January 20, 2016

BostInno

Yahoo and Actifio Vets Might Have the Next Big Thing in Cybersecurity

Cybric says it's developing the fastest way to stop security threats

Waltham’s Actifio has become a billion-dollar unicorn by helping to revolutionize one key area of IT, data storage, with virtualization. Essentially the approach frees data from the physical infrastructure itself, and makes storage far easier and cheaper.

Now, a team brought together by Actifio is working to use virtualization to transform another critical segment of IT—cybersecurity. The four-person founding team behind Boston startup Cybric believes it’s developing the fastest way yet to find and fix security vulnerabilities. A process that currently takes 300 or more days can be completed in a single day using the technology, says co-founder and COO Andrew Gilman.

When I say the team was “brought together by Actifio,” I don’t mean all four founders came out of the firm—though two of them did: Gilman (who was among the first 10 people at Actifio) and Cybric chief design officer Sean Walter (who was No. 2 at Actifio).

Cybric's other founders had been connected to Actifio as customers, Gilman said. Cybric CEO Ernesto DiGiambattista used Actifio while at Sentinel Benefits & Security, and chief innovation officer Mike Kail used Actifio while at Netflix. More recently, Kail was CIO and infrastructure SVP at Yahoo, and he continues to live on the West Coast for now—though he plans to relocate to the Boston area this summer to join up with the rest of the Cybric founders.

Along with the founders, the startup has recruited an engineering team with experience at companies including DataGravityQualcomm, Layer3 TV, Digital Guardian, Imprivata and Fidelity, Gilman said. Meanwhile, advisors to the companyinclude Carla Brodley, dean of the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern, and former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.

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