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Techopia Live: CybernetIQ gaining momentum following $250K AccelerateOTT win

Fresh off his pitchfest win at last week’s AccelerateOTT, CybernetIQ founder Joe Cummins joined Techopia Live this week to talk about how his history as a blackhat hacker helps his startup protect its customers.

Cummins took us back to his early days in the Canadian military, when he was on the front line of cyber-warfare. When he later started his own company, he was tasked with breaking into clients’ own systems to show them where vulnerabilities existed and found he could use that same offensive skill set to better defend those companies against attack.

“They’re looking for somebody else to come in and tell them the threat scenario they haven’t thought of yet,” Cummins told Techopia Live.

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