Company news: M&A activity and personnel announcements

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»Vormetric, provider of encryption and key management for enterprise systems, has appointed Tina Stewart (left

) vice president of marketing. She will oversee the company's global marketing activities and will report directly to company CEO,

Richard Gorman. Previously Stewart held marketing, branding and communication roles at Juniper Networks, Arbor Networks and Network Associations, which since has been acquired by McAfee.

»AlienVault, provider of open-source security information and event management solutions, has appointed Barmak Meftah (right) as president and CEO, and Roger Thornton as chief technology officer. Meftah recently served as VP of the software security division at HP and before that as chief products officer of Fortify Software, which HP acquired. Thornton founded Fortify.

»Joey Tyson, a former security engineer at consultant Gemini Security Solutions, has joined the security team at Facebook. He will focus on privacy, and will be tasked with reviewing and influencing policy, as well as engaging the site's hundreds of millions of members.

»Solera Networks, provider of network security analytics, has won $20 million in funding from Intel Capital to be used to expand global sales, marketing and product development initiatives around its threat response products, which enable deep packet inspection of real-time traffic.

»Anti-virus firm Trend Micro has hired Tom Kellerman (left) as the company's first-ever U.S. vice president of cyber security. Kellerman, the former chief technology expert of wireless security provider Air Patrol and vice president of security awareness at Core Security, will act as an adviser to government customers. In addition, Kellerman is a member of the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th President, which aims to guide federal policy making.

» NIST has established the National Cyber Center of Excellence. The Maryland-headquartered center seeks to accelerate the mass adoption of security tools and technologies that can be used to secure e-government and e-commerce. Funded for $10 million, the center will work to develop new security approaches that can meet real-world demands.

» CrowdStrike, a company created to help organizations protect intellectual property and national security information, has launched. Co-founded by George Kurtz, the former CTO of McAfee, CrowdStrike will focus on determining who is behind attacks, which it believes is the most critical piece in protecting assets. Dmitri Alperovitch and Gregg Marston are the other founders.
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