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The CP List: 20 Tech Channel Thought Leaders You Should Know

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Michael Dell

Dell's Michael Dell

Dell’s Michael Dell

When Michael Dell, Dell Technologies’ CEO and chairman, took the stage at this year’s Dell Technologies World conference, he told attendees they share a “vision of a future that is better than today,” and a vision of technology “as the driver of human progress.” Thirty-four years ago, he founded PC’s Limited, which would be renamed Dell, and in 1992 he became the youngest CEO on the Fortune 500 list.

“At first, the power of digital transformation was kind of like a secret that only we in the technology world saw coming,” he said. “Fast-forward a few years and the secret of digital transformation has burst onto the public consciousness. Every customer that I meet is re-imagining how they use technology in every aspect of their operations to drive growth, new business models, customer relationships, and new products and services. Technology is now at the very top of the agenda for business leaders everywhere and for the C-suite.”

Parisa Tabriz

Parisa Tabriz, Google’s director of engineering, told attendees at this summer’s Black Hat conference that great strides have been made in fighting cybercriminals during the past decade, but to be successful, “we have to stop playing whack-a-mole” and do a better job of identifying and tackling the root cause of cyber threats.

Google's Parisa Tabriz

Google’s Parisa Tabriz

She also said it’s important to pick milestones and celebrate them, and build out your coalition of experts.

Tabriz is responsible for Chrome security and Project Zero, a security research team tasked with reducing harm associated with zero-day vulnerabilities.

“Making real change is hard; it results in pushback,” she said. “Making fundamental change to the status quo is hard. If you’re not upsetting anyone, you’re not changing the status quo.”

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