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Security Now is a community for you, no matter what your role in IT security.

On the off chance that you've found this on your very first trip to the Internet, allow me to let you in on a secret: Things have been very busy in the world of security for the last couple of years. It's not just that the attacks from criminals have been bigger and more damaging -- though they have -- it's that security has become part of nearly every discussion in business IT.

Security at the heart of IT means that many of the voices in the discussions come from those who aren't security experts. Whether those voices come from IT generalists, developers or line of business managers, the people behind them need to know about the issues in security, the technology deployed to deal with those issues, and the best policies and procedures to guide technology's deployment.

And that's why I'm excited about Security Now. Security has always been a realm for specialists and we're going to have stories from and for the security professionals. But today security is too big and too important to be left only in the hands of those specialists. So Security Now is going to have articles and discussions using language that will welcome IT generalists and even business management to the conversation.

That last bit is important: While we're going to make sure that the articles, videos, and radio shows are all top-notch, the discussions around all of those will make Security Now truly special. And for that, we're going to keep the conversation professional and respectful, even when we're dealing with very serious (or very un-serious) topics.

Speaking of topics, we're going to cover everything from the latest attacks and threats, to the latest products and technologies for dealing with the attacks and threats, to the best practices and most successful policies for implementing security, to the business implications of security (or its lack). If it's security for a business, government body, or other organization, then it's fair game for discussion here at Security Now.

About those writers: We're going to have business executives, security researchers, IT and security professionals, and people with interesting takes on important security questions. It's possible that you're one of those people. If you have things you'd like to say about security and you've always thought about writing, shoot me an email. I've worked with a lot of new writers throughout my career and I'd really like to help some great security writers get their start here at Security Now.

Whether you want to write for us or not, I'd love to know what you want Security Now to be. What topics are at the top of your list? Who would you like to hear as a guest on our radio show? Which security conferences and events should go on our "must" list to attend? Drop me an email message (or comment on one of my posts) and let me know.

So that's how things start here at Security Now. Please take a look around, make a comment or three on articles that speak to you, and drop me a line about what you think will make Security Now better. I think this is going to be a great community -- thanks for being here.

— Curtis Franklin is the Editor of Security Now. Follow him on Twitter @kg4gwa.

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Curtis Franklin, Principal Analyst, Omdia

Senior Analyst, Omdia

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Analyst at Omdia, focusing on enterprise security management. Previously, he was senior editor of Dark Reading, editor of Light Reading's Security Now, and executive editor, technology, at InformationWeek, where he was also executive producer of InformationWeek's online radio and podcast episodes

Curtis has been writing about technologies and products in computing and networking since the early 1980s. He has been on staff and contributed to technology-industry publications including BYTE, ComputerWorld, CEO, Enterprise Efficiency, ChannelWeb, Network Computing, InfoWorld, PCWorld, Dark Reading, and ITWorld.com on subjects ranging from mobile enterprise computing to enterprise security and wireless networking.

Curtis is the author of thousands of articles, the co-author of five books, and has been a frequent speaker at computer and networking industry conferences across North America and Europe. His most recent books, Cloud Computing: Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center, and Securing the Cloud: Security Strategies for the Ubiquitous Data Center, with co-author Brian Chee, are published by Taylor and Francis.

When he's not writing, Curtis is a painter, photographer, cook, and multi-instrumentalist musician. He is active in running, amateur radio (KG4GWA), the MakerFX maker space in Orlando, FL, and is a certified Florida Master Naturalist.

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