Third Brigade Appoints Rob Ashe and Alberto Yépez to Board of Directors

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Cognos CEO and Security Entrepreneur Prepare Company for Next Level of Growth

Their track records of growth and success add to the quality of our Board, which now includes executives from leading technology companies: HP Canada, Cognos and Oracle.

Third Brigade ( ), a security software company specializing in host intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS), today announced the addition of Rob Ashe and Alberto Yépez to its Board of Directors. Mr. Ashe is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cognos Inc., and Mr. Yépez, Vice President of Identity Management and Security Strategy at Oracle, is a serial entrepreneur and former founder, Chairman, CEO or senior executive at a number of companies including enCommerce, Entrust, Thor Technologies and Apple.

Third Brigade is experiencing strong growth in its business, and increased demand for its host IDS/IPS as evidenced by recent announcements with Trend Micro and NetIQ. Mr. Ashe’s recognized leadership and operations experience, and Mr. Yépez’ expertise in security and his entrepreneurial acumen, combine to bring unique and valuable perspectives to the Third Brigade Board.

“We’re thrilled to have Rob and Alberto on board our extended team,” said Wael Mohamed, President and CEO of Third Brigade, Inc. “Their track records of growth and success add to the quality of our Board, which now includes executives from leading technology companies: HP Canada, Cognos and Oracle.”

Mr. Ashe has served as CEO of Cognos since 2004 and is responsible for the strategic vision, direction and day-to-day leadership of the company. Prior to this, he held senior positions in finance, operations, research and development, and worldwide services. Cognos is the world leader in business intelligence and performance management solutions, and has over 23,000 customers in more than 135 countries.

“It’s an honor to be working with Third Brigade as they capitalize on the rapidly growing demand for host-level security of critical servers and applications,” said Rob Ashe. “Information security is a key priority for all organizations today, particularly in the face of regulatory compliance pressures and diverse technology environments. Third Brigade’s technology and approach to solving this important business issue, keeping both IT security and operations objectives in view, are right on the mark.”

Mr. Yépez is responsible for Identity Management and Security Strategy at Oracle, the world's largest enterprise software company. He joined Oracle through its acquisition of Thor Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of identity management solutions. Mr. Yépez served as Chairman, President, and CEO of Thor Technologies, leading it from the pre-revenue stage to rapid growth and global expansion, with a customer base that included many of the premier companies in financial services, telecommunications and manufacturing markets.

“The recent agreements with NetIQ and Trend Micro validate Third Brigade offerings as the next-generation intrusion defense platform that the market is calling for,” said Alberto Yépez. “Third Brigade’s approach demonstrates innovation and delivers deep security protection from day one; in a way that is non-disruptive to host technology and IT operations. It just makes good business sense.”

Rob Ashe and Alberto Yépez are joining an elite team of executives and advisors including: Paul Tsaparis, President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. and Chairman of the Third Brigade Board; Andrew Waitman, Managing Partner, Celtic House Venture Partners; Joe Catalfamo, Managing Director, BCE Capital; Wael Mohamed, President and CEO, Third Brigade; and, Brian O’Higgins, CTO, Third Brigade.

About Third Brigade
Third Brigade ( specializes in providing host intrusion defense systems to organizations that need to detect and prevent attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in mission critical systems. Third Brigade Deep Security allows businesses to apply comprehensive security profiles to hosts that protect against known and zero-day attacks using deep packet inspection. It helps ensure compliance and the 24-7 availability of critical systems, provides a virtual patch for software vulnerabilities, and allows organizations to deliver Internet-based services with greater security and confidence. Unlike other host intrusion detection and prevention systems, Third Brigade Deep Security provides broader, faster and simpler protection. Third Brigade. That’s control.

Note: “Third Brigade”, “Deep Security Solutions”, and the Third Brigade logo are trademarks of Third Brigade, Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, contact:
Laura Maio
Media & Analyst Relations
Third Brigade, Inc.
(T) 613-599-4505 x2238
(M) 613-219-2800


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