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Advice for Entrepreneurial Engineers

ASME | Feb 22, 2018

By Ray Rothrock, Chief Executive Officer

Entrepreneurs are everywhere today—from Silicon Valley to incubators and tech hubs around the world. While many startups are in tech, others involve engineers who use digital tools and 3-D printing to invent new products or reinvent existing ones. So, what should potential entrepreneurs consider before leaping? I don’t have a definitive answer, but after 25 years of funding startups, more than 40 successful investments, and eight initial public offerings, I see some patterns that work.

Why Cybersecurity Should Be Taught at Business Schools

TechRepublic | Feb 5, 2018

With Ray Rothrock, Chief Executive Officer

The cybersecurity skills gap might be one of the best ways for a company to become more cyber secure. Often we look at technological solutions but training and education of workers, of employees, remains one of the most effective tactics. RedSeal CEO Ray Rothrock joins TechRepublic Senior Writer Dan Patterson for a conversation about teaching nuanced cyber defense, business strategy, and teaching leadership how to keep up with the fast shifts in security.

Defense Department’s Secret Weapon for Network Security

Nextgov | Jan 30, 2018

By Ray Rothrock, Chief Executive Officer

I have something potentially wildly unpopular to suggest: If you work for or run an organization that deals with human beings and the data that goes with them, and if you are concerned about the security of that data, look to the Defense Department for a solution.

The federal government, which has suffered some high-profile breaches recently, is notably tight-lipped about its cybersecurity strategies, but Defense has been instructive on the topic. The department operates in an environment in which cyberattacks are a persistent threat and as a result, its approach is very different from civilian agencies and many private-sector businesses—and far more successful.

Experts Weigh In On Information Security Predictions For 2018

Techaeris | Dec 14, 2017

The world of information security was certainly a whirlwind of activity in 2017. It seemed no one was immune to some sort of security breach or incident and it only got worse through the year. Some of the affected companies involved in incidents are still paying the price for those breaches.

With 2018 coming, the landscape for information security is wide open. We’re lucky enough to have a group of information security experts who are making some predictions for the industry in 2018.

Silicon Valley VC Plays His Final Encore as a Cybersecurity CEO

Silicon Valley Business Journal | Dec 14, 2017

After years as a successful venture capitalist in Silicon Valley, Ray Rothrock is spearheading the digital resilience movement as the chairman and CEO of cybersecurity firm RedSeal. An outspoken technological evangelist, Rothrock continues to be driven by his personal values, creativity and a desire to do good while also turning a profit.

Security vs. Resilience: Know the Difference

TechBeacon | May 5, 2017

By Ray Rothrock, RedSeal Chief Executive Officer

If you really want to know the difference between security and resilience, pour yourself a cup of strong coffee and dig into the all-but-impenetrable PPD-21, Presidential Policy Directive—Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. Or just go to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website, which cuts to the chase with a few good examples of each…

Scan these two lists, and you come to an inescapable conclusion: Security and resilience are not synonyms or even second cousins. In fact, security and resilience have remarkably little to do with one another. The measures under the “security” list are about locking up. Those under “resilience” are about standing up. Security is about hunkering down. Resilience is about doing business.

7 Habits of a Resilient Business

Computer Business Review | May 4, 2017

By Ray Rothrock, RedSeal Chief Executive Officer

Here’s the reality: Bad things will happen, and your precautions and defenses will not stop every bad thing. However, this doesn’t mean there’s no hope. It’s quite the opposite, because you have a choice: you can either wish for the best, or decide to be – what the industry is calling: digitally resilient. There is no third alternative. If you choose to face reality and pursue resilience, you need to acquire, cultivate, and hone the seven habits that follow.

People, Capital and Continuous Monitoring

MIDDLE MARKET EXECUTIVE | March 7, 2017

With Ray Rothrock, RedSeal Chief Executive Officer

MME: What are your priorities when it comes to growing this middle market business over the next 12 months?

“My job is to resource the company, people and capital, and maybe technology if that’s needed, but it’s mostly people because my priority is to grow this business globally as fast as I can, point one. Point two, we have a database and we’re doing a full conversion of that database so that we can actually get into a full, continuous monitoring across a massive, global network like a large company would have.

Right now, it’s batch. We run our softwares at batch and I want to run it continuously, so we’re in a transition. So, two things, advance sales globally and to get our database up so we can do this continuous monitoring because that’s where the future is. Those are the two things. And so what do I need for that? I need people, and so I need money, so I’m in the fundraising mode right now. That’s my number one job, that’s the key resource I can bring to RedSeal, capital.”

Building A Tougher Wall

ARABIAN COMPUTER NEWS | March 5, 2017

By Ray Rothrock, RedSeal Chief Executive Officer

Ray Rothrock, chairman & CEO of RedSeal, examines the importance of digital resilience in the overall cybersecurity strategy.

Who says prevention is better than cure? Since the advent of networks and hacking, prevention, coupled with detection, has been the primary cyber strategy to counter cyberattacks. But, with the exponential increase in the pace and complexity of digital connections, and sophistication of the attackers, this approach is falling short as the recent Shamoon attacks in Saudi Arabia so clearly demonstrated.

Clearly, we need more and better prevention. But, here’s the cold, hard truth: It’s not a question of if your organisation will suffer a security breach but when – no matter how good your prevention is. Cyber-attacks are now so advanced that, should a hacker’s attention turn to your company, the attack will almost certainly succeed in getting inside your network.  Your mission should be to shut the attacker down – and fast.

 

When Talent and Capital Are Priority One

MIDDLE MARKET EXECUTIVE [Podcast] | February 14, 2017

With Ray Rothrock, RedSeal Chief Executive Officer

Pursuing a Cyber Vision: A Call for New Leadership Led an Investor to Roll Up His Sleeves

….It’s very noisy [and crowded in the cyber security market].  95% of those companies are focused on prevention and detection — which is necessary, but is not sufficient in today’s cyber environment with the threat field we are facing