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Eric Winsborrow: Confessions of a Cyber Spy Hunter at TEDxVancouver (Transcript)

Eric Winsborrow

Here is the full transcript of Distrix Networks’ CEO Eric Winsborrow’s TEDx Talk: Confessions of a Cyber Spy Hunter at TEDxVancouver conference.

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Eric Winsborrow – CEO, Distrix Networks’

We see it every day, in the news, for the past decade the battles that are being waged across the Middle East. On the YouTube and Facebook we get instant updates through satellites, to give us a front-row seat into the action like never before.

But what the cameras don’t capture is that there is another war going on beneath the surface — a digital cyber world where the battles are not being fought with bombs and bullets but with bits and bytes.

My name is not Doug Schmidt, but it could be if I wanted it to. My real name is Eric Winsborrow, and for the past two decades, I have been involved in creating the next-generation disruptive technologies at companies, such as Symantec and McAfee. I currently run a cyber-security company made up of PhDs from MIT and scientists from the National Labs who were tasked by the U.S. government to create the next generation of cyber technology. Our customers include the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security.

If there’s one thing I’m certain of, it’s this: that what’s going on today in cyber espionage will profoundly impact our lives, and we may never even realize it. If you think about it, a lot of technologies that impact our lives have been coming from government-sponsored research into next-generation defense technologies.

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