Neil MacDonald

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Neil MacDonald
VP & Gartner Fellow
15 years at Gartner
25 years IT industry

Neil MacDonald is a vice president, distinguished analyst and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research. Mr. MacDonald is a member of Gartner's information security and privacy research team, focusing on operating system and application-level security strategies. Specific research areas include Windows security…Read Full Bio

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Getting Ready for the Summit

by Neil MacDonald  |  June 22, 2009  |  1 Comment

I’ve been absent for a few weeks from my regular blogging activities performing research and building the final presentations for next week’s Gartner Information Security Summit in Washington DC.

This is Gartner’s single largest event focused exclusively on all aspects of information security. All of the information security analysts will be there discussing topics as diverse as risk management, identity and access management, infrastructure protection and data/content security.

I’ll be presenting on several of my topics of research. If you follow my blogging topics regularly you won’t be surprised that I’ll be presenting on the following topics:

  • I’ll be giving an update on security and virtualization issues as well as a look into the potentially transformational implications of introspection using techniques such as VMware’s VMsafe.
  • Based on client feedback and interest, I’ve put together an entire presentation on the topic of Securing SharePoint. There’s more topics here than could possibly covered in an hour, but I’ll be covering the major issues around authentication, authorization, DMZ issues and data/content protection. If you are a client, this Research Note provides a great foundation.
  • Finally, virtualization across the IT stack and application control / whitelisting have given us interesting new ways to secure and manage desktop computing. I have many, many discussions with clients on how to balance the need for end-user creativity and expression in their computing environment with our need for security and management controls. I’ll be exploring these in a presentation titled “Five Alternatives to Desktop Lockdown”. Actually, as I built the presentation, it turns out there are more than five, but you’ll have to attend to understand them all.

When you attend a Gartner conference, you also have the opportunity to request “one on one” meetings with the specific analyst of your choice. Book these early as they tend to fill up fast!

For those attending, I look forward to seeing you in person next week. For those not attending, I’ll send an update from the conference in my blog.

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  • 1 From the Gartner Information Security Summit on SharePoint Security   July 27, 2009 at 8:24 pm

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