Briefs: Company news for June 2015


»Austin Berglas (left) has joined New York-based K2 Intelligence, an investigative, compliance and cyber defense services provider, as its senior managing director and head of the U.S. Cyber Investigations and Incident Response practice. Prior to his role at K2, Berglas worked as the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Cyber Branch in New York. While there, he directed all national security, counterterrorism and criminal cyber investigations, including investigation into underground black marketplaces, Silk Road and Silk Road 2.0. He also set up the Financial Cyber Crimes Task Force, a joint effort between the New York City Police Department and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

»Cybereason, a Cambridge-Mass.-based cyber attack solutions provider, closed $25 million in Series B funding, which it will use to expands it research and development team, as well as its sales and marketing teams. Spark Capital led the round with participation from an already existing investor, CRV, along with strategic investor Lockheed Martin. Santo Politi, founder and general partner at Spark Capital has also joined Cybereason's board.

»Andrew McDonald has joined Ottawa, Canada-based CENX, a service orchestration solutions provider, as its senior vice president of product management. McDonald was previously the president of IP platforms at Alcatel-Lucent. He's worked in business leadership for more than 24 years. In this current role, he will work to identify future market requirements and deliver on them.

»Accuvant and FishNet Security have combined and will now be operating as the Denver, Colo.-based Optiv Security, beginning in summer 2015. The change will enable the company to complete its growth merger and become a strategic primary source that helps organizations more effectively combat cyber attacks. The company chose from more than 1,200 possible names and its location  at Overland Park, Kan. will now serve as its showcase facility. Accuvant and FishNet Security will maintain separate branding on invoices, statements of work and other materials until the third quarter of 2015.

»Prakash Panjwani (left) has been named CEO of Seattle-based WatchGuard Technologies, a business security solutions provider. Panjwani was with Safenet, a data protection company, for 12 years, where he was CEO. While there, he spearheaded the acquisition of 12 companies and refocused the company's data protection product portfolio. He will be joining WatchGuard's board of drectors, along with Mike Kohlsdorf, the company's interim CEO.

»Rapid7, a Boston-based security data and analytics software provider, has acquired NT OBJECTives, a web and mobile application security testing company. NT's technology will be offered through Rapid7 under the name Rapid7 AppSpider, which was made available immediately to customers. The AppSpider suite will provide security teams with the ability to assess risk in assets and applications in their environments. When combined with analytics, users can make decisions based on business context.

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