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Michelle Kung

Author: Michelle Kung

Michelle Kung currently works in startup content at AWS and was previously the head of content at Index Ventures. Prior to joining the corporate world, Michelle was a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal, the founding Business Editor at the Huffington Post, a correspondent for The Boston Globe, a columnist for Publisher’s Weekly and a writer at Entertainment Weekly.

Blue Hexagon Cybersecurity Fights Fire With Fire Using Deep Learning

Business technology may be growing increasingly complex, but when it comes to cybersecurity, it remains a game of cat and mouse. Hackers and cyber criminals are currently creating malware at an unprecedented level to infiltrate websites around the world, disrupt business, steal company secrets, shut down sites, and take customers’ information. In 2017 alone, over 120 million new malware samples were detected. And even if your business deploys state-of-the-art signature-based detection systems and malware sandboxing, it can quickly get overwhelmed by a daily deluge of new threats. Sunnyvale, Calif-based Blue Hexagon, however, thinks it’s cracked the problem.  

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Enveil Founder and CEO Ellison Anne Williams on How the Data Security Company Innovates

Based in the Washington, D.C. metro area, Enveil is a data security company that focuses on protecting Data in Use. In the words of CEO and Founder Ellison Anne Williams, the company is “an application that will deploy in any kind of environment to secure the data when it’s being used or processed” and its products have wide applicability over multiple verticals, including financial services, health care, and naturally, cloud security. 

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Gremlin CEO and Co-Founder Kolton Andrus on Chaos Engineering and Providing Failure as a Service

Gremlin CEO and Co-Founder Kolton Andrus wants you to think of his company as a flu shot. “We basically inject a little of harm [into your system] in order to find weak spots and build an immunity,” he says. “We proactively break things… to help make them stronger.” While Andrus notes that the idea of preparing for disaster isn’t new—”we were doing hardware failure testing in the 60s and 70s and people were writing papers about this in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s”—what they have noticed is that migrating to the Cloud has introduced new challenges.

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AI-Powered IT Analytics with Numerify

As IT companies change their infrastructure and deploy new systems to achieve chain success, they need to find new ways to reduce service costs and optimize resource utilization. Numerify is an AI-powered IT analytics company that provides businesses, such as Fortune 500 companies, with these solutions, using predictive analysis to gauge how likely it is that these changes will be successful. Numerify helps IT organizations succeed in progressing from planning to development to operations, and predicts end-to-end IT operations. Shekhar Rajvanshy, who runs engineering and DevOps for the company, discusses how Numerify pulls information from multiple sources and presents analytics “on a single pane of glass,” rather than as a data silo

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Keeping It Simple: 8 Securities CEO Mikaal Abdulla on Value and Data in Fintech

With booming growth and a focus on innovation, the fintech industry is clearly poised to see significant advancements in the near future. As customers—especially younger generations—gravitate toward the ease and efficiency of mobile options to satisfy their financial needs, even large institutions have begun adapting to meet demand by offering digital documentation and app-based banking functionality. Still, no one in the industry would argue that many of the nimblest new products come from the startup world, where forward-thinkers can build from the ground up. 8 Securities, a mobile-only investment service based in Hong Kong, is one such company looking to change the paradigm of finance.

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