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Exclusive: The BlueVoyant philosophy driving success
Thu, 15th Feb 2024

In an enlightening conversation with Brendan Conlon, Vice Chairman and COO of Supply Chain Defence at BlueVoyant, we delved into the intricate world of cybersecurity and the company's strategic positioning within the industry. BlueVoyant, as Conlon describes, is a comprehensive cybersecurity entity offering a suite of services aimed at both internal and external security threats, including supply chain defence and digital risk protection.

Globally recognised, BlueVoyant has stamped its presence across continents, with operations spanning from Australia to South America. Particularly in Australia, the company has seen exponential growth, marking it as BlueVoyant's fastest-expanding market within the APAC region. Since its inception in 2018, BlueVoyant's concerted efforts in Australia, beginning early last year, have been met with considerable success, highlighting the region's acceptance and need for advanced cybersecurity solutions.

A significant part of BlueVoyant's operational excellence stems from its heavy reliance on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). These technologies are integral to the company's product lines, especially in supply chain defence and third-party risk management. Conlon shares insights into how AI and ML are employed to process vast amounts of data for analytics, identify emerging vulnerabilities swiftly, and enhance client interactions through policy analysis and risk-based decision-making.

The discussion also touched upon the realm of generative AI, hinting at upcoming projects that promise to leverage this technology further in vendor interactions and cybersecurity recommendations. This anticipates a future where AI's potential is fully harnessed to bolster cybersecurity measures.

BlueVoyant's flagship offering, Managed Detection and Response (MDR), stands out as its most acclaimed solution. Its effectiveness and innovation have been recognised repeatedly, earning accolades such as Microsoft Partner of the Year. This acclaim underscores the company's expertise and the high regard within the industry.

Addressing customer trends, Conlon notes a growing demand for unifying cybersecurity products and services to enhance operational efficiency and reduce costs. This trend reflects the evolving landscape of cybersecurity, where speed, accuracy, and effective management of digital brand protection and supply chain risks are paramount.

The conversation inevitably veered towards the impact of COVID-19, highlighting the pandemic-induced shift to remote work and its implications on cybersecurity. The distributed nature of corporate networks has necessitated a rethink of traditional security paradigms, placing a greater emphasis on external threats and supply chain vulnerabilities.

In terms of industry focus, BlueVoyant excels in serving the financial sector, insurance, and manufacturing. These areas, particularly vulnerable to supply chain disruptions and cyber threats, have benefited from BlueVoyant's targeted cybersecurity solutions.

The interview also revealed the significant challenge faced by BlueVoyant's clients: the integration of cybersecurity into business operations and the management of third-party risks. Conlon emphasises the importance of understanding business risks, enhancing communication between cybersecurity teams and business units, and the critical role of accurate data in vendor interactions.

BlueVoyant's approach, combining cutting-edge technology with a deep understanding of cybersecurity's business implications, sets it apart in a crowded market. As Conlon succinctly puts it, the company's success lies in its ability to be "good, accurate, and fast," a philosophy that has guided its rapid growth and customer satisfaction.

As cybersecurity threats evolve, BlueVoyant's innovative use of AI and ML, coupled with its focus on supply chain defence and digital risk protection, positions it as a leader in the fight against cybercrime. Through strategic expansions and a commitment to excellence, BlueVoyant is not just responding to the challenges of today but is shaping the future of cybersecurity.