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»Alan Kessler (left), Hewlett-Packard's former VP of worldwide sales, has been appointed the president and CEO of Vormetric, a San Jose, Calif.-based enterprise encryption and key management service provider. He served as president of intrusion prevention at TippingPoint, prior to the company being acquired by HP.

»Kristin Paget, previously Chris Paget, has joined Apple as a core operating system security researcher. Paget moves to Apple after having served as chief hacker at the New York-based security consulting firm
Recursion Ventures. In 2006, Paget was also a part of an elite team of hackers hired by Microsoft to find and fix flaws in the Windows Vista operating system.

»Jacqueline Beauchere has been named Microsoft's first chief online safety officer. She will assume the role in March. Beauchere was previously an online safety expert at the software giant, responsible for outreach regarding online safety. 

»Dave DeWalt (right), former CEO of McAfee, has moved to FireEye to serve as the company's new CEO. This year, the Milpitas, Calif.-based network security company was named the fourth fasting-growing technology company on Deloitte & Touche's “Fast 500” list. DeWalt, who last year was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Security Technology Advisory Council, brokered the $7 billion sale of McAfee to Intel during his time there.

»The Department of Homeland Security awarded a $23.6 million research grant to the Morgridge Institute for Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With the funding, the institute will dedicate the next five years to creating the Software Assurance Marketplace – an environment where developers and the open source community can collaborate to enhance software security. It will be led by Miron Livny, director of core computational technology.

»Vint Cerf (left), Google's chief internet evangelist and an original architect of the internet, has been named chair of StopBadware's board of directors. Having served on the board since January 2010, Cerf takes over the role from PayPal CISO Michael Barrett. StopBadware's mission is to make the web safer through prevention, mitigation and remediation of “badware” sites.

»Private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo has acquired Boxborough, Mass.-based global network security solutions company Crossbeam Systems. The senior management team at Crossbeam will continue to manage the business, which has more than 200 employees throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Crossbeam provides solutions for fixed and mobile operators, and enterprise customers.

»Copenhagen, Denmark-based IT security firm Secunia has officially erected a presence in North America. The company appointed Neil Butchart as vice president to lead Secunia's newly formed operations, which are headquartered out of Minneapolis. Prior to joining Secunia, Butchart was managing director of EMEA for Shavlik Technologies, a firm that has since been acquired by VMware.

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