Cohesity CEO Sanjay Poonen: Storage And Security Are Now A ‘Blended Conversation’
Joseph F. Kovar
‘Once you’ve protected the perimeter network, endpoint and identities, you’re getting to the last line of defense, which is typically a backup. And if the bad guys could take out not just those perimeters but also your last line of defense, you’re very vulnerable,’ Cohesity CEO Sanjay Poonen tells CRN.
Have any competitors approached the Data Security Alliance yet to join?
It’s open. I mean, at the end of the day, it has to be. And remember, this is just a point in time. It’s one milestone. It will take many companies. And over time, it’ll become one of the best initiatives to make the world safer.
What was the third?
When I joined Cohesity, I felt we should add a person to our board with the best security mind in the world. And that’s Kevin Mandia, often considered the Sherlock Holmes of fighting cybercrime. [He joined our board of directors] a few weeks before Mandiant became part of Google. At the same time, we announced a security advisory council with very talented people: Alex Stamos, who was the former CISO of Facebook; Jason Chan, the former CISO of Netflix; Sheila Jordan from Honeywell; Marian Bailey, who was formerly with the NSA; and Laura Barrowman, who was with Credit Suisse. That group of six, under the leadership of Kevin, is the security advisory council that advises us and our customers on best practices and all kinds ways to fight security, particularly ransomware. We’ve now added a seventh person do that, [Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Security Services] Kelly Bissell. We felt having Microsoft security as part of this would really help. They’ve got a very strong security business. Kelly’s a person I’ve known for years. Microsoft Security Services has a fairly large lot of assets that customers really want some advice on. Their security portfolio now is extremely large. So Kelly agreed to join our advisory board.
Over time, we don’t intend to make this huge, but we’ll have seven to 10 key people. This group of seven are some of the most respected security names in the industry who are now working to help us internally as we build out our road map, but more importantly, helping customers and partners.