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Chenx Wang recently left Forrester after a six year stint and became the Vice President, Market Insight and Business Intelligence at McAfee. She is considered an expert in mobile security, with a special interest in risks within collaborative environments. In our conversation, we talk about why Chenxi left Forrester to work for McAfee and the things she is concerned about in software security. You might be surprised at what she considers one of the most prevalent exploits: user account management.

Listen to the Interview: Chenxi Wang Interview – Managing Software Risks in Collaborative Environments

Interview Highlights
00:01 Moving from Forrester to McAfee
01:43 Mobile security
03:30 Where will mobile exposure be exploited
04:28 Vulnerabilities in the collaborative services
06:23 User account management as a major vulnerability
07:35 Tactical steps to user account management
09:41 Security of component based application development
12:26 Risks in popular components, software and services
15:30 Who is taking advantage of the exploits

Bio: Chenxi Wang
Chenxi Wang is a leading expert on mobile security, endpoint security, application security, and cloud security. She leds the effort at Forrester to build the research portfolio that addresses how enterprise mobility, consumerization, and emerging threats affect security strategy, policy, architecture, application development, and operations.

Prior to Forrester, Chenxi was the chief scientist for KSR, a risk management service provider startup in Silicon Valley. Previously, Chenxi was an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). She was an instrumental faculty member behind the inception of CMU’s Cylab. At CMU, Chenxi led a number of high-profile research projects, including multimillion-dollar projects from the Department of Defense and National Science Foundation. Chenxi was a consultant to the Emerson, FTC, HP Labs, Lucent, and a number of venture capital companies.
Chenxi has been frequently quoted in the press, including such media outlets as Infoworld and The New York Times.

An accomplished public speaker, Chenxi also has delivered keynote and highlighted speeches at many events, including Chevron’s IT conference, Forrester Leadership Boards events, and other customer events. In her previous role as an academic, Chenxi delivered many research talks at top academic conferences and institutions such as Stanford University and the University of Cambridge.