»Trey Ford has joined Rapid7, a Boston-based vulnerability management and penetration testing company, as global security strategist. Prior to the move, Ford was general manager of the Black Hat hacking conference, a role he held for two years. Ford will work with researchers to share their insight with the security community and other audiences. He will continue his work on the Black Hat Review Board.

»Pamela Jones Harbour (right) has joined Cleveland-based law firm BakerHostetler as a partner in the firm’s antitrust and trade regulation practice and as a national co-leader of its privacy and data protection team. Harbour previously worked at multinational law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, and also served nearly seven years as Federal Trade Commissioner. At BakerHostetler, she joins the firm’s Washington D.C. and New York offices.

»Joshua Goldfarb has joined nPulse Technologies, a Charlottesville, Va.-based packet capture and Big Data analytics provider, as CSO. In the role, Goldfarb will help enhance security offerings for the company’s public and private sector customers. He formerly served as the chief of analysis for the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).

»Ken Knueven (below) has joined Vaultive, a New York-based provider of cloud data encryption solutions, as senior director of channels. In the role, Knueven will lead the company’s channel strategy by facilitating adoption of cloud-based services jointly with key partners.

»Palo Alto Networks, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based network security provider, has acquired Morta Security, a security firm in Silicon Valley. With the purchase, Morta migrates its team of experts on national infrastructure protection to Palo Alto. In addition, Palo Alto expects the acquisition to enhance its Wildfire offering for threat detection and prevention.

»CipherCloud, a San Jose, Calif.-based cloud security firm, has acquired CloudUpNetworks, a privately held provider of SaaS application security. With the deal, CipherCloud expects to expand its CipherCloud platform so that scanning and tagging capabilities for various classes of data, depending on privacy requirements, are available to customers. Through the acquisition, CipherCloud aims to offer a more holistic platform for securing cloud data.

»Damballa, an Atlanta-based firm that provides advanced threat protection services, has added two security executives to its management team. David Earhart joins the company as senior vice president of worldwide field operations, and Julie Preiss comes on board as vice president of marketing. Earhart was previously senior vice president for CA Technologies‘ security and field operations, while Preiss formerly worked as head of marketing for Dell SecureWorks.