SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Catbird, the pioneer in security and compliance for virtual, cloud and physical networks, announced today that the company has constituted an Advisory Board and named the first five members. The board includes industry experts, innovators and specialists in the fields of virtualization, cloud computing and security.
"We have assembled a diverse team of proven executives to assist in extending Catbird's leadership position," said Edmundo Costa, Catbird CEO. "Our board brings together technical expertise and essential operational know-how as the virtualization security market enters its growth phase."
The move comes amid strong momentum for Catbird, including a recent designation as a Gartner Group "Cool Vendor" and increasing adoption of Catbird in regulated markets such as PCI and the U.S. Government. The advisory board draws together executives with unique backgrounds directly relevant to virtualization and cloud security - including representation by the types of customers who deploy such infrastructure - with the goal of leveraging their collective insights and experience.
The Catbird Advisory Board includes the following individuals:
Richard C. Schaeffer, Jr., a former Senior Executive with the National Security Agency (NSA), with over 40 years total U.S. Government service, including 15 years as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service. He brings extensive leadership, management and technical experience in the area of Information Security and Intelligence.
Pravin Kothari, Founder and CEO at CipherCloud, which uses revolutionary technology to provide cloud data protection solutions. Prior to founding CipherCloud, Mr. Kothari was Founder, CTO and interim-CEO of Agiliance, a leading GRC software company. Previously, Mr. Kothari was Co-founder and VP Engineering of ArcSight, a leading security company.
Shaw Chuang, former CTO and VP of Emerging Technologies at PGP Corporation, and, as a Director of Engineering for VMware, a key contributor to the ESX 3.2 release. Mr. Chuang brings a unique combination of security and virtualization expertise to Catbird.
David Bernstein, Managing Director of Cloud Strategy Partners and former VP and GM of Cloud Computing at Cisco, brings a wealth of relevant experience building OS, Application Framework and Systems Software. He has created leading edge products in cloud computing, applications infrastructure, SOA and web services networking equipment.
Sunny Azadeh, President and CEO of Acctuall, Inc., an SaaS Silicon Valley startup focused on business intelligence and delivering financial and operational intelligence to the full-service restaurant industry. Ms. Azadeh's experience also includes over 25 years in technology and 10 years as a C level executive with several high tech companies.
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About Catbird (www.catbird.com)
Catbird is the industry leader in comprehensive security and compliance for virtualized, cloud and physical environments, and a winner of four Best of Show Finalist Awards at VMworld 2010, 2009 and 2008. Via Catbird vSecurity and the "Catbird" virtual appliance, Catbird is the only company delivering best-practice security for Hypervisor, Guest VMs and Policy/Regulatory Security Compliance. As companies migrate mainstream servers and desktops to virtual environments, uncertainty over security and compliance can impact deployment plans. Catbird's protection eliminates these worries and keeps virtualization plans on track. Founded in 2000 by Internet pioneer Ron Lachman, the company's innovative technology protects tens of thousands of customer systems and networks who rely on Catbird and its partners to protect their valuable IT assets from external and internal threats. The private company is based in Silicon Valley, and is currently recruiting new partners and resellers.