Raffael Marty

Hello, I'm Raffael Marty

Leadership. | Product Strategy. | Zen. | Big Data. | Artificial Intelligence.

San Francisco, CA, USA

Raffael Marty

Leadership. Product Strategy. Zen.

"Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present." - Bill Keane


Raffael Marty is chief research and intelligence officer at Forcepoint. He brings more than 20 years of cybersecurity industry experience across engineering, analytics, research, and strategy to the company. Marty leads Forcepoint X-Labs, a specialized group that is dedicated to behavior-based security research and developing predictive intelligence to differentiate Forcepoint's human-centric product portfolio.

Prior to Forcepoint, Marty ran security analytics for Sophos, a leading endpoint and network security company, launched PixlCloud, a visual analytics platform, and Loggly, a cloud-based log management solution. Additionally, Marty held key roles at IBM Research, ArcSight and Splunk and is an expert on established best practices and emerging innovative trends in the big data and security analytics space. Marty is one of the industry's most respected authorities on security data analytics, big data and visualization. He is the author of Applied Security Visualization and is a frequent speaker at global academic and industry events.

Marty holds a master's degree in computer science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland and is a student of the Japanese tradition of Zen meditation.

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My Areas of Interest

Below you find four areas of interst that I like to think about.

"When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear." - Zen Proverb


Leadership is one of those topics that has accompanied me for a long time. What does it mean to be an efficient leader? What does it mean to be a good leader? How can I become a better leader?

Back in my early 20ies when I coached a National sports team, I had to deal with leading a team; or when I was a boy scout. Now in professional life, the stakes are different, the challenges and rewards are the same: You are dealing with people.

Over the past, soon to be decade, I have been exploring a path of Zen. It's amazing how much Zen can teach us about leadership.

Visual Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Companies are collecting petabytes of data and are building large scale data processing environments based on hadoop and other big data technologies. This means we can process data, but what does the data really tell us? Visual analytics is the intersection of big data, data science, and visualization to help exploring data and make it actionable.

Security intelligence is the latest movement in the security arena. It combines the big data world with security information management (SIEM). How does one apply machine learning and advanced data science to catch attackers? A question I am very passionate about.

Business Coaching / Advising

I have always been fascinated by people and how to build lasting relationships. Being part of a national sports team and later coaching the team taught me some incredible lessons and gave me some amazing experiences that I am trying to translate into business and life. My professional journey combined with the sports experiences has helped me work with a number of startups. I have helped define business models and strategies, assisted in raising money, building business relationships, and helped executives to go a step further.

Zen Student and Giving Back

I have been practicing Zen for a number of years. I am a Zen student and practices the tradition of koan study to gain insight into life.

2011 has introduce me to a new world, the world of NGOs. I traveled to Africa with MamaHope to get to see first-hand, what it means to live in absolute poverty. The trip has inspired me to do more work in this area and as a result of that, I joined the advisory board of MamaHope. I have also been working with some other projects like The Adventure Project to learn more about the NGO world.

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