Category: Rising Star
Name: Asaf Cidon
Title: Vice President, Content Security Services
Company: Barracuda Networks
Why nominated: An expert in email mailware, Asaf Cidon seeks to educate and train those in the security industry.
Profile: Asaf Cidon could have stayed above the fray. With a PhD and MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Cidon could have opted to spend the rest of his career behind the scenes in academia.
Rather than work on research and teaching, Cidon threw himself into the security industry and tackled one of the most practical and common of security issues: email malware.
Cidon and his team at Barracuda Networks found that many customers read all the negative news about ransomware and phishing attacks, but they had no idea what exposure level their organization had to these threats or what to do about it in a way that could make a difference.
Cidon's has proven success with Barracuda and in addition to his work developing the free tool, Cidon always makes himself available to help educate and train young people in the security industry. He also makes himself available to discuss recent research with the press and explain security trends and ongoing hacks.
What colleagues say: "We live in a world where there is certainly no shortage of security threats that businesses have to address. This is especially true with the recent emergence of complex ransomware campaigns and the rapid migration of customers to public cloud platforms, which also presents new challenges. Asaf Cidon and the Barracuda Sentinel team have been instrumental in our ability as a security company to help customers remain secure in a constantly changing threat landscape."
– Hatem Naguib, SVP & GM, security business, Barracuda