Briefs: Company news, February 2016

»Matt Goulet (left) has joined San Antonio, Texas based security firm GlobalSCAPE, Inc as the new chief operating officer (COO). Goulet will be responsible for operational leadership responsibilities including direction of the product strategy and management, engineering, and quality assurance teams as well as for the alignment and prioritization of technology alliances to further Globalscape's go-to-market strategy. He joined the firm in 2013 and has more than 20 years of experience in security, networking, and storage industries. 

»Kevin Walker has been appointed as the new security chief technology officer (CTO) at Sunnyvale, CA based Juniper Networks. Walker will be responsible for driving the company's internal security strategy and externally with investors, partners and customers and will be part of the team working on Juniper's security products. Walker has more than 25 years experience and was formerly the vice president and assistant chief information officer (CIO) at

»Matt HibbardKent Rounds and Jason Hollander have joined San Francisco-based bot detection and mitigation firm, Distil Networks, as the new Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Sales, and Vice President of Customer Success. Hibbard has held various finance leadership positions and was most recently the chief financial officer (CFO) for Xoom. Rounds will be responsible for the development and execution of sales strategies, enterprise account management, continued growth of the sales organization, and investments in strategic alliances and has more than 25 years of experience. Hollander will be responsible for optimizing and scaling the solutions engineering, implementation, and customer success teams and brings more than 20 years of experience. 

»Shari Steele (left) has joined the international nonprofit organization that builds and promoted digital privacy tools, The Tor Project, as the new executive director. Steele is responsible for helping to build and grow an Internet freedom NGO and for helping to make Tor more operationally sound and more sustainable. She has more than 20 years of advocating for individuals' rights online and previously served as the executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for 15 years. 

»Sunnyvale, CA based security firm, Proofpoint, Inc. has acquired the social media compliance solutions provider, Socialware for approximately $9 million. The acquisition will combine Socialware's compliance workflow and content capture/review capabilities with Proofpoint Social Media Security and Compliance to provide a better social media security and compliance solution. The expanded support capabilities are expected to be available for on the same timeline for existing and new Proofpoint partners such as Hootsuite, LinkedIn, Percolate and Salesforce.

»Peter Merkulov (left) has joined Globalscape, a San Antonio, Texas-based firm, as vice president of product strategy and technology alliances. Merkulov will be responsible for leading the firm's product strategy, product management, product marketing, and technology alliances teams. He has more than 14 years of experience in IT security.

»Howard A. Schmidt has joined Synopsys, a Mountain View, Calif. based firm, as security adviser. Schmidt will advise Chi-Foon Chan, Synopsys president and co-CEO, and the company's software integrity group on a broad range of security-related matters. He is the former cyber adviser to Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. 

»IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Weather Company's business-to-business, mobile and cloud-based web properties, including WSI,, Weather Underground and The Weather Company brand. The planned acquisition would bring together IBM's cognitive and analytics platform and The Weather Company's cloud data platform. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.

»Scott Gainey has joined SentinelOne, a Mountain View, Calif.-based cybersecurity firm, as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Gainey has nearly 20 years of experience in high-tech business-to-business marketing and has turned multiple product lines into billion dollar businesses. Previously he was the vice president of marketing at Palo Alto Networks. 

»Scott Gordon (left) and John Grillos will be joining FinalCode, a San Jose, Calif.-based security firm, as respecrively the new chief operating officer and SVP of worldwide sales. Gordon has more than 20 years of experience and was previously the chief marketing officer of ForeScout Technologies. Grillos has more than 25 years in enterprise software and has previously held leadership positions at IBM, WorkshareCorporate and Quark Software.

»Michael Fuhrman has joined Peak 10, a Charlotte, N.C.-based IT infrastructure and cloud services provider, as CTO. Fuhrman is charged with the company's product and service strategy, research and development, and internal IT initiatives. He previously held high level leadership positions at Cisco.

»Thales, a French multinational firm, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the San Jose, Calif.-based security firm Vormetric for $400 million. Thales will further extend its capabilities to offer customers a comprehensive data protection suite of solutions for protecting enterprises against cybersecurity threats. Vormetric helps more than 1,500 enterprises to protect their sensitive data from both internal and external threats.

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