Stuart's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Cybersecurity

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Irvine, CA

STUART MCCLURE

CEO / President, Founder
Cylance, Inc.

“The trick and secret to life is literally as simple as never giving up.”

INTERESTS:

Engineering Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Exploration Risk Experience Fear Goals Perseverance Simplicity

FOUNDATION:

Learning and Being Challenged

TAGS:

challenge, challenges, computer, computers, cyber security, determination, hacking, hard work, inspiration, job application, passion, perseverance, philosophy, programming, risk, school, security, success, university, work

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He clicked with his first high school programming class because coding made him feel like he had control over something—as a teenager, that was a feeling he rarely experienced.
  • Later, while he was working as a teaching assistant in college, his computer was infected with the Morris worm, one of first widely spread computer worms.
  • He was fascinated by the architecture of the worm, and started to reverse engineer it to figure out how it worked—that was his first foray into the world of cybersecurity.
  • A friend started bragging that he had avoided the worm because his system was more secure, and Stuart took that as a challenge; within two days, he’d hacked into his friend’s system.
  • He worked as chief technical officer for computer security software company McAfee, one of the largest, most well-known security technology companies in the world.
  • But one day, someone asked him if he used McAfee software on his own computer, and he had to tell the truth—he didn’t use anything to secure his computer except his own brain.
  • The more he thought about it, the more he started to realize that he could “teach” a machine to take most of the security precautions he took on his own, such as not opening malicious links.
  • From that he idea, he formed Cylance, the first company to apply machine learning and artificial intelligence to the world of cybersecurity.

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