Building a company from the ground up is not for the faint of heart. I know, I’ve been there. As co-founder of Duo, the leading provider of Zero Trust access security, I know what it means to dedicate yourself fully to a vision, to your customers, and to your team. And I know how daunting it can be to find the right investors to join the team – people and organizations that truly understand, and believe in your vision.
Today, the Cisco Investments team released their 2021 CISO Survival Guide to Emerging Trends in the Startup Ecosystem. Written in partnership with three leading VCs, this report breaks down trends in four areas of the security startup arena: Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), DevSecOps, Privacy & Compliance, and Automation.
There is a wealth of insightful information for CISOs in this report. I’ve highlighted a few key takeaways below.
As the Chief Strategy Officer for Cisco Security, I work closely with the Cisco Investments and Corporate Development team to build theses around emerging tech trends, evaluate startups, and make decisions about where to invest, partner, and acquire.
As an advisor in the M&A process, there are things I look for in every company we meet with:
Technology is fundamentally a people business, requiring the intersection of ideas, perspectives, and talent to drive progress. The same is true for the 2021 CISO Survival Guide. By bringing together some of the top cybersecurity-focused VC and customer voices, the guide offers a unique take on the security landscape, key trends, and transitions that all security professionals should keep an eye on.
Cisco is a company that has exceptional internal R&D, but we’re also a company that values, embraces, and enables innovation across the industry. If you’d like to view the full report or share with your colleagues, you can download it here.
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