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Robert Ackerman Jr.

Robert Ackerman Jr.

Founder and Managing Director, Allegis Capital

  • Cybersecurity Automation Is Coming to the Rescue

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on September 7, 2017

    Every now and then, it may seem as though the explosive growth of increasingly sophisticated, novel and successful cyberattacks is overwhelming. Who can keep up and fend off the attacks? Certainly not the federal government, and certainly not most major corporations. Further undermining a strong defensive posture is the swelling shortage of cybersecurity specialists– more than 1 million globally…

  • You Have to Know Plenty To Pursue a Cybersecurity Career – But Not Nearly Everything

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on August 21, 2017

    Ask a cybersecurity firm or a big financial services company with a huge cybersecurity staff what they’re looking for in new cybersecurity talent, and they will tick off their requirements in rapid-fire succession, barely stopping to take a breath. They want somebody with a bachelor’s degree in computer programming, computer science or computer engineering. They also want to see an academic…

  • Cyber Laws and Regulations Make Sense but Must Be Strengthened

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on June 23, 2017

    Almost everybody knows by now that many of our activities have become dependent upon computer systems, data networks and various electronic devices – and that the movement toward hyper connectivity confronts a relentless siege from constantly evolving cyber threats and vulnerabilities. Most companies have their hands full, and far too many are being breached despite their sharply heightened focus…

  • Cybersecurity Jobs Go Begging

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on March 27, 2017

    In an era in which we chronically hear about a profusion of new low-paying jobs, there is a challenging and diversified specialty – the cybersecurity professional– that pays well and offers good advancement potential. And yet, we can’t come close to filling the demand for these types of workers. Security pros protect critical information, which means they have an immediate impact on the…

  • Security and Privacy is Sometimes Suspect, but Growth of the Cloud Marches On

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on January 12, 2017

    We increasingly hear that the most-discussed computing paradigm, cloud computing – especially the public cloud -- is resuming its sharp rate of growth after a lull and poised to accelerate further. This is refreshing news in a world ever-more obsessed with security, underscoring that cloud purveyors are making progress in getting security right. The attractions of cloud computing are obvious to…

  • The Rise of Nation-State Cyber Attacks Makes Encryption More Crucial Than Ever

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on September 20, 2016

    No entity is immune from a cyber attack. A successful, jaw-dropping cyber assault against a seemingly impenetrable target occurred again last month. This time, the humbled target was the National Security Agency, the nation’s premier electronic eavesdropper. Three hundred megabytes of sophisticated code developed by the NSA to penetrate computer security systems was posted online for all to see. …

  • Small Business: Wake Up to Growing Cyber Threats

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on June 3, 2016

    A few months ago, Rokenbok Education, a Solana Beach, Calif., maker of educational toys, was facing perhaps the quintessential nightmare of the 21 st century. Cyber criminals had encrypted the company’s computer files, rendering them useless. The hackers were deploying ransomware. If Rokenbok wanted the data unlocked, it would have to pay a ransom. As the New York Times reported, the company…

  • The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 Is a Necessary Stake in the Ground

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on March 18, 2016

    The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 is approaching its three-month birthday, but you can be excused if you’re oblivious to that. After all, many people probably don’t know it even exists. Very quietly, the law—the first major piece of Congressional cybersecurity legislation, one designed to address the explosive growth of successful cyberattacks—was signed into law in mid-December 2015 by President…

  • A ‘Golden Key’ to Unlock Encryption Is the Wrong Approach

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on December 22, 2015

    This post in our VC-series comes from Robert R. Ackerman, Jr., the founder and managing director of Allegis Capital. It seems like an appealing strategy—give the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, as well as our spy organizations, a back door— a “golden key”—to unveil encrypted communications to help catch criminals and terrorists and protect Americans from harm. This is particularly…

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