How Can You Compete Against a Motivated Adversary Who Wants to Beat You?

You can’t be great at rugby by playing golf. You can’t be great at boxing by swimming.

For 19 years, RedZone has invested heavily in team-style network security capabilities. Today’s modern adversaries are highly motivated and RedZone’s team-based approach is a perfect approach to scaling capabilities with monitoring and response.

Last week the RedZone Technologies’ Security Team participated in a competition against the region’s best security teams.

In the fiercely contested IoT Security competition, RedZone’s team – Will, Bryan and WJ each participated in the IoT Village Capture-the-Flag exercise on Saturday and Sunday. Pitted against the best from government and private industry, RedZone captured 3 of the 20 nodes within approximately 4 hours. It was a good first showing.

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2019 MasterMind Lunches: CIOs Share What Tools They’re Using to Increase Efficiency in their Organizations

CIO, 4000 Employees, Construction Industry

Thanks Bill. This is an awesome list!! My contributions to the community are as follows:

  1. Talend: This is a drag and drop (like ETL) tool that can connect to OnPrem or Cloud solutions very similar to Dell Boomi (which charges by the connector and data flows) but Talend has a yearly cost of $25k.
  2. ThoughtSpot: This is a self-service Google-like data visualization tool. Our team helps setup a schema, relationships and creates a keyword dictionary then trains the business how to use their own data and share their“pin boards”.
  3. Glip: This is a social collaboration tool that comes with Ring Central, similar to MS-Teams/Slack/GroupMe/Chatter except it is integrated into the total UC platform. From a Glip Group you can launch an immediate video conference with the entire team and they all get a single click “alert” on their iPhone, Android, or Windows PC. This is similar to a document share you don’t have to bounce out to WebEx and create a meeting.

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Top Efficiency Tools Shared By CIOs

Before each of my CIO Innovation Forum events, I find that it’s really important to take time and reach out to CIOs who have registered and ask them one important question – “What are you looking to gain from attending and what would be a huge win for you?” I tend to get all sorts of answers – varying slightly depending on the event’s agenda. Regardless, one answer clearly dominates – and that is, “I want to hear what my CIO Peers are doing in their organizations (i.e. best tools, practices, what works well/what doesn’t, etc.).

My team and I just wrapped up a series of Master Mind lunches in the MD, DC, and Raleigh, NC regions. I decided to ask the CIOs who attended to prepare and share the Top 3 best tools and/or systems they are currently using today that promote efficiency in their organizations.

Check out their responses in the document below. If you would like to be a part of these collaborative and informative conversations, reach out to my team to learn more about our upcoming CIO Innovation Forum events:

View Top Tools For CIOs PDF

CIO Innovation Forum Event Archive – January 2019

Akridge Invested | Washington, DC

Highwoods Properties | Raleigh, NC

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Round-Table Discussion Topics

  • The End of Bureaucracy – Reinventing management in a digital age. A discussion around this Harvard Business Review article (provided for you to read before the event).
  • Explored the topic of Essentialism, Pareto’s Principle, 80/20, Strategic Simplification, and Multiplication by Subtraction as you manage your business and teams
  • What are your Top Projects, Initiative, Endeavors that will transform your business in 2019….and your role in it?


  • Next Gen Security & Defense Transformation: How Can You Take Advantage of embedded AI and Machine Learning throughout your Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Multi-cloud Environment? by Chris Davis, Account Manager, RedZone Technologies.
  • Revolutionizing Your Data Analytics: How to Make Sense of Your Most Valuable Business Asset – Your Data, by Reggie Wilkerson. (Washington, DC event only)
  • Scalable Applications with Microservices, by Jared Patrick, Cornerstone Technical Solutions, LLC. (Raleigh, NC event only)