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Former Homeland Security CIO Tapped As Startup CEO

Richard Spires, former IRS and DHS IT chief, takes the helm as CEO of Resilient Network Systems.

Richard Spires (Photo by Zaid Hamid)
Richard Spires (Photo by Zaid Hamid)

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WKash
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WKash,
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12/16/2013 | 4:00:21 PM
Re: The revolving door takes another spin
Marilyn, a glimpse of how that would be used can be seen in our story, NGA Cloud Demo Shows Power Of Virtual Organizations, where multiple organizations, each with their own data sets, security rules, etc,, are able to share information in a common ecosystem that provides a platform, rules for engagement, and identitiy management tools to support multiple organizations/users and their ability to collaborate all without having to rebuild their systems or rules.   I can't speak for how well Reslitient deals with these issues, but in the end, agencies need to exchange information inside and outside of their domains and generally have to jump through many hoops to do that now.

 
Marilyn Cohodas
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12/16/2013 | 10:07:10 AM
Re: The revolving door takes another spin
I think you are right, Wyatt, that the healthcare sector would be an easier sell to the investment community than general government but I'm also curious to hear your thoughts on some of the possible use cases Resilient Networks might be pitching to Defense, DHS & DOJ as well as HIT. 

 
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12/13/2013 | 6:22:00 PM
Re: The revolving door takes another spin
Actually, I'm not so sure government will be at the top of Spire's list.  First, he'll be making decisions as a CEO, not as a vertical industry ombudsman, as Vivek Kundra and many other government CIOs have often been cast.  So he'll be looking at his company's prospects like any other investment portfolio manager, and he's good at that.  Additionally, knowing what Richard Spires knows about the government IT process, he may decide that government is a good long term play, but tellling investers you're targeting government customers doesn't  engender a lot of enthusiasm from the Silicon Valley investment crowd. So as CEO, he'll likely play up the healthcare sector more than government.

That said, the Defense Department, DHS, the Department of Justice and a host of other agencies all need the kind of technology RNS is proporting to offer.

 
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12/13/2013 | 6:02:47 PM
Re: Game changing
From my experience, Richard Spires isn't prone to hyperbole.  So if he thinks its game-changing, there's probably something pretty compelling under the hood. 
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12/13/2013 | 4:35:42 PM
The revolving door takes another spin
I'm guessing that target customer listed last -- government -- is probably going to first on Spires' hit list. Salesforce.com took advantage of former U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra's connections to lead that company's government initiatives. There's no bigger spender on security technology than government. 
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12/13/2013 | 2:18:20 PM
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Marilyn Cohodas
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12/13/2013 | 2:07:13 PM
"Game-changing technology"
That's a high bar, Spires is setting for his new company when he describes the focus of the  startup as "game-changing technology that has the potential to help many vertical markets, including healthcare, education, manufacturing, and government." Quite a change frm his last gig at Homeland Security and the IRS.

 

 
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