SOURCE: nexTier Networks

April 23, 2008 12:05 ET

nexTier Networks Names Former Symantec CISO Dr. Ken Baylor to Executive Team

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - nexTier Networks, the company that is revolutionizing information security and data leak prevention through its unique semantic analysis technology, today announced that it has appointed Dr. Ken Baylor, most recently the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Symantec, as vice president of business development. Dr. Baylor brings more than 16 years of experience leading global IT and security teams with companies such as Symantec and McAfee, where he held executive positions over security initiatives along with functions including product development, internal security operations and alliances. In this new role, Dr. Baylor will concentrate on establishing and furthering strategic alliances that will expand the company's worldwide market opportunities.

Ken is a recognized security expert, a highly seasoned Information Security executive, and an advisor on security issues to Fortune 500 Companies. Prior to joining nexTier Networks, Ken Baylor served as Symantec's Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). In this role, Dr. Baylor was responsible for developing and overseeing the Symantec's global information systems security policies and safeguarding corporate electronic and digital assets. As CISO, Dr. Baylor headed up Symantec's Information Security department and worked closely with Symantec business units and their internal product groups building out advanced security capabilities across the company's product lines.

"It is a testament to nexTier's technology and market promise that we are able to attract such an accomplished security expert as Ken Baylor to our executive team," said nexTier Founder and CTO Tarique Mustafa. "His track record of success in Fortune 500 and high-growth environments aligns with our focus on helping large enterprise customers protect their data. Dr. Baylor is highly respected in the industry and brings a wealth of experience in creating key alliances, developing major customer programs, and driving product development. Ken will make a significant contribution to meeting our goals."

Silicon Valley-based nexTier Networks is vastly improving information security with the application of its unique semantic analysis technology. nexTier's technology prevents data loss by discovering data wherever it is located across the enterprise, analyzing that data and determining that data's security value to the business. Much in the way that DNA is used to identify humans, nexTier's algorithms extract the unique security DNA sequence of data, correlate that DNA sequence to security policies at wire speed, and use that DNA sequence as a means of enforcing security policies against that data. Highly immune to evasion, nexTier's algorithms can determine the origin of information even if it has been retyped into a brand new document or rearranged and reworded in a deliberately evasive manner.

"Every day, thousands of enterprises across the USA accidently or through outright negligence leak billions of dollars worth of intellectual property and customer data. They expose themselves and their customers to unnecessary risk for everything from the very high costs of dealing with such leaks to genuine harm on a variety of levels. Existing Data Leak Protection (DLP) products are far too complex and don't adequately protect the enterprise," said Dr. Ken Baylor. "nexTier's products are easy to deploy and they really work. It is as simple as that."

Earlier in his career, Dr. Baylor led a number of strategic initiatives within McAfee, where he was recognized as an expert in Intrusion Prevention Systems and Risk Management. He led efforts in developing strategic alliances and creating the McAfee Service Provider program. Dr. Baylor holds bachelors' and doctorate degrees in Science from Ireland, a law degree from the UK and an MBA from the University of Texas.

nexTier Networks was founded in 2006 by Tarique Mustafa and has a team, board, and board of advisors that include many leading authorities from companies like Symantec, McAfee, VeriSign, Cisco, Juniper, GreenBorder, Sygate and Securify. nexTier Networks is funded by Archimedes Capital, Ecosystem Ventures, and prominent Silicon Valley angel investors.

About nexTier Networks

Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, nexTier Networks created a whole new way to secure business information by firewalling data at what the company calls the "semantic layer" -- the network communications layer at which the semantic meaning in data is communicated. Following years of research and development, nexTier delivers breakthrough semantically-aware security algorithms to identify, classify and protect information in real time across very large volumes of content with unprecedented accuracy. The company was founded by Silicon Valley security veteran Tarique Mustafa and is backed by a team, board and board of advisors that include many leading authorities from companies like Symantec, McAfee, VeriSign, Cisco, Juniper, GreenBorder, Sygate and Securify.

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