Sep 23, 2019
David Castignola: Your Company got Acquired? Yeah… Been There
50 min

Dave Castignola: Your Company got Acquired? Yeah… Been There


BlackBerry acquired Cylance in March… how’s it going?


On November 16, 2018, BlackBerry Limited announcedit had entered into an agreement to acquire Cylance. The announcement was met with optimism from a wide range of outlets.


“the combination of BlackBerry’s endpoint management tools and Cylance’s products could help to make the company a one-stop shop of sorts in the device protection and security market.”

 -- Forbes


“$1.4bn match made in heaven”

 -- The Register


On February 21, 2019, BlackBerry announced that it had completed the acquisition. The new iteration of BlackBerry Cylance made a soft opening at RSA, but the real debut was last month at Black Hat.


There have been many changes over the past 10 months, some more significant than others.


The question remains… is it working?


We are here to speak directly with someone who has been involved at the highest levels and has had his hands on the steering wheel throughout the process.


This week on Insecurity, Matt Stephenson gets the rare chance for a raw one on one conversation with BlackBerry Cylance Chief Operating Officer David Castignola, an industry veteran who lived through the RSA breach and has been on both sides of big acquistions. People have questions on who the BlackBerry Cylance integration is going… we have some answers.


About David Castignola

David Castignola (@davecastignola) is the Chief Operating Officer at BlackBerry Cylance. Prior to joining Cylance, Dave was Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Optiv. No stranger to the Sales game, Dave closed out nearly two decades at RSA as the Sr Vice President of Worldwide Sales


About Matt Stephenson

Insecurity Podcast host Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Broadcast Media team at BlackBerry, which puts him in front of crowds, cameras, and microphones all over the world. He is the regular host of the InSecurity podcast and host of CylanceTV


Twenty years of work with the world’s largest security, storage, and recovery companies has introduced Matt to some of the most fascinating people in the industry. He wants to get those stories told so that others can learn from what has come


Every week on the InSecurity Podcast, Matt interviews leading authorities in the security industry to gain an expert perspective on topics including risk management, security control friction, compliance issues, and building a culture of security. Each episode provides relevant insights for security practitioners and business leaders working to improve their organization’s security posture and bottom line.


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