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June 2, 2022
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5 min. read

Cybersecurity at Step Zero, with CISO, Chris Castaldo and CTO, Pyry Åvist

So, a CISO and a CTO walk into a start-up... It's not a punchline. It's a vital conversation that needs to happen. And we're having it!

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Making security a foundation of a start-up is no laughing matter. It’s hard to do and there’s a lot at stake. But those who put security first at founding, laugh last at funding, growth, and exit.

Great security cultures happen when CISOs get buy-in from the top of the org chart. CISO of Crossbeam and author of Start-up SECURE, Chris Castaldo will be joined in the CISO Sandbox by Hoxhunt CTO, Pyry Avist. They’ll walk though the ways CTOs and CISOs can work together to integrate cybersecurity into the business’s processes and technologies.

Learn how to create a business that is built to last, with cybersecurity as a cultural touchstone! These lessons are applicable to everyone, not just start-ups!

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Basic cybersecurity concepts every founder needs to know
  • How to leverage cybersecurity to enhance your value proposition
  • How to scale cybersecurity as your business grows
  • Successful growth, from funding to a clean exit, enabled by secure data


Chris Castaldo is the Chief Information Security Officer at Crossbeam, the world’s first and most powerful partner ecosystem platform. Crossbeam acts as a data escrow service that finds overlapping customers and prospects with your partners while keeping the rest of your data private and secure. Chris is also a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. He previously held cybersecurity executive roles at Dataminr, 2U, IronNet Cybersecurity, Synchronoss, and the National Security Agency. He is a U.S. Army and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran.

Pyry Åvist is Chief Technology Officer and co-Founder of Hoxhunt. An expert in machine learning, Pyry is active in start-up ecosystems and passionate about helping founders build their businesses upon strong cybersecurity foundations.

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