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Startup Security Weekly #68

Recorded January 5, 2018 at G-Unit Studios in Rhode Island!


  • Paul Asadoorian
    Embedded device security researcher, security podcaster, and CEO of Active Countermeasures .
  • Michael Santarcangelo
    Founder of Security Catalyst, author of Into the Breach, and creator of the Straight Talk Framework.
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    Interview: Bam Azizi, NoPassword

    Bam Azizi
    CyberTech enthusiastic. CTO NoPassword.
    Bam Azizi is the CTO and co-founder of WiActs Inc., a cyber security startup and the company behind Prior to joining NoPassword, he was working on his PhD at Technical University of Munich, and also held a research associate position at John Hopkins University. In several research projects, he has gained experience running research and development labs with over 30 researchers, scientists, and software developers.

    Bam has more than ten years of experience in designing and building complex software driven products. As a computer scientist with a deep knowledge and experience in cyber security, cryptography, and machine learning, Bam designed the architecture and backbone of a complex software driven system that provides a highly available modern authentication service to enterprises - NoPassword.

    Bam worked closely with his development team, partners and customers to build the next generation of Identity and Access Management solution. Bam and his team continue to work on the biggest challenge in cyber security industry which is replacing traditional password-based authentication. NoPassword, replaces passwords with human factors like biometrics, which prevents 85% of today’s cyber-attacks.

    Article Discussion on Leadership, Innovation, and Startup Success

    Managers Must Be Insane To Brainstorm In Groups

    • Turns out the concept of brainstorming as a group consistently produces fewer ideas of lesser quality
    • Production Blocking (you can process faster alone)
    • Evaluation Apprehension
    • Free riding

    How a Fast-Growing Startup Built Its Sales Team for Long-Term Success

    • Interesting blend between short-term needs and long-term success
    • Recruiting (not just for sales) is essential - who are you targeting, and what is your investment?
    • Interviewing and hiring - why sometimes picking at random is a better option and the real keys of communication and process
    • Training and development

    The Real Reasons Companies Are So Focused on the Short Term

    • Explore how this plays out for security leaders — and how we can influence change in organizations beyond pleading and incentives
    • Beware the hidden costs of outside leadership and embrace the value of domain leadership
    • Options instead of decentralizing
    • Research over development (early stage technology plays)

    How to Break Bad Business Habits

    • What bad practices exist without understanding?
    • Note the bit about admiring the problem?
    • Reverse benchmarking
    • Change for the sake of change

    More than a feeling: Ten design practices to deliver business value

    • Design is more than a department (or function)
    • Design is more than a phase
    • Rely on evidence

    Startup & Security News You Need to Know

    Barracuda Networks acquired PhishLine for undisclosed amount

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