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Time flies and it is up to you how you spend it — we’ve chosen to build awesome security technologies. Strategic Cyber Ventures just passed its five-year mark, and we’re ready for five more!

There’s a lot to be grateful for. So, join us for a trip down memory lane as we reflect on our journey.

Looking Back:

“When we started SCV five years ago, we had one mission: find really cool security technology with awesome management teams, map them to known requirements, invest in them, and help them grow,” explained CEO and Founder Hank Thomas. …


Dennis Cherian, senior finance major at Villanova University, joined SCV late December as our first intern! We’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Dennis these past weeks over Zoom and email, but we spent the morning taking a bit of a deeper dive.

History lover, twin brother, and theater newb, Dennis comes to SCV with years of both internship experience and extracurricular activities under his belt. Starting at his local state senator’s office in high school, Dennis moved up to the New Jersey Treasury Department, before heading to the White House his freshman year of college. …


Chris Ahern, Principal

For a long time, services were considered a bad word to many VCs — synonymous with low margins, low multiples, and a distraction from higher-margin, scalable software product sales. But for some businesses, perhaps professional services can be used as a go-to-market strategy, a foot in the door that could lead to product sales.

CrowdStrike has been successful with this strategy for years, stating in one of its SEC filings that: “Among organizations who first became a customer after February 1, 2017, for each $1.00 spent by those customers on their initial engagement for our incident response…


Strategic Cyber Ventures is supported by an incredible board of advisors, with decades of cumulative experience spanning a myriad of industries.

In this series, we’re taking the time to get to know our Advisory Board on a deeper level.

First up, meet Simone Petrella, CEO & Founder of CyberVista.

Strategic Cyber Ventures: Tell us a little bit about your background and your relationship with the cybersecurity industry.
Simone Petrella:
I think I’m like a lot of cyber professionals where my path into the industry was actually not through computer science or cybersecurity per se. …


Strategic Cyber Ventures is supported by an incredible board of advisors, with decades of cumulative experience spanning a myriad of industries.

In this series, we’re taking the time to get to know our Advisory Board on a deeper level.

First up, meet Peter Joukov, co-founder of inq Tattoos Boutique.

Watch the full interview here!

Strategic Cyber Ventures: Tell us a little bit about your background and your relationship with the cybersecurity industry. Peter Joukov: It may sound a little interesting that I co-founded inq Tattoos Boutique and I’m on the advisory board of Strategic Cyber Ventures, but most of my…


This pillar comprises implementing defend forward in day-to-day competition to counter adversary cyber campaigns and impose costs, as well as being prepared to prevail in crisis and conflict. It is important to note that the military instrument of power is intended to complement, rather than supplant, other instruments.

This pillar focuses on two key aspects: implementing the military component of defend forward and securing the resilience of key weapon systems and functions.

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Desired End States

The recommendations here focus on ensuring that the US protects its ability to employ the military instrument of power.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #1: GROW THE CAPACITY OF THE CYBER…


At a Glance —

What we do:
Hank Thomas:
CEO, Co-Founder, and Accidental Venture Capitalist
Chris Ahern: SCV Principal
Abbie Ginis: Marketing & Operations

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What do you like best about working at SCV? HT: Doing things our own way and learning something new every day. Coming up with new ways to help the cybersecurity industry and our portfolio never gets dull. CA: The ability to invest over a long-term horizon allowing us to navigate crowded, noisy, and turbulent markets. AG: I like the amount of variability in the day to day. It’s cliche to say, but no two days are alike, which I love…


This pillar attempts to operationalize cybersecurity collaboration with the private sector by organizing and focusing US government efforts on areas where they can have an outsized impact.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #1: IMPROVE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT TO PRIVATE SECTOR OPERATIONS
The federal government has limited resources and capabilities, and should prioritize the defense of systemically important critical infrastructure. And while steps have been taken, the effort falls short of codifying or fully implementing the social contract of shared responsibility and partnership in cybersecurity.

Key Recommendation: Congress should codify the concept of ‘systemically important critical infrastructure,’ whereby entities responsible for systems and assets that…


Denying adversaries benefits is crucial for successful layered cyber deterrence.

Today’s cyber ecosystem is more than technology. It’s also the people, processes, and organizations that plug into the technology and the data they combine to produce. This chapter is about lowering the risk of vulnerability by shifting the burden of security away from end users to owners and operators, developers, and manufacturers who can better implement security solutions at the appropriate scale.

There are five strategic objectives to push this pillar forward:

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #1: INCENTIVIZE GREATER SECURITY IN THE MARKETS FOR TECHNOLOGY Currently technology companies are under market pressure…


Resilience is a foundational element of layered cyber deterrence. It denies adversaries benefits by reducing the chances that their attacks can achieve strategic objectives or have strategic consequences.

This pillar focuses on three strategic objectives to enhance the nation’s resilience.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #1: UNDERSTAND, ASSESS, AND MANAGE NATIONAL RISK
Owners and operators of critical infrastructure are not always fully aware of the risk they inherit, the risk they own, the risk they pass on, and/or the risk they bear for national security, economic security, and public health and safety. …

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