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Off to Gartner IT Security Summit in D.C. next week.

June 1st, 2007 No comments

Off to DC for this coming week’s Gartner IT Security Summit at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in D.C.

I will be there from Sunday – Wednesday. 

Speaking on Tuesday from 4:00-4:30 regarding the Generation Crossbeam Security Ecosystem.

You know the drill…ping me if you’re going to be there.  Evil shall ensue.  Please bring bail money.


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Off to Orlando for Check Point Experience 2007 This Week…

May 29th, 2007 No comments

Off to sunny (?) Orlando this week for Check Point Experience 2007.  I’ll be there from Tuesday through Friday.  We’ll be playing party favorites like "Taunt the Nokia Rep." and seeing who dies first in Fear Factor Live.

You know the drill.  If you’re going to be there, ping me.  I’m delivering one of the keynotes (can you call it that?) on Wednesday afternoon.  I’m Staying at the Ritz, so you can send the assassination squads there, please.

For those of you who aren’t aware, the venue for Check Point Experience in Paris was surrendered, so if we were going to connect there, it will probably have to wait until Bangkok in August or Munich in September, assuming all goes well with the planning for those venues.


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Off to Interop Las Vegas and Palo Alto Next Week…

May 16th, 2007 No comments

VegasOff to Interop next week.  I’ll be there from Sunday (Data Center Summit) through Wednesday mid-morning.  If you’re going to be there, let’s grab a beer and chat.

I’ll be in Palo Alto on the 23rd, flying back to Boston on the 24th.


(…and in an advanced planning compendium, during May-June, I’ll be in Orlando, D.C., Dallas, New York, Atlanta, and some chunk of Europe for Crossbeam’s Next Generation Product  Launch activities)

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Off to the UK Next Week @ InfoSec UK Show

April 19th, 2007 No comments

I’ll be in the UK all of next week (April 23rd-April 27th) for the InfoSec UK show.  I suppose this means that we’ve run out of anyone interesting, good looking or knowledgeable to send?

Crossbeam will be at Stand # G153

If anyone wants to get together for a chat, a pint or a good old-fashioned dust-up, let me know.  My mobile works in the UK, so ring me if you have the number…if not, find someone who does 😉

Ping me via email (hoff [@] and we’ll get together for any of the above.  I’m dying for some good Curry.


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Off Topic: My Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb and Global Warming?

April 17th, 2007 2 comments

P1280124Off-topic, non-security post.

My recent adventure involved climbing Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.  It was awesome.  I’m long overdue in blogging the event.

The reason that I and my 4 compadres decided to climb Kili was because of the "fact" that ultimately the glacial packs atop Kilimanjaro would shortly disappear.  Recent forecasts suggested that within 10 years they would be completely gone.

So, imagine my surprise when we summited in -25 degrees (F) to come face to face with this 100 foot tall monster @ nearly 20,000 feet.  It was truly an awesome  spectacle.

I was expecting a small bit of snow and some compacted ice forms.  I didn’t expect 80-100 foot glacial ice fields! 

Pair that with a current BBC article that suggests that ultimately the glaciers will be around for at least 30-40 years and while I’m not discounting the global warming effect, I am happy to note that these magnificent walls of ice will be here for at least a while longer.

P1290125This is great news.  I’m glad that it’s not as bad as was originally forecasted because it’s an awesome sight after 8 hours of the summit deathmarch slog; hopefully my kids will be able to join me if I do it again and we can see it together.


Off to Northern California this Week…

March 24th, 2007 No comments

I’m traveling to Northern California on Sunday for a week of customer visits and speaking engagements in Walnut Creek, San Jose and San Francisco.  If anyone wants to get together for a bite or some brew, let me know!  Ping me at choff [at] or leave a comment here and we’ll connect.

Many of the people I’d expect to meet up with are actually attending a supah-sekreet security get-together with me, so it would be a great time to coordinate a mash-up because there’s a fantastic group of people just waiting to exercise their expense accounts and bail money stash.

It worked out in reverse well enough for Mogull, so I figured I’d give it a shot. 😉

Thursday and Friday are better days.


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In the UK this Week…

March 7th, 2007 No comments

Forgot to mention that I’m in the UK this week.  I’m sure you’re all relieved to know that.  Not to worry, I shall continue to execute on my Blogsolidation strategy and bring you the best in Web2.5.

DangerousgolfcourseJust so as nobody feels sorry for me, we have a two day event at Turnberry in Scotland. Amazing place for golf, this.  I shoot in the 70’s…any colder than that I won’t play 😉

If you’re in London, Edinburgh or Glasgow, ping me and I’ll buy you a beverage of
your choice.  If you happen to be going to the 6 Nations Ireland vs. Scotland match on Saturday, I’ll be there!  Because our VP of Customer Support is Scottish, I am obligated to cheer for them.  I will be drinking Guiness, however.  Just to be fair, you see.


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