A competitor of ours reported a major hack yesterday. One of their certificates was compromised, and client data was likely lost. I’ve heard some ask for us to capitalize upon this, reach out and talk about how my company is better, etc.; a few thoughts here.
First, I instructed our team that under no circumstances were we to do anything of the sort. Two reasons: first, nobody is unhackable, no matter how well thought out their security posture is. Second, and more important, it’s not who @greathorn is, and it’s not how we operate.
We’ve also shied away from talking about SolarWinds, or shaming organizations breached as part of the attack. Our place is to help organizations see and quantify the risks that most other email security vendors ignore, and then provide our customers with the means to secure them.
But, we’re also security practitioners. Many of us come from long backgrounds in the space. We know how hard it is to do this job, and kicking the people whom we know work hard, are also trying to protect their customers, and who are having a hard week as is? No.
Don’t misunderstand: @greathorn literally created the API-based email security space, and we were here years before any of the newcomers into this market. Our product is better. But Rule 0 of the company applies every day. (You can find it on the company webpage, if you want.)

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