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Lacework's Kate MacLean on Securing Users Across Many Clouds

MacLean Says Lacework's Ability to Baseline Normal Allows It to Find Unknown Issues
Kate MacLean, senior director of product marketing, Lacework

Lacework has used $1.3 billion in investment to strengthen its multi-cloud support, giving customers better visibility across development and production environments.

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Kate MacLean, senior director of product marketing, says Lacework's ability to identify elusive threats and zero-day vulnerabilities by finding spikes in anomalous activity sets it apart from other cloud security startups. Lacework laid off 20% of its employees in May to improve the company's balance sheet, and executives said the move would help the firm preserve and strengthen its market leadership position (see: Lacework Announces Layoffs 6 Months After Raising $1.3B).

"The biggest thing that helps us stand apart is our ability to detect not only known things but also unknown things," MacLean says. "We are constantly bringing in as much data as we can, normalizing it, contextualizing it, correlating it and building a baseline of how an environment typically operates. We learn your normal."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, MacLean also discusses:

  • The fastest-growing areas within Lacework's portfolio;
  • How DevOps buyers differ from traditional security buyers;
  • The biggest cybersecurity trends to expect at Black Hat 2022.

MacLean joined Lacework in October after more than five years at Cisco, where she led product and content marketing for the networking giant's cloud security business. MacLean previously spent nearly seven years at RSA Security, where she worked her way up to being a senior strategic accounts marketing manager. MacLean began her career as a marketing leadership development associate for storage giant EMC.

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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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