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Lacework CEO on How to Prioritize Cloud Infrastructure Risks

Jay Parikh on Using Attack Path Analysis to Sift Through Cloud Infrastructure Risks
Jay Parikh, CEO, Lacework (Image: Lacework)

Lacework has debuted an attack path analysis tool to help organizations understand the havoc specific threats could wreak within their cloud infrastructure, says CEO Jay Parikh.

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Businesses must deal with an ever-changing cloud environment due to new application development, configuration updates and new offerings from the cloud service providers, resulting in a shifting attack surface, according to Parikh. He says Lacework takes both an outside-in and an inside-out view to help customers prioritize which risk elements inside their infrastructure should be addressed first (see: Lacework's Kate MacLean on Securing Users Across Many Clouds).

"There's always more stuff to investigate, more stuff to fix, more stuff to organize and to report on than there are capable people on your team to do it all," Parikh says. "Our data-driven approach here really drives efficiency and effectiveness for these teams so they can prioritize what they should focus their time on to understand and remediate different areas of risk in their environment."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Parikh also discusses:

  • What makes Lacework's approach to CNAPP stand apart from competitors;
  • The impact of layoffs in May on Lacework's R&D and technology strategy;
  • Why Lacework will move forward with one CEO after David Hatfield's exit.

Parikh joined Lacework in July 2021 as co-CEO and has served as the company's sole CEO since October. He previously spent more than 11 years as vice president of engineering at Facebook, where he led the engineering and operations teams responsible for building and maintaining infrastructure that serves more than 1 billion users, developers and partners worldwide. Prior to Facebook, Parikh was senior vice president of engineering and operations at Ning, where he oversaw the scaling of the company's social networking platform from 50,000 to more than 1.5 million social networks. Before Ning, he was vice president of engineering at Akamai Technologies, where he helped build the world's largest and most globally distributed computing platform. Parikh also worked as a senior consulting engineer at NetGravity and began his career as a consultant at Andersen Consulting - now Accenture.


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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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