executive Perspectives

Remaining True in the Face of Incredible Responsibility

By now you’ve heard the news: Intel Security has officially rebranded to McAfee. But even though our company name has changed, our values and mission continue to endure: our focus remains on educating our customers through valuable content, collaboration within the industry to share intelligence, and leading in security initaitves ...

Enterprise McAfee Labs

CHIPSEC Support Against Vault 7 Disclosure Scanning

Following recent WikiLeaks Vault 7 disclosures, including details regarding firmware vulnerabilities, there has been significant concern regarding the integrity of devices and operating systems used within society. As part of our commitment to provide technology that can preserve the integrity of devices we rely upon, we have developed a simple ...

Executive Perspectives

The 5G reality

Mobile World Congress has come and gone. With over 100,000 attendees at the show, people gathered around the impressive booths to get a glimpse at what the world’s biggest mobile brands had to offer in 2017. There was definitely a theme of nostalgia at play with the highly anticipated return ...

Executive Perspectives

If we can’t trust technology we won’t (and shouldn’t) use it

Walking this year’s Mobile World Congress I am no longer thrown by the devices, gadgets and flashy booths, but completely mystified at how we as an industry continue to hype up the idea of a truly connected world without addressing one of the most important pieces – security. As someone ...

Executive Perspectives

Technology companies should ‘at least do no harm’

Mobile World Congress (MWC) provides yet another opportunity for technology giants to flex their muscles and whip the industry into a frenzy. Even more-so than last year, mobile is a reflection of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the hyper-connected world we find ourselves living in. Following in the footsteps ...

Cloud Security

Cloud Ubiquity – it’s coming, but not yet!

Brace yourself, adoption of cloud computing is on its way with 93% of organizations using cloud services today.  Just don’t ask when ubiquity will occur!  One year later, and the question about the number of months until IT budgets are 80% in the cloud is down from 16 months to ...

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