About me

david-strom-closeup.jpgDavid Strom is an international authority on network and Internet technologies. He currently writes for CSOonline and numerous corporate blogs of HPE, IBM and RSA. He has written extensively on IT-related topics for more than 30 years for a wide variety of print publications and websites, such as The New York Times, Baseline Magazine,  PC Week/eWeek, Internet.com, Infoworld, Computerworld, Small Business Computing, Communications Week, Windows Sources, c|net and news.com, Web Review, Tom’s Hardware, EETimes, ReadWrite, ITWorld and many others.

From 2016-2019, he created and curated the Inside Security email newsletter. He also wrote weekly opinion columns on eCommerce for IDG and networking columns in Infoworld and PC Week.

He is the author of two books: Internet Messaging (Prentice Hall, 1998) which he co-authored with Marshall T. Rose and Home Networking Survival Guide (McGrawHill/Osborne, 2001).

In addition to this impressive collection of journalistic work, he is also a frequent speaker, panel and focus group moderator and instructor at various industry events and trade shows around the world including Interop, CMP’s Xchange, and for private clients.

David has been a guest on the Fox TV News Network, NPR, ABC-TV’s World News Tonight and CBS-TV News and others media outlets. For over 20 years, David has authored the weekly Internet column “Web Informant”, which has several thousand industry professional subscribers. Web Informant covers topics such as eCommerce, Web site usability, and web product marketing issues and more. Issues of Web Informant have been syndicated all over the world, including the Daily (Tokyo) Yomiuri (both in print and Web editions), on Fawcette’s DevX.com, and on numerous other technical web sites.

David’s management background includes several editorial management positions for both print and online properties for various audiences in the computing universe including IT/enterprise computing, channel/reseller markets, enthusiast/consumer and OEM/electronics. He was the Editor-in-chief for Tom’s Hardware, the world’s largest computing enthusiast collection of Web sites with an international audience of millions of readers. While at ReadWrite, he built up six different B2B vertical sites for the property. He was also the founding Editor-in-chief of the print Network Computing magazine and the Web site DigitalLanding.com, and also held editorial management positions at VAR Business, EETimes, and PC Week (now eWeek).

He is married with three children and lives in St. Louis. His office phone is +1 (314) 277-7832, and can be reached via email at david (at) strom (dot) com.

18 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hello David:

    I just visited your blog for the first time after listening to your EXCELLENT NAC presentation this morning. I look forward to learning more about your views on secure access and encourage you to contact me if you ever wish to publish something on our portal.

    Dana – Publisher Secure Access Central

  2. Hey David… impressive list of successes… congrats!

    I hate to put a damper on things, but I’d like to point out something you wrote that doesn’t speak well for you. As I’m sure you know, during GoDaddy’s registration process, there’s a link to “Tips from an Expert” where up jumps an article by you. Seemed Ok until I read the sentence: “…if you are really desperate or have some extra cash, you can purchase a .NET or .ORG, too.”

    What kind of ‘consulting’ is that? I believe that statement is degrading to the professional importance of both .NETs and .ORGs. As I’m sure you know, .NETs are HEAVILY used by the hugest ISPs and I own a few .ORGs, as do most reputable non-profits in the USA.

    My guess is that you wrote that article a long time ago and your writing and style has matured since then. Please fix this sentence/paragraph to give some real “Tips” and resubmit to GoDaddy for replacement.

    Thanks. Good stuff, otherwise.
    – Matt

  3. Hi David. By chance I happened across an old 1995 piece called “Getting Webbed” where I was one of the interviewees. I like that you keep so many articles from the mid 90’s on. Nothing like a digital retrospect on the changing company and technology landscape to get a sense of how far the web has come in so short a time.

  4. I enjoyed the ‘tip from expert’ bit at godaddy. I thought matt’s email comment was pretentious and a bit rude. I’m sure you get that all the time.

    onward and upward

  5. Hi Dave,
    I wanted to thank-you for including Storage Guardian in your actical for on line backup once again. We have tracked many users browse from your article and submit a Request for a Proposal .
    All the best and thanks again,
    Omry Farajun
    Storage Guardian Inc.

  6. Hello David,
    I really enjoy your articles at the Times and have started reading some of your blog posts. I have a company i’m doing some work for and wondered if you might have some suggestions for writers to look for. It is a web-based online scheduling tool (not calendering) and has been growing steadily by doing a solid job of helping companies save money on staff scheduling. A good niche.
    Do you have tech sites that you’d recommend?
    Thank you and keep up the terrific work. I’ll see if there’s a way I can share some link love in a post from my Dun & Bradstreet blog.

  7. Dear David – I would like to interview you for a column I’m writing, part of my series “The Virtual Life” for Patch sites in St. Louis. Here’s a look: http://clayton-richmondheights.patch.com/columns/the-virtual-life

    I just followed you on Twitter, so if you can DM me your email address OR contact me at my email address, that would be great. I hope we can connect. My deadline is Thursday, noon.

    Holly Edgell
    Regional Editor
    St. Louis, MO

  8. Hi,

    I recently came across your article ‘Working Together-3 collaboration tools’ on computerworld.com and REALLY liked it. Based on this I thought you would be interested in trying out Moxtra.

    Moxtra is a team collaboration app where in users can chat and hold real time meetings, share mobile and web screens, upload and annotate imported files as well as create visual and video snippets – all of this in just one application. Moxtra was founded by Subrah Iyar, Co-founder of WebEx and Stanley Huang, former Chief Engineer at Cisco.

    It is available on iOS, Android, Blackberry and the Web. Please check out http://www.moxtra.com and please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or suggestions. Thanks!

    Aakansha Gurnani


    Press Quotes:

    “Watch out Google, Whatsapp, and BBM: Moxtra is the next step in mobile collaboration.” – Forbes

    “Moxtra goes a step further, offering new layers of voice communication and annotation for deeper communication in a fuller context.” – Macworld

    “Moxtra is a fresh take on collaboration and collection for iPad and Web.” – TechCrunch

  9. REVIEW: Email encryption has gotten so much better, so you’d be crazy not to use it

    I read this review, which was good.

    One of the advantages of email today is that you can send email to people on different systems. (not like the bad old days, when you could only email people in your company or your department).

    Your article didn’t really address the issue of public key storage to facilitate secure email between closed environments.

    Do you have any info on that subject you could share?


  10. Hi David, I’m wondering why you didn’t look at the “traditional” AV vendors who although you say AV doesn’t work you failed to approach them to see what they’re doing these days. Intel Security (McAfee) who already have a significant endpoint presence (i.e. agents and management console) deployed across the world have solutions that compete with Carbon Black, Cylance, Tanium, etc. Shiny new toys are nice but plugging a “new” solution into existing infrastructure without having to re-train your entire staff is also very key. Cost of ownership on a shiny new toy when you already have most of the pieces in place probably makes little sense to most organizations. Someone’s always going to come up with a new way of doing things but it behooves any IT security admin to do their homework or wait a few months to see what everyone else is doing before jumping on the bandwagon.

    • Paul, simple answer: Network World had already examined these traditional AV products, and wanted me to look at new approaches. I agree with your comments though.

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  15. Good afternoon David,


    I admit, this is the first time I have visited your blog but I must say – I am thoroughly pleased that I discovered it! Your post about the Internet of Bad Things (an obvious nod to the buzzword/phrase Internet of Things) has been eye-opening. I mean, I know it’s common knowledge how easy these things can be monitored but it’s also frightening at the same time.

    Another piece I enjoyed was your piece for IBM’s Security Intelligence blog. The Internet has been moving at such a rapid pace that cybersecurity seems like it’s lagging. While I agree that data privacy is important – in the age of AI, voice apps/hardware, and social media breaches – is there still such a thing? Can we have absolute data privacy? And if so, how?

    Hoping for your quick response!

    All the best,

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