Company news: Verizon names Marcus Sachs as VP for national security policy

Verizon has named Marcus Sachs (left) as vice president for national security policy. He will be tasked with leading the telecom giant's policy development and advocacy, focusing on issues ranging from critical infrastructure asset protection to emergency preparedness. He will work with Congress and administration officials. Sachs previously served as Verizon's executive director for national security and cyber policy. He takes over for Michael Hickey, who is retiring.

The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium, has formed the Trusted Technology Forum to provide a collaborative and open environment for global supply chain players to create and promote guidelines for manufacturing, sourcing and integrating trusted and secure technologies. The objective is to shape procurement strategies and best practices.

Aveksa, provider of enterprise access governance and management solutions, has named Vick Vaishnavi president and CEO. He will lead all business operations and work with senior management to grow the company's worldwide strategy. Previously, he served as VP at BMC Software.

Gazzang, a cloud infrastructure software firm, has secured $3.5 million in Series A venture capital funding to create management solutions to secure open-source software, such as Linux and Apache, and promote adoption of public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

Lee Parrish has joined Parsons, an engineering and construction firm, as VP and CISO. He will be charged with leading the Pasadena, Calif.-based company's information security program. Parrish recently served as director of information assurance for a defense contractor.

Johannes Ullrich has been named director of the SANS Internet Storm Center, an all-volunteer service that detects and analyzes global security threats. Ullrich, the chief research officer of the SANS Institute and former CTO of the Storm Center, will take over for Marcus Sachs, who has served as director since 2003.

Blue Coat Systems, provider of web security and WAN optimization, has appointed Steve Daheb (left) as chief marketing officer and senior VP. He will oversee global marketing initiatives, corporate branding, communications and marketing. Most recently, Daheb served as CMO of Emulex, a storage networking business.

ThreatMetrix, provider of fraud prevention solutions, has appointed Phil Steffora as CSO and VP of global networks. He previously served as CIO and VP at Collarity, provider of on-site behavioral segment targeting for web publishers.

Jon Darbyshire, the founder of EMC-owned Archer Technologies, provider of enterprise governance, risk and compliance solutions, has left the company to start the Archer Foundation. The organization was formed to promote community service, support college education, provide financial aid to single mothers and offer entrepreneurs resources to bring their ideas to market.

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