As evidenced by the Log4j vulnerability, cyber attacks and data breaches are escalating in frequency, scope, and sophistication. Cyber attacks have now become a guarantee, especially for large organizations. How can enterprise technology leaders remain confident in their security posture when networks and systems are at risk of being compromised?

Virtru 2601

Webinar Summary: 

Wednesday 26th January

Event Timings:

  • CST: 9am - 10am
  • EST: 10am - 11am
  • GMT: 3pm - 4pm
  • CET: 4pm - 5pm


In this discussion, Virtru’s data protection experts, Rob McDonald and Will Ackerly, will discuss how security leaders can strengthen their breach readiness by taking a data-centric, identity-focused approach to security, aligned with a SASE framework. They will also describe how organizations can effectively assess their vulnerabilities across the enterprise. They’ll offer recommendations and best practices for:

• Prioritize data-centric, identity-verifying means of protecting sensitive information

• Why encryption is an essential layer of a strong breach-readiness strategy, offering protection even when firewalls and network-focused security efforts fail

• Ensuring you capture the full picture of all data security vulnerability

• Advocating for data protection investment with C-Suite stakeholders

• Implementing a SASE-aligned strategy that puts data at the center while enabling speed of collaboration

Meet the Speakers:

Matt Howard

SVP and CMO, Virtru

A proven executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years experience developing high-growth software companies, Matt serves as Virtu’s CMO and leads all aspects of the company’s go-to-market motion within the data protection and Zero Trust security ecosystems. Prior to Virtru, Matt served 6 years as SVP and CMO at Sonatype where he designed, built, and led global marketing and demand generation for a pioneer in software supply chain management and DevOps automation. Earlier in his career, Matt co-founded, developed, and successfully sold two software companies. He also led sales and marketing at USinternetworking (acquired by AT&T) and Groove Networks (acquired by Microsoft). Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University and a Master of Arts from George Mason University.

Robert McDonald

SVP of Platform, Virtru

Rob is the SVP of Platform and an advocate of safeguarding data across new applications and data-sharing workflows. Prior to Virtru, Rob was the CIO for several Acute Care facilities and Denovo Healthcare development teams. His significant expertise in the healthcare industry earned him a spot in Becker’s Review as a 2013 and 2014 Top 100 Healthcare CIOs.

Rob has also consulted with corporations to help them assess their current information security position and develop a plan to not only mitigate the discovered technical shortcomings but more critically to raise security awareness amongst their employees.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a perpetual student of technology, information security, and privacy practices.

Neil Sinclair

National Cyber Lead, Police Digital Security Centre

Neil Sinclair is the National Cyber Lead for the Police Digital Security Centre. Neil was recognised in The Progress 1000: London’s most influential people 2019 for his work in Technology & Cyber Security.Neil worked in UK counter-terrorism policing for over thirty years and was involved in most of the Metropolitan Police’s biggest Terrorist Operations between 1985 and 2016. He was a key member of the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit for 10 years and is an accredited Financial Investigator.

Neil was the Lead for Financial Intelligence at a government agency, prior to joining the Police Digital Security Centre.