Accomplished Executive from Sophos, and Formerly Application Security, inc. to Guide Pwnie Express’s Growth
June 04, 2014
Pwnie Express, the only company to assess wired and wireless network security in remote locations on demand, today announced two IT security industry luminaries have joined its Advisory Board of leading experts.
These industry thought leaders will help guide the company’s business strategy, Pwnie Labs research and product development initiatives.
Pwnie Express’s network security assessment products are rapidly deployable and provide enterprises access to, and intelligence in hard to reach branch offices and locations. At their core are open source tools integrated on a smart platform available in a variety of form factors, which deliver unprecedented real-time actionable insight.
In joining the Pwnie Express Advisory Board the experts will play a significant role in guiding Pwnie’s future mission and in achieving those goals.
Newly represented on the Advisory Board is a leading strategist from Sophos as well as the former CEO and Chairman Application Security, Inc., now Trustwave. The newest participants are:
Gerhard Eschelbeck: Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Senior Vice President (SVP)
Gerhard Eschelbeck is responsible for Sophos’ technology strategy, driving product direction and innovation. Gerhard has a passion for creating and championing new technologies and for developing and growing successful organizations and people, and is also a trusted advisor to a number of early stage startup companies.
He was named one of InfoWorld’s 25 Most Influential CTO’s, and is perhaps best known for publishing the “Laws of Vulnerabilities.” Gerhard is also one of the inventors of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) and holds numerous patents in the field of managed network security.
Most recently, he served as CTO and senior vice president at Webroot Software, where he was responsible for the development of their cloud-based technologies. Prior to Webroot, as CTO and vice president of engineering at Qualys, he helped the company achieve a leadership position in the SaaS-based vulnerability management market. Previously, he served in senior product and technology roles at companies including Network Associates and McAfee.
Jack Hembrough: Strategic advisor to high-growth startups
Most recently, Jack was CEO and Chairman of Application Security, Inc., a database security company. He led the company in 2003 from inception through five years of rapid growth and 3 rounds of venture financing. He returned to the company in 2011 to bring it to a successful outcome – a financially rewarding merger with Trustwave.
Jack is an accomplished security professional and seasoned executive having led successful organizations and guided strategy at several leading security companies – including Authentica, a private messaging venture sold to EMC, and IRE/SafeNet, Inc. a publicly traded encryption company providing chips and software to fuel the VPN market.
Jack was the 14th employee of Raptor Systems, one of the first firewall companies. At Raptor, he built the global reseller sales channels. After taking the company public, he was installed as the Vice President/General Manager European Operations, and created Raptor’s European organization headquartered in Amsterdam. The company was eventually acquired by Symantec.
He flew jets in the USAF; earned a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the United States Air Force Academy.
“We are thrilled that leaders of this caliber are helping guide our future plans,” said Paul Paget, CEO of Pwnie Express. “The unprecedented level of our advisors, who are already driving the IT security space, provides a truly unique level of insight that allows us to continue to build on our ongoing success.”
Gerhard and Jack join visionaries Ed Skoudis, Co-founder InGuardians and SANS Institute Fellow, and David Bradbury, VCET President, Fund Manager and Investment Committee Member on the Pwnie Express Advisory Board.