The digital world is now perimeter-less and the practice of cybersecurity is rapidly shifting from centralized, to decentralized policy controls. Thus far, zero trust security initiatives have focused primarily on enforcing policies pertaining to identities, devices, networks, and apps. But what about the data itself? Simply stated, data is everyone's most valuable resource and it's constantly on the move; being downloaded, shared, copied, and modified here, there, and everywhere. You can’t afford to lock it down, and you can't afford to lose control of it. Join Virtru’s CTO & Co-Founder, Will Ackerly, and SVP & CMO, Matt Howard, as they discuss the importance of Zero Trust Data Access (ZTDA) and the benefits of adding policy controls that are capable of following sensitive data regardless of where it goes or how it is used.
Will is the CTO and Co-Founder of Virtru. Prior to founding Virtru, Will spent eight years at the National Security Agency (NSA) where he specialized in cloud analytics and security architecture—specifically protecting the agency’s in-house data transfers. During his tenure at the NSA, Will invented the Trusted Data Format (TDF), an open standard used today by various government agencies for the secure transfer of data and the technical foundation upon which Virtru was founded.
A proven executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years experience developing high-growth software companies, Matt serves as Virtu’s CMO and leads all aspects of the company’s go-to-market motion within the data protection and Zero Trust security ecosystems. Prior to Virtru, Matt served 6 years as SVP and CMO at Sonatype where he designed, built, and led global marketing and demand generation for a pioneer in software supply chain management and DevOps automation. Earlier in his career, Matt co-founded, developed, and successfully sold two software companies. He also led sales and marketing at USinternetworking (acquired by AT&T) and Groove Networks (acquired by Microsoft). Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University and a Master of Arts from George Mason University.