Boston, Conjur, Cyber Security, security, talent

Enterprises in the Boston area need to do more to become design partners with security startups

An interview with
Elizabeth Lawler, Co-founder, Conjur; @ElizabethLawler, @Conjurinc
We asked. Elizabeth
Why is stepping up security,
immediately, particularly important to your company/industry?
My industry is cyber
security, so this is a bit of a skewed reply. However, what we are observing
from the breaches of the last 4 years is that there were two classes of
companies: 1) high velocity IT innovators and new technology adopters who were
breached (LinkedIn, Facebook, Uber, etc) who were required to cobble together
cyber security solutions to address technology gaps in their infrastructure,
and 2) companies who cannot innovate in the IT space owing to cyber security
So stepping up security
has a positive impact to the business directly (faster IT innovation, faster
time to value) for both cohorts of companies.
What is the key obstacle
companies like yours face in bringing security up to where it needs to be?
Lack of tooling in next
generation infrastructure, difficulty hiring, organizational alignment around
methodologies and technologies, rather than technology alone as a remediation
What is the next step that
you recommend the local community takes to ensure that Boston becomes the next
security Mecca?
The trope, regarding east
coast “rounds and valuations” and west coast “rounds and
valuations”, causes great early stage companies to seek alternatives.
Enterprises in the Boston area need to do more to become design partners with
security startups, particularly since there are cyber security domain expert
talent pools in the startup community.
Hear more about what
Elizabeth has to say at The Business of Security: Impacting Your Company’s
Resiliency, Reputation and Revenue
on September 30. Learn more and register: http://bit.ly/SecurityBiz

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