» Gary Kovacs (left), the former CEO of Mozilla, has joined AVG Technologies, an anti-virus provider with North American headquarters in San Francisco, as CEO and managing director. In his role at AVG, he will oversee the company’s development and expansion across a number of offerings, including mobile, cloud and software solutions. At Mozilla, Kovacs was responsible for expanding the Mountain View, Calif.-based company’s desktop and mobile businesses. He previously served as general manager and vice president of mobile and devices at Adobe Systems.
» FireEye, a Milpitas, Calif.-based firm providing advanced persistent threat and zero-day protection solutions, and Chantilly, Va.-based PhishMe have partnered to enhance their ability to detect attacks against corporate environments. With PhishMe’s simulated phishing scenarios, which train employees to stave off intrusions, and FireEye’s real-time threat protection technologies, the companies expect to provide an enhanced layer of defense for their clients.
» Tom Heiser, president of security firm RSA, has transitioned to parent company EMC. There, Heiser will lead the company’s efforts in the cloud computing space. In an interim move, Art Coviello, RSA’s executive chairman, will take over Heiser’s responsibilities at RSA.
» MobileSpaces, a Silver Spring, Md.-based mobile security start-up, has secured $8.6 million in funding from investment firms Marker and Accel Partners. With the financing, MobileSpaces, which secures 1.5 million applications in Apple‘s App Store and Google Play, plans to enhance its sales and marketing presence to erect itself as a leader in the mobile security space.
» Doug Johnson (right), the vice president and senior adviser for the American Bankers Association‘s risk management policy division, has also taken on the role of vice chair of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC) for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security. Johnson assumes the role from James Wells III, the former chairman and CEO of SunTrust Banks, who stepped down after completing his two-year term. FSSCC was established in 2002 and works closely with the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
» AirTight Networks, a Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of Wi-Fi security solutions, has secured $10 million in funding led by investors Trident Capital and CMEA Capital. Its customer base consists of businesses in the government, financial, manufacturing, hospitality, health care, technology and retail sectors – and includes Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, the Vitamin Shoppe and Modell’s Sporting Goods. The funding will help the company to expand
» Seculert, an Israel-based firm that focuses on cloud-based advanced threat protection, has secured $10 million in funding led by Sequoia Capital, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture capital firm. Norwest Venture Partners, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based investment company, also contributed to the funding which will aid in Seculert’s mitigation of advanced malware and threats through cloud, crowdsourcing and big data analytics technologies.
»Hackett Security, a St. Louis-based firm that installs and monitors burglar and fire alarm security systems, has acquired Avery Security, a Wentzville, Mo.-based, family-owned business providing residential and commercial security systems. With the acquisition, Hackett intends to grow its local and regional market share.