HOBOKEN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Semperis, the pioneer of identity-driven cyber resilience for enterprises, today announced the appointment of James (Jim) W. Doggett Jr. as chief information security officer (CISO). A longtime partner at Ernst & Young (EY) LLP and a veteran security and risk executive, Doggett will be responsible for managing Semperis’ cybersecurity posture and information and risk management program, along with helping customers improve the resiliency of their foundational identity systems.
“Jim brings strong information resilience expertise and deep cybersecurity knowledge to Semperis,” said Mickey Bresman, CEO of Semperis. “His background in security risk management is particularly impressive. Today’s CISOs are tasked with managing risks that threaten their organization's information and data security, which continue to grow in number and scope. Jim has coached and mentored some of today‘s leading CISOs and has been a staunch advocate for taking a risk-based approach to security. We look forward to building on his leadership experience to further strengthen Semperis’ cybersecurity and risk posture and expand our message on the vital role that identity systems like Active Directory play in strong foundational security.”
Demand for Semperis’ cutting-edge identity protection technology continues to grow, as the number of cyberattacks connected to privileged credential abuse rises. Forrester Research estimated that 80% of data breaches have a connection to compromised privileged credentials. With attacks increasing in both scale and complexity, security executives must prioritize the data and applications that have the greatest impact on their business, which attackers frequently attempt to access by exploiting identity systems. There has recently been an uptick in headline-grabbing attacks — including the infamous SolarWinds supply chain attack and the Hafnium attack on Microsoft Exchange — especially those that target Active Directory as an initial access vector.
With more than 35 years of experience leading cybersecurity and risk programs at global organizations, Doggett brings a powerful combination of leadership acumen and real-world experience to his new role at Semperis. Doggett served as partner at one of the largest professional services firms in the world, EY, for 28 years, where he was practice leader of the company’s information security group and responsible for all aspects of running and growing the business. During his time at EY, Doggett increased revenue by over $10 million annually, helped found its Information Technology Enablement Center (ITEC), and assisted in the development of the company’s Advanced Security Center. Most recently, Doggett held the position of senior vice president at Panaseer, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. Doggett has previously held role as chief technology risk officer at AIG; chief security officer and chief technology risk officer at Kaiser Permanente; and managing director at JP Morgan Chase.
Doggett is the latest hire to join Semperis’ rapidly growing leadership team. The company recently announced the appointments of Chief Revenue Officer Coley Burke (former Dell EMC and Zerto sales leader), Chief Technologist Guido Grillenmeier (former HPE chief technologist), and Chief Scientist Igor Baikalov (former Bank of America senior vice president of global information security).
“This role at Semperis presents an exciting opportunity to join a team that truly understands the importance of foundational security,” said Doggett. “Active Directory is the gatekeeper to critical applications and data in 90% of organizations worldwide. The keys to the kingdom are really owned by Active Directory. It's incredibly important that we protect Active Directory by staying abreast of the latest indicators of exposure and compromise, optimizing configurations and continually monitoring for drift from a known good state, in addition to implementing auto-remediation capabilities to stop attacks in progress and avert disasters. There’s a massive need in the market right now for organizations to approach cyber resilience with a risk-based mindset and advocate for making the most impact with the fewest resources, which can largely be accomplished through securing Active Directory. I’m looking forward to helping raise Semperis’ security posture while elevating its message around foundational security and the critical role that Active Directory and identity systems play among the broader community of security leaders.”
For security teams charged with defending hybrid and multi-cloud environments, Semperis ensures integrity and availability of critical enterprise directory services at every step in the cyber kill chain and cuts recovery time by 90%. Purpose-built for securing Active Directory, Semperis’ patented technology protects over 40 million identities from cyberattacks, data breaches, and operational errors. The world’s leading organizations trust Semperis to spot directory vulnerabilities, intercept cyberattacks in progress, and quickly recover from ransomware and other data integrity emergencies. Semperis is headquartered in New Jersey and operates internationally, with its research and development team distributed between San Francisco and Tel Aviv.
Semperis hosts the award-winning Hybrid Identity Protection conference (www.hipconf.com). The company has received the highest level of industry accolades and was recently ranked the fourth fastest-growing company in the tri-state area and 35th overall in Deloitte’s 2020 Technology Fast 500™. Semperis is accredited by Microsoft and recognized by Gartner.