Let’s meet a charismatic personality and a cybersecurity wizard, Eduardo Cervantes, the Chairman and CEO of Corsa Security.
After pursuing a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Statistics, and an MBA, Eduardo started his career by spending five years in M&A at a top-three NY investment bank. Furthermore, he went to P&G, and eventually started his Tech company which he sold during the dot-com days.
Since then, he committed his focus to Cyber-Security. He has had the opportunity to run large and medium global organizations in cyber-security. These experiences today enable him to add value to several boards of directors.
More about Eduardo’s Professional Life
Eduardo’s expertise is in scaling mid-sized companies to leading market players. He has scaled up Cloud, Mobile, Security, and Surveillance software companies to successful exits. He has worked with some of the top Private Equity and Ventures investors in the US and Europe, running operations in several continents. Eduardo is a member of the Forbes Business Council.
He has served as Board Director for Password Bank (acquired by Symantec), CloudIT (acquired by Ingram Micro), Quartz (acquired by Cisco), and ClearPath Technologies (acquired by ACNielsen) among others, and has led global organizations with over 5,000 employees as well as smaller teams.
Today Eduardo is scaling up Corsa Security from a small Canadian hardware company to a global Palo Alto Networks Technology partner with sales in North America, EMEA, and Asia. Corsa provides security infrastructure to prime enterprises, service providers, and governments.
An Overview about Corsa Security
The first turnkey virtualization platform for scaling network security by automating firewall virtualization.
Founded in 2013 as software-defined networking experts, and are now leveraging this networking, security, and virtualization expertise to revolutionize network security. Corsa Security is headquartered in Ottawa, ON, Canada with offices in San Francisco, CA, Boston, MA., Dubai, UAE and New Delhi, India.
It helps large enterprises, service providers, managed security service providers (MSSPs), and any large network owner struggling with scaling network security and its private network firewalls getting in the way of business agility.
With the Corsa Security platform turnkey solution, the organization eliminates the deployment and maintenance pains of physical firewalls and allows its customers to automatically replace physical network firewalls with virtual ones. The other characteristics include more easily scale and ‘pay-as-you-grow’ network security services at a much lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
The brand is the leader in scaling network security with the first turnkey network security virtualization platform. It simplifies how large enterprises and service providers expand traffic inspection, increase threat protection and automate firewall virtualization, at a much lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
By tightly integrating virtualization with intelligent orchestration, Corsa Security streamlines deployment, management, and migration of virtualized next-generation firewalls (NGFW) for zero-touch network security operations. Customers subscribe to the Corsa Security services based on their current needs and then pay as they
grow while never needing to deal with the infrastructure.
About the Corsa Security Pioneering Platform
The Corsa Security Platform leverages a SASE framework to automatically deploy and manage virtual network firewalls with speed (24x faster deployment), simplicity (zero-touch operations), and savings (5x lower TCO).
The Corsa Security Platform disrupts the network firewall market by helping to fully automate the Network Security Protection Hierarchy. As the industry pioneer, Corsa Security provides turnkey infrastructure automation for scaling network security.
A Remarkable Achievement
In Eduardo’s role with Corsa Security, he is most proud of the world-class team that has come together with top talent from executives to individual contributors. The company has transformed into a highly effective, focused, and passionate team of professionals who have created a collaborative environment low on politics and high on quantifiable results.
Success in its True Essence
Eduardo looks at success as materially improving the lives of others, building incredibly successful companies, and taking good care of his family. Ultimately, being at peace with family and business achievements, with no regrets, is his highest measure of success.
Facing Challenges with a Visionary Mindset
Corsa Security’s operating environment is complex due to the fast-moving cyber-security challenges, digital transformation, and supply chain challenges, in addition to its trans-continental presence with country-specific issues. Also, facing the COVID-19 global pandemic crisis and inflationary pressures, the organization enables customers to fight inflation by lowering firewall operating costs while staying cyber-secure.
Together we define Corsa Security
The team has become disciplined around the execution of the strategy. It remains agile and flexible but is fact-driven and highly quantitative while constantly reviewing the company’s strategy and tactics. In addition, Roadmap Capital, its majority investor is incredibly supportive. It has enabled the brand to push forward and experience outstanding outcomes.
Also, the company is a rare combination of networking, security, and virtualization expertise. A diverse background allows the company to solve large enterprises’ network security challenges through automation and virtualization.
All about Leadership Principles: From the Leader’s Desk
- First, determine what talents are necessary for company success and recruit the best individuals in the world. Then clearly align their compensation to the company’s objectives. This leadership principle is an important investment.
- Second, create a performance management framework that enables the team to quantitatively evaluate its strategy and execution.
- Third, become the most knowledgeable team about the customer, their business, and their needs and obstacles. Then design the business around that.
- Fourth, foster a culture of performance and collaboration amongst individuals, departments, and offices, with a key focus on customers.
An Insights about Eduardo’s Leadership Style
“We have heard people say that he is tenacious, focused, and resourceful. People often say that he hires great people and get out of their way while providing guidance and support. And also that he is a number and research-driven individual and that he is easy to work with”.
A Piece of Best Advice
Eduardo’s COO, Mikel Irizar pointed out the other day that running the business and executing the strategy are two different things. As only running the business results on the status quo. While executing the strategy requires actively executing and measuring the strategy deliberately and only doing what “moves the needle”.
A Thrilling Future
Eduardo is immensely excited about Corsa Security because it is helping large Enterprises and Service Providers to effectively, comfortably, and quickly virtualize their security stacks. Today, customers are shying away from dedicated hardware and transitioning their IT infrastructures towards virtual appliances.
As Corsa Security automates the deployment and management of their security stack, it provides customers the ability to complete their digital transformation efforts efficiently and securely.
Global cyber-security players have taken note of Corsa Security. The company has established solid distribution and technology partnerships. Eduardo believes the company is well on its way to becoming a major global player in the space in the next 12 months.