Q&A with CloudPOST’s Contributing Editor, Kathy Xu
Dr. Lance Crosby, Chairman and CEO of StackPath, recently took the time to speak with CloudPOST about what he hopes to accomplish at HostingCon Global, a premier event for the cloud and service provider ecosystem, taking place April 3-6 in Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center. We also discussed what differentiates StackPath from other companies in the industry, the challenges in the cloud industry and how it is evolving, as well as Dr. Crosby’s future vision of the company.
CloudPOST, Kathy Xu (CP-KX) Question: Tell our readers about your company. What do you do and what problems are you attempting to solve?
StackPath, Lance Crosby (StackPath – LC) Answer: At StackPath, we want to make the internet safe.
StackPath is a platform of inherently secure cloud services, such as SecureCDN — a CDN with a built-in WAF and included DDoS mitigation — that enables developers to build safe cloud solutions. Our platform leverages collaborative intelligence to make each of our services smarter, more secure, and easier to use with every threat detected. More than 30,000 customers, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to early stage startups, use StackPath. We’re headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and have offices across the U.S. and internationally.
CP-KX Q: What has your company achieved that makes it unique in the industry?
StackPath-LC A: The approach in the industry so far has been to add so-called “cybersecurity” solutions on top of existing infrastructure. You create a stack of cloud services for whatever it is you’re building in the cloud and then bolt on a firewall or something. That’s not enough. It creates some daylight between the infrastructure and the security measure, and you often end up having to compromise security or performance for different elements of your environment because they are behind stack-wide security measures. We think that security should be “built-in” not “bolt-on” to every individual service a developer is using. This way, each service has the specific type and level of security that it requires, can be continuously and individually updated, and controlled at the most granular level.
CP-KX Q: How do you see the cloud industry evolving? What do you think is the greatest challenge in the cloud industry?
StackPath-LC A: Security is the greatest challenge. The cloud is this amazing tool, an essential component in the lives of people and businesses every day. But it’s not safe, and we learn about another major data breach practically every day. And at this rate and trajectory, it’s moving toward a point where the risk will outweigh the utility. The cloud itself — from the physical data centers and networks all the way to best-practice solutions architectures and methodologies — has been designed to meet workload needs first and security needs later. We think it’s time to be more proactive about security. It’s going to take new thinking and investing in the the cloud’s aging infrastructure. And it’s going to take new thinking and approaches to how we build solutions, regardless of the underlying infrastructure.
CP-KX Q: Where are you looking to strategically move your business within the next few years?
StackPath-LC A: Our goal is to be the first platform developers think of when they want to be sure that their cloud solution is secure, but don’t want to spend a large part of their limited time managing security, or giving up control to someone else who will. We’re going to empower them to do that by having an always widening range of services and unique methodologies for building the strongest cloud solutions.
CP-KX Q: What would you like to accomplish at HostingCon?
StackPath-LC A: HostingCon has had a special place in our hearts, going back to companies many of us were with before starting StackPath. We love being a part of HostingCon, right in the community that we, as individuals, are proud to belong to. We can’t wait to catch up with old friends, make new friends, and talk about the challenges and opportunities we’re all experiencing. And then coming up with ways we can solve them together.
CP-KX: Thank you for your time and best of luck at HostingCon. Readers, if you are interested to learn more about StackPath, visit https://www.stackpath.com.