Michael Tanji, Chief Operating Officer
IoT is an increasingly important area of computer technology that has been extremely underserved from a security perspective. Like the commodity IT space over the past 20+ years, security has not kept pace with functionality. Michael Tanji has officially joined the Senrio team as our Chief Operating Officer and is bringing his past knowledge and experience in security and business to help the team get IoT security ahead of the curve.
Michael has been working in computer security since the early 90s. He has been a co-founder and C-level executive of several cybersecurity start-ups including Kyrus Tech, Carbon Black, and Syndis, helping them grow from start-up phase into profitable businesses. Not only that, but he has done just about everything else security related in between. His background is in intelligence and cyber defense; securing government and corporate networks, assessing foreign cyber threats, contributing to national and corporate policy on cyber security, and implementing those policies in both government, financial, and other sectors.
He is also familiar with the offensive side of security, working with teams that conduct penetration tests against networks and devices to help identify critical flaws so that - ideally - they can be fixed before they are placed in operation, or at least before an actual bad guy finds them and exploits them.
Not many people actually realize how much the IoT truly affects them. We are surrounded by devices that we don’t realize are actually driven by tiny computers connected to networks. IoT makes life extremely convenient, but it is a very fragile system. Recognizing just how fragile things are, Michael wanted to be apart of a company that was addressing the problem in a meaningful way. He and Senrio CEO and founder, Stephen Ridley both come from the same special group at a large defense contractor that supported U.S Law Enforcement and Intelligence communities on offensive and defensive cybersecurity. Recognizing that Stephen and his team were addressing IoT security problems in a truly meaningful way, when the opportunity to join Senrio came up, joining the team was an easy decision.
--Rachel Michel, Senrio Marketing Associate