Today we’re talking to Will Ackerly, the Co-Founder and CTO at Virtru. And we discuss how Virtru allows you to keep control over who has access to your data after you send it away. How Will holds over 25 patents, and how we can keep AI explainable and keep bias out of AI going forward. 

All of this, right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast!

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About Will Ackerly:

Will is the Chief Technology Officer and Cofounder of Virtru. Prior to founding Virtru in 2012, Will spent eight years at the National Security Agency (NSA) where he specialized in cloud analytic and security architecture. During his tenure at the NSA, Will led the development of the Trusted Data Format (TDF), an open standard published by the US Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and used today by agencies and companies for the secure transfer of data and the technical foundation on which Virtru was founded.  Will holds 25 patents, and is a frequent speaker and quoted expert on cryptography, data protection, and big data analytics.

About Virtru:

Virtru is a global leader in data protection and privacy, equipping enterprises with flexible, end-to-end data encryption solutions that protect emails, files, databases, video, and more. 

Virtru’s tools are easy to use and integrate seamlessly with Gmail, Outlook, Google Workspace, as well as enterprise apps such as Salesforce, SAP, and Zendesk. Additionally, with  features that include access controls, key management, DLP rules, and persistent audit, organizations are able to meet privacy and compliance requirements like GDPR, HIPAA, ITAR, and CJIS. 

To see how you can take full control of your organization’s data, everywhere it’s shared, contact Virtru to start the conversation today. 

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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