Cybersecurity startups, not weighed down by legacy platforms, can be more nimble and innovative than their more established competitors, and can often offer more personalized service at a more attractive price. Atiq Raza has seen this from both sides. Today, he's the CEO of Silicon Valley cybersecurity startup Virsec Systems, but he's also worked for large companies, including a stint as the president of AMD.

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"I have managed major organizations with hundreds of key vendors," he says. "For some functions you want conservative, well established vendors with a long track record of doing one thing very well. But for many functions, including security, you also need the latest, most effective and most innovative solutions – typically from younger companies."

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