Chenxi Wang The New Factor

The New Factor

An ITSP column and podcast series with Chenxi Wang

"Every few years there comes a disruptor, a company or an entrepreneur who leads the charge and disrupts existing industries with new ideas and innovative approaches. Behind every disruption, there is a story that shaped the journey from an idea to an established business. I want to explore that story in this podcast: the idea, the entrepreneur, the investor and the journey"

The New Factor is a podcast that focuses on emergent and disruptive technologies in the security industry.

Hosted by Dr. Chenxi Wang, the show features in-depth interviews with those that blaze new trails for cybersecurity. We interview innovators, investors, and entrepreneurs who bring game-changing technologies that fundamentally reshape the way we view security threats or tackle security challenges. We discuss why transformational changes happen, how to bring them about, and where the next wave of disruption will come from for the cybersecurity industry.

Tune in for a new episode every time that Chenxi gets inspired.

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Joe Horowitz of Icon Ventures, a successful Silicon Valley venture firm, chats with Chenxi Wang

In this episode, Chenxi chats with Joe Horowitz, Managing General Partner of Icon Ventures, a successful silicon valley venture firm. Icon is famed for its security investments, which included FireEye, Palo Alto Networks, and Proofpoint.

Joe discussed their investment philosophy, why Icon invested in some of the companies, what they look for in a business venture, why investing in cybersecurity is an interesting bet today, and which trends they will be looking for in the near future.

Amanda Rousseau from Endgame - Malware Unicorn: A Fashionista Malware Researche

In this episode, Chenxi sits down with Amanda Rousseau, malware researcher from Endgame.

Amanda is a well-known researcher, who provided some of the best analysis of the WannaCrypt and Petya ransomware. She is also a graphic designer, which explains why some of her analysis is accompanied by compelling visual illustrations.

The New Factor chats with Amanda on the intersection between fashion and malware research, as well as what's like being a kickass woman security professional in the industry.


Enabling DevOps: A Security Imperative | Zane Lackey, CISO of Signal Sciences

In this episode, Chenxi - host of The New Factor - chats with Zane Lackey, CISO of Signal Sciences. Zane was the CISO of, and his team pioneered some of the first DevOps security deployments, many years ahead of the industry at large. Zane and Chenxi discussed how security must enable and support DevOps and how that should come about in a company. Zane talked at length about his experiences at Etsy to pioneer DevOps security when there was no prior success case to follow and how he forged his own path, and why it is a security imperative today to consider security engineering in a mindset that is API-first, code second.

Enterprise security risk management: A new approach by Balbix

In this episode, Chenxi Wang, host of The New Factor on ITSPmagazine, chats with Gaurav Banga, CEO of Balbix, on enterprise security risk management. Balbix engineered an interesting new approach to help both security professionals and business leaders to understand their security risks and prioritize tasks to manage the various aspects of risks. Chenxi and Gaurav discussed why effective risk management must start from concrete information from the technology layer, with the appropriate infrastructure and application context, and evaluated against a framework that is slated for automation. We discussed use cases, challenges, as well as the directions of which enterprise risk management will follow in the foreseeable future.


Chenxi Wang introduces her new ITSPmagazine column and podcast series, The New Factor

Chenxi Wang brings her academic research and market analysis expertise to ITSPmagazine with her new column, The New Factor. Hear her - in this introductory podcast with ITSPmagazine Co-Founders Sean Martin and Marco Ciappelli - describe some of the trends she will be exploring, technologies she will be dissecting, and innovation journeys she will be following... all with the aim of identifying disruptive technologies that move us beyond what she calls "the new cyber reality."

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