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Episode 244 Deep Dive: Mark McClain | Enhancing Security Resilience: Identity as the Key Accelerant for Business Success
First Aired: February 21, 2024

In this episode, we are joined by Mark McClain (CEO and Founder of SailPoint), as we dive deep into the pivotal role of identity as a fundamental control point and lens for understanding security in organizations. Mark emphasises that while traditional security measures such as firewalls and network security remain vital, identity security is equally critical for protecting data and driving business momentum. Moreover, the conversation delves into the challenges of balancing convenience and security, particularly with the rise of AI and machine learning in security measures. Mark highlights the limitations of current security tools in being “identity blind,” stressing the need for better tooling and processes to identify and respond to security threats more efficiently.

In his role as CEO and Founder of SailPoint, Mark brings almost 35 years of experience in technology, with over 20 years as a founder and leader of innovative identity management companies. Under Mark’s direction, the company has grown into a publicly recognized leader in its market. Mark directs and drives the overall vision and strategy for SailPoint, which is underpinned by his commitment and passion for building top-performing teams, creating a collaborative and innovative work environment, and focusing continuously on the needs of customers.

Teaming is a concept that Mark promotes throughout the company: teaming with forward-thinking customers to understand their needs, with partners to ensure customer success, and ultimately within SailPoint to develop innovative, market-leading solutions. Mark is passionate about maintaining the spirit of teamwork, even as SailPoint grows its employee base and its global presence to offices around the world.

Prior to SailPoint, he co-founded Waveset Technologies, which was ultimately acquired by Sun Microsystems. Mark’s career also includes diverse experience in international sales and marketing with Hewlett-Packard and IBM/Tivoli Systems.

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