Shhhh…Cylance is coming. Ha. See what I did there?
What is Cylance? It’s a new security company started by Stuart McClure, former CTO of McAfee. McClure is more than that, though. He was also a co-founder of Foundstone–which was acquired by McAfee–and he is one of the primary authors of the venerable, and highly respected book Hacking Exposed, which is currently in its seventh printing.
I first met McClure as Guide of the About.com Internet / Network Security site. I hosted an online chat session with him and George Kurtz (another co-founder of Foundstone who is also working on launching a new startup called CrowdStrike) to talk about Hacking Exposed and field questions from the audience. We’ve been friends ever since.
McClure explains at length why he chose to leave a top executive role to start a new security company in a blog post. There is a hell of a story there, and it’s worth a read. The bottom line is that we now have Cylance–built on the simple premise that the current security industry is broken. The success of so many attacks–particularly threats like Stuxnet or Flame that have been operating undetected for years–and the reactionary model of the security industry support the premise, and McClure is certainly in a position to know how the security industry is broken, and perhaps even how to fix it.
Cylance announced that it has raised $15 million in early funding, and it has named a number of high-profile individuals to its board. It seems that things are heading in the right direction for the young startup. I will be spending some time with McClure at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco in a couple weeks, so I’ll have more to share about Cylance then.