Founder, CEO, and CTO of Vanguard Integrity Professionals
Interview by Elena Malykhina
After serving in the Air Force for more than six years, Bailey decided to change fields. Because of the security knowledge he gained during intelligence training, he knew that computers would become increasingly important. "Companies needed the same tools [as the military] for securing computers. So I've been in security ever since the late '60s."
|2||TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
"In 1981, I was working as a senior systems programmer of IBM mainframes and decided that I wanted to become an entrepreneur. I founded Vanguard five years later." Vanguard provides access control, compliance, intrusion detection, and auditing software for companies that use IBM mainframes. "You'd be surprised how much data is still stored on mainframes."
|3||A RARE FIND
"I'm actually doing the job that I love. At most technology companies, it's rare to have a CEO who also can perform the duties of a CTO. I'm the think-tank guy and the direction-of-technology guy. I get a great sense of satisfaction out of my job."
Bailey recently was awarded a patent for inventing a method for detecting the use of stolen identities. He's also proud of another big achievement: "I was asked to help write the [cyberspace] security policy for the Bush administration."
Bailey puts his life on the line for his company, literally, having participated in a dangerous off-road race known as the Dakar, which runs through Portugal and part of Africa. "I saw an opportunity to market Vanguard around the world. But more important, the racing taught me how to run my business better by building and executing plans."