A Venture Capitalist's 2018 OutlookTrident's Alberto Yépez on Hot Technologies and Market Trends
As a longtime investor in companies offering cybersecurity solutions, Alberto Yépez of Trident Capital Cybersecurity is most concerned by a lack of investment in one key area: replacing aged technologies that are supporting critical infrastructure industries, such as power utilities.
"The typical equipment that sits [within a power plant or manufacturing facility] is not the typical IBM or Oracle platform; it's equipment that has been built [and used] 30, 40, 50 years ago by industrial companies," says Yépez, co-founder and managing director of Trident. "Many of these platforms were not built to be interconnected, and many of them were not built with cybersecurity in mind. ... Over the next year we will become more aware of the real exposure we have."
In an interview with Information Security Media Group about the 2018 cybersecurity marketplace, as well as emerging threats and solutions, Yépez discusses:
- The current state of the cybersecurity market;
- The biggest technology paybacks of the past year;
- Hot trends and technologies to watch in 2018.
Yépez has played significant roles as an entrepreneurial and public company CEO, board member, large company senior executive, serial entrepreneur as well as angel and venture capital investor. In 2015, he co-founded Trident Capital Cybersecurity, a venture capital fund investing exclusively in cybersecurity companies. Earlier, he joined Trident Capital as a venture partner in 2008 to assist with cybersecurity investments. After the close of Trident Capital Fund 7 in 2010, he was promoted to managing director to continue to build the cybersecurity franchise. He led the investments in Solera Networks, AlienVault, BlueCat Networks and Mocana. In addition, he started working with Trident's Cybersecurity portfolio companies and joined the boards of Mojo Networks, HyTrust, Neohapsis (acquired by Cisco) and Qualys.