Illumio hires White House cybersecurity policy director as head of cybersecurity strategy

Nathaniel Gleicher

Application security startup Illumio has appointed Nathaniel Gleicher as its new Head of Cybersecurity Strategy.

Most recently, Gleicher was Director for Cybersecurity Policy for the National Security Council. Prior to that he prosecuted domestic and international cybercrime at the U.S. Department of Justice, built custom e-commerce and database solutions and advised the South Korean government on technology policy.

In his new role, Gleicher will lead Illumio's public cybersecurity thought leadership and policy engagements, as well as oversee the applicability of Illumio's adaptive security technology to its customers' cybersecurity strategies, the company said.

"Nathaniel has the rare combination of deep expertise in cybersecurity policy and hands-on software development that makes him an invaluable resource to our customers and partners," said Alan Cohen, Chief Commercial Officer at Illumio.

Commmenting on his appointment, Gleicher said: "One of the fundamental challenges we face in cybersecurity is that attackers are faster, more agile and more adaptable than defenders. The Illumio Adaptive Security Platform gives us the opportunity to change that -- to rebalance the playing field between defenders and attackers. It empowers organizations to finally retake control of the geography within their data centers and clouds from attackers."

In April, 2015, Illumio announced a new round of venture funding that brought its total investment to more than $142 million. And according to Business Insider, "that makes it worth more than $1 billion" and officially a startup unicorn.

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