Research and development, artificial intelligence at the service of cybersecurity: the company innovates and relies on innovative approaches to help very small and medium-sized companies ensure the security of their networks. Martin Samson, head of information systems security and vice-president of the company, talks about the company’s strategy.
In-Sec-M: Lambda is a company with more than 150 permanent and freelance employees that offers cybersecurity services to various companies. It targets the company’s assets to provide a service offering tailored to those needs. What makes you different from other companies in the cybersecurity field?
Martin Samson: We are probably the only company that does research and development. We invest our profits in cybersecurity research and development to better secure and help very small and medium-sized businesses (VSEs and SMEs). This type of company does not always have the means to invest in research to fight against cyber attacks.
In-Sec-M: Why did you choose the adventure of research and development?
M.S.: I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. I’ve been in the cybersecurity business since the 1990s and I had the idea of producing tools for SMEs so that they could make sure they knew their cybersecurity posture. That is, to take stock of what they have, their weak points and how to improve their security. They need to be able to protect “the crown jewels”. And then, by working on this with the Lambda team, we came up with an inexpensive but innovative product.
In-Sec-M: What exactly is in your approach?
M.S.: We are in the process of developing all the content, but we have already put in place the container that will serve as the other resources. The first module is about cybersecurity posture. We developed it in 2019 and it will be officially launched in the coming months. We’re also going to have a module about asset categorization and one about connected object security. These latter modules are in development.
In-Sec-M: What will be the purpose of all these modules?
M.S.: All these modules will bring out information that will converge towards a “brain” that will be able to analyze the risk that the client is running. This artificial intelligence will analyze the risk incurred while weighing the company’s appetite for risk. This will allow to define the risk profile. Normally, this is an expensive system that takes time to set up. Often, only large companies can afford it.
In-Sec-M: Why did you join In-Sec-M?
M.S.: For us, In-Sec-M is a key partner to develop the Quebec and international markets. It will also allow us to participate in certain technology conferences. At the same time, we can share with other companies our expertise, our container that we have spent two years building.
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