Jadee Hanson, Code42To provide insight into conference hot topics, this is one in a series of Q&As with experts presenting at the conference.

Cybersecurity could use an entrepreneurial boost, according to Jadee Hanson, Code42 chief information security officer. Code42 is a case study of successful cyber entrepreneur. Founded in 2001 and based in Minneapolis, Code42 has grown into one of the leading providers of information security solutions. Hanson is keynote speaker and moderator for the panel on cybersecurity for the Minnesota Venture Conference, being held Nov. 7, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown. More info: MNVenture.org

Q: What piques your interest in startups or innovators in cybersecurity? What has wowed you?
Cyber security is ready for a disruption. Solutions have gotten better, but we can all agree we have not completely solved the security problems we have today. Innovators that can think differently and are ready to embrace change are needed in this space. The companies that embrace how business need to run and operate and design solutions for the modern business certainly have my attention.

Q: In what areas of cybersecurity do you see as the biggest opportunities for startups?
There are two areas that I am watching closely. 1. Cloud security products. We need better ways to apply security policies in the cloud and monitor from deviations. 2. Data protection companies. Companies are at risk from external and internal threats today and we need to start focusing on data. Historical Data Loss Protection tools are not doing what we need to protect our companies.

Q: What are the two best things that could happen at the Minnesota Venture Conference?
Minnesota is filled with amazingly talented individuals….the best thing that could happen is for someone at the conference to obtain funding to further fund their ideas and companies.

Q: What app do you use that’s just for fun?
It’s a shopping app called ‘Jane” that I love and my husband hates. ????

More info: MNVenture.org