Certainly, cybersecurity has been an issue -- we've known about the threats and the challenges for over a decade, but as part of our daily lexicon what used to be talked about in our back rooms or by nerds at a conference is now part of the mainstream. That has accelerated the opportunities to play in this space, but it's also an extreme challenge. The idea of making three- or five-year product plans, technology plans, that's much more challenging now. We often don't know where the technologies are going to be in three or five years.
9. What do you do to unwind from a hectic day?
What I like to do to unwind from a hectic day is have a glass of wine and watch the Syfy Channel. Whether it's watching a cheesy sci-fi movie with my wife or one of the sci-fi series, just doing that with a glass of wine is what I find relaxing.
10. If you weren't doing this job, what would you be doing?
I would be doing one of two things and probably both. One is I'd probably be home and writing iPhone or smart apps, because that seems like it would be a really fun thing to do, albeit not very profitable.
The other thing that is more serious is that I've always wanted to write a book. Here at Bit9, they've been asking me for a nonfiction book about security, but as I've mentioned I love sci-fi, so I would probably combine a little bit as any writer would -- and I'm not a writer, by the way! -- a little bit of science fiction with a little bit of the world we face. I think there are some great stories there. Maybe I'd write both books simultaneously.