About Pat Clawson

Pat Clawson, served as Chairman and CEO of Lumension, where he was responsible for leading the company's overall strategic direction to drive revenue growth and profitability as well as overseeing the day to day operations. Clawson brings more than 20 years of software industry experience and has a successful track record of running high tech companies.

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By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

Keeping Pace with Evolving Risk

December 16th, 2013

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Today we released the 5th annual State of the Endpoint study, together with our colleagues at independent research firm, the Ponemon Institute. We’ve all known for some time the bad guys keep getting better and IT pros are continually challenged to keep the pace. Reinforcing the idea that it isn’t if an organization will be […]



By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

Test of our Bulk Power System, GridExII, Kicks Off Tomorrow

November 12th, 2013

On November 13-14, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) will host a Grid Security Exercise, called GridExII, with Electricity Sub-sector entities across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The goal is to simulate both a cyber-incident and physical attack for the purposes of testing organizational readiness and response. Some pretty good movies have been made […]



By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

NIST Releases Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure

October 23rd, 2013

In February, President Obama signed an Executive Order that called for increased cyber-threat information sharing between government and private companies who oversee our country’s critical infrastructure. The goal was to break down the barriers that cause privately-managed critical infrastructure companies to work independently of the government groups that could create a repository of intel on […]



By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

Social Media: the Bad Guys’ Perfect Playground

October 1st, 2013

October marks the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a public education campaign spearheaded by our colleagues at the National Cyber Security Alliance. It’s somewhat disheartening to consider the lack of progress made in cyber security over the last 10 years; cyber criminals continue to wreak havoc stealing personal identities, corporate IP, and […]



By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

Advice for the Incoming DHS Secretary

September 12th, 2013

A few weeks after retiring Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano gave a farewell speech, we are still unclear on her replacement unfortuntely. In that departure speech, Napolitano advised her successor “You will need a large bottle of Advil.” Given the DHS Secretary is responsible for dealing with everything from natural disasters to terrorists attacks, […]



By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

APT is a Hacking Strategy

August 7th, 2013

When you have something that someone else wants, you’re forced to protect it if you want that something to remain yours. Since the beginning of time, theft has been our unfortunate reality. As our world moved online and everything became digitally interconnected, thieves quickly recognized that’s where real value resides. To swipe it, they have […]



By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

Hacking the Hacker: The Downside to Vigilante Justice

July 2nd, 2013

Imagine you woke up one morning to find all of your possessions gone. Someone broke into your house in the dead of night and stole all of your things. You don’t know how they did it or who it was, but the fact remains: your stuff is gone. You might step outside, see the broken […]



By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

Big Brother is Listening Too – Are Journalists Sitting Ducks Part II

May 29th, 2013

Since writing “Are Journalists Sitting Ducks?” a few months back in response to the New York Times being targeted by Chinese hackers, several more high profile news organizations have been hacked including The Onion, AP, Financial Times and BBC. It’s apparent this trend is not going away any time soon. To add insult to injury, […]



By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

3 Executive Strategies to Prioritize Your IT Risk

May 22nd, 2013

Every company wants to know the best way to protect their company, but it can be difficult when faced with the evolving security challenges of today. I recently sat down with Richard Mason, VP & CSO at Honeywell, Roger Grimes, security columnist and author, to get their thoughts on risk management best practices. I hope […]



By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

CISPA, FISMA Passed the House. Now What?

April 24th, 2013

CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, passed the US House of Representatives late last week and will move to the Senate for further debate. If this rings a bell, it should. Last summer, CISPA passed the House before stalling in the face of a Senate filibuster. Of course, it was not the only […]


By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

What Businesses Need to Know About Cyber Security

April 3rd, 2013

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What laws are in place for cyber security and are they enough? Are the Chinese the only foreign nation hackers we need to worry about? Who are the real perpetrators? How big of a problem is stolen IP for the U.S. and other countries and what is being done about it?   These questions and […]


By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

Are Journalists Sitting Ducks?

March 26th, 2013

Remember Mat Honan – a Wired reporter that covers consumer electronics? He had his entire digital life erased last summer. His Google account was deleted, his Twitter taken over, his iPhone, iPad and MacBook erased. How about the New York Times hack? Chinese hackers allegedly broke into the paper’s systems, stole passwords and watched reporters, […]


By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

Time to Think New About Security

February 25th, 2013

For the good guys to get a leg up on increasingly brazen cyber criminals, we must share breach intelligence. The bad guys do it and we are at a significant disadvantage because we don’t. Or at least we don’t at the level we should. I’ve said this many times before but the road to cyber […]


By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

The Shape of Things to Come with Critical Infrastructure Attacks

February 13th, 2013

How many movies have you seen where the fate of humankind depends on a geeky guy sweating in front of a computer? The specific drama varies from movie to movie, but they generally include the need to: hack into a system to get critical information, crack a password, or disable an evil supercomputer bent on […]


By: - Former Chairman and CEO, Lumension

@pclawson

The New York Times Breach: Why AV Failed, What They Should Have Done and What We Accomplish by Letting Them Stay Inside

February 1st, 2013

In yet another example in the saga of personalized malware from foreign nations, specifically China, The New York Times reported Wednesday that the Chinese had carried out an extensive malware campaign against the newspaper giant for the past four months. With this news, we see once again stand alone, signature-based defenses are completely ineffective, especially […]



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