Carl Leonard

Sr. Security Research Manager, EMEA


Carl Leonard holds the position of Senior Security Research Manager, EMEA at Websense.

In this role, he is responsible for the effectiveness of the EMEA Security Research Team and collaboration with the global Websense Security Labs teams. Research and project work is oriented around the advancement of the Threat Seeker network and daily incident handling duties.

Carl is an active spokesperson discussing and advising on security-related matters with national and international security publications, and a regular contributor to externally-facing blogs and alerts. Carl has over 8 years experience in the threat research arena. He joined Websense in 2007, following the acquisition of SurfControl.

Speech Topic & Synopses
Organisations embrace the social Web, Websense defines the IT security risks?

Social networking and Web 2.0 are all the rage. With Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, YouTube, Google, Yahoo, Flickr, LinkedIn, WordPress, and more, there are over a billion socially active people today a number that continues to grow at an astounding rate.

And it’s not just a teen or consumer fad anymore. The social Web has emerged as a valuable business tool for the modern enterprise touting rich applications with real time interaction and user generated content.

There is no denying that the social Web is the new Web. Nearly every enterprise is using it in one way or another. But along with its enormous popularity come enterprise-size risks. So in the race to maximize its potential, enterprises must take due care to completely protect the business. Unfortunately, most aren’t yet prepared to do that, lacking the proper controls to effectively enforce acceptable use policy, prevent new forms of malware, and protect sensitive data.