Tony Scott Joins Venafi as Advisor

Former CIO for the Obama Administration brings extensive knowledge to cyber security market leader

SALT LAKE CITY--()--Venafi®, the leading provider of machine identity protection, today announced that Tony Scott has been named as an advisor for the organization.

“Tony is a tremendous addition to our team of executive advisors,” said Jeff Hudson, CEO of Venafi. "His deep operational and strategic background in industry and government will be invaluable as our growth accelerates. Tony’s experience will help us continue to expand the machine identity protection market we have created.”

Scott is currently a managing partner at Ridge-Lane LP, an Advisory and Merchant Banking firm in Washington DC, and is a senior advisor for cyber security and privacy at Squire Patton Boggs, a prominent international law firm. Previously, he served in the Obama administration as chief information officer (CIO) for the U.S. Government. During his tenure as federal CIO, Scott created the government wide response plan after the Office of Personnel Management data breach, which included the formation of the Cybersecurity Sprint and Implementation Plan (CSIP). This plan dramatically improved the security posture of information systems within the federal government.

Prior to joining the Obama administration, Scott was the chief information officer at VMware, Microsoft Corporation and the Walt Disney Company. He served as the chief technology officer for General Motors Information Systems & Services. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San Francisco in information systems management, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Santa Clara University.

“Having a cloud scalable solution for managing machine identities is one of the next big opportunities in cybersecurity,” said Scott. “If you don’t know who, or what, is knocking at your door, it becomes a much harder problem to deal with after the door is opened.”

Venafi protects machine identities, which all public and private organizations rely on to keep communications between machines secure and private. With hundreds of out-of-the-box third-party applications and Certificate Authority (CA) integrations, and over ten million hours of operational experience, customers rely on the Venafi Platform to fully automate the lifecycle of the rapidly growing number of keys and certificates that serve as machine identities. The platform reduces risk, increases operational efficiencies and improves the availability and reliability of critical infrastructure.

The Venafi Platform achieved Common Criteria Certification, which is validated by the U.S. Federal Government approved Common Criteria Test Laboratories and the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP). Currently twenty-six nations recognize the Common Criteria as a critical security certification. In the United States the NIAP – a partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Security Agency (NSA) – is responsible for Common Criteria evaluation and implementation.

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About Venafi

Venafi is the cybersecurity market leader in machine identity protection, securing connections and communications between machines. Venafi protects machine identity types by orchestrating cryptographic keys and digital certificates for SSL/TLS, IoT, mobile and SSH. Venafi provides global visibility of machine identities and the risks associated with them for the extended enterprise —on premises, mobile, virtual, cloud and IoT — at machine speed and scale. Venafi puts this intelligence into action with automated remediation that reduces the security and availability risks connected with weak or compromised machine identities while safeguarding the flow of information to trusted machines and preventing communication with machines that are not trusted.

With over 30 patents, Venafi delivers innovative solutions for the world's most demanding, security-conscious Global 5000 organizations, including the top five U.S. health insurers; the top five U.S. airlines; four of the top five U.S., U.K., Australian and South African banks; and four of the top five U.S. retailers. For more information, visit:


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Former chief information officer for the Obama Administration brings extensive knowledge to cyber security market leader


Shelley Boose, 408-398-6987