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Linda DiMario Interviews Stuart McClure on the Evolution of Cylance Blackberry

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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As a feature of OCTANe’s May Technology Innovation Forum (TIF), the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Executive Vice President Linda DiMario interviewed Cylance CEO and Founder Stuart McClure on the origins of Cylance and how Blackberry fits into the Irvine-based organization’s portfolio.

With the focus of this year’s TIF on business applications of the modern workforce and modern life, McClure provided timely insights into how businesses can adapt and scale with the changing technology landscape. McClure said his goal was to change how decisions are made in cybersecurity and that a collaboration provided a viable foundation to achieve that goal.

“While Cylance is threat-based, and while many people have misconceptions about Blackberry, it actually has threat defense capabilities and is compliance-driven, making the collaboration [between the two organizations] complimentary. The collaboration was an accelerant to achieving the organization’s mission,” McClure told the audience in response to a question from DiMario.

McClure said he used a holistic-solutions approach to use machine learning—a new form of decision making—to allow computers to learn how hackers work and how they breach systems. From there, he sought to deliver products and services on the endpoint—on devices where the end user interfaces with data.

“It was such a joy to interview Stuart. His ability to talk about Cylance through the lens of his personal experience, expertise, and life philosophy makes for a very compelling story that hopefully inspires others,” DiMario said.

DiMario asked McClure why he decided to locate in Irvine. McClure answered it was because of the superior quality of life Irvine and Orange County offer, and the available, highly-skilled talent pool from UCI and other Southern California universities, allowing Cylance the opportunity to draw early talent as well as more experienced talent.

“Orange County can be the epicenter for artificial intelligence, it’s investing in cybersecurity startups,” he said.

Other featured TIF speakers were:

  • Reynolds Bish, CEO, Kofax
  • Ray Grainger, CEO, Mavenlink
  • Emile Haddad, Chairman & CEO, FivePoint
  • Kim Kovacs, President, Los Angeles Venture Association; CEO, MyJane
  • Dean Stoecker, Chairman & CEO, Alteryx
  • Gene Sykes, Co-chairman, Global Mergers and Acquisitions; Co-chairman, Global Technology, Media and Telecom Group, Goldman Sachs
  • Lori Torres, CEO, Parcel Pending

OCTANe’s Technology Innovation Forum is the largest conference in Southern California focused on high-growth technology innovation and investment.  With over 850 attendees ranging from small- to medium-sized businesses, to entrepreneurs, industry executives, strategic partners, qualified investors, and academicians, TIF brings the entire tech ecosystem together for a two-day, content-rich forum. OCTANe has created one of the nation’s most dynamic ecosystems to drive technology industry growth in Orange County by connecting ideas and people with resources and capital. It’s the one place where entrepreneurs, investors, executives, academics, clinicians, and business advisors come together to collaborate, create, and grow.

Category: Chamber News, Business News

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