Guardium Appoints Security Industry Veteran to Lead Strategic Practice for Government Markets
Key Hire with 20+ Years of Federal Technology Experience Will Continue Guardium’s Rapid Growth Safeguarding Data for Government Sector
WALTHAM, Mass. (June 12, 2009) - Guardium, the database security company, today announced the appointment of Craig Marr as director of sales for government markets.
Craig will be responsible for continuing Guardium’s rapid growth in the government sector. The company’s real-time database security and monitoring platform is currently deployed in numerous government organizations such as:
·Federal agencies, including financial agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
·Independent federal agencies.
·Government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs).
·The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro), which transports more than a third of the federal government to work every day.
Marr brings more than 20 years of federal technology sales experience, including more than 13 years focusing on security. As director of federal sales for IBM/ISS (Internet Security Systems), the trusted security advisor to thousands of government organizations and businesses, his team generated over $200 million in cumulative revenue to civilian agencies, DoD departments and intelligence agencies. At ISS, he also teamed on federal programs with major system integrators such as CSC, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, SRA, General Dynamics, Unisys, IBM and Boeing.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and started his career as a systems engineer developing enterprise databases for EDS. He has also worked for Worldtalk Corporation, Banyan Systems and Nestar Systems.
Protecting against cyberattacks, breaches, fraud and insider threats has heightened the need for federal organizations, agencies and contractors to review their security programs against the FISMA-mandated NIST 800-53 standard and comply with OMB M-06-16, in order to protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and other sensitive data such as classified, regulatory and financial information. Tighter database security controls are required because traditional perimeter defenses - such as firewalls and IDS/IPS systems - are no longer sufficient to protect against privileged insiders and 21st-century attackers who can easily bypass them.
Guardium’s scalable enterprise platform prevents unauthorized or suspicious access to sensitive data - across all DBMS platforms and applications - without impacting performance or changing databases or applications. At the same time, it allows agencies and contractors to streamline their data security and compliance processes with automated and centralized controls for heterogeneous environments.
“Emerging insider threats and cyber threats - particularly from sophisticated hackers and criminals looking to infiltrate the U.S. government - reinforce the immediate need for agencies to have strong automated controls in place to safeguard sensitive information and demonstrate compliance,” said Ram Metser, CEO of Guardium. “With Craig’s extensive industry experience coupled with Guardium’s innovative technology and major reference accounts, we expect to further expand our footprint as federal spending in this vital area continues to grow.”
Guardium is also hosting a cybersecurity seminar entitled ”Best Practices for Data Security, Privacy & Compliance” on June 16th at the Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, VA, featuring Gartner VP and Research Fellow, John Pescatore; Booz Allen Hamilton principal Andy Singer, who recently retired as Navy rear admiral and director for intelligence in the Pacific and deputy of Naval Network Warfare Command; and Guardium CTO Ron Ben Natan, Ph.D, author of ”HOWTO Secure and Audit Oracle 10g and 11g” (CRC Press, 2009). To register, please visit www.guardium.com/CyberDC/1.
The company’s enterprise security platform is now installed in more than 450 data centers worldwide, including top government agencies; 3 of the top 4 global banks; 3 of the top 5 insurers; 2 of the top 3 global retailers; 15 of the world’s top telcos; 2 of the world’s favorite beverage brands; the most recognized name in PCs; a top 3 auto maker; a top 3 aerospace company; and a leading supplier of business intelligence software.
The company has partnerships with Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, BMC, EMC, Accenture, McAfee and ArcSight, with Cisco as a strategic investor, and is a member of IBM’s prestigious Data Governance Council and the PCI Security Standards Council.
Founded in 2002, Guardium was the first company to address the core data security gap by delivering a scalable enterprise platform that both protects databases in real-time and automates the entire compliance auditing process.
Guardium is a trademark of Guardium, Inc.