Malwarebytes is shortlisted for Best SMB Security Product at the V3 Technology Awards 2015, underlining the company's success in the enterprise space as it continues to broaden its offerings to businesses.
The firm's 25-year-old CEO and founder, Marcin Kleczynski, has also been nominated for the Tech Hero award owing to his passion for innovation and ethical approach to business.
Ahead of the awards, V3 caught up with Anthony O'Mara, VP of Sales EMEA at Malwarebytes, to hear more about the company's plans for the future.
How do you feel being shortlisted for this year's V3 Awards?
Being shortlisted is great, and winning would be marvellous because of the respect you get from your peers. For us, wanting to win is just as important as winning.
How has Malwarebytes evolved over the past 12 months?
The company has been growing at a phenomenal rate by almost every measure. We have continued to invest in product development, so we can keep delivering for our customers and prospects.
This in turn has helped drive revenue, resulting in us being listed as one of the fastest growing companies in Silicon Valley. This has been supplemented by our geographic expansion in Europe and Latin America, which has seen us open offices in the UK and Ireland, and we are soon to announce new locations around the world. Watch this space.
What were the biggest threats?
Malvertising combined with exploits continues to be a big threat, not just to consumers but to enterprises. Cyber criminals figured out a long time ago how to abuse global ad networks to infect people and businesses with relatively little effort or risk on their behalf. They are only getting more creative and effective in how they do this, contributing to an ever-growing threat.
What is Malwarebytes focused on for 2016?
Our focus doesn't change: delivering products that give our customers and prospects the confidence that we will continue to crush malware better than anyone else. The next year is all about taking this message to as many people as possible.
What do you think the biggest security trends will be in 2016?
More malware, delivered by more exploits. It is such an effective threat vector, whether it is criminals trying to infect home computers or enterprises, that it will continue to grow as a problem. Also, ransomware continues to grow in stature as an enterprise threat, as it is such a pernicious threat and takes so much time and effort to combat.
How do you plan to deal with these trends?
We have always tried to be ahead of the curve when it comes to the threat landscape, investing in products that address the latest problems. We will continue to do so as we move through 2016 and beyond.
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