Company news: CipherCloud, Yahoo, and Twitter's company announcements

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»Paige Leidig (left) has joined San Jose, Calif.-based cloud information protection company CipherCloud as its first chief marketing officer. Leidig was formerly the global VP at SAP, an enterprise software corporation headquartered in Germany. 

»Travis Patterson also has joined CipherCloud as SVP of worldwide sales. Prior, Patterson served as the SVP of sales and support at Sunnyvale, Calif.-based mobile security cloud service provider Marble Cloud, formerly called IronKey.

»Justin Somaini (right) has left Yahoo, where he had served as CSO, a move that comes not long after researchers exposed security issues in Yahoo Mail, namely a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability made public in January. Prior to joining Yahoo, Somaini was CISO at Symantec. Before that, he served as the director of information security at Reston, Va.-based Verisign

»Famed researcher Moxie Marlinspike has left Twitter, where he was part of its security team. He used the social networking site to announce his exit, telling followers in January that he had “some fun projects coming up.” Marlinspike previously co-founded the San Francisco-based Android security firm Whisper Systems, which was acquired by Twitter in 2011. 

»A new company, Cybersalus, has launched and will focus on providing services and solutions for threats affecting the government sector. John Kiehm is the CEO of the Reston, Va.-based firm. Cybersalus is a standalone company based on a partnership between Kiehm and Temple, Texas-based distribution and defense solution provider McLane Advanced Technologies (MAT). 

»FireEye, a Milpitas, Calif.-based advanced threat solutions company, has secured $50 million in venture funding from new and existing investors, which include Goldman Sachs, Norwest Venture Partners, Silicon Valley Bank and Sequoia Capital. The funding will support FireEye's international expansion, innovation and other initiatives to expand its customer base. 

»C. Scott Hartz (left) has joined Cupertino, Calif.-based security start-up TaaSERA as CEO. Prior, Hartz was the CEO of PwC. TaaSERA, a behavioral malware detection firm, was established in February 2012 through the acquisition of cloud and endpoint security provider Taasware. It also licensed research and development technology for network malware detection from SRI International

»WatchDox, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based enterprise solutions provider, has secured $12 million in funding to further its secure document-sharing technologies. New York-based Millennium Technology Value Partners led the funding, which helped WatchDox last December acquire InstallFree, a product that allows the company to enhance its own file-sharing security platform. 


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