IOActive Bolsters Management Team With Security Pioneer Gunter Ollmann Announced as Chief Technology Officer

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Ollmann brings more than 20 years of security strategy and threat research experience to the IOActive team.

IOActive, the forerunner in research-driven global security and compliance services for software, hardware and the cloud, today announced that Gunter Ollmann has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer. Ollmann will play a key role in shaping IOActive’s services strategy as the company embarks on its next phase of growth and leadership in innovative service offerings in semiconductor security, embedded software risks and device threats.

“Gunter brings a unique blend of security experience which will only accelerate our ability to take on unknown threats and mitigate the risks facing our customers,” said Jennifer Steffens, IOActive’s Chief Executive Officer. “At his core, Gunter is a true technologist, but he is also a proven security strategist with extraordinary vision and keen market awareness. I am thrilled to welcome Gunter to IOActive. As a pioneer in security services and threat research, the IOActive team is excited for Gunter to expand our security offerings to align perfectly with the threats our customers are facing.”

Gunter will ensure that IOActive is well positioned to offer industry-leading service while proactively managing the company’s growth plans. He will focus on matching the timing of the company’s services expansion with the nurturing of the talent needed to support its customers’ future needs. Looking at future threat landscapes is something that IOActive’s customers have come to expect and over the years this practices has become embedded into the company’s DNA.

“IOActive has been at the forefront of advanced vulnerability research and security consultancy for over a decade, and it's a privilege to now be able to work with such a talented team,” said Ollmann. “The breadth and nature of threats facing business today is evolving at a rapid pace, and IOActive has the brain trust and experience to help organizations through these trying times.”

About Gunter Ollmann:
Prior to joining IOActive, Ollmann served as the vice president of research at Damballa, where he focused on inventing new crimeware mitigation technologies and the identification of criminal operators behind botnets and other advanced persistent threats. Before joining Damballa, Ollmann held several strategic positions at IBM Internet Security Systems (IBM ISS), most recently as chief security strategist. In this role, he was responsible for predicting the evolution of future threats and helping guide IBM’s overall security research and protection strategy, as well as serving as the key IBM spokesperson on evolving threats and mitigation techniques. He also held the role of director of X-Force and was former head of X-Force security assessment services for EMEA while at ISS (which was acquired by IBM in 2006).

Ollmann has been a contributor to multiple leading international IT and security focused magazines and journals, and he has authored, developed and delivered a number of highly technical courses on Web application security. He is a well-known industry speaker worldwide and is often invited to present at various international security conferences. Ollmann is also highly regarded in the press as an expert source on security threats and is frequently quoted by the international media.

About IOActive
Established in 1998, IOActive is an international industry leader that offers comprehensive computer security services with specializations in smart grid technologies, software assurance and compliance. Boasting a well-rounded and diverse clientele, IOActive works with a majority of Global 500 companies including power and utility, hardware, retail, financial, media, aerospace, high-tech, and software development organizations. As a home for highly skilled and experienced professionals, IOActive attracts talented consultants who contribute to the growing body of security knowledge by speaking at such elite conferences as Black Hat, Ruxcon, Defcon, BlueHat, CanSec, and WhatTheHack.

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