Friday, September 25, 2015

Early adoption of new solutions and approaches is both good business and good for the city

An interview with Kevin O'Brien, CEO and Founder, GreatHorn (Techstars ‘15)  Kobrien82 @GreatHorn_inc

We asked. Kevin answered.

Why is stepping up security, immediately, particularly important to your company/industry?

As the last 18 months have revealed, beyond any question, security-as-usual is failing to prevent large scale data breaches. From Target to Anthem, OPM to Ashley Madison, the bottom line is that attackers' sophistication is exceeding the capabilities of most organizations.

What is the key obstacle companies like yours face in bringing security up to where it needs to be?

Companies ranging from HMOs to high-tech hardware manufacturers all share a common thread: technological innovation has accelerated the pace of their businesses.

Getting in the way of business and users isn't a viable strategy any longer; the old tools -- training, blocking, and routing through intrusive tools -- simply push users into alternative and often insecure channels in order to get their work done quickly. The upside here is that we're on the cusp of a tremendous wave of innovation in the security industry, and that the companies that are behind new products and approaches are redefining what it means to detect and prevent breaches before they happen.

What is the next step that you recommend the local community takes to ensure that Boston becomes the next security Mecca?

Keep fostering security startups, first and foremost. Becoming a mecca for security means attracting talent into the local ecosystem, and the way to make that happen is to create an environment where talent, investment, and market opportunities come together.


There's fantastic work happening here, but still plenty of opportunity to build more hack spaces, accelerators, and early-stage incubation programs to drive growth. Likewise, on the market side, local companies, institutions, and even government organizations have the opportunity to benefit enormously from the thriving entrepreneurial atmosphere that organizations like the MassTLC have helped to foster; early adoption of new solutions and approaches is both good business and good for the city.

Hear more of what Kevin has to say at The Business of Security:  Impacting Your Company's Resiliency, Reputation and Revenue on September 30. Learn more and register: http://bit.ly/SecurityBiz

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