Cyber crime is constantly on the rise and cyber criminals are increasing the sophistication of their attacks. This makes IT security a topic that dominates government policy and the minds of IT professionals, not to mention V3's own headlines.
Vice president and chief technical officer of McAfee Raj Samani is a much respected and frequently cited commentator in the industry. In addition to his role at McAfee, Samani voluntarily works for the Cloud Security Alliance as a strategic advisor and is also on the advisory councils for Infosecurity Europe and Infosecurity Magazine.
V3: What would be your dream job (apart from your current role, of course)?
Raj Samani: I would have loved to be a teacher!
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
Both the iPhone and the iPad.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
My old boss, Andy Eely. When I was working for [healthcare diagnostic solution firm] Roche, I had just left university and he really was such an incredible boss that helped shape my career. A great man, and someone I am so grateful for.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
It may seem a little vain but the day my first article was published.
What was your first job?
I worked at an Iceland supermarket for a Saturday job. I remember it well.
What's your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
I love the people. I have so many friends that work in this industry and I love the debates and intellectual stimulus.
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
We will see lots of new innovations across all industries and I think the adoption of cloud computing will be the catalyst.
Imagine having the most remarkable computing resources for something you can put on your credit card. That's what cloud computing has the potential to deliver. If you gave [cloud potential] to the Tech Model Railroad Club all those years ago, just think what more remarkable things could they have come up with?
What was the last book you read and was it any good?
I am reading everything by Dahl to my kids. I have to say, what a literary genius he was. I'm also thoroughly enjoying Danny the Champion of the World - although as a father I suppose I would say that.
Who is your favourite band or musician?
It depends on my mood, but I love nearly all forms of music. At the moment I am really into the new Black Keys album, but I still find myself listening to anything by the Chilli Peppers.
Where's your favourite holiday destination or favourite place for escape?
Can you really escape with modern technology? Ten years ago perhaps. I suppose my best answer would be Sunday when I generally try to switch all technology off. Note, I did say 'try'.
E-readers or real books?
Real books. There is nothing I love more than trawling through the pages of a real book. At home we have hundreds of books literally consuming entire rooms of the house.
Twitter, Facebook or Google+?
I will give you a clue - @Raj_Samani. To be honest, that doesn't tell the whole story, it's just that I haven't dedicated the time to the other social networks. I probably should.
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
Seriously, how old do you think I am? Sorry only kidding... I like some of the songs from both. In particular there was a TV show called ‘Tour of Duty' that had Paint it Black as the title music. Outstanding, and of course The Beatles had some incredible tracks too. But like my daughter said to me the other day: "Favouritism is irrational, Dad."
GoodFellas. Easy question - I can still pretty much regurgitate most of the key scenes.
Windows or Mac OS?
To be honest, anything that has charge. We have every device imaginable at home, and nearly all of them have permanent low battery warnings. What is it with children not being to maintain the charge in devices?
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