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Startup Security Weekly #56

Recorded September 22, 2017 at G-Unit Studios in Rhode Island!


  • Michael Santarcangelo
    Founder of Security Catalyst, author of Into the Breach, and creator of the Straight Talk Framework.
  • Matt Alderman
    CEO at Security Weekly, Strategic Advisor, and Wizard of Entrepreneurship
  • Announcements

    • SANS HackFest, November 13-20, in Bethesda, MD (Washington, DC area). HackFest is SANS’s most offense-focused training event of the year; it includes the two-day Summit, three nights of NetWars with Coin-A-Palooza, one night of CyberCity missions, and a super-secret challenge, all alongside nine courses taught by their top Pen Test course authors and instructors. The HackFest Summit, November 13-14, is two days of informative and technical talks curated by SANS Fellow and friend of the podcast, Ed Skoudis. Paul will be presenting a talk titled, “How to Defend Against Penetration Testers...and Win.” Register at Security Weekly listeners can save $300 off the two-day HackFest Summit by using discount code Hackfest17 at registration.
    • BSidesCT is a day-long information security conference in Southington, Connecticut on October 7th, 2017. They have an exciting lineup of speakers and a challenging CTF waiting for you to take your best shot. Due to an incredible response, general admission tickets are currently sold out. However, a waitlist is available through EventBrite. If you sign up through the link at, you will be alerted as tickets become available. However, Sponsorship packages, which include tickets, are still available. Please visit them at to check it out!
    • Go to and use the code SS30 to try it FREE for 7 days, and receive 30% off your monthly membership for the lifetime of your active subscription. To learn more about ITProTV's team solution, sign up for a free demo of their supervisor portal.
    • Check out LogRhythm's webcast coming up Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 3-4pm EDT. LogRhythm’s Greg Foss is developing an open-source toolset called the Phishing Intelligence Engine to help streamline and automate the entire process of tracking, analyzing, and responding to phishing emails without the need for commercial software. Register for this webcast to hear Greg, Paul Asadoorian, and John Strand weigh in on phishing attack detection and response and how you can use open-source tools to automate these processes! Go to to register now.

    Startup Articles & Discussion

    Startup & Security Notes of Interest

    Slack raised $250M in Series G at $5B valuation

    McAfee raised $4.8B in Debt

    SecureAuth acquired for $225 million, will merge with Core Security

    Digital Shadows raised $26M Series C

    ThreatStack raised $45M series C

    EiQ rebrands as Cygilant, raised $7M in equity

    Evident raised $8.8M Series A

    Aqua Security raised $25M Series B


    Capsule8 raised $6M in Series A

    Bastille raised $27M in Series B

    Interview: Don Pezet and Tim Broom, ITProTV

    Don Pezet
    ITProTV Super Host, EdutainmentLIVE instructor, IT expert.

    Don Pezet has been working in the IT industry for over 18 years. In addition to working with the technologies, he has also been training others for over 12 years. He is a certified trainer with many vendors including Microsoft and Cisco. His combination of real-world experience, textbook knowledge, and a questionable sense of humor have helped him to entertain and educate thousands of people. He and his business partner Tim Broom founded ITProTV in 2013. ITProTV has been described as the Netflix of IT training, with over 2000 hours of original IT training content available online.

    As an I.T. career changer in 1999 studying for his MCSE NT 4.0., Tim’s passion for everything technology and desire to provide others the opportunity to make the same career conversion led him to open a brick and mortar computer learning center in Gainesville, FL. Providing education innovation from traditional instructor led training to synchronous remote learning, and being one of the first to inject high quality streaming video into their online classes, Tim and Don recognized the need for creating engaging content that can effectively provide the knowledge transfer that certification seekers need to be successful. ITProTV was born. With continued passion for empowering members through engaging learning of technology, he has led a small start-up in a warehouse to a rejuvenated 28k sq ft production facility becoming a blooming powerhouse of technology education. While 300% YOY growth is great, Tim is never satisfied because there are still so many that haven’t had the opportunity to learn about ITProTV. “I am on a mission. A mission that will likely never end, that will provide every user on earth the opportunity to learn about technology, in an easy to understand, engaging way, that everyone can afford. It is our goal that every person will have an ongoing, continued subscription to ITProTV because it is the best asset and resource that an I.T. Professional can use to be effective in their role.”