A Year in Interviews and a Break: Nick’s Newsletter No. 51

Originally published on my newsletter on 2/14. I start working at JMI Equity on Friday and we’ve decided to hold off on publishing the newsletter for a few weeks to give us time to figure out the best way to make it work in a fund that’s subject to various regulations with regards to its marketing practices. Thus, for the 51st issue, I wanted to recap the 38 interviews that I was lucky enough to hold over the past 50 weeks. I also wanted to note that after running last week’s interview, Hexadite CEO Eran Barak sent me some revised … Continue reading A Year in Interviews and a Break: Nick’s Newsletter No. 51

Hexadite Cofounder and CEO Eran Barak: Nick’s Newsletter No. 50

Sign up for my newsletter to see more interviews with the biggest names in cybersecurity. This week I spoke to Eran Barak, the cofounder and CEO of Hexadite. Hexadite, like Resilient Systems (see my interview with cofounder and CEO John Bruce) operates in the emerging incident response market. Hexadite’s unique selling point is its automation; since the product performs many of the time intensive tasks involved in responding to incidents, such as collecting and analyzing data, companies can respond to incidents more quickly and with fewer analysts. Hexadite is used by such companies as telecom and payments provider IDT, whose CSO talked about … Continue reading Hexadite Cofounder and CEO Eran Barak: Nick’s Newsletter No. 50

Aetna CSO Jim Routh: Nick’s Newsletter No. 49

Sign up for my newsletter to see more interviews with the biggest names in cybersecurity. This week I got the chance to speak to Jim Routh, the CSO of Aetna and one of the most experienced information security professionals in the game right now. Prior to being named Aetna’s CSO, Jim served as Aetna’s CISO for several years, served as head of application, mobile and internet security at JP Morgan Chase (pre-breach), and was the CISO of KPMG. Jim also serves as Chairman of the National Health ISAC and a Board Member of the FS-ISAC. Jim is a frequent speaker at RSA and … Continue reading Aetna CSO Jim Routh: Nick’s Newsletter No. 49

RiskIQ Cofounder and CEO Lou Manousos: Nick’s Newsletter No. 48

Sign up for my newsletter to see more interviews with the biggest names in cybersecurity. This week I talked to Lou Manousos of RiskIQ. RiskIQ is unique in that they protect companies from threats that exist outside their corporate networks. This type of protection is becoming increasingly necessary as the amount of potential attack vectors outside of corporate networks continues to grow exponentially–think social media and mobile. In the interview below, Lou and I discuss how he convinces corporations to buy his product, RiskIQ’s recent acquisition of PassiveTotal, and how he chose to raise money from Battery and Summit. I’ve read that … Continue reading RiskIQ Cofounder and CEO Lou Manousos: Nick’s Newsletter No. 48

TruSTAR Cofounder and CEO, Paul Kurtz: Nick’s Newsletter No. 47

Sign up for my newsletter to see more interviews with the biggest names in cybersecurity. This week I spoke to Paul Kurtz, the cofounder and CEO of TruSTAR Technology. Paul was previously the CISO of CyberPoint and worked at the National Security Council earlier in his career. Threat sharing has become a hot topic of discussion in the security world and threat information sharing platforms such as TruSTAR have arrived to meet the demand. In the space of just a month, TruSTAR and threat sharing platforms ThreatConnect and ThreatQuotient all raised funding. TruSTAR allows companies to share threat information in a truly anonymous … Continue reading TruSTAR Cofounder and CEO, Paul Kurtz: Nick’s Newsletter No. 47

Resilient Systems Cofounder and CEO John Bruce: Nick’s Newsletter No. 46

Sign up for my newsletter to see more interviews with the biggest names in cybersecurity. This week I got the chance to speak to John Bruce, the Cofounder and CEO ofResilient Systems. John has argued that there are an abundance of security companies that provide detection and prevention capabilities, but very few that tackle the crucial task of responding to incidents once they occur. Now that companies must assume that they have already been breached and that they will be breached in the future, response capabilities are essential for a strong security program. John and I discuss the primitive methods that some … Continue reading Resilient Systems Cofounder and CEO John Bruce: Nick’s Newsletter No. 46

10 Things I learned from Interviewees in 2015: Nick’s Newsletter No. 45

Sign up for my newsletter to see more interviews with the biggest names in cybersecurity. I hope everyone had a happy New Year! Since it’s a pretty slow news week, I wanted to take the time today to highlight some of the interesting facts that I learned from the people that I interviewed this year. Note that I could’ve written 100 interesting facts because I learned so much from all of my interviewees and it wasn’t easy narrowing it down to 10. Dmitri Alperovitch, CTO and Cofounder of Crowdstrike described the benefits of having a cloud-hosted security platform, arguing that the cloud … Continue reading 10 Things I learned from Interviewees in 2015: Nick’s Newsletter No. 45