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.

Latest Content

  • How to Think About Foundation Models for Cybersecurity
    Zane Lackey, Joel de la Garza, and Derrick Harris

    In this AI + a16z episode, a16z's Zane Lackey and Joel de la Garza discuss how generative AI and LLMs could effect profound change in cybersecurity.

  • Securing the Black Box: OpenAI, Anthropic, and GDM Discuss
    Joel de la Garza, Matt Knight, Vijay Bolina, and Jason Clinton

    Human nature fears the unknown, and with the rapid progress of AI, concerns naturally arise. Uncanny robocalls, data breaches, and misinformation floods are among the worries. But what about security in the era of large ...

  • Securing the Software Supply Chain with LLMs
    Feross Aboukhadijeh, Joel de la Garza, and Derrick Harris

    In this episode of the AI + a16z podcast, Socket's Feross Aboukhadijeh and a16z's Joel de la Garza discuss the open-source software supply chain.

  • Investing in Doppel
    Zane Lackey and Joel de la Garza

    Doppel is building a next-generation approach for detecting and removing fraudulent accounts and phishing attacks across various channels.

  • 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.

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