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.

InfoSec, like many professions, has a known echo chamber. The same people that joke about it are the same people that contribute to it the most. The repetition appears in tweets, blog posts, podcasts, and at conferences. How many panel discussions held at conferences actually have led to known change? How many presentations and panels at conferences are identical or repeated at different conferences and every year? How many times has someone posted/tweeted something only to be told that someone else spoke/wrote about the same thing months or even years ago? How often are new speakers and actual new topics accepted and presented...

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Yesterday, I watched a pretty incredible documentary, which you've undoubtedly heard of, called Jiro Dreams of Sushi. To sum it up, the documentary is about an 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his business in the basement of a Tokyo office building, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. In the movie, the concept of shokunin is introduced to the viewer. I couldn't remember how the term was defined in the documentary so I took to the Internet. The best definition of shokunin I was able to find was by Tasio Odate: “The Japanese word shokunin is defined by...

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