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MDR Evolved – Randy Watkins – BH23 #1

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Randy  Watkins
Randy Watkins
Chief Technology Officer at Critical Start

Randy Watkins is the Chief Technology Officer at Critical Start, 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. 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. He was employee number five when he joined Critical Start in 2012.

Randy is also 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.


Bill Brenner
Bill Brenner
Senior Vice President, Audience Content Strategy at CyberRisk Alliance