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Startup Security Weekly #59

Recorded October 13, 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.
  • Paul Asadoorian
    Embedded device security researcher, security podcaster, and CEO of Active Countermeasures .
  • Announcements

    • Our upcoming webcast with Signal Sciences is on Thursday, November 2 at 3pm Eastern time. Join myself, Joff Thyer, and Zane Lackey for an application security discussion. Zane will share practical lessons learned during his tenure at Etsy on the most effective application security techniques in today’s increasingly rapid world of application creation and delivery. Visit to register today!
    • Providence Hack Con is an event co-hosted by Roger Williams University(, the Providence Public Library(, and Paul’s Security Weekly ( and designed to introduce high school students who are participating in the Cyberpatriot program to industry style conferences (viz. DEFCON, ANYCON) in a safe environment.
    • 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. I’ll 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.
    • Go to and use the code SS30 to try it FREE for 7 days, and receive 30% off your monthly memebership 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.

    Interview: Don Pezet, 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.

    Article Discussion on Leadership, Innovation, and Startup Success

    Startup & Security News You Need to Know

    How Pro Rata Works In Venture Capital Deals

    Attivo Networks raised $21M Series C

    SecurityScorecard raised $27.5M Series C

    SecurityScorecard was valued at roughly $91 million in June 2016 with a $20 million funding.

    ShiftLeft raised $9.3M Series A

    CloudZero raised $5M Series A

    Akamai acquired Nominum for Undisclosed

    • “Nominum is a provider of DNS and carrier-grade cybersecurity solutions for enterprises and managed networks.”
    • Looks like about $41M over four rounds — but last round was 2005!!
    • Revenue estimates — take with a grain of salt — are around $60M annual