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Cybersecurity Insights from a VC Perspective

TechSpective Podcast Episode 124


The technology and cybersecurity markets have been a bit rocky over the past couple years. At least, that seems to be the general perception. Companies once on track to IPO have withered on the vine, and organizations of all sizes have laid off tens of thousands and scaled back initiatives to conserve capital in a rough economy. At the same time, though, there have been investments, and there have been mergers and acquisitions. New companies and technologies have emerged. It’s not all gloom and doom.

Kate Burkhardt, VP at YL Ventures, joins me on this episode to talk about the state of the cybersecurity market–particularly as it relates to cybersecurity jobs, the prevailing belief that there are millions of unfilled roles, and the role of venture capital. We scrutinize the validity of the perceived skills shortage, considering how economic factors and job market dynamics might paint a different picture.

Our conversation also explores how AI is reshaping cybersecurity roles, emphasizing the importance of adapting to AI tools for enhanced productivity and job security. Finally, we touch on the global nature of cybersecurity challenges, reflecting on how geopolitical events and natural disasters can affect the industry and the necessity of having robust strategies to maintain business continuity.

Check out the full episode for more on the cybersecurity job market and perspective on the cybersecurity investment landscape. We also chat about the scourge of ransomware and the rise of more effective phishing attacks and whether there are companies or technologies on the horizon to provide more effective defense against these attacks.

The podcast itself is audio-only, but the video of our conversation is also available on YouTube if you prefer:

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