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Q&A: Former FireEye CEO DeWalt On Why He's Joining IoT Security Startups

Since leaving FireEye, Dave DeWalt has dove headfirst into the Internet of Things security market with positions on three boards of directors. Here's why he thinks the opportunity is sky-high for these companies.

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You left FireEye as CEO in the summer – what have you been up to since?

This time I'm really focused in on [the Internet of Things market]. Most of my years of cyber were on the IT security side, for the most part. I see a lot of trend on some problems in the [operational technology] world. You look at all the speed of devices connecting to everything we have, how smart these devices are … the amount of vulnerabilities they have and how far security is behind on those devices. It's reminiscent of 2008 to me, when China was stealing everything and we weren't prepared.

In the ForgeRock case, it's how do we begin to identify the millions and millions of identity of everything, with people, devices and consumers. ForgeRock has built this incredible identity system to not just identify its employees like traditional systems, but also all the consumers and devices that interact with the company. … ForeScout does all the access control for devices connected. … And Claroty is doing all the threat detection for these systems, looking for anomalies in behavior.

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