Cybersecurity is an excellent investment market. Growth is fueled by sophisticated hackers who continuously innovate their tools and techniques, and the need for organizations to defend against them. Adding to that, we have a web of local, national and industry-wide regulations mandating compliance requirements. Together they drive cybersecurity spend and ultimately the growth of the security companies.
Ken Gonzalez joined Trident Capital Cybersecurity as a managing director in July 2017 after serving as senior vice president of corporate development and global alliances at FireEye, a publicly listed company.
Before that, he was chief strategy officer at Avast Software, a developer of next-generation cybersecurity solutions. Previous to that, he was senior vice president of corporate development at McAfee, where he led the team through multiple acquisitions, inbound licensing and complex partnerships. It was his last role that concluded with the company’s $7.7 billion sale to Intel.
Ken has led teams that made more than 20 successful cyber acquisitions. This is partly why he considers his move into the investment side of the cybersecurity industry a natural progression.
He also likes the opportunities he sees in cybersecurity. Ken notes that projected global cybersecurity products and services will exceed $1 trillion cumulatively over the five-year period ended in 2021. As a result, he says, there is always an opportunity for innovative startups to create new cybersecurity solutions.
Ken is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 75th Ranger Regiment.