SECURITY CLEARANCE: HERE'S WHAT IT'S LIKE WORKING FOR ELON MUSK
Spikes first started working for Musk at Zip2 in 1997 where he led the IT operations teams. He explained,
"Each time was a little more challenging than the last. The move to aerospace was quite a bit of a departure from online banking, and so was online banking from Internet web portal. These were big challenges, but I think that the SpaceX one was by far the most audacious, just unbelievably difficult, practically impossible, type of thing."
Above: Just this past week Elon Musk achieved another milestone — a used SpaceX rocket launched a satellite and then landed in a historic first reflight (Youtube: VideoFromSpace)
Spikes explained that Musk really took the time to understand the pressure points of his businesses, one of which was IT and cybersecurity. Spikes said that:
"Elon benefits from a lifetime of working in computer tech to get that, but not all business leaders do... I like that Elon gets cybersecurity and he gets IT." Furthermore, Spikes would benefit from Musk's interest in cybersecurity: "It wasn’t difficult for me to get, as they say in the industry, board-level interest in tech systems and in cybersecurity and the value of it. It wasn’t hard. He got it."
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Spikes explains, “I think he’s taken pride in not having been hacked at the companies he’s started and I take credit for that." Spikes relays a challenge Musk put forth: "on day one of creating the network at SpaceX, he’s like, ‘Don’t let them hack us.’ That’s really a powerful message, and just exemplifies the fact that we saw eye to eye on the value of a well-crafted network and on a secure system."
*Source: Business Insider