Skip to content
Subscriber Only
Technology
Cybersecurity

‘Bro Culture’ at Camera Maker Verkada Pushed Profits, Parties

Lax security emblematic of broader issues, former employees say; Verkada spokesman says company is tightening policies.

relates to ‘Bro Culture’ at Camera Maker Verkada Pushed Profits, Parties

Illustration: Joseph Gough

Updated on

Verkada Inc.'s security camera customers were livid. Hackers had breached footage from thousands of surveillance devices trained on their operations, including schools, prisons, hospitals and companies around the world. On a webinar with Verkada’s CEO, users wanted answers. Fast.

One pointed question came from Sequoia Capital, Verkada's most prominent investor: How, inquired Silas Thomas, information technology manager at the venture capital firm, can we cut off Verkada employees from access to Sequoia’s cameras?