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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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Are there other areas of IoT that you haven't invested in or do you feel like you have the full breadth of it now?

The identity of it, the access of it, and the behaviors of it are the biggest threat problems I see at the moment. I think eventually we will need provisioning tools, like blocking tools, as well. That's why I like this Claroty company – today they are doing threat behavior, but eventually they need fail-safe switches built into critical infrastructure if there is a problem and fail-safe systems. Suddenly, if critical infrastructure is under attack, we might notify you there's a problem but the lights are already out. What we want to build is, just like firewalls and at FireEye, you want live, in-line blocking. You don't see a company yet that can do real, in-line blocking of a threat in the Internet of Things. When the Mirai attack occurred, who stopped it? Akamai failed over. … All you have to do is take out Akamai and it's over. Our vulnerabilities just keep changing. Some of this is how do we protect and detect denial of service in the IoT world. You'll see more of this coming.

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