About Andrew Hay

Andrew Hay is an information security industry veteran with close to 20 years of experience as a security practitioner, industry analyst, and executive. As the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at DataGravity, Inc., he advocates for the company’s total information security needs and is responsible for the development and delivery of the company’s comprehensive information security strategy.

Andrew has served in various roles and responsibilities at a number of companies including OpenDNS (now a Cisco company), CloudPassage, Inc., 451 Research, the University of Lethbridge, Capital G Bank Ltd. (now Clarien Bank Bermuda), Q1 Labs (now IBM), Nokia (now Check Point), Nortel Networks, Magma Communications (now Primus Canada), and Taima Corp (now Convergys).

Andrew is frequently approached to provide expert commentary on security-industry developments, and has been featured in such publications as Forbes, Bloomberg, Wired, USA Today, International Business Times, Sacramento Bee, Delhi Daily News, Austin Business Journal, Ars Technica, RT, VentureBeat, LeMondeInformatique, eWeek, TechRepublic, Infosecurity Magazine, The Data Center Journal, TechTarget, Network World, Computerworld, PCWorld, and CSO Magazine.

I had the opportunity to attend the Tenth Annual West Coast Infosec & Technology Growth Conference put on by AGC Partners on Monday, February 24th. I wasn't able to stay for the entire day but I was able to run into a few people who I hadn't seen in a while, couldn't remember meeting, and people I had only ever "met" on Twitter. The panels are led by security industry experts, bankers, and investors with executives (or their designates) from various companies as panelists. What do they talk about you might ask? Well, the people leading the panel ask hard questions...

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I wanted to see what the "trend words" were in the PR emails being sent to press leading up to the RSA conference. Using TagCrowd I was able to copy and paste the subjects and bodies of all emails sent to the "press list" for RSA 2014. As you can see in Figure 1, the top 5 words used in the PR email blasts are RSA (28), meeting (15), conference (9), request (7), and security (5). Figure 1 - Email Subject Trend Words The top 5 words in in the email body, as depicted in Figure 2, are security (108), RSA (63), meet...

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I saw this bog post making the "Twitter rounds" yesterday but didn't really stop to read it over. This morning, over my morning coffee and donut (I rewarded myself with a donut having stepped in dog shit in my bare feet this morning), I sat down and read through the post in its entirety. Rich Adams nails many of the issues that people fumble through when first starting on AWS. Here are some highlights (I could have quoted many many more) that I completely agree with: If you need to interact with AWS, use the SDK for your language. Don't try to...

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