You Need a Shark on Your Team: An Interview with Robert Herjavec
February 5, 2020
How Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec is securing the world’s most complex infrastructures.
Originally posted in the February Print Edition of American Way
Most people recognize you as a Shark on ABC’s Emmy-Award Winning hit show Shark Tank, but you’re actually a Cybersecurity Expert. How do you balance those roles?
People are always surprised that we film all of Shark Tank in only 11 days per year. It’s one of the fastest produced shows on television and they make it very easy on us Sharks, because they know we have businesses to get back to. Day in and day out, I’m a tech guy. I’ve been in the cybersecurity business for over 30 years. Herjavec Group is a global cybersecurity product reseller and service provider. We work exclusively with large, enterprise-level organizations and it’s our job to make them more secure.
You said your team deals primarily with large scale enterprise infrastructures. What do you believe is the number one cyber threat facing American business leaders today?
It’s so hard to just pick one thing – business leaders today have to consider everything from their people, to process, to their investments in technology, to industry-specific threats, nation-state threats… the list goes on. The most common threat would be phishing attacks. People are inevitably our weakest link and we still see phishing emails as the most common way hackers try to access your corporate network. Every member of your team has to be trained on what to look out for, and we certainly recommend engaging with a 3rd party provider for a Managed Phishing program that leverages Security Orchestration, Automation & Response tools to contain and detonate phishing attacks.
What is the greatest piece of advice you have for a CEO looking to secure his or her corporate assets?
I’d say you can’t do it all at once, but you’ve got to have a plan. The most important step happens way before a breach occurs. Making sure you can get back to normal operations quickly is the most critical action. Start with having good backups of your critical assets and an Incident Response & Remediation partner on retainer. From there, you can assess, plan and develop a strategic cybersecurity roadmap that balances process enhancement, service development and technology investments. It’s no different than what I tell entrepreneurs on Shark Tank. Yes, you need to have a vision for where your company is headed, but today, you’ve got to keep the lights on! It’s about focus to start, then you can scale.