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SEC, Congress take steps toward cyber accountability and transparency

Less than two months after Intel and other technology companies disclosed the Spectre and Meltdown speculative execution vulnerabilities, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published updated guidelines instructing public companies on how and when to disclose cybersecurity vulnerabilities and incidents that could potentially cause risk to the public.  Read More >

Veiled Threats: The Growing Cyberattack Vectors Few People Talk About

30-year cybersecurity and networking veteran and President and CEO of SonicWall, security leader protecting a million networks globally.   Read More >

AI, Threat Intelligence and The Cyber Arms Race: SonicWall CEO Bill Conner Joins The Chertoff Group Security Series

Conner was featured as part of an exclusive group of cybersecurity thought-leaders at The Chertoff Group Security Series Event, “AI, Threat Intelligence and The Cyber Arms Race.”   Read More >

Back-To-School Lists Should Now Include Ransomware

Weeks before the start of school, K-12 administrators have their agendas crammed with everything from staffing and lesson-planning to facility operations, enrollment and parental engagement. Until a few years ago, ransomware was never on the back-to-school list.   Read More >

In focus: SonicWall CEO Bill Conner

Watch the SC Magazine video interview with Conner about concerning threats and steps your organization can take to be more secure.   Read More >

Old-school cruel: Dodgy PDF email attachments enjoying a renaissance

2019 sees a significant increase in malware attacks using PDF email attachments, according to SonicWall research.   Read More >

Report: Weaponized PDFs on the Rise

This form of malware is targeting mostly the United States and Britain.   Read More >

Insights & Intelligence Podcast: Inside the Tactical Advances between Cybercriminals and Security Industry

Listen to Conner discuss the 2019 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, which details more than 10.5 billion global malware attacks.   Read More >

SonicWall report paints sobering picture of cyberthreat trends

SonicWall Inc., the network security provider that spun out of Dell Technologies Inc. in 2016, today released its 2019 Cyber Threat Report, and the results don’t make happy reading for security personnel.   Read More >

Slate Of New Product Offerings Marks Rebirth Of SonicWall

The cyber security landscape is changing as both sides of the table adopt emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to take the other down.   Read More >

New Law Aids SMBs in Combating Cybersecurity Risks

The NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act will provide a central source of user-friendly information to help SMBs with cybersecurity.   Read More >

SonicWall Recognizes Bill Conner for Transition of Business, Impact on Cybersecurity Industry

Led by former President and CEO Bill Conner, SonicWall experienced more than six years of record growth and profitability. Conner, whose tenure as Executive Director of SonicWall’s Board of Directors concluded at the close of January 2023, has dedicated years of his career to cybersecurity — with many more likely to come — and laid out the path for the company’s future growth.   Read More >

Cyber Security Expert Recognize Senator Rockefeller for Cyber Security Leadership

CHARLESTON, WV July 15, 2014—Bill Conner, CEO and founder of FWC Consulting and former CEO of Entrust, Inc., will deliver remarks at the 51st National Youth Science Camp Senate Luncheon to recognize the service of Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va. for his service preparing the nation for the challenges of the new information age of cyber security and thank him for his support of youth science education…  Read More >

Who’s taking malware seriously? SonicWall’s CEO has the answers

The cyber security landscape is changing as both sides of the table adopt emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to take the other down.   Read More >

SMBs Need Layered Security to Defend Their Businesses

Cybercriminals think you’re an easy target. They think you’re untrained. They think you’re underfunded. They think you’re unaware. You, owners of the small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), are ripe for exploitation. And in many cases, through no fault of your own, they’re right.   Read More >

CEO Outlook: 5 Questions on 2019

Conner talks with CRN about five key questions for 2019.   Read More >

13 Tech Experts Share What Facebook Should Do Post-Data Breach

When a business experiences a security breach, there are a lot of steps it needs to take to course-correct. Especially for larger companies like Facebook, whose recent security breach affected 50 million user accounts, it can be a big challenge to try to fix what was broken and regain customer trust.   Read More >

CEO Spotlight: Bill Conner, CEO, SonicWall

Led by former President and CEO Bill Conner, SonicWall experienced more than six years of record growth and profitability. Conner, whose tenure as Executive Director of SonicWall’s Board of Directors concluded at the close of January 2023, has dedicated years of his career to cybersecurity — with many more likely to come — and laid out the path for the company’s future growth.   Read More >

Two cybersecurity policies, one clear new objective

In the wake of countless cyberattacks, two federal cybersecurity policies are providing much-needed guidance to improve the defense of our nation’s cyber infrastructure, networks and data, setting a clear roadmap on how we can best protect the country.   Read More >

Congress Passes Bill Creating Cybersecurity Agency at DHS

The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed a bill that creates a new cybersecurity agency at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   Read More >

Facebook hack: How attackers stole the personal data of almost 30 million users

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has confirmed three million EU users were hit by the attack in which hackers made away with millions of Facebook users' access tokens. The DPC, which is leading the investigation against Facebook for breaches of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), confirmed with IT Pro that 10% of all users affected were based in Europe. Read More >

Privacy Problems for FANG Companies Might Beget M&A Action in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity concerns could provoke acquisition action in Silicon Valley.   Read More >

Chart of the Day: Google Plus Never Got Off the Ground

Problems at Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google Plus may be overblown given the social network's minimal market penetration. Shares were pressured during Tuesday's trading, closing down 1% on the day as fears of a Facebook-like data breach spooked the market. But the reaction may be overblown.  Read More >

“Unprecedented” Russian cyberattacks announcement is just the start – and businesses should be prepared

The UK government’s announcement that the Russian military intelligence service GRU is behind a string of cyberattacks has rocked the world of politics. But with Russian cyberattacks unlikely to slow in pace and seriousness, businesses need to take note.  Read More >

SiriusXM’s Business Radio to Air Cybersecurity Special “Hacked” Hosted by Industry Leader, Bill Conner

NEW YORK, NY November 12, 2014 —Former President and CEO of Entrust to host panelists including Michael Chertoff, Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security; David Chamberlin, EVP and Head of Edelman’s Data Privacy and Security Group; and Chad Sweet, Co-Founder and CEO of The Chertoff Group  Read More >

UK and allies accuse Russia of cyber attack campaign

The UK National Cyber Security Centre has identified a campaign by the Russian military intelligence service of “indiscriminate and reckless” cyber attacks  Read More >

The UK, US and Netherlands accuse Russia of cyber attacks

The UK, US and the Netherlands have accused Russia of being responsible for a spate of global cyber attacks, with seven people being charged by the US. The charges against the seven include conspiracy to commit computer fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit money laundering.  Read More >

Betabot infostealer infections spreading in the wild, researchers say

Betabot malware has significantly evolved self-defence capabilities which is evading many corporate IT systems, experts say.  Read More >

Facebook Hack: People's Accounts Appear for Sale On Dark Web

Hacked Facebook accounts are being sold on the dark web, showing the value of such accounts after the social network revealed 50 million of its users had been compromised in a major hack. Dozens of listings seen by The Independent feature on underground markets on the dark web – a section of the internet only accessible with specialist software – offering buyers personal data of Facebook users for as little as $3.  Read More >

Facebook Hack May Result in GDPR Penalty

Facebook could be in breach of Europe’s data protection rules (GDPR) after a hack last week that is said to have affected 50 million users. The major security breach happened last Friday, after Facebook admitted that hackers may have gained access to nearly 50 million accounts by exploiting flaws in the social network’s code.  Read More >

Social Media Security: A Costly, but Worthy Cause for Shareholders

Security measures are no place to pinch pennies as regulators loom for social media giants.  Read More >

The 10 Most Admired CEOs To Watch 2018

SonicWall CEO Bill Conner featured on the cover story of the Insights Success 10 Most Admired CEOs To Watch 2018.  Read More >

Managing Cybersecurity Policy, Compliance And Enforcement Across The Enterprise

The modern network environment is a dynamic entity. It interacts. It moves. It evolves. As such, organizations that attempt to maintain a sense of static peace and orderly conduct are fooling themselves into false senses of security. This is the core reason many enterprises adopt multilayered cybersecurity strategies.  Read More >

Real-Time Cyber Threat Intelligence Is More Critical Than Ever

The cyber arms-race moves fast. With blinding speed, agility and innovation, cybercriminals infiltrate well-meaning organizations in seconds, stealing data, trust and the futures of entire businesses. They attack with such avarice and maliciousness, what we thought we knew about threat actors and cybercriminals a year ago appears to be materially different today.  Read More >

Ransomware tops malicious attack charts

Ransomware has become the most popular form of malware used in cyber-attacks, suggests a study. Almost 40% of all successful malware-based attacks involved ransomware suggests the annual Verizon data breach investigations report. The types of systems compromised were changing too, it found, with criminals trying to hit databases not just PCs. It also indicated firms had significant success dealing with some types of cyber-attacks. They had particular success in dealing with attempts to knock web servers offline and spotting phishing emails,  Read More >

Hackers compromise Facebook users’ security

Facebook announced a major security breach into its network on Sept. 28. The company stated that hackers were able to gain access to about 50 million of the site’s accounts, though the company has not specified whether the hackers actually took control over and used these accounts or what the motive of the attack was, according to CNBC.  Read More >

The 11 Coolest Endpoint Security CEOs of 2019

Indeed, each CEO brings their own unique blend of experience and expertise to their endpoint security companies. Often they influence it as well through their product direction and development. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of the 11 Coolest Endpoint Security CEOs of 2019. We list them below in alphabetical order by company.   Read More >

2015 Global New Product Innovation Award

Frost & Sullivan
Global award given by Frost & Sullivan based on customer impact and new product attributes.

Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015

Fast Company
Consumer Electronics focused review of Global companies on the forefront of technology and security.

Best of Mobile World Congress 2015

Top smartphone or tablet recognition from the leading authority on technology products.

National Youth Science Camp Alumnus of the Year

National Youth Science Camp (NYSC)
July 2013
The NYSC Alumnus of the Year award is given to alumni who support NYSC with their efforts, achieve recognition in their chosen fields and helps further science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

U.S. Federal 100 Award

Federal Computer Week
March 2004
National award from Federal Computer Week recognizing the top 100 individuals and organizations for positive impact on U.S. Government technology and services; for his leadership role in delivering identity and access management solutions.

Tech Titans Corporate CEO of the Year

Metroplex Technology Business Council
September 2003
Given by Metroplex Technology Business Council, recognizing cutting-edge technologies and talented leadership while raising scholarship funds for deserving students.

MC Marketer of the Year

MC Marketing Computers magazine
National award given by MC Marketing Computers magazine; for driving change and transforming the branding and marketing of Nortel Networks.

Telly Award

Temerlin McClain Advertising
National Award given by Temerlin McClain Advertising for excellence in marketing.

CEO World Awards 2018 – CEO of the Year (500-2,499 Employees), Silver Winner

Conner was honored for driving SonicWall to surpass financial objectives for six consecutive quarters since becoming independent from Dell.  Read More >

2018 CRN Top 100 Executives List

SonicWall CEO Bill Conner named to CRN’s exclusive Top 100 Executives list for 2018. CRN’s annual Top 100 Executives list singles out the IT channel’s most effective CEOs — leaders who play an integral role in shaping the industry, whether by driving huge cultural shifts or forging innovative new routes to success.  Read More >

Info Security Product Guide – 2018 CEO of the Year (500-2,499 Employees), Gold Winner

These global awards recognize cyber vendors with advanced, ground-breaking products, solutions and services that continue to raise the industry’s security standards.  Read More >

2017 SC Media 2017 Reboot Leadership Award to Bill Conner

Why nominated: For his work helping to secure digital identities with his firm Entrust and his work to move consumer level secure communications and privacy practices to the enterprise with Silent Circle.  Read More >

2022 SC Awards Finalist: Security Executive of the Year

Bill Conner was named one of five finalists for the 2022 SC Awards: Security Executive of the Year honor. Bill has developed and managed a strong IT development team by transforming SonicWall, including the IT department, from an SMB-focused hardware vendor into an end-to-end cybersecurity leader that protects SMBs as well as global businesses, large enterprises and government agencies. He rebalanced the company’s revenue streams for a stronger mix between hardware, software, subscription services and cloud products and energized product teams to develop and launch products in new and emerging areas, including public cloud, CASB, and SASE.   Read More >

Bill Conner named as Chairman of the Board of Comodo Certificate Authority

Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, announced today that it has acquired a majority stake in Comodo’s certificate authority business (Comodo CA Limited). The investment by Francisco Partners will help support the company’s accelerated growth, which is fueled by an increased need for the protection of digital information, network traffic encryption and demand for enhanced trust in websites. Terms of the transaction were not announced.  Read More >

SonicWall CEO Bill Conner Named to CRN List Of Most Influential Security Executives

CRN presents its annual list of the 25 Most Influential Executives Of 2017. These executives have the vision, passion and fire to set the agenda for the channel and for the tech industry as a whole.  Read More >

CEO Bill Conner and SonicWall Team Named to CRN List of 25 Coolest Network Security Vendors

WESTBOROUGH, MA, MARCH 6, 2017 — As part of CRN’s annual Security 100 list, here are 25 network security vendors that are stepping up their game to meet continued needs for security around the network.  Read More >