CISOS Select Verodin As Winner of Security Current's Security Shark Tank® Chicago
September 26, 2017

Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) choose cybersecurity startup for its innovation and importance

TENAFLY, N.J., Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Security Current, the premier information and collaboration community by CISOs for CISOs, selected Verodin as the winner of its Security Shark Tank Chicago competition. The event brought security solutions providers face-to-face with potential buyers.

Participating vendors were given 15 minutes each to pitch their solution in a rapid-fire question and answer format to a panel of information security executives interested in innovative technologies. The executives scored each vendor based on innovation and vision, ease of use and implementation, value to the industry, and the presenter’s ability to clearly and effectively articulate their solution’s value.

The CISO panel included:

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

“There is nothing out there for CISOs like the Security Shark Tank. If a security executive is looking to hear insights from their peers while learning about innovative technologies this is the event for them,” said Tellis Williams, AXA Partners USA. “It is truly one of a kind in terms of the information value and enjoyment it delivers. I absolutely look forward to the next one.”

Bradley Schaufenbuel, CISO at Paylocity, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed this event. The ability to interact with and learn from both innovative solution providers and peers made it time well spent.”

Security Shark Tank Chicago winner, Verodin, is a leading business platform purpose-built to measure, manage and improve cybersecurity effectiveness. By demonstrating the impact of modern threats and malicious activities within the context of an enterprise’s production environment, the Verodin Security Instrumentation Platform (SIP) proves the effectiveness of an enterprise’s investments, proactively identifies configuration issues in the defensive stack and exposes true gaps across a company’s people, processes, and technology. Verodin has scored the highest in two consecutive Shark Tank competitions, NYC and now, Chicago. It’s clear that the value of Security Instrumentation is resonating with CISOs across every major vertical.

“I really like the Security Shark Tank as it’s a fun concept, provides some interesting up and coming cyber companies an opportunity to get noticed and lets me meet with CISOs from around Chicago,” said Jill Rhodes, Option Care CISO.  

“The Security Shark Tank Chicago is a great event,” said Bob Turner, University of Wisconsin-Madison CISO.  “I found the interactive pitches highly informative and with additional networking, I may be working closely with one of the vendor presenters in the near future. Security Current’s CISO Sharks picked a winner!”

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Linda Musthaler

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