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Ballistic's Barmak Meftah on Why Service Mesh Is the Future of Zero Trust Design
Barmak Meftah, co-founder and general partner, Ballistic Ventures

Organizations looking to adopt zero trust architectures are increasing pursuing service mesh rather than microsegmentation due to new innovations, said Ballistic Ventures General Partner Barmak Meftah.

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Microsegmentation excels at limiting the attack surface but comes with significant overhead expense, while service mesh offers a similar level of protection without anywhere near the same upfront costs, Meftah said. And in the API security space, Meftah said, startups have focused both on providing an end-to-end set of microservices as well as authenticating and authorizing APIs to interact with one another.

"I'm sure there are going to be emerging companies that are going to externalize the guts of these security controls to allow application developers to code to these APIs and build cyber features within the fabric of the software," Meftah said.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2023, Meftah also discusses:

  • The top threats startups are addressing around data protection and access control;
  • How the convergence of IT and OT has informed Ballistic's investment strategy;
  • Why early-stage investments are faring better than growth-stage investments.

Meftah mentors startup CEOs through the complexities and challenges of building great teams and companies. He has more than 25 years of experience building market-leading companies. Most recently, he served as the president of AT&T Cybersecurity.

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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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