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“Having someone as skilled and well respected as Matt join the Secuvant management team is nothing short of incredible,” said Ryan Layton, CEO and co-founder of Secuvant in a press release. “Matt has a very unique combination that is rare to find in cyber security, that being business, legal and technical. He has proven to many businesses and their executives that he is the go-to guy when it comes to cyber risk advisory, and now he can add the Secuvant Cyber-7 methodology that just puts client benefits over the top.”

Prior to joining Secuvant Matt was an attorney with Holland and Hart in Salt Lake City, focused on managing data breach events, overseeing incident response and investigation teams for clients and helping commercial data breach victims prepare civil claims against negligent data custodians and processors.

“Secuvant starts by helping executives understand that security is a business risk and not just a technical one,” said Sorensen in a press release. “I am excited to deliver value to our clients using the Cyber-7 process which is like nothing I’ve seen before. That is what attracted me to Secuvant. The way they help businesses address growing security threats while enabling revenue and lowering risks and costs, is unique in the marketplace.”

July 27, 2017: MCNC promotes Chris Beal to CISO, expands cybersecurity team

By appointing Beal to the CISO role and adding two new positions to its security team, MCNC expects to further develop and implement innovative cybersecurity solutions for its customers. The non-profit MCNC operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), which connected institutions of the University of North Carolina System, Duke University, and Wake Forest University to each other, and through advanced research networks such as Internet2 and National Lambda Rail, to the world.

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Chris Beal, MCNC CISO

Beal will also assess and monitor network vulnerabilities and risk posture, advisory services so organizations can best manage security risks and threats, and training and education opportunities to help NCREN users stay informed.

“Chris continuously demonstrates a wealth of knowledge and expertise on the latest cybersecurity issues and solutions,” said MCNCpresident and CEO Jean Davis in a press release. “His promotion as well as the addition of two team members will allow MCNC to advance upon the foundational elements we've implemented over the past two years to benefit not just our customers but all of North Carolina.”

Beal joined MCNC in 2013 as Chief Security Architect. His responsibilities have included working with customers to build MCNC's internal security and risk management programs to ensure security policies, services, and strategies meet the needs of MCNC and the NCREN user community.

“Increased reliance on digital resources means that our customers depend on us to help protect these resources,” said Beal in a press release. “At MCNC, we want to leverage our knowledge and expertise to help our customers identify and address their pressing cybersecurity challenges. We will work with our constituents to carefully research and deploy solutions that keep our collective digital environments better protected against threats and vulnerabilities.”

July 26, 2017: Capsule8 appoints former RSA chairman Art Coviello to its board of directors

Capsule8 has announced that Coviello will bring his 35-plus years of operating and management experience to the company. This coincides with Capsule8’s announcement of its beta release of its flagship product, Capsule8 Protect, a threat prevention and response platform purpose-built for cloud-native environments.

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Art Coviello

“We’re on the verge of a huge market shift as companies migrate from monolithic architectures to modern cloud-native infrastructures. And while they want to embrace new and open technologies – like containers and microservices – the security risks associated with Linux need to be addressed,” said Coviello in a press release. “Capsule8 is one of the most exciting security companies I’ve come across in recent years and I’m eager to help them achieve their full market potential.”

In 2015, Art Coviello retired as Executive Chairman of RSA, the security division of EMC. During Coviello’s two-decade career at RSA, the company evolved from its roots in authentication and encryption to being a leader in the most important emerging areas of information security, including security analytics, identity, and governance, risk and compliance (GRC).

“As we bring our product to market, it’s great to have Art – who was behind one of the greatest successes in the enterprise security market – on our team,” said John Viega, Capsule8 CEO, in a press release. “There are few people in the industry with Art’s experience, network and know how. We are thrilled that he has agreed to bring his time and talent to Capsule8.”

July 21, 2017: Phil Lea named head of security and compliance at Advanced

With the hiring of Lea, British software and services company Advanced hopes to further strengthen its leadership team to deliver technology solutions with security in mind. He will focus on customer security, security technologies and governance. This will include enhancing the tools that Advanced uses to secure its products, customers and internal IT as well as developing managed security service offerings for its hosted and IT outsourced customers. 

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Phil Lea, Advanced

Lea will also be responsible for coordinating security governance across Advanced and ensure the entire business is ready for future regulatory requirements including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

“Advanced has undergone what is arguably the largest transformation of any UK company at this current time,” said Lea in a press release. “Its ambition represents a unique opportunity for any senior leader, and I am thrilled to be joining the organization as it focuses on accelerating its growth. Key to this growth, as with any company, is a solid security strategy and I look forward to supporting Advanced through its next transformative phase as well as helping customers securely reimagine their own businesses.”

Lea has over 20 years’ IT and security experience at companies such as Fujitsu, Gartner and the Department for Work and Pensions. At Fujitsu, he spent over eight years as Managing Security Consultant before taking up the role of Security Practice Manager where he led the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Consultancy Practices in the technology giant’s security operations team 

July 19, 2017: Managed security provider MKACyber names Mark G. Hall as director, operational risk and compliance

Hall joins MKACyber, a managed security services provider (MSSP) and security consulting firm, to help its customers align their cyber defenses against identified threats and risks to their business operations and high value data and systems. He brings over 30 years of experience in information assurance and cybersecurity working for both the public and private sector.

Prior to joining MKACyber, Hall worked as an independent consultant and senior partner with the Cyber Security Consulting Group. He also served as vice president, cyber security engineering at Decisive Analytics Corporation. Hall also spent nearly 25 years in the intelligence community and later the Department of Defense (Office of the Secretary of Defense)

“Mark is a seasoned cybersecurity professional. He brings unique insights to our customers’ cyber defense requirements. His previous work on a variety of IA initiatives and programs, as well as the enforcement and compliance with policy and security protocols that he supported, made him perfect for this position,” said MKACyber found and CEO Mischel Kwon in a press release.

July 19, 2017: Proofpoint adds Capital One CISO Michael Johnson to its board of directors

Cybersecurity company Proofpoint, Inc., named Johnson as an independent director for the company effective July 18. He is currently senior vice president and chief information security officer (CISO) of Capital One Financial Corporation. Prior to this role, he served as the chief information officer for the U.S. Department of Energy overseeing cybersecurity, cyber enterprise integration, enterprise information resources management, cyber supply chain risk management and headquarters information technology operations.

“We are pleased to welcome Michael to Proofpoint’s Board of Directors,” said Eric Hahn, Proofpoint founder and chairman of the board in a press release. “He brings exceptional information security and risk management knowledge to the position that will further enhance our ability to maintain our momentum and grow market share as we protect more than fifty percent of the Fortune 100 from advanced threats and compliance risks.” 

July 18, 2017: Randy James to lead ICF’s cybersecurity and resilience business

Global consulting and technology services provider ICF named James senior vice president and division lead for the company’s enterprise cybersecurity and resilience (ECR) practice. The company expects James to leverage his extensive experience in cyber consulting, engineering and operations to accelerate ICF’s current strategy of helping to protect organizations against rising cyber threats without disrupting innovation and growth.

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Randy James, ICF

James has over 30 years of experience in information technology, critical infrastructure protection and professional services. He most recently served as vice president of cyber at SAIC and also served as CISO at CSC Government Solutions.

“Randy is one of the nation’s most respected cybersecurity and resilience leaders and is an incredible addition to the ICF team,” said Ellen Glover, executive vice president of transformation and resilience solutions at ICF in a press release. “I look forward to working with Randy to keep our clients ahead of the curve with the best technologies, strategies and tools to address the increasing sophistication and frequency of cyber attacks.”

“I am honored to join a team that is leading the next generation of cyber defense,” said James in a press release. “I am eager to build upon the company’s extensive experience and solid foundation in solving complex cybersecurity challenges.”

July 11, 2017: Former federal CISO Gregory Touhill heads new Cyxtera division

In 2016, President Barack Obama appointed Brigadier General Gregory J. Touhill as the nation’s first federal chief information security officer (CISO). Now he brings his considerable cybersecurity experience to secure infrastructure provider Cyxtera Technologies as president of the newly formed Cyxtera Federal Group (CFG). CFG will offer Cyxtera’s data center services and cybersecurity capabilities to federal agencies and departments.  

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Gregory J. Touhill, Cyxtera Federal Group president

As the federal CISO, Touhill he was responsible for ensuring that the proper set of digital security policies, strategies and practices were adopted across all government agencies. “We are excited to announce the further expansion of Cyxtera’s business with the launch of Cyxtera Federal Group, and we could not have found a finer leader than Greg Touhill to head this endeavor,” said Manuel D. Medina, CEO of Cyxtera. “There is truly no one better to lead this business than Greg, who is one of our country’s premier cybersecurity experts. His experience as the first federal CISO of the United States will be invaluable to our company and our government customers.” 

Touhill is expected to help CFG will support agencies across the federal government with a portfolio of secure infrastructure solutions delivered from a global footprint of data centers, including six in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area where the division will be based. 

“Cyxtera’s technology and capabilities are among the most innovative and effective in the marketplace, and it is an honor to join their world-class team,” said Touhill in a press release. “I have spent my entire professional career defending our country, and I’m looking forward to joining the private sector to help create efficient, effective and secure solutions to protect the federal government’s critical information systems, on which our citizens and institutions rely.  With cyberattacks on the rise in frequency and severity, it is more important now than ever that we effectively secure our systems, networks and data.” 

Touhill is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and combat veteran who served in several commands around the world including U.S. Transportation, Central, and Strategic Commands. He also led the creation of the Air Force’s cyberspace operations training programs. He is a sought-after speaker and author within the information technology industry, where he is best-known for his “Cybersecurity for Executives: A Practical Guide,” which is used widely at colleges and universities across the country. 

July 11, 2017: Databricks hires David Cook as CISO to lead cloud and data security efforts 

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David Cook, Databricks CISO

Citing rapid growth of its Unified Analytics Platform as a factor, Databricks, brought Cook on board as chief information security officer (CISO) to “evolve Databricks’ already significant investment and leadership in cloud and data security,” according to a press release.

Prior to joining Databricks, Cook served as the chief security officer (CSO) for Jive Software, where he was responsible for Jive's physical and logical security of personnel, physical assets and information assets, including IT, product, and cloud, leading Jive's corporate security strategy and programs. In addition to being Jive’s CSO, Cook ran Technical Operations for Jive’s Cloud platform. Before Jive, Cook held a director of security roles at Blue Coat Systems and Jasper Wireless where he ran the organization’s corporate and product security programs. 

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