28Ron Gula

“Security is not a binary state. This is a mythical goal and is always a relative answer based on what threats and mitigations you have in place of your confidentiality, integrity, and availability.”

Closeup image of the network penetration tester at the NSA "Ron Gula."

Twitter: @RonGula • Websites: www.gula.tech and www.linkedin.com/in/rongula

Ron started his cybersecurity career as a network penetration tester for the NSA. At BBN, he developed network honeypots to lure hackers, and he ran U.S. Internetworking’s team of penetration testers and incident responders. As CTO of Network Security Wizards, Ron pioneered the art of network security monitoring and produced the Dragon Intrusion Detection System, which was recognized as a market leader by Gartner in 2001. As CEO and co-founder of Tenable Network Security, Ron led the company’s rapid growth and product vision from 2002 through 2016. He helped them scale to more than 20,000 customers worldwide, raise $300 million in venture capital, and achieve revenues in excess of $100 million annually. Ron is president at Gula Tech Adventures, which focuses on the investment and advising of two dozen cybersecurity companies. Ron was honored and humbled to receive the 2017 Betamore BETA award, as well as being named a 2016 Baltimore Tech 10 Leader and a 2013 Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.

If there is one myth that you could debunk in cybersecurity, what would it be?

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