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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Srinivas Mukkamala, RiskSense CEO

Srinivas Mukkamala, Ph.D., CEO and Co-Founder, RiskSense Srinivas Mukkamala grew up in India, where he attained his undergraduate degree in Computer Sciences and Engineering. His focus of study was artificial intelligence (AI). He began his career working as an intern for the Indian Space Research Organisation, the space agency of the Government of India, working…

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Saryu Nayyar, CEO, Gurucul

Some of the most successful business people pattern themselves after a role model and are helped in life by a mentor. Saryu Nayyar is fortunate to have grown up the daughter of the woman who was both her role model and mentor. Nayyar was born in India and she came to the United States when…

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Ruvi Kitov, CEO and Co-founder, Tufin

Tufin CEO and Co-founder Ruvi Kitov has dual citizenship for both Israel and the United States. After he completed his required military service in Israel, he moved to the U.S. to be close to his family, and to attend the University of Maryland at College Park. That’s where he was exposed to computer security for…

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Ratinder Ahuja, CEO, ShieldX

It was in his birthplace in the mountains of Kashmir where Ratinder Ahuja began his journey to become a cybersecurity entrepreneur. Ahuja, CEO of ShieldX, a U.S.-based firm that specializes in cloud security, has a reputation for establishing tech startups that get acquired by big companies. His first venture, Internet Junction, attracted the interest of…

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Rami Essaid, Distil Networks Co-founder

Distil Networks Co-founder and Chief Product and Strategy Officer Rami Essaid has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. His family immigrated to the United States from Syria when he was in second grade. He didn’t speak English so his new elementary school placed him in English as a Second Language courses. None of the other children…

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Patrick Morley, CEO, Carbon Black

Carbon Black is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, and that’s just where CEO Patrick Morely wants to be. He grew up in New England and has spent his entire career there, and although he has traveled quite a bit, he’s a New Englander at heart. Morley went to Providence College in Rhode Island to study math…

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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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Kumar Saurabh, CEO, LogicHub

Kumar Saurabh grew up in India and attained his undergraduate degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Around the time of his graduation, a professor from Columbia University reached out to Saurabh to see if he’d be interested in becoming a research assistant. “I looked at the research profile and was…

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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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