In this episode, Richard talks to Rafi Ozick, the new CEO of Privatise (best know for their Business VPN product) following a recent Management Buy-Out.
Following a recent TubbTalk episode with Paul Rosenthal, the founder of Privatise VPN, Richard finds out what led to the Management Buy-Out and what the future plans are for Privatise. Rafi also shares what he sees as the main growth area in cybersecurity for MSPs.
An Interview with Rafi Ozick
Who is Rafi Ozick?
Rafi Ozick was the software engineering manager at Appstractor, best known for their Privatise business VPN product. Rafi’s got seven years of industry experience as a full stack developer and software architect. Following a Management Buy-Out, we can now announce Rafi as the new CEO at Privatise.
What Led to the Management Buy-Out?
Like a lot of things that have happened lately, it is an outcome of COVID-19. Due to the demand with Trusted Proxies, another product from Appstractor, the resources and focus to expand Privatise had reduced. In order to take Privatise to the next level and in a direction towards cloud security, Rafi agreed with founder Paul Rosenthal that he would lead a management buy-out.
Listen to the recent TubbTalk episode with founder of Privatise Paul Rosenthal: How to find MSP Opportunities with a Managed VPN – TubbTalk #73
The Future for Privatise VPN
Rafi explains that Privatise has been increasingly known until now for their managed VPN. The future direction is going to have a focus on a full stack network security solution and what they are calling an IT cloud based network security for MSPs.
The idea being that it will handle every part of network security from the VPN encryption, whitelisting, remote access and DNS filtering from one easy to use location. The goal is that Private will provide everything that you need in your network and internet security stack.
The timescales are fast with the first new features released within weeks of this recording!
The Future of Cybersecurity for MSPs
MSPs are now becoming acutely aware that they’re the gatekeepers for their clients. Hackers and cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and are targeting MSPs because they know if they can get into an MSP, they’ve got access to all of these clients’ sites.
Rafi explains that remote work and cybersecurity isn’t just a growth area anymore, but a survival factor. “The big growth factor in cybersecurity, is really securing people who are not necessarily in the office and software based.”
You’re going to have to change your business to work around this idea that people are moving more. For some businesses it’s combining that office plus out of office cybersecurity and network security.
He explains that Privatise is unique in targeting anyone who’s working from home, and those companies where workers split their time between office and remote work. Their current and future offerings are going to be powerful in providing security for this future of work.
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