McAfee launches its own security publication

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Anti-virus giant McAfee today launched a semi-annual journal dedicated to the coverage of timely security topics with the hope that industry professionals can use the material to make proper decisions.

Called Sage, the publication features news stories, opinion pieces and comprehensive technical articles, all written by members of McAfee Avert Labs, the vendor's security research division.

"A lot of other journals talk about what's easily counted," said David Marcus, security research and communications manager for Avert Labs. "We wanted the journal to take sides…We wanted to take a position and not just give out data and statistics."

The 42-page first issue looks at open-source practices, the role of financial incentives for malware development and the effect of sophisticated malware. Op-ed pieces discuss vulnerability discovery and disclosure, and a technical article examines the role open source plays in rootkit development and the Mac OS X.

"To stay ahead in today's ever-shifting threat landscape, security experts and practitioners need a dedicated and timely outlet like Sage where they can discuss poignant and compelling security issues," said Stuart McClure, senior vice president of global research and threats at McAfee.

The publication now can be downloaded at, and McAfee has ordered a print run of several thousand copies.

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