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									Debate» Venture capitalists are growing less                                                                               THREAT OF
                                                                                                                           THE MONTH
inclined to invest in security startups.
     FOR            Success in venture capital is                     AGAINST Do you think that secu-
                    all about generating big exits,                                    rity threats, driven by criminal
                                                                                                                           What is it?
                    and there haven’t been a lot                                       enterprises and quasi-govern-
                                                                                                                           This is a family of trojans
                    of those in the security space                                     ment entities, are increasing
                                                                                                                           aimed specifically at game-
                    over the last nine years. While                                    and becoming more sophis-
                                                                                                                           players. It comes with
                    cybersecurity is finally getting                                    ticated? Do you think that
                                                                                                                           keylogging capabilities
                    more mindshare from our lead-                                      cloud computing will require
                                                                                                                           which gather information
Pascal              ers, and the U.S. government                     Mark Ashida       new security models? Do you
                                                                                                                           relating to online games
Levensohn           is prepared to spend billions                    managing
                                                                     director, OVP
                                                                                      think that the federal govern-
founder/managing                                                                                                           and credentials.
director, Levensohn
Venture Partners
                    to secure our nation’s critical                  Venture Partners
                                                                                      ment is increasingly aware of the
                    infrastructure, it is premature                                   nation’s vulnerability to cyberat-
                                                                                                                           How does it work?
for venture capitalists to rejoice and commit                        tacks and is investing heavily to catch up?
                                                                                                                           The monetary value of vir-
major resources to new security startups. Why?                          If you answered “yes” to any of these ques-
                                                                                                                           tual characters, weapons
Because arcane government procurement                                tions, then you can agree the security needs of
                                                                                                                           and treasure is what mo-
processes, from the Federal Acquisition Rules                        the market are far from satisfied. In fact, they
                                                                                                                           tivates this type of trojan.
to byzantine General Services Administration                         are growing. The catch is that the security
                                                                                                                           For a couple of years now,
schedule requirements, make it exceedingly                           market is noisy and crowded with similar-
                                                                                                                           this has been one of the
difficult for government users to become early                        sounding products.
                                                                                                                           top three detected threats
adopters of e
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