LAS VEGAS, Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Kudelski Security, a trusted advisor and cybersecurity innovator for the world's most security-conscious organizations, today announced Andrew Howard, CISSP, CISM, as its chief technology officer. Howard will be responsible for setting the overall technology strategy for the company's cybersecurity solutions and will lead research and development (R&D) operations globally, including the creation of a new R&D center in Atlanta, Georgia, and management of the company's existing R&D centers in Cheseaux, Switzerland and India, where the company explores and develops leading-edge cybersecurity solutions to support emerging client requirements.
"Andrew is an exceptional leader and cybersecurity technologist whose experience developing solutions and managing risk in the most demanding operational environments has established him as a trusted advisor for leading corporations and federal agencies," said Rich Fennessy, chief executive officer of Kudelski Security. "His proven ability to drive our technology agenda forward with advanced research and product development will be an enormous asset to our continued growth as a premier cybersecurity innovator and solutions provider."
In addition to overseeing the company's proprietary technology and product development, Howard will also lead the evaluation of third-party technology products and drive the strategy for delivering recommended best-of-breed solutions that best match a client's technical and business requirements.
Prior to joining Kudelski Security, Howard led Georgia Tech's applied cybersecurity research and development portfolio headquartered at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). As the laboratory director for GTRI's Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory, he directed research and advisory programs targeting complex challenges in government and industry. He has served as an advisor on emerging security threats to Fortune 250 CISOs and government bodies and has extensive experience as a security architect, strategist and technical leader. Previously, he was at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, in the Technology Security Advisory Practice, where he designed and managed information security programs for Fortune 100 companies. Howard holds an MBA in Management of Technology and a master's degree in Information Security from Georgia Tech, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).
"Kudelski Security has an impressive history of innovation and extremely high-end capabilities that set them apart," said Howard. "I am looking forward to working with the team to build a robust portfolio of next-generation cybersecurity solutions that are not only innovative, but can be practically implemented and maintained as part of a well-defined and mature cybersecurity program."
Howard's hire is the latest of a number of recent senior leadership appointments as the company expands its global presence (see today's press release: Kudelski Security Expands Into U.S. Market to Address Unmet Demand for Advanced Cybersecurity Solutions). Other additions to the global executive team include:
- Mark Carney, vice president, global consulting services: Formerly the CISO of FireMon and vice president of strategic services at FishNet Security, Carney joined Kudelski Security in June and is responsible for setting the direction and operational execution of the company's cybersecurity consulting services business in the U.S. and coordination of capabilities globally.
- Alton Kizziah, vice president, global managed services: Kizziah brings more than 17 years of experience in the information security industry, with a specialization in managed services since 2006. Prior to joining Kudelski Security in April, Kizziah served as the vice president of security solutions for Forsythe Technology and previously ran the managed security services businesses at FishNet Security and Trustwave.
- Steve Speidel, vice president, global operations: Speidel joined Kudelski Security in April. With more than 25 years of experience in various executive roles, including chief information officer and chief operating officer at Fortune 500 companies, he is responsible for driving operational excellence across the company's business and providing management oversight and alignment of global resources.
- John Van Blaricum, vice president, global marketing: Van Blaricum joined Kudelski Security in April, and was most recently vice president of marketing for FireMon and FishNet Security. In addition to product marketing, technology partnerships and demand generation, he is responsible for the global brand strategy for the growing company.
"We've assembled a team of highly qualified, cybersecurity leaders who are passionate about what they do, and will significantly strengthen our ability to provide the solutions that can affect real change in this industry and help clients protect their most sensitive assets," added Fennessy. "The opportunity we have is significant, and we're developing the cyber talent, leadership and capabilities needed to deliver on our vision."
More information about Kudelski Security and its executive team may be found at: https://www.kudelskisecurity.com/about-us/management
About Kudelski Security
Kudelski Security is the premier advisor and cybersecurity innovator for today's most security-conscious organizations. Our long-term approach to client partnerships enables us to continuously evaluate their security posture to recommend solutions that reduce business risk, maintain compliance and increase overall security effectiveness. With clients that include Fortune 500 enterprises and government organizations in Europe and across the United States, we address the most complex environments through an unparalleled set of solution capabilities including advisory, technology, managed security services and custom innovation. For more information, visit www.kudelskisecurity.com.
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