Jacob W.

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 Name: Jacob W.  Years in Security Industry: 10
 Title: CTO, Fortify Products  RSA Conferences Attended: 7

What aspect of your job gets you up in the morning?
Working with people who are smarter than me.

Biggest security concern:
Repeating the mistakes we made with the Internet in the 90s with mobile in the 2010s

Big Data – hype or not?
Just like cloud, mobile, web services, and every other cliché hype term we've heard in the industry the word is hype, but where there's smoke there's fire. The more we invest in computing and the ubiquitous it becomes, the more our ability to make sense of and act on data will be critical. This isn't a new fact, just one that's becoming more important.

Why do you attend RSA® Conference:
(1) The best content in the industry and (2) the best people in the industry.

All-time favourite RSA Conference keynote:
Hugh Thompson (always)

Most memorable career moment?

Publishing my book, Secure Programming with Static Analysis, in 2007.

Best advice ever received:
You have more influence than you realise, take advantage of it!

Most important mentor and why:
Brian Chess helped me build a career in security and taught me everything I know about building world-class teams and software products.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A nature photographer and an artist.

What does "Security in knowledge: Mastering data, Securing the world" mean to you?
Attackers have the advantage of time and numbers. The only advantage defenders have is access to information. How they aggregate and act on those data is key to their security overall.

Biggest professional challenge?
Age discrimination (people not taking me seriously).

Why you're in the security industry?
It's an important and challenging field with lots of innovation!

First job:
I worked part-time in an antique store when I was 10 in exchange for stone cutting and jewellery making lessons.

PC or Mac?
Mac

Blackberry, Android or iPhone?
iPhone

What industry-wide changes need to happen in order to improve how security organisations work together?
Demand. Enterprises and consumers need to make security and collaboration on security a priority for the organisations they do business with.

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