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045 David Harding - Passion Drives Innovation

By Aviv Shahar

David Harding is an executive with over 25 years of technology leadership experience. David is the Senior Vice President and CTO of ImageWare Systems, Inc. Of his many accolades, David is credited with transforming this traditional software company into a leading cloud and software as a service provider, with services and products that are licensed and resold by some of the world’s largest corporations. He is an expert in the field of biometrics, identity management and enterprise security. In addition to his business acumen, David is also a prolific inventor, holding multiple patents with even more pending, and an avid musician. In this episode, Aviv and David cover a variety of technology and business topics, ranging from blockchain to data breaches. David discusses his current role and breaks down the distinction between biometrics and identity management. He cautions about the ever-growing need for cyber security in our society and discusses the outdated nature of passwords. David also touches on government and private sector misuse of cyber security, even going so far as to describe the Equifax data breach as one of the most catastrophic in history. Aviv asks David about how he got his start in the software industry and what advice he would give his younger self. Finally, Aviv and David discuss the importance of passion, empathy, and learning to adapt in the workplace. 01:07 – Introducing David Harding 02:24 – David’s latest projects 03:31 – What excites David about working in cyber security 05:33 – Understanding the distinction between biometrics and identity management 07:35 – Cyber security and the ever-evolving need to adapt to cyber threats 09:28 – David discusses public and private sectors that use identity management 13:30 – David explains blockchain technology 16:42 – Why it is difficult for companies to transition into “software as a service” model 19:05 – The practical application of transactional scalability 20:26 – How music provided a source of inspiration for David 22:17 – How the skills David learned while playing in a band transferred to business success 25:48 – The importance of mutual trust and respect to business team success 26:34 – When did David know that he wanted to work in software? 29:28 – Why artificial intelligence (AI) overpromised and under delivered 32:54 – Are we on the precipice of delivering on technologies such as artificial intelligence? 34:53 – David’s innovation process looks to identify pain points to reach solutions 37:22 – David describes a seminal experience that shaped his career 42:35 – What the future holds for biometric technology 46:07 – The rapidly growing fields of behavioral analytics and machine learning 46:48 – David’s advice to his younger self 49:15 – Parting words of wisdom from David 51:00 – Aviv provides steps to create your new future FULL SHOW NOTES:

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