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5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Began Leading My Company

Authority Magazine | March 23, 2021

An Interview Between Charlie Katz and RedSeal CEO Bryan Barney

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
What makes RedSeal so great is we understand network paths better than anyone in the cybersecurity industry. Modern networks are so complex, no one really understands them. Companies don’t understand what is on their network, how everything is connected, or the security implications. You can’t secure what you don’t understand, and we allow people to understand their network environment. This is particularly important and urgent in the cloud environments that are quickly becoming the heart of all networks.

Security in a Complex World

Dark Reading | February 3, 2021

By Bryan Barney

In 1999, security technologist Bruce Schneier published “A Plea for Simplicity.” In the blog, he famously wrote, “You can’t secure what you don’t understand” and “the worst enemy of security is complexity.” Schneier explained that analyzing a system’s security becomes more difficult as its complexity increases. His goal was to convince the technology sector to “slow down, simplify, and try to add security.”

More than 20 years later, Schneier’s plea seems naïve and even quaint. Innovation has become a force of nature; it will neither stop nor slow down. More innovation means more features, which inherently means more complexity. We all want secure systems, but no one is willing to slow the march of progress to make that happen.

Why I Chose RedSeal

I’ve been in cybersecurity for 19 years and love the field.  It’s technically a very challenging problem to solve and the stakes are extremely high. Those of us in this field are defending the foundation of the information age.  We are protecting the money in people’s bank accounts, their personal privacy and dignity, and even the elections at the heart of democracy. That makes for a strong sense of purpose.

When I looked around for a new opportunity, I knew I wanted to make a real difference. Rather than run an existing large operation, I wanted to help something new and important grow. I have a passion for it. McAfee went from $500M to $2B in sales while I was head of product. At Sophos, my BU grew 25% per year while I was there. I think RedSeal is the perfect position to grow. We are in a nascent market that should be much larger.

The important things are in place for growth. RedSeal has an outstanding customer value proposition. It addresses a huge hole in cybersecurity and network understanding.  It has a unique and powerful technology. When I got my first demo of the product, I was frankly blown away by how powerful it is. It is something everyone should have. No network administrator of a large network really knows what’s on his network and how it’s configured.

RedSeal has a great team and a great culture. Innovation is really a function of having a collection of smart motivated people and getting them to build on each other’s ideas. To do that you need a culture in which people enjoy working with each other, where they hold each other to a high standard, and where they feel comfortable sharing their ideas. That is what we have here at RedSeal, and that environment isn’t as common as you would think in the high-tech industry.

What’s more, cybersecurity in general is always rife with opportunity. All high-tech markets are highly dynamic because innovation is forever changing the landscape and creating opportunities. Cybersecurity is doubly so because it has a variable other markets don’t – bad guys. Cyber criminals are also innovating, and what they do drives us to respond in kind. So, the cybersecurity space moves even faster than the rest of high-tech. That is why there are always so many startups in cybersecurity.

In our space specifically, there is a huge opportunity for innovation. Networks are going through two simultaneous technical revolutions with the advent of software defined networking technology and the movement of data centers to the cloud. These trends make networks even more complex than they have been historically.  A typical corporate network now spans on premise infrastructure and a presence in one or more public clouds. And the world is still figuring out how to secure that kind of hybrid environment.

In 1999, Bruce Schneier famously wrote “complexity is the worst enemy of security.” At that time, his plea was to create a simpler cyber world that could be secured. Unfortunately, that turned out to be impossible. The relentless demand for features and functionality drives ever increasing complexity. At RedSeal we use technology to understand the complexity of technology. We simplify an almost incomprehensible world so it can be understood and secured – a very gratifying and exciting mission.

30 Notable IT Executive Moves: June 2020

CRN | July 14, 2020

Bryan Barney

RedSeal hired the former head of Symantec’s Enterprise Security Group Bryan Barney as its new CEO to drive adoption of the company’s platform among government agencies and Global 2000 companies.

Barney is replacing Ray Rothrock, who had led RedSeal since 2014 and will now transition into the role of executive chairman.

Barney most recently ran Symantec’s Enterprise Security Group from July 2017 to September 2019, where he oversaw the company’s endpoint security, endpoint detection and response, data loss prevention, email security, IoT and cloud workload protection tools. He left Symantec just a month after Broadcom announced plans to acquire the company’s Enterprise Security business for $10.7 billion.