Nick’s Newsletter No. 37

Sign up for my newsletter to see interviews with the biggest names in cybersecurity. Thanks for reading! The News: Security acquisitions reach a fever pitch A review of some of the cybersecurity M&A in October. Pretty amazing. Blue Coat is buying cloud security startup Elastica for more than $300M After buying the CASB Perspecsys several months ago, Blue Coat continues to beef up their cloud security with the Elastica acquisition. We’re seeing a bunch of M&A activity in the CASB space. Most recently, Microsoft acquired Adallom for $300 million. Proofpoint Acquires Socialware Socialware plays in the emerging space of social media security and compliance. … Continue reading Nick’s Newsletter No. 37

Nick’s Newsletter No. 36

Sign up for my newsletter to see interviews with the biggest names in cybersecurity. No guest this week. Instead I’ve gone through A16Z’s analysis of the Dell+EMC deal and summarized some of the main points. Thanks for reading! Making Sense of Dell + EMC + VMware A16Z writes a fantastic, in-depth analysis of the deal and what it means for tech in general. They also detail the structure of the transaction and the four different methods of financing Dell is using to complete the transaction including VMWare tracking stock (huh?). Records: The $67 billion deal is the largest take-private in history by over … Continue reading Nick’s Newsletter No. 36

Bob Klein, Machine Learning Expert at BluVector (Acuity Solutions): Nick’s Newsletter No. 35

Sign up for my newsletter to see more interviews with the biggest names in cybersecurity. This week I got some pretty exciting news. I received and accepted an offer to work at JMI Equity in Baltimore, starting in late February (I graduate in December). JMI is a growth equity shop that’s been around since 1992 and specializes in enterprise software. The analyst role is primarily a sourcing role and it looks like I’ll be able to work significantly with the security team. I wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to all the people (and there were a lot of you) who … Continue reading Bob Klein, Machine Learning Expert at BluVector (Acuity Solutions): Nick’s Newsletter No. 35

Bob Austin and Rob King of KoreLogic: Nick’s Newsletter No. 34

Sign up for my newsletter to see more interviews with the biggest names in cybersecurity. This week I spoke to Bob Austin, the founder of KoreLogic, and Rob King, a senior researcher at KoreLogic. KoreLogic is a security consultancy that serves companies that range in size from small to Fortune 100. KoreLogic has also developed a whole host of security tools, some of which we discuss in this interview. Check it out below! Bob, you were in senior management of the software company CSSI, which was eventually sold and since then you’ve mostly worked in security consulting practices. Why’d you decide to … Continue reading Bob Austin and Rob King of KoreLogic: Nick’s Newsletter No. 34

Immunant Founder And UC Irvine PhD Andrei Homescu: Nick’s Newsletter No. 33

Sign up for my newsletter to see more interviews with the biggest names in cybersecurity. This week I spoke to Andrei Homescu, the cofounder of Immunant Inc. Andrei recently completed his PhD from UC Irvine, where, among other things, he researched the use of software diversity to harden applications against a variety of attacks. It was fascinating for me to talk to someone who’s at the forefront of the research in the security space, but is also now applying that at his own company. Check out the awesome interview below! In your paper on thwarting side channel attacks, you mention that existing … Continue reading Immunant Founder And UC Irvine PhD Andrei Homescu: Nick’s Newsletter No. 33

Novetta’s Director of Applied Data Science, Zachary Hanif: Nick’s Newsletter No. 32

Sign up for my newsletter to see more interviews with the biggest names in cybersecurity. This week I was lucky enough to talk to Zachary Hanif, the Director of Applied Science at Novetta, a company which provides advanced analytics for cybersecurity and other fields. Prior to Novetta, Zach worked at Endgame for over six years and he just recently announced that he will be advising startups as part of Eastern Foundry. A lot of Zach’s work has focused on machine learning and its applications to security. This is a longer interview but it’s packed with fascinating insight from a real expert in … Continue reading Novetta’s Director of Applied Data Science, Zachary Hanif: Nick’s Newsletter No. 32

Ang Cui of Red Balloon Security: Nick’s Newsletter No. 31

Sign up for my newsletter to see more interviews with the biggest names in cybersecurity. This week I talked to Ang Cui, the cofounder and CEO of Red Balloon Security. Ang recently received his PhD from Columbia University in the Intrusion Detection Systems Laboratory. At Columbia, Ang’s research focused on the exploitation and defense of embedded devices, and Ang spun out this work to create Red Balloon Security. I’ve had several job interviews recently and Red Balloon Security is one of my go-to answers to the question “What’s a company that you think is interesting?” Ang is really technical but also very charismatic (see … Continue reading Ang Cui of Red Balloon Security: Nick’s Newsletter No. 31