Preview: Cylynt Chairman Graham Kill sat down at the recent Cylynt Anti-Piracy and License Compliance Summit for a video interview to share his thoughts on software piracy and data privacy. As former CEO of Irdeto, a Netherlands digital platform security company, Graham has been dealing with piracy on a global scale for over 30 years.
What is the biggest challenge facing license compliance teams over the next decade?
With the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe and the California Consumer Protection Regulation (CCPR) in California the trend towards data privacy and data protection is becoming a global movement, and that is going to mean there will be many different regimes around the world that anti-piracy and license compliance solutions providers like Cylynt are going to have to deal with. In addition, the data that Cylynt and others gather on behalf of our customers ultimately has significant value to those who might want to misuse it, so the security of that data is absolutely paramount, and that issue is only going to increase over time.
In your experience, how quickly do pirates adapt to new anti-piracy methods or technology?
I’ve been fighting pirates for over 30 years and have come to recognize that pirate organizations are run very much like legitimate businesses and are trying to protect, diversify, and grow their revenue stream just like legitimate businesses. It is a complete and utter arms race against these organizations, and it is incumbent on Cylynt as a key player in the industry to make sure we’re always several steps ahead of them.
What differentiates Cylynt from its competitors?
What ultimately separates Cylynt from other service providers is that we really focus on the product. All of our investment, time, and energy goes into our product and our customer service. We’re really the user’s user of the industry and are completely focused on getting value and productivity for the customers who use our solutions instead of spending time talking about it.