The Worst Security Marketing Ever

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jul 09, 2012

hdcctvWe are all witnesses to the worst security marketing campaign ever run. Over the last 4 years, the underfunded and outmanned HDcctv Alliance has attacked, spammed, alienated and outraged security professionals around the globe. In this note, we break down their missteps and provide a series of four recommendations on how to run an effective marketing campaign.

Pick the Appropriate Adversary

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Balance **** ******** *************

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Build **** ******

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