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.

Having only joined Warburg Pincus as an Entrepreneur in Residence in November 2011, former McAfee CTO George Kurtz has cofounded stealth-mode cyber-security firm CrowdStrike – and with him comes $26m of series A investment from Warburg. Working with cofounders Dmitri Alperovitch (CTO) and Gregg Marston (CFO), the company aims to provide software (leveraging what it alludes to as 'big data technologies') to fight and respond to nation-state targeted intrusions. We look forward to hearing more as the company grows and emerges from its stealthy veil....

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With the RSA Security Conference and Security BSides San Francisco only a week away I thought I’d offer some advice to first time attendees: There are parties every night of the week so it would be a good idea to pace yourself. You need to treat the week like an Olympic event – something I will call the ‘Deconfalon’. Not only are you going to be sitting through talks and networking all day but you’ll also likely be attending parties until all hours of the night (or morning). This type of activity takes a toll on your body and mental health....

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