SOURCE: eEye Digital Security

eEye Digital Security

July 13, 2010 10:11 ET

eEye Digital Security Expands Leadership Team, Welcomes Back Technology Visionary Marc Maiffret to Tackle New Era of Security Vulnerabilities and Compliance Challenges

Company Plans to Triple in Size to Extend Lead in Eliminating Real-Time Security Threats

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) -  eEye Digital Security, a leading provider of IT security vulnerability management solutions, today announced that it has expanded its leadership team. Kevin Hickey, who took the helm as CEO in December 2009 has since added five widely respected industry professionals to further enhance his management staff. In addition, Marc Maiffret, a co-founder of eEye Digital Security, has just returned to the company as chief technology officer. Maiffret is credited as a pioneer in vulnerability management, known for running eEye's top security research team for nearly 10 years, as well as famously discovering some of the very first critical Microsoft security vulnerabilities including the first Microsoft computer worm.

"The challenges of vulnerability management have grown more complex with constantly changing IT infrastructures, sophisticated cyber attacks and ongoing regulatory compliance requirements. Vulnerability management has entered a new era and just being able to identify vulnerabilities isn't enough. To provide effective security, you must be able to mitigate and protect against known, unknown and zero-day threats in real time," said Maiffret. "eEye is leading the charge in vulnerability management to help organizations assess, mitigate and protect critical assets and the data they hold. That's the next frontier for security and I'm excited to be a part of it." 

Management Pros Bet on eEye
In December of 2009, eEye began assembling an all-star leadership team. Maiffret is the newest addition to the management group. For more than a decade, members of this team have managed and led multiple technology companies to successful outcomes. Among those who have joined eEye since the end of last year are:

  • Kevin Hickey, Chief Executive Officer

Kevin has a strong history of sales and marketing leadership, as well as expertise in software operations, strategy, fundraising, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining eEye, Kevin was CEO of NetPro Computing, where he helped grow the business before concluding its very successful sale to Quest Software. Kevin has also served as the president and CEO of, where he secured funding and eventually sold the business to industry leader During his seven years as president and COO at Viasoft Inc., Kevin led the company through a successful initial public offering prior to its sale. Kevin started his IT career at IBM, serving in several key marketing and executive business management roles.

  • Tyler Hanson, Chief Financial Officer

Tyler brings nearly 20 years of executive experience in the management of financial, legal and human resources operations, risk management, and strategic planning and analysis. Over his career, he has led multiple mergers and acquisitions, and has raised approximately $50 million in equity and debt financings. Before joining eEye, Tyler was CFO of NetPro, where he was responsible for all financial and legal matters leading to NetPro's sale to Quest Software. Tyler also served as CFO at both Apriva and, and spent six years at KPMG in its Assurance Practice.

  • Marc Maiffret, Chief Technology Officer

Marc Maiffret co-founded eEye Digital Security in 1998 and returned to the company in July 2010 as Chief Technology Officer. Marc is an industry expert in network security and has accepted three separate invitations to testify before the United States Congress on matters of national cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. Marc famously discovered the first Microsoft computer worm, "CodeRed" and was named one of People Magazine's 30 People Under 30. He has been featured for cover stories in Details, the Los Angeles Times, Entrepreneur, Inc, and USA Today in addition to numerous television appearances. Prior to returning to eEye, Marc was serving as Chief Security Architect at FireEye.

  • Brad Hibbert, Vice President, Strategy

With nearly 20 years of experience in product management, Brad leads eEye's solution strategy. Prior to joining eEye, Brad served as Vice President of Strategy and Products at NetPro, helping define corporate direction and transition the organization into a strategic partner for enterprise customers. Formerly, at FastLane Technologies, which was sold to Quest Software in 2001, Brad worked extensively with key Microsoft business units on product direction and go-to-market strategies. Over the course of his career, Brad has held a variety of management, consulting, and IT analyst positions for both commercial and government organizations.

  • Tom Owens, Vice President, Worldwide Sales

Tom brings more than 20 years of experience cultivating and motivating sales teams, driving incremental revenue, and building strong alliances with customers and partners. Prior to joining eEye, Tom was responsible for mid-market sales at NetPro, where he increased revenue per head by 18% in one year, which was fundamental in driving the company towards a successful sale to Quest Software. Previously, Tom launched and managed the channel sales division at SolarWinds, where he consistently grew worldwide year-over-year sales and expanded the number of US resellers by 50%. Earlier in his career, he held senior sales positions at Red Hat, Scansoft (now Nuance Communications), and McAfee, receiving numerous management and sales achievement distinctions, including Red Hat's Management Attainment Award.

  • Heather Dunn, Vice President, Marketing

Heather brings over 12 years of technology marketing expertise to her role at eEye. She previously served as marketing director for Telesoft, where she was responsible for building and organizing marketing into a strategic function that contributed to the profitable growth of the company. Heather also served as solutions marketing director at Lumension, product marketing director at NetPro Computing, and online services director at Destinator Technologies.

  • Bryce Hancock, Vice President, Finance

Bryce brings 13 years of domestic and global experience to his role at eEye. In his prior position as director of finance at NetPro, he was responsible for accounting and assisted with financial matters and due diligence leading to NetPro's sale to Quest Software. Previously, Bryce spent nearly ten years at KPMG in its Assurance Practice, working with clientele ranging from private companies to publicly held global enterprises across industries. 

To extend its lead in vulnerability management, eEye has opened a key new location in Phoenix, AZ and plans to triple its current staff, adding 75 new sales, marketing, operations and finance jobs by the end of 2011. Those interested in employment opportunities, please visit:

"As vulnerability management complexity increases, organizations need a trusted partner who not only supports their security and compliance requirements today, but also keeps an eye towards the future," said Kevin Hickey, eEye CEO. "eEye has a defensible technology lead in vulnerability and compliance management that protects thousands of customers. With these additions to our team, eEye now has the management infrastructure to take our company to the next level."

About eEye Digital Security
Since 1998, eEye Digital Security has made vulnerability management simpler, less expensive and more effective by providing the only unified vulnerability and compliance management solution that integrates assessment, mitigation and protection into a complete offering. With a proven history of innovation, eEye has consistently been the first to uncover critical vulnerabilities and prevent their exploit. eEye leverages its world-renowned research to create award-winning solutions that strategically secure critical IT assets and the data they hold. Thousands of mid-to-large-size private-sector and government organizations, including some of the most complex IT environments in the world, rely on eEye solutions to protect against the latest known, unknown and zero-day vulnerabilities. See more at

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