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Inside Insight: MD Steve Ward on Fighting Cybercrime in 2000 vs 2022

Thought Leadership

Join Ex Secret Service Agent, cybersecurity guru, and Managing Director Steve Ward as he shares his incredible journey of fighting cyber crimes since the early 2000s and weighs in on the current cybersecurity landscape. We’ll start by discussing the just released podcast, Operation Firewall: Tracking Hackers in the Early Days of the Dark Web, which features Steve Ward’s first-hand account as he took down a global cybercriminal ring. Then we’ll dive into lessons learned, emerging trends in cybercrime, and how critical tech startups are fighting back.

How to attend: Follow our LinkedIn Page and tune in on May 20 @ 1pm EDT!  

About Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward is a Managing Director at Insight Partners. He joined in 2021 to focus on investments in cybersecurity. Prior to joining Insight, Stephen was Chief Information Security Officer at The Home Depot, where he provided progressive direction over cybersecurity and technology risk. He is also a Board Member of Mimecast and served on the board of Cloudknox, which recently sold to Microsoft. His innovative approach has led to malware related patented technology and he has received award recognition from his industry peers in cybersecurity. 

He has over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, physical security, fraud and technology risk acquired throughout his career in both the public sector (U.S. Secret Service) and the private sector (JPMorgan Chase and TIAA). He has spent the past 10 years as an advisor to founders of startup companies helping them with strategy, product and business development.

He is a passionate autism advocate inspired by his amazing son and the need for all special needs children to live incredible lives. Stephen believes that technology is truly changing the world with astonishing benefits, but that it will never take the place of compassion, empathy and understanding of others’ differences. 

Stephen is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and graduate of Seton Hall University.