Former White House Cybersecurity Executive Dr. Sameer Bhalotra Joins Invincea Board
Dr. Sameer Bhalotra
Invincea, the market leader in the development of secure virtual containers for advanced malware threat detection, zero-day exploit prevention, and cyber threat forensic intelligence, announced that Dr. Sameer Bhalotra will join the company’s board of advisors. Dr. Bhalotra has a distinguished career of public service, most recently as the Obama White House’s Senior Director for Cybersecurity. In this role, he advised the President regarding the nation’s top priority cybersecurity initiatives to protect U.S. commerce and critical infrastructure; cybersecurity legislation; identity management; botnet mitigation; and the federal government’s cybersecurity budget. Dr. Bhalotra, who is also Chief Operating Officer of venture-funded cybersecurity firm Impermium, will lend his guidance to Invincea as the company expands to meet rapidly increasing demand for its endpoint protection technology. He joins a list of other distinguished Invincea advisory board members with backgrounds in government, financial services, health care, high tech and cyber security start-ups.
“Traditional computer defense technology is insufficient to stop today’s insidious cyber threats, which pose a major risk to the government, critical infrastructure, and our economy,” said Bhalotra. “Invincea has developed a revolutionary technology to detect and contain cyber threats, and has proven this technology against zero-day threats in the wild. I look forward to advising the company to better protect computer networks and users worldwide.”
“Sameer has a strong background in technology innovation and extensive experience driving national cybersecurity programs at the highest levels of the federal government,” said Dr. Anup Ghosh, CEO and founder of Invincea. “He is an invaluable expert on government defenses, critical infrastructure protection, and industry risk management. We are honored to have him on our board of advisors, and look forward to his guidance as we continue to expand.”
As targeted attacks continue to accelerate, both in volume and success, Invincea is a solution in high demand, experiencing significant growth across Government and Commercial sectors. Invincea’s secure virtual container approach protects the network against user-targeted attacks and user-initiated compromise including clicking on malicious links, opening infected attachments, browsing to malicious web sites, and falling victim to watering hole attacks. Recent headlines including spear-phishing attacks against The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post and watering hole attacks against the U.S. Department of Labor are illustrative of the types of attacks Invincea defends against. Invincea’s non-signature based approach means there are no daily updates required and users are protected against zero-day exploits such as the recent zero-day exploit against Internet Explorer 8 Invincea reported. Already proven and deployed in major Agencies, Defense Contractors, Financial Services, and Energy/Infrastructure concerns, Invincea recently announced an agreement with Dell to bring Invincea’s industrial strength protection to Dell’s commercial customers across the Global 1000 as well as the small and mid-size enterprises as a new standard in endpoint protection against Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) and zero-day exploits.
About Sameer Bhalotra
Sameer Bhalotra is the Chief Operating Officer of Impermium. Previously, he served as Senior Director for Cybersecurity at the White House. In this position he advised the President regarding the nation’s top priority cybersecurity initiatives to protect U.S. commerce and critical infrastructure. Prior to this role, he worked for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as technology and cybersecurity lead. He began his government career as an engineer at the Central Intelligence Agency, working on advanced technology projects and subsequently supporting the CIA Director. Dr. Bhalotra received an undergraduate degree in Physics from Harvard University and a doctorate in Applied Physics from Stanford University. He is a Senior Associate in the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.