The Security Shark Tank Hat-Trick

Yesterday, October 12th, Security Current announced that Verodin scored the highest in all three 2017 Security Shark Tank competitions — NYC, Chicago, and most recently, Palo Alto. Verodin is the first and only security vendor to ever be awarded three consecutive Shark Tank wins! From coast to coast, CISOs rank Verodin top of its class, commending the Security Instrumentation Platform for its “innovation and importance to the industry.” It’s clear that security leaders across every major vertical, ranging from healthcare to finance, understand and identify with the urgent need that Verodin is built to address – the ability to challenge and evaluate cybersecurity effectiveness with quantifiable, evidence-based data.

“The Verodin solution addresses a key industry challenge of identifying the effectiveness of our cybersecurity tools,” said Matt Hollcraft, Maxim Integrated Chief Cyber Risk Officer. “Verodin’s innovative approach stands out for its potential value to the industry. Congratulations on winning three Security Shark Tanks in a row.”

Security Current, the premier information and collaboration community for CISOs, by CISOs, attracts startup security companies from all over the globe to take part in its Security Shark Tank competitions. During the exclusive events, participating vendors are allotted 15 minutes each to pitch their solution in a rapid-fire question and answer format. The executive panel scores each vendor based on several core areas including innovation and vision, ease of use and implementation, and value to the industry. CISOs appreciate Security Shark Tank’s unique format as it enables thoughtful peer-to-peer discussions focused on new and emerging technology.

Host and moderator Daniel Conroy, United Technologies CISO, explains: “Events like Security Shark Tank help bring industry experts together to find the next-gen innovative cybersecurity solution and remind us that as CISOs we need to work as one team to mitigate the cyber risks and threats our organizations face through real-time cyber situational awareness.”

The NYC, Chicago and Palo Alto events each offered a unique vendor line-up that was judged by a panel comprised of prominently fortune 500 CISOs and regional thought leaders. Verodin was thrilled to present its Security Instrumentation Platform (SIP) side-by-side so many other leading security vendors. The fact that Verodin was voted strongest performer by a disparate committee of CISOs surely speaks to the overwhelming demand for continuous security validation.

“The CISOs selected Verodin’s Security Instrumentation Platform as it is a new way of gauging security infrastructures, and we found that quite intriguing,” said RWJ Barnabas CISO Hussein Syed. “It will be interesting to see how their platform quantifiably measures the effectiveness of current cybersecurity tools in large enterprises and if the outcome can lead to a reduction in tools and subsequently cut the noise and the costs in our environments.”

Verodin’s Security Shark Tank tour has certainly been an enjoyable ride and it is promising to see the Security Instrumentation message resonating with CISOs. Verodin would like to extend a big thanks to the panel of judges below, and of course, Aimee Rhodes, Security Current CEO, for providing a platform to share Verodin’s mission of eliminating uncertainty and empirically proving security effectiveness. Until next time!

Thank you to the participating security leaders below:

Palo Alto (Press release here)

  • Todd Barnum, CISO, GoPro 
  • Scott J. Wright, CISO, Alameda Alliance for Health
  • Tom McCreary, Privacy Officer, CalPERS
  • Patrick Wilson, CISO, Contra Costa County Health Services
  • John Heasman, Senior Director of Security Engineering, DocuSign
  • Van Nguyen, AVP of Information Security, Federal Home Loan Bank
  • Al Ghous, Senior Director of Cyber Security, GE Digital
  • Christophe Jacquet, CISO, Hitachi Vantara
  • Matt Hollcraft, Chief Cyber Risk Officer, Maxim Integrated
  • Walter Curd, Chief Information Officer, Maxim Integrated
  • BG Badriprasad, Chief Security Architect (CSA), Ross Stores
  • Jay Gonzales, CISO, Samsung Semiconductor
  • Neal Harris, Security Engineer, Square
  • Bill Yue Chen, CSA, Visa
  • Anshu Gupta, CISO, Whisker Labs

Chicago (Press release here)

  • Tellis Williams, CISO, AXA Partners USA
  • Justin Metallo, CISO, Beam Suntory
  • Paul Groisman, Director of Cyber Security, Dover Corporation
  • Victor Hsiang, CISO, GATX Corporation
  • Seth McCallister, CISO, HUB International
  • Matthew Memming, CISO, Navistar
  • Jill Rhodes, CISO, Option Care
  • Bradley Schaufenbuel, CISO, Paylocity
  • Bob Turner, CISO, University of Wisconsin 
  • Ralston Simmons, CISO, William Blair
  • Jack Burback, Deputy CISO, Wintrust Financial

NYC (Press release here)

  • Daniel Conroy, CISO, United Technologies
  • James Beeson, CISO, Cigna
  • David Hahn, CISO, Hearst
  • Michael Higgins, VP & CISO, NBC Universal
  • Timothy Kropp, Technology and Security Leader, Bridgewater Associates
  • Elena Kvochko, CIO, Group Security Division Barclays
  • Brian Lozada, CISO, ZocDoc
  • Tomas Maldonado, VP & CISO, International Flavors, and Fragrances
  • Mike Molinaro, CISO, BioReference Lab
  • David Peach, CISO, The Economist
  • Richard Rushing, CISO, Motorola Mobility
  • David Sheidlower, CISO, BBDO
  • Hussein Syed, CISO RWJBarnabas Health
  • Max Tumarinson, CISO Amalgamated Bank
  • John Whiting, CISO, DDB
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