Portfolio Interviews

Tala Security Protects against Magecart Group Attacks


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It has been a little over a year since we conducted an interview with Tala Security CEO, Aanand Krishnan . Since then, "Magecart" attacks which steal personal financial information directly from web browsers have effected millions of Internet users. Tala Security has risen to the challenge and is currently helping many large e-commerce and financial sites protect their web users from these types of attacks. In this interview, I ask Aanand about client-side attacks, why RASP and WAFs are not the right tools to to secure web clients and what the PCI council may be doing about this. Read More…

DataTribe Announces Second-Annual Cybersecurity Startup Challenge


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Mike Janke, DataTribe CEO, Speaking at the 2019 Baltimore Tech10 Event


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DataTribe's first annual Cybersecurity Startup Challenge. It was great to see Prevailion, InertialSense and Cyr3con all pitch and demo their solutions. DataTribe just announced their second annual Cybersecurity Startup Challenge and I took the opportunity to ask DataTribe CEO, Mike Janke, to share tips for entrepreneurs applying to this year's event.

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Highspeed Threat and Geographic Filtering with Threat Intelligence Gateways – an interview with Bandura Cyber CSO, Todd Weller

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Bandura Cyber solves a variety of network security use cases for customers seeking to deploy a threat intelligence gateway. First, it can protect them by filtering 100% of all available hostile threat intelligence. I’ve found that large enterprises don’t deploy all of their threat intelligence to their firewalls because of performance impact and small business doesn’t buy threat feeds or know how to make use of them. Second, it can prevent and report traffic to or from countries, including hostile countries and countries with no business reason to be communicating with. For example, Bandura Cyber offers a very low-cost solution that can block all traffic communication with Russia that can be deployed to election infrastructure by entry level IT staff. And third, it can act as a control plane for orchestration products or managed detection and response firms that don’t have permission to modify firewall configurations. In this blog post, I asked Bandura Cyber Chief Strategy Office, Todd Weller, for an overview of the Threat Intelligence Gateway industry and more information about Bandura Cyber. Bandura Cyber is a Gula Tech Adventures portfolio company.
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Anno.Ai CEO Steven Witt Interview

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I first met Steven Witt a few years ago at a DataTribe event. Steven had recently sold his previous company, Onyara and helped launch DataTribe as a co-founder. I got to interact with him on a variety of cyber investing and cyber product topics. After helping get DataTribe going with their first group of companies, he expressed interest in being a CEO again and creating a company to make it easier to train computer vision models. I was familiar with this pain point, as our investment in Pixm heavily relied on proprietary curation of logo data to detect phishing attacks. Steven recently launched Anno.Ai and closed his first round of investment of which we participated. Steven agreed to answer a variety of questions of computer vision training and Anno.Ai's approach.  Read More…

Increasing the Efficiency of your Security Operations – An Interview with GreyNoise Intelligence Founder Andrew Morris

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I first met Andrew Morris a few years ago when he was volunteering at a MAVA event. He pitched me his idea for GreyNoise and I really liked it. Being able to track different types of Internet scanning activity so you can remove this noise from your event stream is a great way to increase the effectiveness of your teams and tools. I liked his vision of supporting the community and having free and commercial APIs. Fast forward to now, Andrew was able to complete his initial funding and I am thrilled that Gula Tech Adventures (as an investor of Innerloop Capital) is working with him. Read More…

Training 30 Million K-12 Students in Cyber Security - Interview with National Cyber Group CEO, Philip Niedermair


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At Gula Tech Adventures, Cyndi and I get to spend time with a variety of cyber education programs at the high school, college and trade school levels. We are very familiar with the struggle to engage students in the cyber mission of programming, protecting and privacy concerns that we are going to face as a nation in the future. We invested in the National Cyber Group (NCG) to help address this problem. In this interview, we hear from the NCG CEO Philip Niedermair about his goals to help train more than 30 million K-12 students in cyber via the National Cyber Education Program in partnership with Discovery Education. Read More…

Scythe CEO, Bryson Bort on Security Weekly #589

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Bryson Bort did an excellent job speaking about @SCYTHE on episode #589 of SecurityWeekly. Bryson discusses red team automation and attack simulation with the show hosts including Paul Asadoorian and Jeff Man.
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Interview with, Arun Buduri, Pixm President and Co-Founder

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We have been working with Pixm since early 2017 and felt their computer vision approach to detecting and stopping phishing attacks was unique and effective. Pixm recently launched their free for personal use and business solutions. I conducted an interview with Pixm president and co-founder Arun Buduri and we covered the current state of phishing, how computer vision helps combat phishing and the new personal use and business offerings. Read More…

Interview with SCYTHE founder and CEO, Bryson Bort

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SCYTHE recently announced a $3m round led by Gula Tech Adventures and an experienced group of cyber investors and operators. SCYTHE enables organizations to emulate advanced malicious cyber activity and see how well their organization is at preventing, detecting and repelling these types of threats. In this blog, I ask SCYTHE founder and CEO, Bryson Bort, a variety of questions about the origin of SCYTHE and the platform’s use cases. Read More…

Securing Serverless — Q&A With Protego CTO Hillel Solow

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Serverless computing is the ultimate reduction in security attack surface. There is no computer, virtual machine, container infrastructure or network service to attack — just your code and the potential of a security issue introduced by mostly human configuration errors. As is tradition with our portfolio companies, I conducted an interview with the CTO of our serverless security investment, Protego Labs about how monitoring the security of a serverless infrastructure is different than traditional cyber security paradigms.
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GDPR Basics for Business: Q&A with Ron Gula

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I got the chance to sit down with Racktop System's CEO Eric Bednash and talk about GDPR and how Racktop can help. Read More…

Protecting web users from direct attacks like crypto-jacking — an interview with Tala Security CEO and co-founder, Aanand Krishnan


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If you were at RSA’s Innovation Sandbox this year, you may have seen Aanand and his team from Tala Security. They were demonstrating how their technology protects attacks against web browsers from being leveraged to steal data from secure web sites. Gula Tech Adventures invested in Tala Security last year as part of our focused on web security. As is tradition with many of our portfolio companies, I was able to catch up with Aanand and ask him interview questions.
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Q&A with NanoVMs Founder, Ian Eyberg

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Earlier this year, Gula Tech Adventures invested in NanoVMs (formerly Defer Panic) as part of our overall focus on web and application security. I caught up with the founder of NanoVMs, Ian Eyberg, and asked him a variety of questions about the emerging space of “unikernels”. Read More…

Privileged Access Managment Q&A with OnionID Founder Anirban Banerjee

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OnionID CEO and founder, Anirban Banerjee


I first met OnionID CEO Anirban Banerjee when he was head of research and development for a company called Stop The Hacker which exited to CloudFlare. I was very impressed with Anirban’s leadership and technical abilities and became an investor in his company, OnionID, which enables privileged access management for cloud and data center applications.

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Q&A With TrackOFF founders, Chandler Givens and Ryan Flach

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TrackOff founders Chandler Givens, CEO (left) and Ryan Flach, CTO (right)


As security professionals, we all want to enhance our privacy as well as the privacy of our workplace, personal life and family. Late last year, Gula Tech Adventures invested in a Baltimore based company called TrackOFF that does exactly that. They’ve created a very popular mass-market privacy application that is simple and effective to use for a wide variety of audiences. I caught up with the co-founders (Chandler Givens and Ryan Flach) of TrackOFF and asked them some questions about privacy and their solutions.

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Hidden Benefits of the NIST Cyber Security Framework

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Eric Bednash of RackTop Systems and Ron Gula spoke about the NIST Cyber Security Framework, how it can help answer the question, 'Am I Secure?' and how Racktop Systems can help the protection of data as well as recovering from cyber attacks. Read More…

Interview with Cybrary President and Co-Founder, Ryan Corey

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Cybersecurity is a great career field, but is not for everyone and can be difficult for people to get experience and their first job. It’s also difficult for employers to find enough smart candidates to keep their networks secure. Gula Tech Adventures invested in Cybrary because they help solve both of those problems with free online cybersecurity training and a platform for organizations to grow their own cyber security talent. The following is an interview I conducted recently with Cybrary co-founder, Ryan Corey.
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An Interview with Ron Gula and Eric Bednash, CEO and Co-founder of RackTop System




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Gula Tech Adventures invested in RackTop Systems because they solve a very difficult problem — how to store lots of data, for a very long time and make sure it is secure and compliant. When organizations deploy RackTop, they have better security for their data and save money. As with many of our portfolio companies, I did an interview with their CEO and Co-founder, Eric Bednash.
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Interview with Gravwell CEO, Corey Thuen

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Gula Tech Adventures recently became an investor in a very exciting data storage and analytics company named Gravwell. I was very impressed with the ability of the solution to consume and analyze just about any type of data at amazing scales and query speeds. I conducted an interview with their CEO, Corey Thuen, and published it below.
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5 Questions with StackRox Cofounder and CEO Sameer Bhalotra




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Reinventing the VPN — Q&A With New Edge CEO David Goldschlag

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New Edge has a unique approach for secure remote access which brings traditional VPN concepts into the modern “cloud first” era. As an investor and user of the solution, I recently was able to ask New Edge CEO and cofounder, David Goldschlag, a variety of questions about VPNs and New Edge’s unique approach.
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Interview with Huntress Labs CEO, Kyle Hanslovan — Detecting advanced threats in small companies


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Kyle Hanslovan — CEO Huntress Labs

Gula Tech Adventures recently participated in Huntress Lab’s seed round. This portfolio company brings the power of modern threat detection to managed service providers. I was able to catch up with their founder and CEO, Kyle Hanslovan, before he headed out to BlackHat 2017 and asked him a few questions.

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ThreatCare CEO Marcus Carey Interview — Simulating attacks with ease

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Note — I’ve known Marcus for a long time since he did “Dojosec” here in Maryland. I am an investor an adviser at ThreatCare. I like the ease of use it brings to testing and training your security staff and making sure your expensive array of security products is working as expected. Many security vendors are using it to demo their products and avoid a “Tanium” moment. I conducted the following interview with Marcus over email.
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Interview with Jeff Williams, Contrast Security CTO

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I’ve known Jeff Williams for more than a decade. He is the CTO of Contrast Security. He’s done very much to advance the art of web application security auditing and his development team is based in the Natty Boh building in Baltimore. I invested in Contrast for their pioneering RASP technology and how much customers raved about them during diligence. I recently caught up with Jeff in the following interview. Read More…