Why I Joined the Exciting, Non-Stop, Thrill Ride Called Verodin

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a month since I joined Verodin. My first month in a few words: refreshingly different, fast-paced, exciting and as it has been mentioned in Verodin blogs before ― extremely hard working.

I’ve been in the security and networking industries for 15+ years at companies like MessageLabs, Symantec, and most recently, FireEye. I spent most of my time working with enterprise security leaders improving their security posture as they face the evolution of security attacks.

If I learned anything at FireEye, it was that the security landscape has changed ― from viruses spammed out over email (spray and pray) to more sophisticated attacks by nation-states (APT’s), to now, where the APT techniques are bought and sold as easily as stolen credit cards. Over the past few years, while noticing the movement of security from the conference room to the boardroom, I was always hearing:

  • It costs too much.
  • It’s too complicated.
  • I don’t have the staff to support it.
  • I have no way of knowing if it is actually working.

And perhaps the most common of all, “My boss wants to know if we are safe from this new threat and I don’t have a good answer.” This is asked, still, even after hundreds of new security solutions hit the market claiming to have the answers. If security organizations are supposed to be our protectors, what are we really paying for if we still can’t answer this question? No wonder CISOs struggle justifying their security spend.

I started hearing a ton of buzz about this new security company that was actually different. I became more and more intrigued about Verodin and started learning about the company, reading their blogs, and understanding why they weren’t just another security company.

The Verodin Security Instrumentation Platform (SIP) just made sense to me: they created a solution that safely visualizes real attack behaviors in production environments, without causing harm. All of this is to basically prove that security controls are actually doing what folks paid for, and if they’re not, Verodin SIP outlines how to fix it.

Now that caught my attention. Finally, someone was answering the questions that everyone has been asking.

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