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The Role of Automation, Mini Platforms and Cyber Investments

Jay Leek of SYN Ventures Calls for Prevention-First Approach to Combat Cyberthreats
Jay Leek, managing partner, SYN Ventures

The shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals poses a formidable challenge for organizations striving to defend against evolving threats. "People don't think about this as a profession," said Jay Leek, managing partner, SYN Ventures. He attributed that to a lack of early awareness among students.

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Leek stressed the importance of technology in combating cyberthreats. With the rapid evolution of the threat landscape, human response times cannot match the speed of the adversaries as they exploit vulnerabilities, he said.

"Prevention-first focus helps alleviate the 'people' need because anytime you are doing anything within tech to respond, you have to have people to do it or maybe have some kind of generative AI," he said. "If it doesn't work, then we fall back to a human-oriented approach. We're investing in technologies that don't create more work."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2024, Leek also discussed:

  • Using mini platforms to address multiple security challenges with a unified solution;
  • Investing early in category-creating companies to drive disruptive innovation in cybersecurity;
  • How experienced practitioners-turned-entrepreneurs drive the direction of the industry.

Leek is an entrepreneur who founded a series of successful companies, including AirDefense, CipherTrust, CoreHarbor, SecureIT and Zscaler. He has more than 25 years of security industry expertise in domains such as engineering, sales, marketing and management.

About the Author

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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