The 451 Group Appoints Wendy Nather as Senior Analyst in the Enterprise Security Practice

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Independent IT Analyst Firm Adds Well-Known Executive Practitioner and Thought Leader to Security Team

The 451 Group has added Wendy Nather, most recently Information Security Officer at the Texas Education Agency, to its Enterprise Security Practice. As Senior Analyst, Nather's coverage areas will include application security and security services. Nather joins the team headed by Joshua Corman, Research Director, Enterprise Security Practice, and will work alongside current Senior Security Analysts Steve Coplan and Andrew Hay.

"Like an information security E.F. Hutton, when Wendy speaks, people listen," said Corman. "I had the privilege of working with Wendy in my CISO research and collaborations over the last few years. She is tremendously respected [and leveraged] in the InfoSec thought leadership community. I'm excited to both give her grounded wisdom a broader platform and have her be a force multiplier for our growing team of nontraditional 'security analysts with street credibility.'"

Nather joins the 451 team with more than 20 years of experience as an IT security practitioner in financial services and state government agencies. In her position with the Texas Education Agency, Nather directed multimillion-dollar initiatives for a statewide external user base of over 50,000, and provided security guidance for the datacenter consolidation of 27 Texas state agencies.

"As a former practitioner, I'm interested in the process of security," said Nather, "why CISOs buy security technology, how they use it, and how organizational differences make it work or fail."

Prior to her role at the Texas Education Agency, Nather worked in the investment banking division of Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS). In various positions, she helped to build Europe's then-largest private trading floor. Based in Chicago, Zurich and London, she also served as the first IT Security Director for the EMEA region, managing the security aspects of various mergers, IT operations outsourcing, and the division's first Internet presence.

Nather lives in Austin, Texas, where she will work remotely for her position with The 451 Group.

About The 451 Group

The 451 Group is an independent technology-industry analyst company focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. The company's analysts provide critical and timely insight into the market and competitive dynamics of innovation in emerging technology segments. Clients of the company – at vendor, investor, service-provider and end-user organizations – rely on The 451 Group insight to support both strategic and tactical decision-making for competitive advantage.

The 451 Group is headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations, including San Francisco, London and Boston. The company also operates two independent divisions: Tier1 Research analyzes the financial and industry implications of developments impacting public and private companies within the hosting, communications and Internet infrastructure sectors. The Uptime Institute provides education, publications, consulting, certifications, conferences and seminars, independent research, and thought leadership for the enterprise datacenter industry and for datacenter professionals.

For additional information on The 451 Group or to apply for trial access to its services, go to: http://www.the451group.com or http://www.tier1research.com

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