Why Nominated: With over 20 years of experience, Grobman has held numerous technical and cybersecurity leadership positions over the years. In these various roles – from his time as an Intel Fellow to his current position setting the technical and strategic directions for McAfee’s next-generation cyberdefense and data science technologies, threat and vulnerability research, and internal CISO and IT organizations, Grobman has spearheaded a plethora of initiatives to support and educate the wider industry on an array of pressing cybersecurity-related challenges.
Profile: To better educate professionals about the ways cyberdefense capabilities can become less effective over time, he created the “Grobman Curve.” Unlike software development cycles that show resulting products improving over time due to their incremental updates, cybersecurity offerings often go the opposite route because attackers swiftly develop methods to defeat them. As such, organizations looking for the strongest security controls often reap the most success when adopting and deploying solutions early, the Grobman suggests in his theory.
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