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MIT Sloan CIO Symposium: Security Sights and Sounds

I’m heading back from the 13th Annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Menlo Security was selected as a finalist in the 7th Annual Innovation Showcase. The Innovation Showcase "highlights 10 outstanding early-stage companies with cutting edge solutions that combine both value and innovation to Enterprise IT.”

We arrived early to hear Dean Schmittlein’s opening comments and attend some interesting panel discussions on digital ecosystems and next-gen privacy, security, and analytics.

With MIT Professor Stuart Madnick, Director, MIT Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Cybersecurity, and several prominent CISO’s from different industries, we shared an enlightening conversation over lunch. Our discussions centered upon the latest security trends and threats, as well as ethical and safety considerations of breach disclosures and information sharing. The insights provided by these industry veterans was illuminating and forward-thinking.

We then followed them to their panel presentation: Mitigating Cyber Risks in The Growing World of Interconnected Devices. Again, hearing more accounts from these people, whose organizations are under attack on a daily basis, is eye-opening.

At the Innovation Showcase that evening, we had non-stop conversations with attendees and provided demos of the Menlo Security Isolation Platform. There was great interest in our approach, and I never get tired of seeing people have that “aha!” moment, when they realize we’ve solved the web-based malware problem (I remember having a similar reaction the first time I saw the demo).



As for the hot topics at the symposium, noticeably absent were conversations and concerns around mobility, and surprisingly, cloud-migration was barely mentioned. What was top of mind for security professionals? Ransomware! The topic came up in nearly every panel we attended, and in every discussion we had with attendees. It is a clear and present threat to their organizations. The fact that Menlo Security can eliminate the threat of contracting ransomware from the web made our presence at the event even more relevant.


All in all it was a great event, and good to see so many C-level executives taking security so seriously.

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