John Swainson, president and CEO of CA, started off his RSA 2007 keynote by quoting Gregory Treverton, a senior analyst at the Rand Corporation and former vice chair of the National Intelligence Council, on the difference between mysteries and puzzles. Treverton concluded that the national security challenge of the 21st century, for example, is less about solving puzzles than illuminating the mysteries in front of us.
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellision was a no-show for his keynote this afternoon at the RSA Conference, out with the flu according to his substitute, Hasan Rizvi, vice president of identity management and security at Oracle (pictured below). Ellison is one of hardest acts to follow, and Rizvi did not attempt to mimic the master--no pacing of the stage, sniping at competitors or quotable statements.
Worth watching: Michael Wesch, an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, has posted a captivating and incisive 4-minute and 31-second video explaining the basic premise of Web 2.0, concluding that Web 2.
The folks that wanted EMC to carve out VMware in an initial public offering are getting their wish. EMC said after market close that it will sell 10 percent of VMware in an IPO.
Kodak released an inkjet printer line that aims to cut ink costs. Kodak's argument: Buy our printers and save money on ink.
MySpace's fiscal 2007 sales are on track to top $500 million with more growth to come in 2008, said News Corp. chief operating officer Peter Chernin.
ID theft is decreasing because of increased awareness by consumers of the dangers.
As any witness of a Macworld keynote knows Apple CEO Steve Jobs doesn't do much of anything that isn't well scripted and thought out. That strategy and advance preparation is what makes his open letter to the music industry about digital rights management so interesting.
Notable headlines:Wi-Fi hacking, with a handheld PDA. Images.
The morning RSA keynotes were mostly warmed over common wisdom--layer approachs, risk management, intelligence sharing, managing user identities, governance, focusing on users, etc.--about information security, with the exception of the cryptographer panel, which had some good moments.