NEW YORK, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SecurityScorecard(TM) (www.securityscorecard.com), a provider of cloud-based security risk grading services, today announced the appointment of Alexander Heid as Chief Research Officer (CRO) and Rob Blackin as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). This expansion of the company's leadership team will help enhance and advance the performance and versatility of its technology. Both positions report to Aleksandr Yampolskiy, SecurityScorecard's CEO.
"I am thrilled to have such capable security technology executives join us," said Yampolskiy. "Alex Heid is one of the top security experts in the world. He brings to SecurityScorecard an impressive track record of identifying and dealing with the menaces of the web. Rob is a solid technologist who drives development efforts and whose work results in exceptional products delivered with exceptional efficiency."
As CRO, a newly created position, Heid will direct security research to uncover emerging tools and techniques employed by malicious characters who seek to attack the cloud-based operations of today's interconnected businesses. "I joined SecurityScorecard because its technology is strong and has been designed to help organizations better understand their security health and those of their partners," Heid said. "The findings of our ongoing research will be applied to make SecurityScorecard's offerings more attuned to the ever-changing security risks and risk levels faced by our customers."
Blackin will be responsible for managing development of products and services from SecurityScorecard. "What excites me about my role as CTO is that SecurityScorecard's technology is already great," Blackin said. "I have the opportunity to work with an outstanding team to build upon that strength while finding new ways to help customers manage their security risks."
Prior to joining SecurityScorecard, Heid was co-founder and president of HackMiami where he oversaw penetration testing, vulnerability analysis and consulting. Before that he was a key researcher at Prolexic PLXSERT, where he was responsible for the discovery, analysis and mitigation of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) threats. Notably, he handled the analysis and reversal of the notorious BroDoS botnet that wreaked havoc in the financial services sector. In addition, he is a frequent speaker at hacking and information security conferences worldwide.
Blackin's previous role was Vice President of Engineering and Operations at BlogTalkradio, an online social radio network. Prior to that he held a number of executive roles and handled the build out of IDT's telephony billing system.
SecurityScorecard, Inc. helps organizations in today's increasingly interconnected world better manage all key risks their information systems and those of their partners face every second of every day.
Security Scorecard Inc. is privately-held with headquarters in New York, NY. Founded in 2013, Security Scorecard investors include Evolution Equity, /bold/start and Atlas Ventures, among others.
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