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Cyber Security

Thought Leaders in Cyber Security: Rao Papolu, CEO of Cavirin (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, May 10th 2018

The cyber security market is intensely rich in startup activity and equally rich in threats. This conversation explores some of the challenges of CISO’s face today.

We will bring you some CISO interviews soon to extend this conversation.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself and Cavirin.

Rao Papolu: I studied at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras. I started working through UPSC as a scientist for >>>

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Thought Leaders in Financial Technology: Tracy Metzger, COO of Vesta (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 8th 2017

There is a lot of fraud in online payments. This discussion explores the field, and Tracy also provides a pointer to a great open problem that an entrepreneur can look into.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing you and Vesta to our audience.

Tracy Metzger: I’m the COO of Vesta. I’m a 25-year veteran of the financial technology industry, primarily around payments and technology solutions in payments. Vesta is a 22-year-old financial technology company that focuses on payments and product >>>

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Thought Leaders in Financial Technology: Hakan Nordfjell, Senior VP of eBanking and eCommerce at Gemalto (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Oct 16th 2017

In this wide-ranging discussion, perhaps the most thought-provoking question is the one about data and who owns it.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by having you introduce yourself as well as Gemalto to our audience.

Hakan Nordfjell: I’m responsible for the Digital Banking segment within Gemalto. Gemalto is a digital security company based in Amsterdam. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cyber Security: Michael DeCesare, CEO of ForeScout (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Oct 9th 2017

We’ve covered Forescout for a while. They’re doing something very interesting in the Cyber Security space, quite an important architecture to track devices plugging into an enterprise network. This is an important company to understand in the sector.

Here are the two past articles: Billion Dollar Unicorns: ForeScout Does Not Want To Go Public Yet and 2017 IPO Prospects: ForeScout Files “Confidentially” that cover their IPO trajectory and maneuvers.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by having you introduce yourself as well as Forescout to our audience. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cyber Security: Datablink CEO Alexandre Cagnoni (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, May 1st 2017

Alex bootstrapped Datablink from Brazil to $7.5 million addressing cyber fraud. He discusses the trends in his current markets – Brazil and East Asia – as he gets ready to penetrate other markets.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as to Datablink.

Alexandre Cagnoni: I’m was born in Brazil and graduated with a Computer Engineering degree. Datablink is a Cyber Security company that was founded in Brazil in 2007. At that time, we were called BrToken. We targeted the authentication and transaction signing market. Our main focus was the >>>

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1Mby1M Deal Radar 2017: RANK Software, Toronto, Canada

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 26th 2017

According to Gartner, 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017 and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. This explosion in the number of connected devices is also multiplying the potential for cyber-attacks.

Toronto, Canada-based RANK Software provides a security analytics platform called Virtual Advisor to Security Analysts (VASA) that leverages Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for cyber security solutions. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cyber Security: Markus Jakobsson, Chief Scientist of Agari (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Dec 19th 2016

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The recent phishing fiasco involving Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta hoodwinked even the IT staff of the campaign. It goes on to show how vulnerable traditional security systems can be to advanced attacks. This interview tackles some of the current developments in email fraud prevention and related topics.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as your company.

Markus Jakobsson: I am the Chief Scientist at Agari. Agari is a company that addresses email-based threats. The threats being things like cyber attacks mounted over the last few years and intensified. John Podesta’s suffering is one example. Business email compromise attacks is another one. A third one is ransomware. That’s the spectrum of attacks that Agari addresses.

Agari protects about 10 billion emails a day. It has two types of customers. There are the customers who want to preserve and protect their brand name to avoid >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cyber Security: Thycotic CEO James Legg and Founder Jonathan Cogley (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Jun 16th 2016

Password management is a nightmare. See how the industry is evolving.

Sramana Mitra: Can one of you give us a background of the company and also please introduce yoruselves?

James Legg: I’m the CEO. Just to give you a background, Jonathan built and founded Thycotic and then decided he wanted some assistance in taking the company from roughly $25 million to $100 million. We’re fairly sizeable. He and I teamed up a year ago. Now we’re growing at a tremendous pace. I brought in several members of my team. This company today is growing at roughly 100% and we’re EBITDA and cash flow positive. We’re extremely profitable.

Sramana Mitra: Where are you located? >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cyber Security: Anand Adya, CEO of Greenlight Technologies (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Apr 25th 2016

Cyber Security is fraught with all sorts of risks. We discuss application security here as it pertains to malware intrusion.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to you as well as to your company.

Anand Adya: It has been exciting times in the company. It’s especially a challenging time for the industry in general to adjust the security and regulation-related topics. I’m the Founder of Greenlight Technologies. I’ve been a technocrat for the past two decades having worked with esteemed organizations like Pricewaterhouse and Andersen Consulting and part of two successful startups before this.

I have always been in the tech space. Greenlight was started with the mission of helping companies automate risk compliance initiatives. We certainly have >>>

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Thought Leaders in Cyber Security: Mike Baukes and Alan Sharp-Paul, Co-CEOs of UpGuard (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Mar 28th 2016

Just like your credit score, your security score is an important metric to track. Read on to see what’s happening in that realm.

Sramana Mitra: If one of you could give us some background about UpGuard as well as the two of you, that would be great to begin with.

Mike Baukes: We’re a company that basically focuses on making it easy to understand your digital posture and its digital resilience. I’m one of the Co-Founders, and I’m a Co-CEO alongside Alan Sharp-Paul.

Sramana Mitra: Are you both from the security space? What we see in the security companies is that the founders have been in the industry for a long time. >>>

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