Editor's note: Today we welcome Nathaniel Gleicher to Illumio as the company's first Head of Cybersecurity Strategy. We asked him why he joined Illumio, and here's what he told us:
The geography of the data center and the cloud favors attackers. Attackers can move quickly, exploit perimeter weaknesses to get inside, and be extremely difficult to contain once they’re in. If we can’t rebalance the playing field between defenders and attackers, all of our other innovations won’t change much—a marginal increase in security doesn’t help that much if you’re still an order of magnitude behind.
My goal in coming out to Silicon Valley was to join a company that was doing something innovative enough to break out of our existing models for cybersecurity, and correct this imbalance—to make defenders as fast and agile as attackers. The cool thing about Illumio is that it gives defenders strategic vision across their data centers and cloud deployment, and helps them react in real time to attackers. It’s the best architecture that I’ve seen to help defenders keep ahead of the attackers.