From Paul's Security Weekly
- 1 Business Security Weekly #84
- 2 Interview: Elizabeth Wharton, Senior Attorney
- 3 Article Discussion on Leadership, Communication, and Innovation
- 4 Tracking Security Innovation
Business Security Weekly #84
Recorded May 7, 2018 at G-Unit Studios in Rhode Island!
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Interview: Elizabeth Wharton, Senior Attorney
Article Discussion on Leadership, Communication, and Innovation
The Work Required to Have an Opinion
- “... If you can argue better than the smartest person who holds the opposite view, that is when you are entitled to hold a certain view.”
- Consider the work it takes to truly hold an opinion
- The difference between testing well and applying the lessons, in context
Why Email Is So Stressful, Even Though It’s Not Actually That Time-Consuming
- Are you spending an average of 4.1 hours a day handling email?
- Are you always stressed about the sheer number of messages?
- Yes leads to more work
- Saying no isn’t as challenging as it seems
- What is your focus, and what is your priority - ignore the rest
How Great Leaders Simplify Decision-Making (And Just Get Stuff Done)
- “Bias for action”
- Get the right information at the right time
- Surround yourself with people who you trust to break it down
- Get over the fear of failure
- Structure... get simple
- Motion is often mistaken for action; direction counts
- Scheduling time to think (deep work, making, etc.)
- Prioritization - generate momentum
- Get ruthless about saying no and do non-critical tasks as quickly as possible (without creating more work for yourself)
- Know the value of your time so you invest properly
How to Cure a Bad Case of Metric Fixation
- “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted”
- How much time are you spending on measurement and reporting?
- The problem is not metrics as much as “fixation”
- “This fixation values numerical indicators over judgment informed by experience and talent; it equates transparency with accountability; and it holds that rewarding people based on their measured performance is the best way to motivate them.”
- As a result: focus on the wrong things, try to simplify too much, strip meaning away
Tracking Security Innovation
PE's US cybersecurity push resumes in 2018 after last year's lull
Carbon Black IPO Success
- Raised target prices before IPO to $17-19 per share
- Raised $152M and closed first day of trading up 26%
- https://wiki.securityweekly.com/SSW_Episode18 — our interview with Michael Tanji
Trusted Key raised $3M in “Seed”
- $9M in funding over 3 rounds, including a debt and equity round
- “Trusted Key develops an enterprise digital identity solution that helps organizations to streamline their customer acquisition on digital channels.”
Namogoo raised $15M Series B
- $29M over 2 rounds
- Combats “online journey hijacking”
IronNet Cybersecurity raised $78M Series B
- “IronNet Cybersecurity is a provider of behavioral modeling, big-data analytics and cyberinfrastructure solutions for businesses.”
- $118M over 3 rounds since August 2015; Series A in Oct 2015 was $32.5M
- Company is headed by Retired General Keith Alexander