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Secure Ventures with Kyle McNulty

Secure Ventures with Kyle McNulty

By Kyle McNulty

Kyle McNulty interviews cutting-edge founders in the cyber security space to understand their plights, glories, and revolutionary products.

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Oligo: Gal Elbaz on Hacking Instagram and Software Supply Chain Security

Secure Ventures with Kyle McNultyMay 30, 2023

Oligo: Gal Elbaz on Hacking Instagram and Software Supply Chain Security
May 30, 202340:03
LimaCharlie: Maxime Lamothe-Brassard on Cybersecurity Middleware for Incident Response
May 16, 202336:34
Anzenna: Ganesh Krishnan on Contextual Learning for Cyber Workforce Development
May 02, 202331:14
Oak9: Aakash Shah on Modern Security Architecture Design and Security as Code
Apr 18, 202339:27
HiddenLayer: Chris Sestito on ML/AI Security Incidents and Defense Capabilities
Apr 04, 202334:16
C2A Security: Roy Fridman on Modern Automobile Security

C2A Security: Roy Fridman on Modern Automobile Security


CEO of C2A Security, providing a host of solutions to secure modern automobiles Previously VP of Foretellix, a leader in autonomous vehicle simulation testing Strongly believes increased security is a core requirement for autonomous vehicle adoption

Check out the episode for our conversation about how cars can be exploited, what companies can do about it, and how charging stations and autonomous vehicles present new threats.

Mar 21, 202339:27
Akto: Ankita Gupta on API Security and Building Products Engineers Love
Mar 07, 202332:17
Phylum: Pete Morgan on Software Supply Chain Vulnerabilities
Feb 21, 202337:22
Datatribe: John Funge on Building Successful Security Products
Feb 07, 202331:22
OnShore Security: Stel Valavanis on Running a Security Company for 30 Years
Jan 24, 202340:39
Surf Security: Moty Jacob on Secure Browsers
Jan 10, 202333:53
BalanceTheory: Greg Baker on Cybersecurity Knowledge Management
Dec 27, 202244:07
Kondukto: Cenk Kalpakoglu on Turkey's Market, Leaving the Family Business, and AppSec Automation
Dec 13, 202236:31
CyberOwl: Dan Ng on Maritime Security and Choosing a Customer Segment
Nov 29, 202238:26 Shashank Tiwari on the Future Role of AI in Security Operations
Nov 15, 202235:47
Sonrai Security: Eric Kedrosky on being a Security Vendor CISO
Nov 01, 202239:06
Ron Gula: Lessons for Networking in Cybersecurity
Oct 18, 202235:40
RealDefense: Gary Guseinov on Security Holding Companies

RealDefense: Gary Guseinov on Security Holding Companies


CEO of RealDefense, a consumer security conglomerate with over 100 million users Ex-CEO and Founder of CyberDefender, which he grew to over $100 million in annual revenue Ex-CEO of Business Hangouts, the #1 enterprise video software for Google Suite

Check out the episode for our conversation on the value of cash-flowing cybersecurity businesses, the strategy of acquiring a portfolio of products, and the opportunities in consumer security.


RealDefense: SafeBase Example:
Oct 04, 202241:23
FleetDM: Mike McNeill on the BEST Way to Monetize a Product (Open Core)
Sep 20, 202241:53
Brad Laporte and Rob Smith on Trends with Security Analyst Firms (e.g. Gartner)

Brad Laporte and Rob Smith on Trends with Security Analyst Firms (e.g. Gartner)


Managing director at Lionfish Tech Advisors, providing security solution advisory services 8 year veteran of Gartner, leading Endpoint Security, Remote Access, and more 3-time founder


Advisor at Lionfish Previously senior product manager at Dell, IBM, and Acquia Veteran of Gartner, leading Endpoint Security and Threat Intelligence

Check out the episode for our discussion on the state of industry research via firms like Gartner and how the market is adapting with other alternatives.

Sep 06, 202243:47
Sprinto: Girish Redekar on Rapid Product Iteration and Security Questionnaire Standards
Aug 23, 202242:54
NorthStar: Alex Moss on Pivoting a Consulting Business to a Product

NorthStar: Alex Moss on Pivoting a Consulting Business to a Product


Co-founder and CEO of NorthStar, a risk-based vulnerability management platform Extensive experience in consulting both in security and contracts management (when he had to leave security to avoid a conflict of interest while building NorthStar after hours)

Check out the episode for our discussion on pivoting a consulting business and risk contextualization.

Aug 09, 202248:18
Cyera: Yotam Segev on Startup Idea Validation and Securing Data in the Cloud
Jul 26, 202242:29
Polymer: Yasir Ali on DLP for your SaaS Ecosystem
Jul 12, 202236:40
Lighter Capital: Melissa Widner | Revenue-based Financing and Economic Conditions
Jun 28, 202233:03
#BCS Enquire: Bilal Baloch | Global Knowledge Networks and Strategic Decision Making
Jun 21, 202224:26
#BCS Racktop: Eric Bednash | Data-centric Zero-Trust and Realtime Ransomware Protection at the Data Layer
Jun 21, 202231:29
Corsha: Chris Simkins | Counterespionage and MFA for APIs
Jun 14, 202247:32
#BCS nopsec: Lisa Xu | Vulnerability Management Today and Tomorrow
Jun 07, 202226:20
Apiiro: Idan Plotnik | Application Security Risk Contextualization and the RSAC Innovation Sandbox Challenge
May 31, 202248:28
Perygee: Mollie Breen | IoT Security from Blu Cyber Summit
May 24, 202225:04
Tines: Thomas Kinsella | Tech Employers, Security Automation, and No-Code Workflows
May 17, 202245:35
TallPoppy: Leigh Honeywell | Security cultures, social impact, and online harassment
May 03, 202243:17
Authomize: Gal Diskin

Authomize: Gal Diskin


Co-founder and CTO at Authomize - now in his fifth run as a founder! Founded Cyvera which sold to Palo Alto for $200 million Founded Hexponent which was acquired in just 8 months Founded and led Intel's software security division where he oversaw 120 people Listen to the episode for more!

We discuss consulting as a way of marketing your start-up, Gal's legacy as a founder, and the technical challenges in building Authomize. Enjoy!

Apr 19, 202236:33
Devo: Marc van Zadelhoff

Devo: Marc van Zadelhoff


CEO of Devo, valued at $1.5B in late 2021 Previously COO of Logmein, valued at over $4B when they were taken private in 2020 Co-founder and CEO of IBM's Security business unit (8,000 people) MBA from Wharton

Listen to the episode for our discussion on the formation of IBM security, the challenges with taking over a company and team during COVID, and current market conditions in the security space as told by a CEO that lives and breathes this market.

Apr 05, 202247:43
DomainTools: Tim Chen
Mar 22, 202242:38
Bonus Episode: Karim Hijazi on the Ukraine/Russia Cyber Conflict

Bonus Episode: Karim Hijazi on the Ukraine/Russia Cyber Conflict

While the Ukraine/Russia conflict lasts, there is increased uncertainty about what the future holds. In this episode, Karim Hijazi (CEO and Founder of Prevailion) and I discuss the cyber conflict in full. Precedent in previous cyber war, how the cyber conflict has unfolded so far, how attackers (both directly and indirectly involved) are responding, and what might unfold in various escalation paths. 

His first episode on Secure Ventures was episode #2, and you can find it on whatever app you are using to listen to this one!

Some additional reading material based on what we discussed:

Ukrainian Hacktivists: Russian DDoS: India's Predicament:
Mar 11, 202242:01
BV Systems: Scott Schober

BV Systems: Scott Schober


CEO of BV Systems, a family owned security business for over 50 years Started working in security in 6th grade Published author Fellow podcast host

Listen to the episode for our discussion on his contributions to the family business since childhood, the physical security needs of today, and his contributions back to the community across a variety of media facets.

Mar 08, 202255:02
CrowdSec: Philippe Humeau
Feb 22, 202243:60
LogPoint: Jesper Zerlang
Feb 08, 202246:05
S3 Consulting: Johanna Baum

S3 Consulting: Johanna Baum


Two decades of cybersecurity consulting experience Tested the viability of starting her own consultancy through a three month engagement and never looked back Nicknamed "the Storm"

Listen to the episode for our discussion of consulting principles, the relevance of customer industries for cybersecurity consulting, and growing a consultancy through word of mouth.

Jan 25, 202252:13
BioCatch: Uri Rivner
Jan 11, 202252:53
Arctic Wolf: Lane Roush
Dec 29, 202135:15
Tromzo: Harshil Parikh

Tromzo: Harshil Parikh

- Co-founder and CEO at Tromzo
- Co-founder of SVCI (Silicon Valley CISO Investments)
- Previously Senior Director of Security at Medallia

Listen to the episode for our discussion on starting a company in stealth, organizing CISOs as investors, raising money with only an idea, and more.

Dec 14, 202149:59
ByteChek: AJ Yawn
Nov 30, 202143:12
World Fuel Services: Shawn Bowen

World Fuel Services: Shawn Bowen

- Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at World Fuel Services
- Previously the first CISO at US Marine Corps Intelligence
- Advisor in the startup ecosystem

Listen to the episode for our discussion ranging from analogies between motorcycles and cybersecurity risk management, growing a cybersecurity team, and specific differences between working in government and the private sector.

Nov 16, 202157:34
HyperQube: Craig Stevenson
Nov 02, 202151:29
Cyvatar: Corey White
Oct 19, 202157:14
Troy Hunt

Troy Hunt


Creator of Have I Been Pwned? Creator of the Troy Hunt blog Host and producer of the Troy Hunt Weekly Updates podcast Pluralsight course author Microsoft Regional Director and MVP Never finished a college degree
Oct 05, 202155:46
SafeBase: Al Yang

SafeBase: Al Yang


Three-time startup builder including Picmonic (Acquired), Medumo (Acquired), and now Safebase. Two-time Y Combinator graduate and Harvard Business School alumni Past VC at Comcast Ventures and Investment Banking at Mooreland Partners Poker enthusiast


"The Interactive Security Portal" - SafeBase is a security resume for your organization to share key cybersecurity certifications and capabilities with customers in a streamlined fashion.

Sep 21, 202157:47
KAPALYA: Sudesh Kumar
Sep 07, 202144:50
Validize: Achiad Alter
Aug 24, 202149:43
CYE: Reuven Aronashvili

CYE: Reuven Aronashvili


Previously head of Israel's cybersecurity red team Got a blank check offer for his first job in the private sector (listen to the episode for the story) Was mistaken for a janitor on his first day of college Has grown Cyesec 100% YOY and is targeting 250% this year in part due to a $120MM funding round earlier this year


CYE brings a fact-based approach to organizational cyber defense, managing real business risks and optimizing the cybersecurity investment. CYE serves as a trusted advisor to medium-sized and Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries around the world.

Aug 10, 202146:23
Bruce Schneier
Jul 27, 202135:45
rThreat: Hugo Sanchez

rThreat: Hugo Sanchez


Started his career in pharmacology and now has over a decade of sales experience across several disparate industries Born in Mexico, he spent the majority of his sales career focused on Latin American expansion Similar to Alex/Archis who discussed Polyverse at a Johnny Rockets, Hugo and his co-founder Jesus first discussed rThreat at another classic chain, The Cheesecake Factory.


Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) tool focused on understanding security posture Incredibly strong team of advisors well-known in the space
Jul 13, 202146:47
Polyverse: Alex Gounares and Archis Gore

Polyverse: Alex Gounares and Archis Gore


17 year tenure at Microsoft including Bill Gates' Technology Advisor Has started 5 companies Angel investor Board member on several companies CEO at Polyverse


Previously a software developer at both Microsoft and Amazon Won a computing competition in India Board member at the Center on Contemporary Art CTO at Polyverse


Provide continuous protection to Linux systems from memory-based attacks through operating system controls.
Jun 29, 202145:25
TidalScale: Ike Nassi

TidalScale: Ike Nassi


Almost 50 years of experience in tech Tenures at Apple, MIT, SAP, Cisco and more 20 patents Way more knowledgeable than me about computing (and most things...)


Rethinking the problem of big data computing by scaling up rather than out through a powerful supercomputer
Jun 15, 202159:22
Virta Labs: Michael Holt

Virta Labs: Michael Holt

Michael is the CEO of Virta Labs, a healthcare security company building a platform for medical device management. He also founded his own consultancy to help start-ups acquire funding through traditional and non-dilutive mechanisms like government grants. He’s especially well-versed in the financial and legal aspects of startups which are tricky for so many founders.

Jun 01, 202148:55
Cyber Crisis: Eric Cole

Cyber Crisis: Eric Cole

With me in this episode is Eric Cole. Eric is the CEO and Founder of Secure Anchor Consulting, where he has provided guidance for companies of all sizes and the Obama administration. He is also an established author who will have a total of 8 published books after the release of Cyber Crisis at the start of June. In the episode we dive into the common themes between entrepreneurship and authorship, and how he became successful in both.

Pre-order the book now on Amazon:

May 18, 202134:50
Cybsafe: Oz Alashe

Cybsafe: Oz Alashe

The average professional's experience with cybersecurity generally involves phishing training, and that is a brutally dry introduction.

Oz Alashe at Cybsafe is working to revolutionize the world of security training, and he won't stop until he has influenced training across the globe. Listen to this episode for his embarrassing icon that influenced his joining the UK paratrooper regimen and his outlook for the future after raising $8 million earlier this year.

May 04, 202138:27
Pete Jarvis

Pete Jarvis

Pete is a guru in the entrepreneurship space. He is currently acting as VP of Business Development for two different companies and CEO of his own consultancy, all while acting as an advisor and board member for several others. Pete is a clear "people person", and his stories of innocent connection followed by subsequent business opportunities are incredulous. Tune in to hear about his recipes for success for start-ups that sometimes go against commonly accepted ideas.

Apr 20, 202101:12:00
ThreatQuotient: Wayne Chiang

ThreatQuotient: Wayne Chiang

As Wayne put it, security companies are often boring. To his credit, ThreatQuotient is far from it. The company has grown to over 100 employees since Wayne founded it with his coworker, Ryan Trost, back in 2013. The team has raised over $50 million in funding, and some portion of that has gone toward adopting three rhinoceroses, the company's logo and official mascot. On this episode, Wayne discusses his burning desire to become a founder before he succeeded with ThreatQuotient, the time commitment in a new venture, and the decision to step down from CEO in order to let the company continue its incredible growth trajectory. Enjoy!

Apr 06, 202140:22
Bonus: Mike and Mike on Venture Capital in Cybersecurity

Bonus: Mike and Mike on Venture Capital in Cybersecurity

While episodes so far focused on the stories of founders, in this episode I interview the hosts of the Extreme Uncertainty podcast, Mike Ravenscroft and Mike Leffer, who are prominent venture capitalists in the security space. The episode includes a glimpse into the untraditional routes into VC as well as several tips for founders looking for funding and idiosyncrasies of the security market when looking at potential investments. This is one of my favorite episodes so far, as it provides additional background as to the struggles of every founder I have interviewed on the show.

Their podcast can be found by searching "Extreme Uncertainty" wherever you listen to Secure Ventures, or on LinkedIn at

Mar 30, 202157:31
Lightspin: Vladi Sandler

Lightspin: Vladi Sandler

Vladi has been through the gamut of cybersecurity roles including experience with the military, teaching, consulting, product, and entrepreneurship. After quickly rising through the ranks of Israel's cyber security arm, he entered the private sector where he gave up his free time for several years as he worked in consulting during the day and on coursework at night, including founding a security program at his alma mater shortly after graduating. Now, Vladi is leading Lightspin in the red-hot cloud security space with a novel approach to defense through graph visualization. His company has been growing rapidly, and incredibly he has done this while keeping an even balance between men and women despite the male-dominated field. 

Mar 23, 202142:11
Kasada: Sam Crowther

Kasada: Sam Crowther

Sam is the youngest guest to join the show so far, having started his company Kasada while he was still a teenager. After experience working in the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) in high school, basically the NSA of Australia, Sam decided to forgo college ("university" for the Australians) in favor of going directly into the security world. Shortly after, he founded Kasada, which is built around a bot deterrence platform that presents complex quantitative challenges that cost attackers thousands in compute resources. Kasada has seen explosive growth, as it received funding from the CIA's venture group in its 2019 Series A, received a Series B in 2020, and now has over 50 employees.

Mar 09, 202129:08
SecureStack: Guy Givoni

SecureStack: Guy Givoni

After an early stint in the Air Force Reserves and then as an Algorithm Engineer, Guy's career then transformed after business school. He transitioned into Business Development, where he led the APAC expansion for Runcom Technologies and later Algosec. He was mentoring in an Australian cyber security accelerator, CyRise, when we was recruited by one of his mentees and now his Co-Founder. After a successful pivot, SecureStack is focusing on its product CloudBuilder, which enables secure templates for cloud deployments so the application attack surface can be rapidly reduced. SecureStack was recently named one of the top 20 cybersecurity firms to watch in 2021 by Forbes. 

Feb 23, 202139:48
Invisit: Dean Shapero

Invisit: Dean Shapero

After starting his career in the music industry including the creation of his own music festival, Festivus, Dean has woven a fascinating career out of his deep marketing expertise. With the new privacy regulation across the globe over the last several years, marketing efforts have become reliant on privacy compliance for effectiveness. Invisit is streamlining privacy compliance to ensure companies maximize the value of their marketing campaigns.

Feb 09, 202135:32
Patientory: Chrissa McFarlane

Patientory: Chrissa McFarlane

After a tongue-twisting liberal arts degree with two majors and two minors, Chrissa went on to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. After a series of stints in healthcare, she found a passion for healthcare technology where she could influence a much wider landscape within healthcare. Her company, Patientory, is providing secure storage and access to consumer healthcare data through a mobile application so individuals can take ownership of their medical records.

Jan 26, 202128:39
MedStack: Balaji Gopalan

MedStack: Balaji Gopalan

From an early start in material sciences to serial product lead and strategist to trusted adviser in healthcare, Balaji has developed a fascinating career tackling each of his interests. While the healthcare industry is receiving more attention than ever, his company MedStack is simplifying healthcare security by providing an automated platform for deployment and infrastructure management.

Jan 13, 202151:22
Prevailion: Karim Hijazi

Prevailion: Karim Hijazi

In the wake of the recent SolarWinds incident, never has Karim Hijazi been so busy. Karim started his career in photography and then quickly transitioned into starting his own security consultancy. Since then, he has had numerous interesting events including a public battle with Lulzsec in 2011. Now, his company Prevailion is in the spotlight more than ever due to its novel approach to supplier security.

Jan 13, 202138:56
Deduce: Ari Jacoby

Deduce: Ari Jacoby

Ari Jacoby went to college thinking he would enter politics, but he soon found the entrepreneurial itch. Many years later, he has now led four successful exits as he embarks on his first venture into security, Deduce. Deduce is democratizing account takeover detection and prevention capabilities, such as notifications after logins from a new location, so smaller businesses can leverage similar functionality to that at major technology companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google.

Jan 13, 202135:09