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September 14, 2011 08:00 ET

IANS Names Former CTO of the Center for Internet Security as Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Technology Officer

Dave Shackleford Will Lead New Services Development and Client Engagements; Debut at IANS New England Information Security Forum on September 20 and 21

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Sep 14, 2011) - IANS, a research and consulting firm focused exclusively on information security and IT risk, announced that Dave Shackleford, founder of information security consulting firm Voodoo Security, author of the popular ShackF00 infosec blog, and a leading authority on virtualization security, will join the IANS leadership team as Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Shackleford's information security and IT risk management executive leadership roles have included Chief Security Officer of Configuresoft, Vice President and CTO with the Center for Internet Security and Chief Security Strategist for EMC Ionix. He also is a SANS Institute Certified Instructor as well as the SANS curriculum lead and lead author for virtualization and security courses. Shackleford is a featured speaker at the upcoming IANS New England Information Security Forum which will be held in Boston on September 20 and 21 and will present at the inaugural IANS Southeast Information Security Forum in Atlanta on October 5 and 6.

"Dave is one of information security's most dynamic leaders. He brings to IANS a powerful blend of information security thought leadership, implementation experience, and executive management skills. Dave's sharp analytical mind and the ability to clearly define and explain the most complex security topics will amplify IANS' value to clients," said Phil Gardner, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, IANS. "IANS' primary focus is on providing strategic advisory services and facilitating new approaches to IT security through expert interaction, not ivory tower research. Dave will lead and undoubtedly thrive in his new role."

IANS Introducing Virtualization Security Practice
Shackleford is responsible for expanding IANS' service offerings and research tracks. His immediate priority is launching a new practice to help clients protect virtualized computing environments, an area in which he has long been a consultant and educator to many of the world's major enterprise security organizations. Shackleford was most recently founder and principal consultant of Voodoo Security, a specialized information security consultancy focused on security assessments, risk and compliance analysis, and virtualization security. He has consulted with hundreds of organizations from a variety of industries about security regulatory compliance and network architecture and has received the VMware vExpert designation.

Virtualization technology is the focus of many potential threats and exploits, presenting new vulnerabilities that must be managed. In addition, there are a vast number of configuration options that security and system administrators need to understand, with an added layer of complexity that has to be managed by operations teams. Virtualization technologies also connect to network infrastructure and storage networks. These technologies require careful planning with regard to access controls, user permissions, and traditional security controls.

"I am very excited to join IANS and have the opportunity to offer its end users solutions based on real world experience," said Dave Shackleford, Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Technology Officer, IANS. "This is a critical time for CSOs, CISOs, and other security executives. We are facing increasingly complex challenges. The opportunity to work with information security leaders to develop workable solutions for today's most pressing issues will be a challenge but also a great opportunity. I look forward to working with the entire IANS team to develop thought provoking content to help guide the evolution of information security and IT risk management."

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IANS is the leading provider of in-depth security insights delivered through its research, community, and consulting offerings. Fueled by interactions among IANS Faculty and end users, IANS provides actionable advice to information security, risk management, and compliance executives. IANS powers better, faster, technical and managerial decisions through experience-driven advice.

IANS was founded in June 2001 and is inspired by the Harvard Business School experience of interactive discussions driving collective insights. IANS' offerings include the Enterprise Client annual research membership, eight regionally held Information Security Forums, peer-based roundtable discussions, and a custom collection of advisory services for security professionals and security solution providers.

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