Secure Ventures with Kyle McNulty
By Kyle McNulty
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Secure Ventures with Kyle McNultyMay 30, 2023
Oligo: Gal Elbaz on Hacking Instagram and Software Supply Chain Security
Gal:CTO and co-founder at Oligo, providing a runtime solution for software supply chain security Worked at Checkpoint for 7 years Started his security journey in the IDF Met his co-founders as a child, and they conspired to start a company together for decades before launching Oligo!
Check out the episode for our discussion of his hack of instagram, how Oligo gets creative with reaching inundated CISOs, and how AI has changed the software supply chain landscape.
LimaCharlie: Maxime Lamothe-Brassard on Cybersecurity Middleware for Incident Response
Maxime:CEO and founder at LimaCharlie, middleware for cybersecurity application integration for incident response Previously worked for Google, Crowdstrike, and Canada's department of defense
Check out the episode for our discussion on the challenges of building your own security workflows, automation adoption journeys, and how the larger cybersecurity automation world is evolving.
Anzenna: Ganesh Krishnan on Contextual Learning for Cyber Workforce Development
Ganesh:CEO and founder at Anzenna, providing contextual learning opportunities to improve employees' cybersecurity training Previously founded Avid Secure, one of the original CSPM companies, which he sold to Sophos in 2019 Joined Sophos as a VP of engineering and worked there for the last three years prior to launching Anzenna
Check out the episode for our discussion on the sale of Avid Secure at the very beginning of the CSPM boom, what contextual learning entails in the workforce development space, and how the Anzenna team is going about this challenge.
Oak9: Aakash Shah on Modern Security Architecture Design and Security as Code
Aakash:CTO and co-founder at Oak9, helping organizations build secure architecture models using security as code blueprints Previously a security architect for major healthcare and health insurance companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield Feature speaker at RSA 2023 talking about the security as code construct
Check out the episode for our conversation about the importance of security architecture as opposed to just security configurations and the value stemming from secure cloud infrastructure blueprints.
HiddenLayer: Chris Sestito on ML/AI Security Incidents and Defense Capabilities
Tito:CEO and Founder of HiddenLayer, securing organizations building or using machine learning models Previously VP of Engineering at Qualys Previously Senior Director of Data Science at Agari Previously Director of Threat Research at Cylance when they were hit by a model inference attack back in 2019 Fun fact: The HiddenLayer co-founders have worked together for the last five years!
Check out the episode for our conversation about real-world attacks against machine learning models, the current state of AI security capabilities including monitoring and scanning, and the market appetite for this tooling.
C2A Security: Roy Fridman on Modern Automobile Security
Roy: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.
Akto: Ankita Gupta on API Security and Building Products Engineers Love
Ankita:CEO and co-founder at Akto.io, building an API security product for engineers to love Previously was Chief of Staff to the CEO at CleverTap, where she met her co-founder Ankush Worked at VMware for several years where she developed her knowledge of the cybersecurity space
Check out the episode for our conversation on what it means to build a security product engineers love and how Akto is rethinking the traditional cybersecurity sales cycle.
Phylum: Pete Morgan on Software Supply Chain Vulnerabilities
Pete:CSO and co-founder at Phylum, securing software supply chains beyond just known CVEs Previously founded and led Clever Security, a security focused R&D shop and consultancy Ex-VP at Optiv and Accuvant
Check out the episode for our conversation on the range of vulnerabilities in the software supply chain and how major events like the Ukraine war can impact the public trust of open-source packages.
Datatribe: John Funge on Building Successful Security Products
John:Managing director at Datatribe, focusing on applying his success to help build great products Three exits from companies he founded!
Check out the episode for our discussion on the Datatribe model and why it was compelling to him as an accomplished founder, as well as some of his top lessons for building successful cybersecurity products.
OnShore Security: Stel Valavanis on Running a Security Company for 30 Years
Stel:CEO and founder of OnShore Security, providing technology-enabled cybersecurity services for companies of all sizes CEO of OnShore since 1991, and he has sold off parts of the company three separate times Physics lover, artist, musician, and more!
Check out the episode for our discussion on growing a technology enabled services business, managing spin-offs, and staying inspired by a business for over 30 years.
Surf Security: Moty Jacob on Secure Browsers
Moty:CEO and co-founder of Surf Security, building a security focused browser to replace VPNs and VDI Over 25 years of security practitioner experience including three stints as CISO Fun fact: I initially stumbled on the company because I’m an avid surfer and was shocked to see the name. Turns out they were working on some neat stuff too!
Check out the episode for our discussion on the secure browser competitive landscape, what features customers are actually using right now, and how Moty thinks about the future of the space.
BalanceTheory: Greg Baker on Cybersecurity Knowledge Management
Greg:CEO and co-founder of BalanceTheory, helping organizations consume security knowledge effectively and efficiently Previously co-founded Decision Lab which was sold to Optiv Won the 2022 DataTribe cybersecurity start-up challenge which led to a $3M seed round
Check out the episode for our discussion on cybersecurity knowledge bases, shared information across organizations, and focusing on an MVP.
Kondukto: Cenk Kalpakoglu on Turkey's Market, Leaving the Family Business, and AppSec Automation
Cenk:CEO and co-founder of Kondukto, helping automate and centralize application security remediation Worked on several businesses with his father, a key inspiration in his career as we discuss in the episode Told me after the episode he had been bedridden from food poisoning in the days leading up to the interview!
Check out the episode for our conversation about the cybersecurity market in Turkey, when and why he left the family business to start Kondukto, and how Kondukto is looking to shake up the existing field of AppSec players.
CyberOwl: Dan Ng on Maritime Security and Choosing a Customer Segment
Dan:CEO and co-founder of CyberOwl, asset management for maritime security Previously spent 10 years at KPMG across tax and strategy Was courted for months before deciding to help co-found CyberOwl
In the episode, we talk more about why the team decided to target maritime security, targeting a new customer segment via clustering, how they manage their product roadmap with aspirations to expand beyond maritime, and much more.
Uno.ai: Shashank Tiwari on the Future Role of AI in Security Operations
Shashank:CEO and founder of uno.ai, leveraging AI for story stitching and root cause analysis in security operations Ex VP of Engineering at StackRox Advisor, investor, expert-in-residence, and more!
Check out the episode for our discussion on how uno is rethinking traditional approaches to security operations.
Sonrai Security: Eric Kedrosky on being a Security Vendor CISO
Eric:CISO at Sonrai Security, a leader in cloud native security Ex-director of security and IT at Verafin Almost 20 years of experience in cybersecurity
Check out the episode for our discussion on the unique elements of his dual-role and his quick-hit thoughts on what’s next for cloud security.
Ron Gula: Lessons for Networking in Cybersecurity
Ron:President of Gula Tech Adventures, $100M self-funded VC firm Ex-CEO and Co-founder of Tenable, valued at over $7B at its peak in April Co-founder of Network Security Wizards, which created one of the first commercialized Network Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) Networking expert!
Check out the episode for our conversation on how to approach networking with a goal-based mindset, the importance of authenticity, and leveraging topic experts.
RealDefense: Gary Guseinov on Security Holding Companies
Gary: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.
Links:RealDefense: https://www.realdefen.se/home/ SafeBase Example: https://security.safebase.io/
FleetDM: Mike McNeill on the BEST Way to Monetize a Product (Open Core)
Mike:Founder at FleetDM, helping organizations manage and optimize their OSquery deployments Previously founded Sails.js, the most popular MVC framework for node.js, with over 50 million downloads per year A strong believer in Open Source and Open Core software products
Check out the episode for our conversation on open source security software, pivoting from an open source contributor to a full-time founder, and more!
Links:https://fleetdm.com/ GitLab article about Open Core: https://about.gitlab.com/company/pricing/
Brad Laporte and Rob Smith on Trends with Security Analyst Firms (e.g. Gartner)
Rob: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
Brad: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.
Sprinto: Girish Redekar on Rapid Product Iteration and Security Questionnaire Standards
Girish:Co-founder of Sprinto, a continuous compliance and security platform for cloud and on-prem. Previously co-founder at RecruiterBox which was acquired by TurnRiver Capital in 2018 Both him and his co-founder Raghu didn't know how to code when they first started launching businesses!
NorthStar (Sponsor): northstar.io
Check out the episode for our discussion on iterating through product ideas in just a few months, the current state of security questionnaire standards, and much more.
NorthStar: Alex Moss on Pivoting a Consulting Business to a Product
Alex: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.
Cyera: Yotam Segev on Startup Idea Validation and Securing Data in the Cloud
Yotam:Founder and CEO of Cyera, a cloud data security platform Graduate of Israel's elite training program, Talpiot, which accepts just 50 people each year from 10,000 applicants Backed by both Sequoia AND Accel
Check out the episode for our discussion on deciding to found a company without an idea, customer validation, and data security in the cloud.
Polymer: Yasir Ali on DLP for your SaaS Ecosystem
Yasir:Founder and CEO of Polymer, a DLP tool for your SaaS ecosystem Previously founded DVega, an enterprise consulting business Ex-mortgage bond trader
Check out the episode for our discussion on the insecurity in SaaS platforms and how DLP can work effectively in this space.
Lighter Capital: Melissa Widner | Revenue-based Financing and Economic Conditions
Melissa:CEO of Lighter Capital, a pioneering firm in revenue-based financing Previously a VC Partner for 17 years Ex-CEO of 7Software which was acquired by Concur Founder of Heads over Heels, a strategic networking group to help female leaders in high-growth companies
Check out the episode for our discussion on revenue based financing as an alternative to traditional VC and how founders can prepare for the upcoming economic conditions.
Lighter Capital: https://www.lightercapital.com/
Heads Over Heels: https://www.headsoverheels.com.au/
Y Combinator Letter: Business Insider Article
#BCS Enquire: Bilal Baloch | Global Knowledge Networks and Strategic Decision Making
Bilal:Co-founder and COO of Enquire, connecting subject matter experts with the individuals making the most important decisions in the world PhD from Oxford in political science Published author
Check out the episode for our discussion on global knowledge networks, strategic decision-making, and the need for the propagation of cybersecurity expertise.
#BCS Racktop: Eric Bednash | Data-centric Zero-Trust and Realtime Ransomware Protection at the Data Layer
Eric:CEO and founder of Racktop, providing realtime data protection capabilities by monitoring and restricting activity at the data level Was doing zero-trust before it was cool!
We discuss how security mechanisms today are missing a level of depth at the data itself, how Racktop protects ransomware in real-time, building behavioral analytics capabilities for data, and how zero-trust concepts fit into the picture.
Corsha: Chris Simkins | Counterespionage and MFA for APIs
Chris:CEO and founder of Corsha, providing multi-factor authentication for API requests Previously worked at the DOJ as a national security adviser including counterespionage Lawyer - still provides legal consulting work
Check out the episode for our discussion on espionage in the tech industry, API security mechanisms, and how API MFA works with Corsha.
#BCS nopsec: Lisa Xu | Vulnerability Management Today and Tomorrow
Lisa:CEO and founder of nopsec, contextualizing vulnerability information across your entire corporate environment Ex consultant from Accenture and KPMG Global trekker having been to over 30 countries!
From Blu Ventures' Cyber Summit, we discuss the contextualization challenges with vulnerability management, the role of vulnerability scanners with modern integration platforms, and the future of VM programs.
Apiiro: Idan Plotnik | Application Security Risk Contextualization and the RSAC Innovation Sandbox Challenge
Idan:CEO and co-founder of Apiiro, securing software supply chains for cloud native applications Founder and CEO of Aorato which was acquired by Microsoft Founder of a cybersecurity services company Fellow surfer!
Check out the episode for our discussion on contextualizing application security risk, acquisition decision-making, and RSA's Innovation Sandbox challenge.
Perygee: Mollie Breen | IoT Security from Blu Cyber Summit
Mollie:CEO and founder of Perygee, helping companies securely manage IoT devices while still adhering to business constraints Previously a mathematician at the NSA - she can't tell you or she'd have to kill you
Check out the episode for our discussion on the NSA's (semi) secret startup incubator, common problems with IoT security, how IoT security differs across industries, and more.
Tines: Thomas Kinsella | Tech Employers, Security Automation, and No-Code Workflows
Thomas:COO and Co-founder of Tines, simplifying the automation of complex workflows through a no-code platform Led Security Operations at DocuSign during their IPO in 2018 Champion of Ireland's cybersecurity ecosystem
Check out the episode for our discussion on choosing a tech employer, the impact of an IPO on security capabilities, and the fundamental ideas and features that make Tines so compelling to security teams.
Tines Jobs: https://tines.com/careers
Security, Funded Newsletter: https://newsletter.returnonsecurity.com/
TallPoppy: Leigh Honeywell | Security cultures, social impact, and online harassment
Leigh:CEO and Founder of TallPoppy, helping protect people from online harassment and related hacks Social impact driven, evidenced by her time with the ACLU Premier tech company resume including Slack, Microsoft, and Heroku
Check out the episode for our discussion on Leigh's transition from tech to the ACLU to TallPoppy, the overlap between online harassment and targeted hacks, and the responsibility companies have in protecting their employees in their personal time.
Schneier's site with Public-Interest Technology resources: https://public-interest-tech.com/
The TechCongress Fellowship: https://www.techcongress.io/
TallPoppy Jobs: https://www.tallpoppy.com/careers
Blu Cyber Summit: https://www.blucybersummit.com
Authomize: Gal Diskin
Gal: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!
Devo: Marc van Zadelhoff
Marc: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.
DomainTools: Tim Chen
Tim:CEO of DomainTools for over a decade Previously started four start-ups in a single year Ex Wall Street and ex Silicon Valley
Listen to the episode for our discussion on breaking into the technology industry, choosing organic vs. accelerated growth, and leveraging advisors for sound strategy.
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: https://www.wired.com/story/hacktivists-pandemonium-russia-war-ukraine/ Russian DDoS: https://venturebeat.com/2022/03/07/ukraine-weve-repelled-nonstop-ddos-attacks-from-russia/ India's Predicament: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/india-pressure-condemn-russia-ally-ukraine-invasion/
BV Systems: Scott Schober
Scott: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.
CrowdSec: Philippe Humeau
- Founder and CEO of CrowdSec, the "Waze of Security"
- 5-time entrepreneur
- Entered cybersecurity after meeting his childhood hero who hacked video games
Listen to the episode for the full story behind his introduction to the field, the factors that make a business idea feasible, and how crowdsourced cybersecurity can revolutionize the industry.
LogPoint: Jesper Zerlang
With me in this episode is Jesper Zerlang. After bouncing around from founder to sales to wealth management, he came in to LogPoint to replace the original founder and has since driven incredible growth. In our conversation we dive into the SIEM competitive landscape, the benefits and challenges of a European grown company, and much more.
S3 Consulting: Johanna Baum
Johanna: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.
BioCatch: Uri Rivner
- Financial crime and fraud detection expert with 20+ years of experience
- CEO and Co-founder at Biocatch - product was used by major banks like Citi, HSBC, and Barclays
- Previously head of RSA Identity Protection Group
- Six month stint as interim CEO at Funtactix, where one of his tasks was to go from level 1-40 in World of Warcraft
Listen to the episode for a breakdown of the evolution of financial crime over the last two decades as attackers responded to new defensive measures, and how Uri played a key role in developing technology to gain the upper hand as the defense.
Arctic Wolf: Lane Roush
Lane:Senior Vice President of Presales Systems Engineering at Arctic Wolf Previously Systems Engineer at Code42 Security Operations Enthusiast
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.
ByteChek: AJ Yawn
AJ:Co-founder and CEO at ByteChek - "making compliance suck less" Founding Board Member of the National Association of Black Compliance and Risk Management Professionals LinkedIn Top Voice in 2020 SANS Instructor
Listen to the episode for our discussion ranging from his dreams to be in the NBA, his experience with compliance challenges, and his revelation that startup founders do not necessarily have to be geniuses.
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.
HyperQube: Craig Stevenson
Craig:2(!) Master's degrees in Math Ex Principal Security Engineer at Raytheon Mach37 accelerator graduate with HyperQube
Listen to the episode for our discussions around pursuing academia, automating security consulting, and the traditional problems with spinning up cyber ranges.
Cyvatar: Corey White
- Security professional for 25 years
- Employee #12 at Cylance
- Advocate for culture emphasis, including time as Chief Experience Officer
Listen to the episode for our discussions around the structural challenges with security services, the value of customer success and retention teams in the absence of services teams, and the dynamics around security monitoring for nascent security teams.
Troy: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
SafeBase: Al Yang
Al: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.
KAPALYA: Sudesh Kumar
Sudesh:Serial entrepreneur having developed start-ups across several technical industries 30+ years in networking and cybersecurity At one point considered professional basketball (listen to the episode for more)
KAPALYA empowers businesses and their employees to securely store sensitive files at-rest and in-transit across multiple platforms through a user-friendly desktop and mobile application.Recently received a $250,000 grant from the NSF for anti-ransomware capabilities Launching a crowdfunding campaign in the coming months (stay tuned by following Secure Ventures on Twitter and LinkedIn!)
Validize: Achiad Alter
Achiad:Bootstrapped Validize from idea to revenue, and he still has yet to take outside investment Incredibly involved in the Israeli cybersecurity ecosystem including being a Cyber Security Advisor for Start-up Nation Central, a board member for the Israel Export Institute, and the head of business development for the Ariel Cyber Innovation Center Originally studied Economics!
Validize:Validize connects global cybersecurity solution purchasers with the innovative products in the Israeli market. The platform’s technology enables Validize's partners to quickly add pre-screened Israeli cybersecurity solutions to their portfolio, receive prioritized channel pricing, and immediately open new opportunities.
CYE: Reuven Aronashvili
Reuven: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.
Bruce:Creator and content producer for popular security blog Schneier on Security (see first link below) Renowned author with over a dozen books Lecturer at Harvard Has a wikipedia page (I'm not quite there yet...)
His site: https://www.schneier.com/
His paper on AI+Hacking: https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/coming-ai-hackers
His Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Schneier
rThreat: Hugo Sanchez
Hugo: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.
rThreat:Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) tool focused on understanding security posture Incredibly strong team of advisors well-known in the space
Polyverse: Alex Gounares and Archis Gore
Alex:17 year tenure at Microsoft including Bill Gates' Technology Advisor Has started 5 companies Angel investor Board member on several companies CEO at Polyverse
Archis: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
Polyverse:Provide continuous protection to Linux systems from memory-based attacks through operating system controls.
TidalScale: Ike Nassi
Ike: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...)
TidalScale:Rethinking the problem of big data computing by scaling up rather than out through a powerful supercomputer
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.
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: https://www.amazon.com/Cyber-Crisis-Protecting-Business-Threats/dp/1950665836
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.
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.
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!
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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/extreme-uncertainty/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.