CloudPassage Named Gazelle Champion at The ISE® Lions’ Den in Vegas; TruSTAR, Shape Security Named Runners Up

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T.E.N., an information technology and security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm, named CloudPassage the 2015 Gazelle Champion during The ISE® Lions’ Den and Jungle Lounge on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Vdara Hotel and Spa at Aria in Las Vegas. TruSTAR, Shape Security named runners up.

CloudPassage stands with Marci McCarthy

T.E.N. CEO & President Marci McCarthy stands with the CloudPassage team after presenting the Gazelle Champion Award during The ISE® Lions Den & Jungle Lounge 2015

T.E.N., an information technology and security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm, named CloudPassage the 2015 Gazelle Champion during The ISE® Lions’ Den and Jungle Lounge on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Vdara Hotel and Spa at Aria in Las Vegas.

The second annual event matched eight emerging security vendors (Gazelles) against a panel of leading CISOs with tech-heavy backgrounds (ISE® Lions) who have a strong interest in new technology. Representatives from each Gazelle company pitched their solutions inside The ISE® Lions Den for the chance to win prizes totaling $30,000. Each of the Gazelles was judged by the ISE® Lions based on the following criteria: vision, innovation and ability to stand out in a crowded market, traction and foundation for success, and quality of their pitch.

The 2015 ISE® Lions included:
Joe Bennett, Chief Information Security Officer, YP
David Cass, SVP & Chief Information Security Officer, Elsevier
Jamil Farshchi, Chief Information Security Officer, The Home Depot
John Graham, Chief Information Security Officer, Jabil
David Hahn, VP, Corporate Information Security and Risk, Hearst Corporation
Stacey Halota, VP, Information Security and Privacy, Graham Holdings
Scott Howitt, SVP, Chief Information Security Officer, MGM Resorts
John Masserini, Chief Security Officer, MIAX Options
Yonesy Nunez, SVP, Information Security Leader – International Business, Wells Fargo

CloudPassage is a leading agile security platform that empowers our customers to take full advantage of cloud infrastructure with the confidence that their critical business assets are protected. Chief Strategy Officer Carson Sweet pitched the company’s solution, which delivers a comprehensive set of continuous security and compliance functions right where it counts – at the workload – and works in any cloud or virtual infrastructure. The ISE® Lions found the product innovative and the pitch extremely effective, ultimately selecting CloudPassage as the Gazelle Champion. As the top-rated Gazelle, CloudPassage won a $25,000 prize package including an ISE® Programs sponsorship, the IDC Futurescape Report, briefing sessions with renowned industry experts Charles Kolodgy and Pete Lindstrom, and communications services from ZAG Communications.

Sweet said the event was a must-attend for anyone interested in emerging security technology and his team was thrilled to be named Gazelle Champion for 2015.

"The ISE® Lions’ Den has proven to be a venue of high interest to the security community, showcasing top emerging security technologies to industry-leading security executives,” said Sweet. “For the competing companies, the Lions' Den provides an opportunity to hone their value propositions and to get deep, meaningful feedback on their concepts from the real buying community."

Runners up included TruSTAR, the industry’s first global anonymous cyber incident-sharing platform, and Shape Security, an advanced technology that disables the attack capability of malware, botnets and scripts resulting in a comprehensive defense against the most serious website breaches. Runners-up received passes to attend an ISE® Executive Forum & Awards Gala during 2015 valued at $5,000.

Other participating Gazelles included GuruCul, LemonFish, LightCyber, SignalSense and ThreatTrack Security.
“We created the ISE® Lions Den & Jungle Lounge to connect emerging companies with buyers, investors, and channel partners in an effort to solve business needs for all involved,” said Marci McCarthy, CEO & president of T.E.N. “This year, guests were invited to be our audience as the Gazelles pitched their solutions, which enabled participants an even greater reach and presence.”

The ISE® Lions Den was held with a concurrent reception-style “Jungle Lounge,” which featured Vegas-style passed hors d’oeuvres, signature top-shelf cocktails and space for Gazelles to network with potential customers, investors and partners. Learn more about The ISE® Lions Den and Jungle Lounge at: http://ten-inc.com/ise/lions-den/default.asp

About The ISE® Lions’ Den & Jungle Lounge
Developed in 2014 by T.E.N., The ISE® Lions’ Den & Jungle Lounge connects emerging information security companies with buyers, investors, and channel partners in an effort to solve business needs for all involved. The event invites these security companies (Gazelles) to face off in The ISE® Lions’ Den against a panel of leading CISOs with tech-heavy backgrounds (ISE® Lions) who have a strong interest in buying new technology. Inside the den, each Gazelle pitches a solution for the chance to earn the top award of approximately $30,000 in prizes. Running concurrently, the Jungle Lounge provides executive guests, investors, channel partners and other security professionals an opportunity to learn more about these emerging companies and network with key members of the information security community. For information, visit http://ten-inc.com/ise/lions-den.asp.

About T.E.N.
T.E.N., a national technology and security executive networking organization, facilitates peer-to-peer relationships between top executives, industry visionaries and solutions providers. Nominated for numerous industry awards, T.E.N.’s executive leadership programs enable information exchange, collaboration and decision-making. Its flagship program, the nationally-acclaimed Information Security Executive® (ISE®) of the Year Program Series and Awards, is North America’s largest leadership recognition and networking program for security professionals. Other offerings include the T.E.N. Custom Programs and the ISE® Industry Expert Advisory Services, empowering IT solutions providers to gain access to highly credentialed IT business veterans’ expertise. For information, visit http://www.ten-inc.com.

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