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July 2003

Infosec professional profile: Ron Gula

Ron Gula is no rock star. Says who? Gula, for starters. "From where I sit, I only have to figure out if other people are rock stars. I assume that I'm lacking, that this is kind of where I landed," he says from his Maryland home. He's just dropped his two sons at day care and is heading to an Atlanta network security forum. Gula has no "handlers." No PR people to prop up his image. No groupies to goose his ego. But he has developed a following since the debut of Dragon, his IDS that maintains a loyal fan base despite Gula's departure from Enterasys Networks, which sells Dragon. And he's hoping for a similar success story with his new company, Tenable Network Security, a security startup he runs with Jack Huffard and Nessus creator Renaud Deraison. Tenable's flagship product is a vulnerability assessment tool called Lightning. "He may not be a rock star, but he'll be considered one of the more solid reformers we've had, especially in the commercial arena," says Becky Bace, CEO of Infidel and an IDS expert who has known Gula since...

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