Joel de la Garza

Joel de la Garza


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Joel de la Garza is a partner focused on information security related investments and other chaos adjacent businesses. He believes information security is getting better with security products that combine usability and security, the move to the cloud, the rise of hardware-based multi-factor authentication, and other trends.

Prior to a16z, he was the chief security officer at Box, where he joined post Series B and scaled up through post IPO. From 2007 to 2013, Joel was the global head of Threat Management and Cyber Intelligence for Citigroup, where he built the first open and closed source intelligence center outside of the defense industrial base. He also ran incident response for Deutsche Bank and founded and worked at assorted security startups. He attended Stanford University where he studied Computer Science and German.

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  • Hiring a Chief Information Security Officer
    Brian Curran and Joel de la Garza

    Your CISO fights on the front lines against ransomware attacks, bears responsibility for data security amid tightening regulations, and serves as the key defense against some of the biggest existential threats your company faces.

  • Nitin Natarajan is the deputy director of CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency), and has extensive experience in the cybersecurity space, including overseeing critical infrastructure for the U.S. Nation...

  • 16 Minutes #65: Ransomware Attacks on the Rise; Hackers Target IoT
    Martin Casado, Joel de la Garza, and Zoran Basich

    In today's episode we’re talking about the latest developments and trends in cybercrime – including the trends of ransomware, and, attacks on physical infrastructure.

  • 16 Minutes #61: J&J Vaccine Pause; FBI Removes Code in Hacked Exchange Servers
    Vineeta Agarwala, Jorge Conde, Joel de la Garza, and Zoran Basich

    We have two brief segments in today’s episode: News and analysis of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine pause, and the widespread hack of Microsoft Exchange Servers across the country (and the dramatic and unusual steps the FBI took in response).

  • All About Ransomware
    Joel de la Garza, Das Rush, and Tom Hofmann

    How ransomware works, from the anatomy of a hack to how the groups operate; the role of nation-states, insurers, and regulators; and what to do if your stuff is taken hostage...

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