Next Gen Threats, CTEM Essentials, & Proactive MDR – Randy Watkins, Paul Reid, Zaira Pirzada – ESW #361

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Randy Watkins
Chief Technology Officer at Critical Start

Randy Watkins is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Critical Start and an emerging thought-leader in the security industry. As CTO, Randy is responsible for designing and executing the company’s strategic technology initiatives, which includes defining the strategy and direction of Critical Start’s Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services delivered by the Zero-Trust Analytics Platform (ZTAP).

Previously, Randy served as Critical Start’s Director of Security Architecture, where he set the strategy for emerging vendor technologies, created the Defendable Network reference architecture, and set product direction for the company’s internally-developed Security Orchestration Automation and Response platform. Watkins was employee number five when he joined Critical Start in 2012.

Randy is a respected author and speaker on security trends and is well-versed in applying security technologies, in practical and meaningful ways, to improve risk management and security infrastructure for enterprise customers. He holds numerous security certifications in data analysis, data science, computer science, and leadership. Randy earned a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Security and an associate degree in Computer Networking Systems, both from ITT Technical Institute.

In his free time, Randy continues to contribute to the security community through his consultancy to security product manufacturers to help them drive value to the customer through their solutions.

Paul Reid
Global Head of Threat Intelligence at OpenText Cybersecurity

Paul Reid is Global Head of Threat Intelligence at OpenText Cybersecurity. A veteran of the complex, fast-paced world of cybersecurity, Paul has served as a technology strategist for more than two decades at innovative technology companies. Leveraging his deep expertise in cybersecurity, biometrics, network security, cryptography, and more, Paul helps guide customers, partners, industry analysts, and journalists through the intricate cybersecurity landscape. Most recently he led a team of cyber threat hunters leveraging behavioral analytics to find emerging threats in customer environments.

Paul is a frequent keynote speaker and has shared his perspectives at several prominent industry conferences including the NATO Information Assurance Symposium, SANS@Night, and Microsoft TechED. He is a published author in the Prentice Hall Series in Computer Networking and Distributed Systems. Paul also holds several patents in cybersecurity.

Zaira Pirzada
VP of Product Marketing at Hive Pro

Zaira Pirzada is the VP of Product Marketing at Hive Pro. Prior to joining Hive Pro, she was a Security Analyst with Gartner, Inc., covering the DLP, File Analysis, and Data Masking markets. Zaira was also featured on CBS as a main actress in the prime-time television show “Hunted”, Wired for her technical acumen, and is currently a popular-selling poet and performer.


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