Who Is

watching out for you?

In today's world you need to understand a few more things...

Who Is

knocking on your virtual front door?

It could be someone down the block or from the Bloc

A vendor-agnostic organization to help IT security pros

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6-Feb-2013 - hen a larger firm bought the startup she was working for, Sara Gates found

 herself selling software to large companies. And her customers were constantly asking, ‘Hey Sara, do you know anybody like me I can talk to?”

That was the first major point she saw... the need for IT matchmaking... putting like-minded people who were facing the same challenges, in touch with each other.

The second major point she noticed when constantly listening to IT decision makers, is how much influence vendors have in the industry. When IT pros want information, they almost always are forced to rely on what vendors tell them.

Those two observations led her to launch WiseGate, a knowledge and info sharing service.

“We democratize IT in a way that’s similar to how we see social media is changing all of us look at things,” said Gates, Founder and CEO. “Wisegate is set up to give users a voice. We are anti-hype, and bring together actual experts to solve problems.”

It’s a subscription-based service. Members cannot work for a vendor who sells to IT, and must be senior in their careers.

“Our beachhead segment is Information Security. We also harness collective intelligence from experts, and curate and publish from a practitioner’s point of view.”

Wisegate does live virtual events including product events with people who are working on the same issues. Attendees learn what’s working and what’s not.

“We also do live industry trends publishing... taking content from a virtual event and publishing reports a practitioner can use,” Gates said. “We call it “the anti-hype view networking’.”

One important distinction is that Wisegate refuses to sell advertising. The organization prefers to remain unbiased, and private. Members must qualify to join. That’s how it focuses on improving the information flow between IT practitioners – by concentrating on IT from the practitioner point of view.  

“Most people aren’t as far along as we’re led to believe,” said Gates. “Of course there is tremendous value provided by vendors. Vendors are creating new markets and technologies, and moving things forward. Often the frontier is a vision. At Wisegate we’re focused on what’s really happening in the IT shop.”  

To that end, you can read the Wisegate Top Security Threats for 2013 report here.