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EE380 Computer Systems Colloquium presents "Solving Cybersecurity As an Economic Problem"

Solving Cybersecurity As an Economic Problem
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 4:30pm
Shriram 104
Alexander Gounares (Polyverse Corporation)
Abstract / Description: 

Conventional cybersecurity technologies have been deployed for decades, yet we hear of a major cyberattack seemingly weekly. What is going on? In this talk, Alex Gounares, CEO of Polyverse Corporation and former Technology Advisor to Bill Gates will explore the fundamental issues behind cyberattacks and discuss some radical new approaches to solving the cybersecurity challenge.


Alex Gounares is the founder and CEO of Polyverse Corporation, a cyber security company focused on protecting software from cyberattacks using moving target defense technologies. Previously, Alex led Concurix Corporation, a maker of Node.js profiling tools. These tools were acquired by Strongloop, an IBM company.
Prior to Concurix, Alex served as AOL's Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he led all aspects of AOL's technology strategy, platform development and external technology partnerships. He was responsible for all of AOL's global engineering, IT, and operations functions. In addition, he served as a member of the company's Global Executive Operating Committee.

Alex joined AOL from Microsoft, where he was Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the company's Online Services Division. During his tenure at Microsoft, Gounares led significant strategic and technical operations for some of the company's most important projects including Microsoft's global advertising platform, Bing search, MSN and Microsoft Virtual Earth. Alex also served for three years as Technology Advisor to Microsoft Chairman and founder Bill Gates, as well as Corporate Vice President of Corporate Strategy in Microsoft's Finance Department.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 1993, Alex worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has founded four startups and is also an inventor on more than 200 U.S. patents issued or pending. Alex holds a bachelor's degree cum laude in Computer Science from Princeton University.