Chad Boeckmann, CEO and Founder, TrustMAPP

The proverbial bike shop Chad Boeckmann, CEO and founder of TrustMAPP, believes that security leaders are the driving force to innovative solutions becoming successful. “Ultimately CISOs vote with their dollars and by peer-to-peer exchange of ideas and solutions that are working,” he says. Security leaders, Boeckmann says, should constantly be on the lookout for solutions…

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Pravin Madhani, CEO, K2 Cyber Security

Scaling mountains It’s no coincidence that Pravin Madhani’s company K2 was named after the second-highest mountain in the world. “Imagine looking at a mountain from the base,” he says. “You are impressed by its sheer size but you also realize how daunting it is to climb it.” There is fear in your heart. “Will it…

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Yaniv Bardayan, CEO, Vulcan

Vulcan CEO Yaniv Bardayan has a special standard for hiring members of his team. “I don’t just hire anyone,” he says. “I look for people who are 20 times smarter, 20 times more talented and 20 times more capable than I am. I give them the authority to execute the business and market theses – which we have created from gathering various impressions – in a manner…

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Adi Dar, CEO, Cyberbit

Many cybersecurity startups in Israel share a similar vision: To become so successful and promising that a bigger entity would acquire it. This was not what Adi Dar had in mind in 2015 when he established Cyberbit. “We did not want to be bought by anybody,” he says. “My goal was to establish a cyber…

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Arun Buduri, President and Co-founder, Pixm

Leaps of faith When people think of Craigslist, they probably think about second-hand furniture, apartment rentals, odd jobs. But in 2016, when Arun Buduri was searching for a contract job with a startup, he found more than what he was looking for – a co-founder in Chris Cleveland who initially advertised for a coder on…

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Ilan Barda, Founder and CEO, Radiflow

Ilan Barda is the founder and CEO of Radiflow, a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions for critical infrastructure networks (i.e. SCADA), such as power utilities, oil & gas, water and others. His current position perfectly blends his education in electronics and computer engineering with the cybersecurity experience that he honed while spending six years in…

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Manish Kalia, CEO and co-founder, Orkus

My job is simple,” says Manish Kalia, co-founder and CEO of cloud cybersecurity firm Orkus. “I have to make sure that the organization is going in the right direction.” The not-so-simple part of the job, however, is defining and refining that long-term vision in an industry that is dynamic and ever-changing. It’s the constant evolution…

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Kamal Shah, CEO, StackRox

Kamal Shah nostalgically remembers playing the Atari game Pong as a boy. It sparked his early passion for technology and set him on course towards a career in computing. His interest in gaming – and by extension, computers – led him to pursue computer science. “I was always intrigued by what you could achieve with computers,” he said.…

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Kevin Mitnick, CEO, Mitnick Security

Preceded by reputation Kevin Mitnick is perhaps best known as the hacker who made it to the FBI’s Most Wanted List for breaking into the computer systems of multiple government agencies and over 40 major corporations. Mitnick was a fugitive for four years, and after getting caught was put on trial and sentenced to five…

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Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4

No silver bullets For Stu Sjouwerman, deciding which road to take did not come easy. Whereas other kids had some idea of what they wanted to be when they grew up, he did not immediately know what he was going to do with his life. At 16 he became obsessed with reading science fiction and…

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