The Wild Ride of 2020 and its Impact on Cloud Security

As 2020 comes to a close, we asked the co-founders to share the lessons they learned.

Ermetic Team By Ermetic Team
The Wild Ride of 2020 and its Impact on Cloud Security

As 2020 comes to a close, we can only look back and marvel at how we managed to keep it all together. And not just keep it all together, but to move forward and to grow. The challenges of this year on a new startup were unlike anything we could have planned for. But we took it in stride and allowed ourselves to learn from it. We asked the Ermetic co-founders to reflect on the year and share the lessons they learned.

How did the Covid19 crisis affect development and business plans for Ermetic and for you, personally?

Shai Morag, Ermetic Co-Founder and CEO:

At the beginning of the year, we also saw the beginning of the COVID crisis. Honestly, there were several weeks that we were very concerned, not just for the health and safety of our families and colleagues, but also for the health and safety of our new company. As things progressed, we found that actually, there was almost no negative effect on our business. As the world shifted to embrace working from home, companies looked to strengthen and secure their cloud environment to enable that.

In terms of development, we let our employees choose where they wanted to work (i.e. home or office). Most of our developers decided to work from the office and the ones that chose to work from home were still effective and contributed equally to the team.

In terms of our business plans, being forced to work remotely accelerated the digital transformation and drove more migration to the cloud. Because of this, we saw more demand for public cloud security solutions and for governing identities and managing entitlements in the cloud...which is exactly what Ermetic does.

Michael Dolinsky, Ermetic Co-Founder and CTO:

Surprisingly, Corona had a minimal effect on our development team. We were able to keep working full throttle straight through 2020. At this stage in the company, we have a clear development path and we were able to execute whether we were in the office or working from home. As a team, we tried to work in the office as much as it was safe and possible to do so. Personally, I realize how lucky I am to feel good about the year and to know that I was ok giving up the usual distractions to focus on the work.

What are your predictions for Cloud and cyber security over the next year? The next five years?

Sivan Krigsman, Ermetic Co-Founder and CPO:

At the beginning, cloud security solutions were developed by essentially copying data center solutions and adapting them to the cloud. There are separate solutions for network security, workload security, infrastructure configuration, data protection, identity and access management… But in cloud infrastructure, those silos don’t make sense. It is impossible to evaluate the efficacy of one layer without looking at all of the others in parallel. I think that over the next few years, we’re going to see new cloud security solutions that solve problems across all of the old silos.

Arick Goomanovsky, Ermetic Co-Founder and CBO:

Well, I definitely think cloud security solutions will start to play a major role in corporate security stacks as public cloud environments become an integral part of the infrastructure. In the longer term, I expect security tools will evolve into more hybrid platforms, capable of addressing both public and private cloud scenarios.

What is the coolest new technology that you've seen introduced in the last year?

Michael Dolinsky, Ermetic Co-Founder and CTO:

GPT3 - the advancement of AI, especially GPT3, which shows incredible promise.

Arick Goomanovsky, Ermetic Co-Founder and CBO:

Obviously, the Ermetic access graph, and specifically the combination of the identity and network access pieces. But, hey, I am biased.

Shai Morag, Ermetic Co-Founder and CEO:

It's not a really new technology, but in my mind Zoom is a very cool product that I grew to admire over the last year. Allowing the world to work remotely, and doing it pretty smoothly, is mind blowing.

If you could have dinner with two people - one living and one historical - who would you choose and why?

Shai Morag, Ermetic Co-Founder and CEO:

I would love to have dinner with Andy Jassy (CEO of Amazon Web Services) as I think AWS is an amazing company. I'm mostly intrigued by how you continue to maintain such a great culture while continuing to grow at scale.

A person from history I'd like to have dinner with is Carl Friedrich Gauss, the mathematician. I have always been very curious about his creativity. How do he get to be creative? How can I help my kids be more creative? What's the process to be more creative? I'm very interested to learn what his process was. I would love to hear if he has any tips for me.

Arick Goomanovsky, Ermetic Co-Founder and CBO:

(Current) Jordan Peterson, the psychologist, and (historical) Richard Feynamn (Nobel Prize winner in Physics), as I am sure the conversations with both could be highly interesting and inspiring, and simultaneously very amusing.

Sivan Krigsman, Ermetic Co-Founder and CPO:

If I could choose two people to have dinner with, I'd choose Elon Musk (founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX) and Albert Einstein (Nobel Prize winner in Physics). Both of them have made huge contributions to the world and it would be fascinating to get to know them and hear what they have to say to each other! The conversation would definitely be interesting.

Michael Dolinsky, Ermetic Co-Founder and CTO:

Definitely Bill Gates (co-founder of Microsoft Corporation) because the company he started and the technologies they developed have been a big part of my professional life since an early stage. It’s really hard to pick one historical figure, but right now I’d say Alexander Hamilton (founding father of the United States), because his talents were so multi-disciplinary.