Hacker Halted: McAfee's George Kurtz Discusses the War on Security

Monday, October 31, 2011

George Kurtz, McAfee's Worldwide Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President, discusses the war on security at the Hacker Halted Conference in Miami.

As worldwide chief technology officer, George Kurtz is responsible for driving the integrated security architectures and platforms that have propelled McAfee into a leadership position in digital security.


His entrepreneurial background and ability to commercialize nascent technologies enable him to drive innovation throughout McAfee by identifying market trends and correlating them with customer feedback to optimize product direction and development.

Kurtz’s previous roles at McAfee include senior vice president and general manager of the Risk and Compliance Business Unit, where he was responsible for driving worldwide growth in the risk and compliance segments.

He helped transform McAfee from a point product company to a provider of security risk management and compliance optimization solutions. Kurtz formerly held the position of senior vice president, McAfee Enterprise, where he was responsible for helping to drive the growth of the enterprise product portfolio on a worldwide basis.

Prior to joining McAfee, Kurtz was chief executive officer of Foundstone, Inc., which was acquired by McAfee in October 2004. Before Foundstone, he served as a senior manager and the national leader of Ernst & Young’s Security Profiling Services Group.

Kurtz was awarded the Software Council of Southern California’s Software Entrepreneur of the Year 2003 and Software CEO of the Year 2005, as well as Fast Company’s Fast 50, American Electronics Association’s Outstanding Executive, Deloitte’s Fast 50, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Orange County’s Hottest 25 People, and numerous other honors.

In addition to co-authoring “Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions,” one of the top-selling security books ever published, Kurtz has written for many other industry publications.

Kurtz holds a Bachelor of Science from Seton Hall University and has earned several industry designations, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Kurtz was recently granted patents number 7,152,105 and 7,543,056 describing a “system and method for network vulnerability detection and reporting.” Additional patents are pending.

Presentation Abstract:

"The explosive growth of Internet and IP-enabled devices is reshaping communication, collaboration and commerce opportunities for individuals and organizations around the world. At the same time, miscreants are abusing the Internet’s open and any-to-any communication architecture for malicious purposes, leaving many users at risk and the future of a secure Internet as an aspiration rather than a reality."

"The current cybersecurity model is reactive, disconnected and unable to keep pace with the seismic explosion in malware. Providing protection to a heterogeneous world of connected devices requires a new approach to security."

"McAfee CTO George Kurtz will show that incremental improvements can’t bridge the opportunity gap and explain the required paradigm shift of driving security down the stack."

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