Accuvant Launches Advisory Board

-- Distinguished Industry, Academic and National Security Experts Guide Firm’s Growth --

Denver – Sept. 13, 2011 – Accuvant, the only research-driven information security partner delivering alignment, clarity and confidence to enterprise and government clients, today announced that it has established an advisory boardcomprised of some of the most respected academic, information security, privacy and risk management, and national security professionals in the world. The board will provide Accuvant with valuable perspective on emerging threats and countermeasures, customer and macro-economic trends, and most-importantly independent advice on Accuvant’s sales, solutions, national security, technology and go-to-market strategies.

“Attack complexity and volume will continue to increase and evolve, as will the differing approaches of solutions to combat these cyber threats. Our commitment to provide industry-leading information security solutions and our steadfast focus on customer satisfaction has made Accuvant the go-to partner for the majority of the Fortune 100 and more than 4,000 growing companies, educational institutions and government agencies,” said James C. Foster, Accuvant senior vice president of strategic business development and advisory board chair. “I am humbled by the experience and backgrounds of the individuals that have joined our advisory board. They are true experts in the industry, are a key element of our strategy to stay ahead of foreign and domestic cyber threats, and will enable us to continuously refine our direction and offerings so that we can best protect our country, her companies, citizens and allies.” 

“Too often advisory councils are little more than figureheads intended to lend credibility to technology or federally-focused companies,” said Lawrence M. Walsh, chief executive officer of The 2112 Groupandeditor-in-chief of Channelnomics. “The Accuvant Advisory Board is more than that. It’s a group of security all-stars that span the spectrum of technical and use-case experiences. Accuvant couldn’t have wished for a better group of security experts to act as its market sherpas. This advisory board’s quality speaks volumes of the security proficiency and value generated by Accuvant.”

Inaugural members of the Accuvant Advisory Board include:

  • James C. Foster, Advisory Board Chair and Senior Vice President of Business Development, Accuvant- A well-known industry expert, recognized speaker and best-selling author, Foster has testified in front of Congress multiple times about the increase and impact of international cyber threats. At Accuvant, he works with the company’s executive team, clients, and partners to define the corporate strategy for helping them solve large-scale global challenges. Foster joined Accuvant with the successful acquisition of Ciphent in September 2010, where he served as the company’s founder and CEO. Previously, Foster held key management positions at Foundstone (acquired by McAfee), Guardent (acquired by VeriSign), Information Security Magazine (Acquired by TechTarget Media), Booz Allen Hamilton, Computer Sciences Corporation and the United States Department of Defense.
  • Dan Burns, Co-founder and Senior Vice President of Sales, Accuvant– Dan Burns oversees Accuvant’s global sales team. His sales philosophy is to focus on building long-term relationships with clients, working with them to simplify their lives and become a trusted information security partner rather than a reseller or outside consultant. Burns has been successful and his efforts have greatly contributed to the 70x growth since 2002. Prior to co-founding Accuvant, Burns was a regional vice president of sales for OneSecure (acquired by Netscreen), regional vice president of sales for Exault (acquired by VeriSign) and a sales leader for several other security companies.
  • Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Securities, LLC - Melissa Hathaway, president of Hathaway Global Securities, LLC, brings a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional perspective to strategic consulting and strategy formulation for public and private sector clients. Over the past two years, she has served as a member of the board of directors of Terremark Worldwide Inc., a NASDAQ listed company that was acquired by Verizon Communications in March 2011; a strategic advisor to NetWitness Corporation, which was acquired by EMC Corporation in April 2011; a member of the board of directors of EastWest Institute; a member of the Council of Experts at the Global Cyber Security Center in Italy; a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Advanced Cyber Security Center in Boston, Mass.; and a member of the Intelligence Advisory Board for Sandia National Laboratory.  From February 2009 to August 2009, Hathaway served in the Obama Administration as acting senior director for cyberspace in the National Security Council.  During the last two years of the administration of George W. Bush, Hathaway served as cyber coordination executive and director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence where she led the development of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI).
  • General Anthony C. Zinni, Decorated General, Diplomat, Recognized Author, USMC (Ret.)- General Zinni is Chairman of the Board of Directors for BAE Systems, Inc. He has served as the executive vice president of an international government services company and as president of international operations for a manufacturing company. Zinni has held positions on several boards of directors and advisors of major companies in the fields of government services, manufacturing, telecommunications, electronics, hospitality and hotels, defense industries, software development, financial services, shipbuilding, mining, and capital investment. He has also had his own consulting business working with companies in strategic planning, business development, international marketing, customer relations, communications, and leadership.
  • Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario, Canada - Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world. An avowed believer in the role that technology can play in protecting privacy, Dr. Cavoukian’s leadership has seen her office develop a number of tools and procedures to ensure that privacy is protected in Ontario – and around the world. Businesses across North America and Europe regularly seek Dr. Cavoukian’s advice and guidance on privacy and data protection issues. She has been involved in a number of international committees focused on privacy, technology and business. Her ground-breaking 1995 paper with the Netherlands, on advancing privacy protection through the pursuit of privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs), is now part of the industry lexicon.  Dr. Cavoukian is perhaps best known for her mantra of “Privacy By Design.”
  • Dr. Aviel D. Rubin,  Professor, Computer Science and Technical Director, Information Security Institute, Johns Hopkins University- Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Rubin was a research scientist at AT&T Labs. He is also co-founder and president of Harbor Labs. Dr. Rubin is associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, associate editor of Communications of the ACM (CACM), and an advisory board member for Springer's Information Security and Cryptography Book Series. In January 2004, Baltimore Magazine named Dr. Rubin a Baltimorean of the Year for his work in safeguarding the integrity of our election process. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Electronic Frontiers Foundation Pioneer Award, and received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in 2010-2011.
  • Rear Admiral Christopher E. Weaver, Defense, Security and Organizational Management Consultant, US Navy (Ret.)- Admiral-retired Chris Weaver is an independent consultant and advisor with an extensive background in defense installation infrastructure management, physical security, strategic organizational change, environmental compliance, and information technology streamlining.  In March 2006, Rear Admiral Weaver completed a 35-year Navy career, retiring from command of the US Navy’s installations and bases worldwide.  Since retiring from active service, he has enjoyed success as a private consultant in a wide range of business areas including organizational change, the environment, defense and private industrial infrastructure development and security, infrastructure management, and integrated coastal security systems and processes.
  • Dr. Fred B. Schneider, Professor of Computer Science, Cornell University – Dr. Fred B. Schneider is a Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. He joined Cornell's faculty in the fall of 1978, having completed a Ph.D. at Stony Brook University and a B.S. in Engineering at Cornell in 1975. Dr. Schneider currently also serves as the chief scientist for the NSF-funded TRUST Science and Technology Center, which brings together researchers at U.C. Berkeley, Carnegie-Mellon University, Cornell University, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University.
  • General David K. (Bob) Edmonds, Vice President, Domestic Programs, Government Relations and the Senior Executive for Air Force Programs, ITT Defense & information Solutions – Bob Edmonds is the vice president, domestic programs, government relations and the senior executive for Air Force programs at ITT Defense & Information Solutions. Working with government relations and business development staffs, he helps the four major value centers – Electronic Systems, Mission Systems, Information Systems, and Geospatial Systems – meet and exceed customer requirements in order to accomplish their mission. Edmonds joined ITT from Syndetics, a management consulting firm specializing in strategy, capture, and proposal management in the government aerospace and defense sector. Previously, he was a senior member of the Aerospace, Defense, and Aviation practice at Heidrick & Struggles International, a global executive recruiting and leadership consulting company. Edmonds enjoyed a successful career in the United States Air Force, culminating with the rank of Brigadier General.  He is a senior fellow with the Bipartisan Policy Center and an advisory director with the global investment bank, Lincoln International. In addition, he is past president and board member of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association and a Falcon Foundation Trustee.
  • Dr. Rei Safavi-Naini, AITF (formerly iCORE) Chair in Information Security, University of Calgary, Canada – Dr. Reihaneh (Rei) Safavi-Naini is the AITF chair in information security at the University of Calgary, Canada. Before joining the University of Calgary in 2007, she was a professor of computer science, faculty of informatics and the director of Telecommunication and Information Technology Research Institute (TITR) and Centre for Information Security at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Dr. Safavi-Naini has served on the program committees of major conferences in cryptology and information security including CRYPTO, EUROCRYPT, ASIACRYPT, and ACM CCS and has worked on numerous industry collaborative research projects. Currently, she is director of iCORE Information Security Lab.
  • Dr. Richard A. Upton, Executive-in-Residence, General Catalyst Partners LLC- As an executive-in-residence at General Catalyst Partners LLC, a $1.6B venture capital and private equity firm based in Cambridge, Mass., Dr. Upton is responsible for identifying and pursuing investments in small- to mid-sized firms specializing in cyber security and biosecurity, working with General Catalyst’s Growth Equity team.  Previously, Dr. Upton was an executive vice president for healthcare informatics and intelligence with BBN Technologies (acquired by Raytheon in 2009). He was also a senior vice president for business development and intelligence with ALPHATECH, Inc., where he helped to drive the growth of this high technology firm from $25M to over $100M in a period of 4½ years. ALPHATECH’s growth led to its successful acquisition by BAE Systems in 2004.
  • Christofer Hoff, Founder of the HacKid Conference and CloudAudit Project- Chris Hoff has 20 years of experience in high-profile global roles in network and information security architecture, engineering, operations, product management and marketing with a passion for virtualization and all things cloud. Hoff is currently a senior director and security architect at Juniper Networks. He was previously the director of cloud & virtualization solutions of the security technology business unit at Cisco Systems, where he focused on virtualization and cloud computing security, spending most of his time interacting with global enterprises and service providers, governments, and the defense and intelligence communities. Hoff is a founding member and technical advisor to the Cloud Security Alliance, and founder of the CloudAudit project and HacKid conference. He was twice nominated as the Information Security Executive of the Year and won the Security 7 award in financial services in 2005.
  • Riley Repko, Public and Private-Sector Collaboration and Technology Specialist - Riley Repko is committed to building the ‘knowledge-bridge’ between the innovator and the requirement. He has a long history of working with innovative small and medium-sized companies leveraging his know-how to drive new business. A constant and responsive connector, he is most comfortable strategizing with key industry decision-makers at the highest levels of government, between leading-edge cyber solution providers, venture capitalists, and the R&D community found within both the public and private-sectors. Today, Riley serves as the senior fellow in cyber security for Virginia Tech, and as an affiliated faculty member with the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology.
  • Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, Professor, University of Texas at Dallas – Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham is the Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. I Distinguished Professor in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and the director of the Cyber Security Research Center since October 2004.  Previously, she was at MITRE Corporation for 16 years where she worked in cyber security and data mining, was a departmental head and chief scientist, and spent three years on an intergovernmental personnel assignment at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Thuraisingham is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2011 Medal of Merit from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the 2010 Research Leadership Award for outstanding and sustained leadership contributions to the field of intelligence and security informatics, the 2010 Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (ACM SIGSAC) Outstanding Contributions Award for seminal research contributions and leadership in data and applications security for over 25 years, and the IEEE Computer Society’s 1997 Technical Achievement Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Secure Data Management.

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