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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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Why are you so interested in the Internet of Things security market, in particular?

I love this world and the things I'm seeing with ancillary attacks on operational technology, including shutting down health-care operations, shutting down service operations, destroying things – we're not prepared for that. On top of that, we're seeing denial-of-service attacks, like the Mirai attacks, using new types of attacks. The gap between offense and defense, you could drive a truck through it. That's why I like the cyber world here, because we can close that gap and solve a real-world problem. That's what I've been starting to do.

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