Dr. Sameer Bhalotra, Former White House Cybersecurity Director, Joins Damballa Board of Advisors

Distinguished Authority on Nation’s Highest Priority Cybersecurity Initiatives Brings Public Sector and Critical Infrastructure Expertise to Advanced Threat Protection Company

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WASHINGTON--()--Damballa, the experts in advanced threat protection, today announced that Dr. Sameer Bhalotra will join the company’s board of advisors. Dr. Bhalotra has a distinguished career of public service, most recently as the Obama White House’s Senior Director for Cybersecurity. In this role, he advised the President regarding the nation’s top priority cybersecurity initiatives to protect U.S. commerce and critical infrastructure; cybersecurity legislation; the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace; and the federal government's cybersecurity budget. Dr. Bhalotra, who is also Chief Operating Officer of venture-funded cybersecurity firm Impermium, will lend his guidance to Damballa as the company expands to meet rapidly increasing demand for its advanced threat protection technology.

“Today’s most advanced threats are incredibly adept at bypassing prevention. They pose a major risk to our critical infrastructure including financial services, energy, manufacturing, defense, and IT systems,” said Bhalotra. “Damballa has one of the most highly regarded technologies to discover hidden threats, and I look forward to working with the team to expand their reach.”

“Sameer has dedicated his career to cybersecurity, leading development of policy and legislation to protect critical infrastructure and government networks, including the first-ever national code of conduct for Internet companies to mitigate botnet infections,” said David Scholtz, CEO of Damballa. “His background is truly unique in its breadth of experience, ranging from academic to government to IT infrastructure to startups. We are honored to have him on our board of advisors. We look forward to his valuable guidance as we continue to expand our offerings to serve both the private and public sector, including key areas of critical infrastructure that have become highly attractive targets for the most sophisticated attacks.”

About Sameer Bhalotra

Sameer Bhalotra is the Chief Operating Officer of Impermium. Previously, he served as Senior Director for Cybersecurity at the White House. In this position he advised the President regarding the nation’s top priority cybersecurity initiatives to protect U.S. commerce and critical infrastructure; cybersecurity legislation; the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace; and the federal government's cybersecurity budget. Prior to this role, he worked on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as technology lead and cybersecurity lead. He began his government career as an engineer at the Central Intelligence Agency, working on advanced technology projects and subsequently supporting the CIA Director. Dr. Bhalotra received an undergraduate degree in Physics from Harvard University and a doctorate in Applied Physics from Stanford University. He is a Senior Associate in the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.

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About Damballa

As the experts in advanced threat protection, Damballa discovers active threats that bypass all security prevention layers. Damballa identifies evidence of malicious network traffic in real time, rapidly pinpointing the compromised devices that represent the highest risk.

Our patent-pending solutions automatically detect and terminate criminal activity, stopping data theft, minimizing business disruption, and reducing the time to response and remediation. Damballa protects any device or OS including PCs, Macs, Unix, iOS, Android, and embedded systems. Damballa protects more than 300 million endpoints globally at enterprises in every major market and for the world’s largest ISP and telecommunications providers. For more information, visit www.damballa.com, or follow us on Twitter @DamballaInc.

Contacts

Damballa
Ann Conrad, 404-961-7402
press@damballa.com
or
ZAG Communications for Damballa
Kari Walker, 703-928-9996
damballa@zagcommunications.com

Release Summary

Former White House Cybersecurity Director Sameer Bhalotra joins Damballa's Board of Advisors, to help active threat discovery company further reach with critical infrastructure companies

Contacts

Damballa
Ann Conrad, 404-961-7402
press@damballa.com
or
ZAG Communications for Damballa
Kari Walker, 703-928-9996
damballa@zagcommunications.com