AlienVault Expands Its Leadership Team With Two New Appointments

Industry veteran CISO & CPO bring new vision & leadership to the company

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Jan. 30, 2017AlienVault®, the leading provider of Unified Security Management™ (USM™) and crowdsourced threat intelligence, today announced the expansion of its leadership team with the appointment of John McLeod as the company’s first chief information security officer (CISO) and Cathy Guthrie as its new chief people officer (CPO).

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“Our leadership team provides the expertise and strategic vision that have enabled AlienVault’s amazing growth” said Barmak Meftah, AlienVault’s president and CEO. “John brings extensive security experience in the military as well as public and private companies, and will oversee and expand AlienVault’s security strategies and programs. As head of HR, Cathy will ensure that AlienVault continues to be a great place to work. I’m thrilled to welcome them both to the team!”

Prior to joining AlienVault, John was the Director of Information Security for National Oilwell Varco and also managed IT security for Halliburton, Mandiant and Guidance Software. In addition, John served for 20 years in the United States Air Force as Special Agent in the Computer Crime Division, and also completed overseas deployments in Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.

“In this day and age, it is critical that companies take steps to ensure that their assets, data and intellectual property are protected,” said McLeod. “For any security program to succeed, it is important that all employees—executives, managers and staff—are aware of what’s at stake and trained in best practices. Security needs to be at the forefront of all key business decisions, and I am excited to be able to bring my expertise to the AlienVault team.”

Cathy has 15 plus years of human resource leadership experience at privately held, start-up technology companies and high-growth, publicly-traded organizations in the oil & gas/energy sectors.

“I am excited to be joining such a dynamic team,” said Guthrie. “A supportive work environment coupled with a fun and engaging brand and solid corporate values make AlienVault a place where people love to work. I look forward to driving initiatives that will further enhance AlienVault’s unique culture and identity.”

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