On The Next Ed TALKS

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 1:00 pm ET

In recent years the cybersecurity industry enjoyed high valuations, rapid growth, and the creation of many ‘unicorns.’ However, the industry has also had its fair share of overhyped expense/debt-laden companies. Cybersecurity investors have pumped the brakes with a global economic slowdown and generational inflation. Path-to-profitability has quickly become a paramount metric, once de-prioritized for growth, often despite massive losses.

Attend to hear how today’s technology and investment trends are changing the way we operate in cybersecurity.


Meet This Month’s Panelists

Ron Gula
President and Co-Founder,
Gula Tech Adventures

Ron is a pioneer in cybersecurity. He wrote Dragon, the first commercial network intrusion detection system (IDS.) After selling his company to Enterasys Networks, Ron co-founded Tenable which he ran as CEO until their IPO in 2018. For the past 5+ years he’s served as President and co-Founder of Gula Tech Adventures, a unique platform that invests in companies and nonprofits that defend the USA in cyberspace. Ron is a US military veteran, having served as US Air Force Captain working for the National Security Agency (NSA).

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Maria Lewis Kussmaul
Co-Founder and Head, Cybersecurity,
Investment Banking, AGC

Maria has established herself and AGC Partners as the go-to investment banking firm in cybersecurity. She co-founded the company in 2003 and over the last 19 years AGC has successfully closed nearly 500 deals. She runs AGC’s annual conferences in London, Boston, San Francisco, and Las Vegas which bring over 3K people together annually to discuss M&A strategies and partnership in tech and cybersecurity industries. She is active in the Boston area cybersecurity and STEM worlds, serving as a board member of the Boston Museum of Science and advisor to Mass Tech’s Cyber Center.

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Aric Perminter
Founder and Chairman,
Lynx Technology Partners

Aric is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and private investor. In 2009 he founded Lynx Technology Partners, a full service cybersecurity consulting firm that offers a comprehensive GRC SaaS product. In 2015, he co-founded ICMCP (International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals) which later rebranded to Cyversity, a leading non-profit dedicated to help improve the lives of women and under-represented minorities in the cybersecurity industry. Earlier in his career, Aric was a Corporal in the US Army.

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David York, Vice President & CISO, Allegion

About Ed TALKS

For two decades, I’ve been fortunate to have crossed paths with respected industry luminaries and practitioners. On a regular basis, I invite them to discuss practical approaches to securing the software ecosystem based on today’s realities: complex tech stacks, evolving threats, motivated attackers, mounting regulations, and unsettling skill gaps.

Come join us. You may laugh, cry, reflect, or learn – just like your relationship with security. Either way, Ed TALKS will be: engaging, realistic, and diverse.

About Ed Adams

Ed is a software quality and security expert with 25+ years of experience. He is a Ponemon Institute Research Fellow, Privacy by Design Ambassador, Forbes Technology Council Member, and recipient of SC Magazine Reboot Leadership Awards.

Ed sits on the board of The International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals (ICMCP) and is a BoSTEM Advisory Committee member. He has moderated panels at RSA Conference, BlackHat, Ponemon RIM, and others – and thoroughly loves it.

Diversity of Ed TALKS Panelists
Historically underrepresented groups including women and BIPOC.
Hail from places including Jamaica, Ukraine, India, Philippines, Serbia, and Portugal.
Engineering, CISOs, Operations, IT, Product Management, GRC, Analysts, and more.

Ed TALKS Has Welcomed Panelists from Top Fortune 500 Companies

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