Galina Antova

Galina Antova, Co-Founder of Claroty

Galina Antova is a security savant and the Co-Founder of Claroty, a leader in cybersecurity for operations technology for critical infrastructure. But, we cover a whole lot more than attack vectors and the current security threat landscape on today’s show.

In this episode, we kick off our interview discussing OT security strategies before moving to discussions on startups, managing rapid growth, and taking on unconscious bias in the workplace. Galina has thrived as a leader in a male-dominated industry, and she shares her story as well as the actions everyone can take to even the playing field.

From leading through uncertainty to navigating through a “perfect storm” in OT cybersecurity, this episode is packed with value from start to finish.


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3 Quick Things from this Episode

  1. From remote access to aging OT control assets, right now is the “perfect storm” for cybersecurity because of the variety of attack vectors that exist.
  2. When leading through uncertainty, it all starts with communication.
  3. The numbers show that we have a long way to go when it comes to diversifying the workforce, and it’s the responsibilitity of those in power to invite underrepresented groups to power.

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Tweetable Quotes

  • “OT has been such a huge blindspot for security teams.” –Galina Antova
  • “We don’t have to make statements. We don’t have to send emails telling our customers how much we support them. Let’s just go and do something for them to support them and they’ll see the results. Actions speak louder than words.” –Galina Antova

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What We Discuss with Galina

  • While the world runs on operations technology (OT) networks, the conversation still predominantly revolves around IT security.
  • Since many OT assets have been operating for 25+ years – coupled with a multitude of attack vectors and a broad threat landscape (ransomware, nation-state hackers, etc.) – right now is the “perfect storm” for OT security.
  • From uptime requirement to network latency, Galina explains why IT security approaches should not be used for OT cybersecurity.
  • After noticing gaps in OT cybersecurity offerings while working for large companies like Siemens and Intel, Galina saw the need for an OT-focused cybersecurity company like Claroty.
  • Galina shares the story of co-founding Claroty with individuals from Unit 8200 of the Israeli military, the unit responsible for collecting signal intelligence and code decryption.
  • We discuss what it’s like managing rapid growth and how Claroty has partnered with large companies even as a fast moving startup.
  • During the pandemic, Galina and Claroty have focused on mental health and revenue flow, while thinking creatively to keep long-term relationships with customers first priority.
  • From the boardroom and beyond, the world’s population is not represented in the current power structure. It’s the responsibility of those in power to invite others to power. We wrap up our interview with a conversation about diversity, inclusion, and examining unconscious bias.

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