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Secure Ventures with Kyle McNulty

85 episodes - English - Latest episode: 1 day ago - ★★★★★ - 49 ratings

Kyle McNulty interviews cutting-edge founders in the cyber security space to understand their plights, glories, and revolutionary products.

New episodes are published every other Tuesday.

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Dawn Capital: Henry Mason on the European Cybersecurity Ecosystem

November 28, 2023 15:00 - 38 minutes - 87.3 MB

Henry: Partner at Dawn Capital, which recently raised the largest early stage tech fund in Europe at $700M Previously worked at the Ministry of Justice in the UK Started his career as a consultant with Farsight Consulting Check out the episode for our discussion on regional differences between European cybersecurity markets, expansion overseas, and more.

Kikrr: Mariana Padilla on Expediting Cybersecurity Pre-sales

November 14, 2023 14:00 - 36 minutes - 83.2 MB

Mariana: Co-founder and CEO of Kikrr, providing on-demand opportunities for cybersecurity practitioners to try new products Previously founded a digital marketing agency Started her career working as a teacher Check out the episode for our discussion on transitioning to a cybersecurity founder from teaching, building a two-sided marketplace, and monetizing sales teams as opposed to cybersecurity practitioners.

Horizon3: Snehal Antani on Company Values and Autonomous Penetration Testing

October 31, 2023 14:00 - 54 minutes - 126 MB

Snehal: Co-founder and CEO of Horizon3, providing autonomous penetration testing capabilities Ex-CTO of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Ex-CTO of Splunk Worked under CIO at GE Capital Worked under CTO at IBM Check out the episode for our conversation about veterans in cybersecurity, how Snehal applied lessons from JSOC to Horizon3, how Snehal thinks about being a late-career founder, and more!

Dope Security: Kunal Agarwal on building a "dope" cybersecurity product

October 17, 2023 14:00 - 39 minutes - 91.1 MB

Kunal: Founder and CEO of, building a secure web gateway solution that makes security practitioners say "that's dope" Previously worked in product management at Symantec and then Forcepoint Produces animated videos on Youtube which have gained over 60M views Check out the episode for our conversation on co-founder compatibility, secure web gateways vs. secure browsers, what it means to build a "dope" product, and more.

Greynoise: Andrew Morris on Honeypots for Threat Intelligence

October 03, 2023 14:00 - 53 minutes - 122 MB

Andrew: CEO and founder of Greynoise, providing threat intelligence classifying standard internet noise Previously worked on the R&D team at the cyber intelligence company Endgame (later acquired by Elastic in 2019) Dropped out of high school and never finished or attended college Check out the episode for our conversation on the cybersecurity equivalent of waiting tables, the merits of a high school diploma, and the mechanisms behind the Greynoise threat intelligence model. https://www...

VulnCheck: Anthony Bettini on Converting Vulnerabilities to Exploit Intelligence

September 19, 2023 14:00 - 49 minutes - 112 MB

Anthony: CEO and founder of VulnCheck, going beyond just vulnerabilities to share exploit intelligence Previously founded FlawCheck, one of the original container security companies, which he sold to Tenable Previously founded Appthority, an early mobile app security company, which was acquired by Symantec Check out the episode for our conversation on his lessons and themes after founding three companies and why he completely ignores the competitive landscape.

Ex Sr. Director for White House Cybersecurity Policy - AJ Grotto

September 05, 2023 13:00 - 45 minutes - 105 MB

AJ: Director of the Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance program at the Stanford Cyber policy center Previously Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the White House from 2015 to 2017, covering two administrations Was an adviser for Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on cybersecurity measures Senior staff on the Senate Intelligence Committee overseeing budget and operations for NSA Started his career as a National Security Analyst at the Center for American Progress in 2003 ...

TLV Partners: Brian Sack on the Israeli Cybersecurity Ecosystem

August 22, 2023 13:00 - 34 minutes - 78.9 MB

Brian: Principal at TLV Partners focusing on enterprise software and cybersecurity, joined when the fund first started in 2015 Previously worked at Square Peg Capital also in Israel Born in South Africa and worked in Australia for Grant Thornton before moving to Israel for Square Peg In this episode Brian and I discuss the Israeli cybersecurity startup ecosystem. Given the number of founders I interview from Israel, I thought it would be valuable for the audience and myself to dive deepe...

Ox Security: Neatsun Ziv on Software Supply Chain Threat Contextualization

August 09, 2023 10:00 - 38 minutes - 88.1 MB

Neatsun: CEO and founder of Ox Security, providing prioritization insights for software supply chain vulnerability management Previously VP at Checkpoint for a decade Founded Vanadium, an EDR company, which he ran for 8 years Check out the episode for our discussion on his lessons from Vanadium applied to Ox and how threat modeling applies to the software supply chain. Links:

Best-of: Bruce Schneier on AI in Cybersecurity (2021)

July 25, 2023 14:00 - 36 minutes - 83.2 MB

This is a rerun of an episode recorded in July 2021. In the episode, Bruce and I discuss his views on AI and how it may fundamentally change the security landscape for attackers and defenders. He mentions the key steps we need to take as a society to best guide AI innovation. Two years later, it is interesting to reflect on how we have performed according to his guidelines.

NetRise: Thomas Pace on Firmware Security for IoT

July 11, 2023 12:00 - 42 minutes - 97.9 MB

Tom: CEO and Founder of NetRise, identifying vulnerabilities in firmware through building SBOMs Ex-VP at Blackberry after the Cylance acquisition Previously worked as a cyber analyst at the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve where he first learned about the gaps in IoT security solutions Check out the episode for our discussion on software vs. firmware SBOMs, whether tools are valuable if there are no clear remediation steps, and how IoT is addressed differently than other device types. htt...

Salem Cyber: Jon Bagg on Virtual SOC Analysts

June 27, 2023 12:00 - 46 minutes - 107 MB

Jon: Founder and CEO of Salem Cyber, building a virtual SOC analyst Previously Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton Started his career at Verizon as a network and SIEM engineer Check out the episode for our discussion about the automation capabilities available to a moden SOC and what gaps are left after applying SOAR tools.

Dark Sky Technology: Michael Mehlberg on Comprehensive Open Source Software Security

June 13, 2023 14:00 - 36 minutes - 83.7 MB

Mike: CEO and co-founder at Dark Sky Technologies, building a suite of products to address open source insecurity Previously VP of Product at Arxan and Microsemi Previously Senior Director of Business Development at Cryptography Research Inc Previously VP of Marketing at Star Lab Combined two decades of experience in cybersecurity! Check out the episode for our discussion on gaining exposure across a variety of business units, supplementing software composition analysis (SCA) with addi...

Oligo: Gal Elbaz on Hacking Instagram and Software Supply Chain Security

May 30, 2023 13:00 - 40 minutes - 91.7 MB

Gal: CTO and co-founder at Oligo, providing a runtime solution for software supply chain security Worked at Checkpoint for 7 years Started his security journey in the IDF Met his co-founders as a child, and they conspired to start a company together for decades before launching Oligo! Check out the episode for our discussion of his hack of instagram, how Oligo gets creative with reaching inundated CISOs, and how AI has changed the software supply chain landscape. https://www.oligo.secu...

LimaCharlie: Maxime Lamothe-Brassard on Cybersecurity Middleware for Incident Response

May 16, 2023 13:00 - 36 minutes - 83.7 MB

Maxime: CEO and founder at LimaCharlie, middleware for cybersecurity application integration for incident response Previously worked for Google, Crowdstrike, and Canada's department of defense Check out the episode for our discussion on the challenges of building your own security workflows, automation adoption journeys, and how the larger cybersecurity automation world is evolving.

Anzenna: Ganesh Krishnan on Contextual Learning for Cyber Workforce Development

May 02, 2023 13:00 - 31 minutes - 71.5 MB

Ganesh: CEO and founder at Anzenna, providing contextual learning opportunities to improve employees' cybersecurity training Previously founded Avid Secure, one of the original CSPM companies, which he sold to Sophos in 2019 Joined Sophos as a VP of engineering and worked there for the last three years prior to launching Anzenna Check out the episode for our discussion on the sale of Avid Secure at the very beginning of the CSPM boom, what contextual learning entails in the workforce dev...

Oak9: Aakash Shah on Modern Security Architecture Design and Security as Code

April 18, 2023 14:00 - 39 minutes - 90.3 MB

Aakash: CTO and co-founder at Oak9, helping organizations build secure architecture models using security as code blueprints Previously a security architect for major healthcare and health insurance companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield Feature speaker at RSA 2023 talking about the security as code construct Check out the episode for our conversation about the importance of security architecture as opposed to just security configurations and the value stemming from secure cloud infras...

HiddenLayer: Chris Sestito on ML/AI Security Incidents and Defense Capabilities

April 04, 2023 17:03 - 34 minutes - 78.4 MB

Tito: CEO and Founder of HiddenLayer, securing organizations building or using machine learning models Previously VP of Engineering at Qualys Previously Senior Director of Data Science at Agari Previously Director of Threat Research at Cylance when they were hit by a model inference attack back in 2019 Fun fact: The HiddenLayer co-founders have worked together for the last five years! Check out the episode for our conversation about real-world attacks against machine learning models, t...

C2A Security: Roy Fridman on Modern Automobile Security

March 21, 2023 15:00 - 39 minutes - 45.6 MB

Roy: CEO of C2A Security, providing a host of solutions to secure modern automobiles Previously VP of Foretellix, a leader in autonomous vehicle simulation testing Strongly believes increased security is a core requirement for autonomous vehicle adoption Check out the episode for our conversation about how cars can be exploited, what companies can do about it, and how charging stations and autonomous vehicles present new threats.

Akto: Ankita Gupta on API Security and Building Products Engineers Love

March 07, 2023 16:00 - 32 minutes - 74.3 MB

Ankita: CEO and co-founder at, building an API security product for engineers to love Previously was Chief of Staff to the CEO at CleverTap, where she met her co-founder Ankush Worked at VMware for several years where she developed her knowledge of the cybersecurity space Check out the episode for our conversation on what it means to build a security product engineers love and how Akto is rethinking the traditional cybersecurity sales cycle.

Phylum: Pete Morgan on Software Supply Chain Vulnerabilities

February 21, 2023 16:00 - 37 minutes - 86 MB

Pete: CSO and co-founder at Phylum, securing software supply chains beyond just known CVEs Previously founded and led Clever Security, a security focused R&D shop and consultancy Ex-VP at Optiv and Accuvant Check out the episode for our conversation on the range of vulnerabilities in the software supply chain and how major events like the Ukraine war can impact the public trust of open-source packages.

Datatribe: John Funge on Building Successful Security Products

February 07, 2023 14:00 - 31 minutes - 72.2 MB

John: Managing director at Datatribe, focusing on applying his success to help build great products Three exits from companies he founded! Check out the episode for our discussion on the Datatribe model and why it was compelling to him as an accomplished founder, as well as some of his top lessons for building successful cybersecurity products.

OnShore Security: Stel Valavanis on Running a Security Company for 30 Years

January 24, 2023 14:00 - 40 minutes - 93.6 MB

Stel: CEO and founder of OnShore Security, providing technology-enabled cybersecurity services for companies of all sizes CEO of OnShore since 1991, and he has sold off parts of the company three separate times Physics lover, artist, musician, and more! Check out the episode for our discussion on growing a technology enabled services business, managing spin-offs, and staying inspired by a business for over 30 years.

Surf Security: Moty Jacob on Secure Browsers

January 10, 2023 14:00 - 33 minutes - 78 MB

Moty: CEO and co-founder of Surf Security, building a security focused browser to replace VPNs and VDI Over 25 years of security practitioner experience including three stints as CISO Fun fact: I initially stumbled on the company because I’m an avid surfer and was shocked to see the name. Turns out they were working on some neat stuff too! Check out the episode for our discussion on the secure browser competitive landscape, what features customers are actually using right now, and how Mo...

BalanceTheory: Greg Baker on Cybersecurity Knowledge Management

December 27, 2022 14:00 - 44 minutes - 102 MB

Greg: CEO and co-founder of BalanceTheory, helping organizations consume security knowledge effectively and efficiently Previously co-founded Decision Lab which was sold to Optiv Won the 2022 DataTribe cybersecurity start-up challenge which led to a $3M seed round Check out the episode for our discussion on cybersecurity knowledge bases, shared information across organizations, and focusing on an MVP.

Kondukto: Cenk Kalpakoglu on Turkey's Market, Leaving the Family Business, and AppSec Automation

December 13, 2022 14:00 - 36 minutes - 84.1 MB

Cenk: CEO and co-founder of Kondukto, helping automate and centralize application security remediation Worked on several businesses with his father, a key inspiration in his career as we discuss in the episode Told me after the episode he had been bedridden from food poisoning in the days leading up to the interview! Check out the episode for our conversation about the cybersecurity market in Turkey, when and why he left the family business to start Kondukto, and how Kondukto is looking ...

CyberOwl: Dan Ng on Maritime Security and Choosing a Customer Segment

November 29, 2022 12:00 - 38 minutes - 88.5 MB

Dan: CEO and co-founder of CyberOwl, asset management for maritime security Previously spent 10 years at KPMG across tax and strategy Was courted for months before deciding to help co-found CyberOwl In the episode, we talk more about why the team decided to target maritime security, targeting a new customer segment via clustering, how they manage their product roadmap with aspirations to expand beyond maritime, and much more. Links: Shashank Tiwari on the Future Role of AI in Security Operations

November 15, 2022 14:01 - 35 minutes - 82.3 MB

Shashank: CEO and founder of, leveraging AI for story stitching and root cause analysis in security operations Ex VP of Engineering at StackRox Advisor, investor, expert-in-residence, and more! Check out the episode for our discussion on how uno is rethinking traditional approaches to security operations. Links:

Sonrai Security: Eric Kedrosky on being a Security Vendor CISO

November 01, 2022 13:00 - 39 minutes - 90 MB

Eric: CISO at Sonrai Security, a leader in cloud native security Ex-director of security and IT at Verafin Almost 20 years of experience in cybersecurity Check out the episode for our discussion on the unique elements of his dual-role and his quick-hit thoughts on what’s next for cloud security. Links:

Ron Gula: Lessons for Networking in Cybersecurity

October 18, 2022 13:00 - 35 minutes - 82.1 MB

Ron: President of Gula Tech Adventures, $100M self-funded VC firm Ex-CEO and Co-founder of Tenable, valued at over $7B at its peak in April Co-founder of Network Security Wizards, which created one of the first commercialized Network Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) Networking expert! Check out the episode for our conversation on how to approach networking with a goal-based mindset, the importance of authenticity, and leveraging topic experts.

RealDefense: Gary Guseinov on Security Holding Companies

October 04, 2022 13:00 - 41 minutes - 95.3 MB

Gary: CEO of RealDefense, a consumer security conglomerate with over 100 million users Ex-CEO and Founder of CyberDefender, which he grew to over $100 million in annual revenue Ex-CEO of Business Hangouts, the #1 enterprise video software for Google Suite Check out the episode for our conversation on the value of cash-flowing cybersecurity businesses, the strategy of acquiring a portfolio of products, and the opportunities in consumer security. Links: RealDefense: https://www.realdefen...

FleetDM: Mike McNeill on the BEST Way to Monetize a Product (Open Core)

September 20, 2022 13:00 - 41 minutes - 96.4 MB

Mike: Founder at FleetDM, helping organizations manage and optimize their OSquery deployments Previously founded Sails.js, the most popular MVC framework for node.js, with over 50 million downloads per year A strong believer in Open Source and Open Core software products Check out the episode for our conversation on open source security software, pivoting from an open source contributor to a full-time founder, and more! Links: GitLab article about Open Core: https...

Brad Laporte and Rob Smith on Trends with Security Analyst Firms (e.g. Gartner)

September 06, 2022 13:00 - 43 minutes - 88.5 MB

Rob: Managing director at Lionfish Tech Advisors, providing security solution advisory services 8 year veteran of Gartner, leading Endpoint Security, Remote Access, and more 3-time founder Brad: Advisor at Lionfish Previously senior product manager at Dell, IBM, and Acquia Veteran of Gartner, leading Endpoint Security and Threat Intelligence Check out the episode for our discussion on the state of industry research via firms like Gartner and how the market is adapting with other alte...

Sprinto: Girish Redekar on Rapid Product Iteration and Security Questionnaire Standards

August 23, 2022 13:00 - 42 minutes - 98.7 MB

Girish: Co-founder of Sprinto, a continuous compliance and security platform for cloud and on-prem.  Previously co-founder at RecruiterBox which was acquired by TurnRiver Capital in 2018 Both him and his co-founder Raghu didn't know how to code when they first started launching businesses! Check out the episode for our discussion on iterating through product ideas in just a few months, the current state of security questionnaire standards, and much more. Links: Sprinto: N...

NorthStar: Alex Moss on Pivoting a Consulting Business to a Product

August 09, 2022 15:00 - 48 minutes - 111 MB

Alex: Co-founder and CEO of NorthStar, a risk-based vulnerability management platform Extensive experience in consulting both in security and contracts management (when he had to leave security to avoid a conflict of interest while building NorthStar after hours) Check out the episode for our discussion on pivoting a consulting business and risk contextualization. Links:

Cyera: Yotam Segev on Startup Idea Validation and Securing Data in the Cloud

July 26, 2022 15:00 - 42 minutes - 97.8 MB

Yotam: Founder and CEO of Cyera, a cloud data security platform Graduate of Israel's elite training program, Talpiot, which accepts just 50 people each year from 10,000 applicants Backed by both Sequoia AND Accel Check out the episode for our discussion on deciding to found a company without an idea, customer validation, and data security in the cloud. Links: Cyera: NorthStar: | Reach out at [email protected] 

Polymer: Yasir Ali on DLP for your SaaS Ecosystem

July 12, 2022 15:00 - 36 minutes - 75.7 MB

Yasir: Founder and CEO of Polymer, a DLP tool for your SaaS ecosystem Previously founded DVega, an enterprise consulting business Ex-mortgage bond trader Check out the episode for our discussion on the insecurity in SaaS platforms and how DLP can work effectively in this space. Links: Polymer: Aspiron Search: | Reach out at [email protected]

Lighter Capital: Melissa Widner | Revenue-based Financing and Economic Conditions

June 28, 2022 15:00 - 33 minutes - 76.1 MB

Melissa: CEO of Lighter Capital, a pioneering firm in revenue-based financing Previously a VC Partner for 17 years Ex-CEO of 7Software which was acquired by Concur Founder of Heads over Heels, a strategic networking group to help female leaders in high-growth companies Check out the episode for our discussion on revenue based financing as an alternative to traditional VC and how founders can prepare for the upcoming economic conditions. Links: Lighter Capital: https://www.lightercapit...

#BCS Enquire: Bilal Baloch | Global Knowledge Networks and Nation-state Decision Making

June 21, 2022 15:00 - 24 minutes - 56.2 MB

Bilal: Co-founder and COO of Enquire, connecting subject matter experts with the individuals making the most important decisions in the world PhD from Oxford in political science Published author Check out the episode for our discussion on global knowledge networks, nation-state decision-making, and the need for the propagation of cybersecurity expertise. Links:

#BCS Enquire: Bilal Baloch | Global Knowledge Networks and Strategic Decision Making

June 21, 2022 15:00 - 24 minutes - 56.2 MB

Bilal: Co-founder and COO of Enquire, connecting subject matter experts with the individuals making the most important decisions in the world PhD from Oxford in political science Published author Check out the episode for our discussion on global knowledge networks, strategic decision-making, and the need for the propagation of cybersecurity expertise. Links:

#BCS Racktop: Eric Bednash | Data-centric Zero-Trust and Realtime Ransomware Protection at the Data Layer

June 21, 2022 15:00 - 31 minutes - 72.5 MB

Eric: CEO and founder of Racktop, providing realtime data protection capabilities by monitoring and restricting activity at the data level Was doing zero-trust before it was cool! We discuss how security mechanisms today are missing a level of depth at the data itself, how Racktop protects ransomware in real-time, building behavioral analytics capabilities for data, and how zero-trust concepts fit into the picture. Links:

Corsha: Chris Simkins | Counterespionage and MFA for APIs

June 14, 2022 15:01 - 47 minutes - 109 MB

Chris: CEO and founder of Corsha, providing multi-factor authentication for API requests Previously worked at the DOJ as a national security adviser including counterespionage Lawyer - still provides legal consulting work Check out the episode for our discussion on espionage in the tech industry, API security mechanisms, and how API MFA works with Corsha. Links: Corsha: CFIUS:

#BCS nopsec: Lisa Xu | Vulnerability Management Today and Tomorrow

June 07, 2022 15:00 - 26 minutes - 60.6 MB

Lisa: CEO and founder of nopsec, contextualizing vulnerability information across your entire corporate environment  Ex consultant from Accenture and KPMG Global trekker having been to over 30 countries! From Blu Ventures' Cyber Summit, we discuss the contextualization challenges with vulnerability management, the role of vulnerability scanners with modern integration platforms, and the future of VM programs. Links:

Apiiro: Idan Plotnik | Application Security Risk Contextualization and the RSAC Innovation Sandbox Challenge

May 31, 2022 15:00 - 48 minutes - 112 MB

Idan: CEO and co-founder of Apiiro, securing software supply chains for cloud native applications Founder and CEO of Aorato which was acquired by Microsoft Founder of a cybersecurity services company Fellow surfer! Check out the episode for our discussion on contextualizing application security risk, acquisition decision-making, and RSA's Innovation Sandbox challenge. Links:

Perygee: Mollie Breen | IoT Security from Blu Cyber Summit

May 24, 2022 15:00 - 25 minutes - 61.9 MB

Mollie: CEO and founder of Perygee, helping companies securely manage IoT devices while still adhering to business constraints Previously a mathematician at the NSA - she can't tell you or she'd have to kill you Check out the episode for our discussion on the NSA's (semi) secret startup incubator, common problems with IoT security, how IoT security differs across industries, and more. Links: Perygee:

Tines: Thomas Kinsella | Tech Employers, Security Automation, and No-Code Workflows

May 17, 2022 15:00 - 45 minutes - 105 MB

Thomas: COO and Co-founder of Tines, simplifying the automation of complex workflows through a no-code platform Led Security Operations at DocuSign during their IPO in 2018 Champion of Ireland's cybersecurity ecosystem Check out the episode for our discussion on choosing a tech employer, the impact of an IPO on security capabilities, and the fundamental ideas and features that make Tines so compelling to security teams.  Links: Tines: Tines Jobs:

TallPoppy: Leigh Honeywell | Security cultures, social impact, and online harassment

May 03, 2022 15:00 - 43 minutes - 99.6 MB

Leigh:  CEO and Founder of TallPoppy, helping protect people from online harassment and related hacks Social impact driven, evidenced by her time with the ACLU Premier tech company resume including Slack, Microsoft, and Heroku Check out the episode for our discussion on Leigh's transition from tech to the ACLU to TallPoppy, the overlap between online harassment and targeted hacks, and the responsibility companies have in protecting their employees in their personal time. Links: Schneie...

Authomize: Gal Diskin

April 19, 2022 15:00 - 36 minutes - 84.1 MB

Gal: Co-founder and CTO at Authomize - now in his fifth run as a founder! Founded Cyvera which sold to Palo Alto for $200 million Founded Hexponent which was acquired in just 8 months Founded and led Intel's software security division where he oversaw 120 people Listen to the episode for more! We discuss consulting as a way of marketing your start-up, Gal's legacy as a founder, and the technical challenges in building Authomize. Enjoy!

Devo: Marc van Zadelhoff

April 05, 2022 15:00 - 47 minutes - 110 MB

Marc: CEO of Devo, valued at $1.5B in late 2021 Previously COO of Logmein, valued at over $4B when they were taken private in 2020 Co-founder and CEO of IBM's Security business unit (8,000 people) MBA from Wharton Listen to the episode for our discussion on the formation of IBM security, the challenges with taking over a company and team during COVID, and current market conditions in the security space as told by a CEO that lives and breathes this market.

DomainTools: Tim Chen

March 22, 2022 15:00 - 42 minutes - 98.1 MB

Tim: CEO of DomainTools for over a decade Previously started four start-ups in a single year Ex Wall Street and ex Silicon Valley Listen to the episode for our discussion on breaking into the technology industry, choosing organic vs. accelerated growth, and leveraging advisors for sound strategy.