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Attivo Networks® is the leader in deception for cyber security defense. Founded in 2011, Attivo Networks provides a comprehensive deception platform that in real-time detects inside-the-network intrusions in networks, public and private data centers, and specialized environments such as Industrial Control System (ICS) SCADA, Internet of Things (IoT), and Point of Sale (POS) environments. Founded on the premise that even the best security systems cannot prevent all attacks, Attivo provides the required visibility and actionable, substantiated alerts to detect, isolate, and defend against cyber attacks. Unlike prevention systems, Attivo assumes the attacker is inside the network and uses high-interaction decoys and endpoint, server, and application deception lures placed ubiquitously across the network to deceive threat actors into revealing themselves. With no dependencies on signatures or attack pattern matching, the BOTsink deception server is designed to accurately and efficiently detect the reconnaissance and lateral movement of advanced threats, stolen credential, ransomware, man-in-the-middle, and phishing attacks.  The Attivo Multi-Correlation Detection Engine (MCDE) captures and analyzes attacker IPs, methods, and actions that can then be viewed in the Attivo Threat Intelligence Dashboard,  exported for forensic reporting in IOC, PCAP, STIX, CSV formats or can be used to automatically update SIEM and prevention systems for blocking, isolation, and threat hunting. The ThreatOps offering simplifies incident response through information sharing, incident response automation, and the creation of repeatable playbooks.

Senior Management

Tushar Kothari—Chief Executive Officer

Tushar Kothari is a technology executive with over 25 years of experience including general management; revenue growth and retention; go-to-market strategy; product development; business operations; and strategy.

Tushar brings a proven track record in creating new markets, rapidly scaling product sales, and developing partner eco-systems that drive revenue growth. He possesses a wealth of strategic experience and operational capabilities with an emphasis on sales and business development across security and networking.

At Attivo we are changing the landscape for cyber security defense. Cyber attackers are creative, fast, and increasingly more malicious. In the age of perimeter-less network, there are no longer no longer rigid walls to keep the attackers out. Built on this premise, Attivo takes a different and innovative approach. Instead of focusing on preventing attackers from getting in, Attivo uses dynamic deception to detect the attackers that have made their way inside the network, identifies them, and empowers organizations to promptly shut down the cyber attack.

“I am passionate about creating cultures of innovation. I believe that when a group of people is empowered to think without boundaries, they can change the world. “

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks, Cisco, Juniper Networks

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Carolyn Crandall—Chief Deception Officer/CMO

Carolyn Crandall is the Chief Deception Officer/CMO. She is a technology-marketing executive with over 25 years of experience in building go-to-market programs for security, networking, and storage companies. She has a demonstrated track record of successfully taking companies from pre-IPO through to multi-billion dollar sales. Carolyn is recognized in the industry as a global marketing authority based on her repeated demonstration of growing technology companies into market leaders, establishing exceptional company valuations, and building high-performance teams.

With a curiosity and passion for learning, Carolyn has built a unique breadth of experience across all marketing disciplines. She is successfully establishing the awareness, recognition, and demand of Attivo Networks solutions in the marketplace by moving seamlessly from strategy to high-velocity hands-on execution. In addition, she is building high-impact customer programs that connect Attivo with customers seeking to add defense in depth to their security infrastructure, and partner programs that extend the integration and global customer access to Attivo deception solutions.

“If you travel a path that is already well traveled, you won’t likely discover anything new. Be curious, take chances, and remember we are never lost, just exploring”

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks, Cisco, Juniper Networks

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Srikant Vissamsetti—SVP Engineering

Srikant is responsible for setting the company’s product vision and for the development of the Attivo deception platform and portfolio. Srikant carries over 25 years of experience in leadership and engineering roles and has a proven track record in building and managing global engineering teams.

Srikant brings extensive security product development leadership experience to Attivo. Prior to joining Attivo, Srikant was the Vice President of Network Security for McAfee/Intel Security, where he was responsible for the McAfee Network Security platform (NSP) and Network Behavior Analysis (NTBA) product development. The NSP is the market leading next generation network IPS product and has placed favorably in multiple Gartner Magic Quadrants. Prior to McAfee, Srikant was a co-founder at IntruVert Networks, which was acquired by McAfee.

Srikant holds a MS, Computer Science degree from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He also holds 6 patents in network security.

“There is nothing more invigorating than challenging status-quo, especially when it centers on the creation of innovative technologies that enable customers to defend their enterprise against the most modern and malicious types of cyber attacks. ”

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks, McAfee/Intel Security, IntruVert Networks

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Tushar Kothari

Chief Executive Officer

Carolyn Crandall

Chief Deception Officer/CMO

Srikant Vissamsetti

Senior Vice-President of Engineering

Sarah Ashburn—SVP Sales and Customer Success

Sarah Ashburn is the Attivo Networks SVP Sales and Customer Success and is responsible for aggressively driving the company’s domestic sales strategy, expansion, and high performance team development. Sarah is a seasoned sales executive with over 25 years of sales experience, covering all markets including enterprise and mid-market organizations. Sarah is recognized for her sales leadership and track record of closing $1B in sales throughout her career.

Sarah has a unique background that allows her to understand her customers’ vision and needs. Her tenure includes working directly with the CEO of Symantec, as the Chief of Staff, which allowed her to view business from the top down. Prior to that, she gained valuable experience leading the M&A Integration office, which exposed her to the value of brand awareness and perception in the market. Driving value to the customer is her top priority, and she works tirelessly to create mutually successful business outcomes. Sarah propels quality customer engagement by partnering with the Engineering team to ensure feedback gained from customers is actualized. Her broad and unique expertise are strengths that will be leveraged to position Attivo Networks as the leader in deception for cyber security defense.

“The voice of the customer is the voice that matters.”

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks, Symantec

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Jilbert Washten—Chief Financial Officer

Jilbert Washten is Attivo Networks Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for all financial aspects of the company including negotiations in acquisitions on both the buyer and seller sides of transactions and the management of all of the company’s financial operations. He brings over 20 years of broad-based experience in finance and corporate accounting.

Most recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Ascentis Corporation, where he played a key role in the company’s rapid growth and successful sale. Jilbert also served as Vice President of Finance for Cloudmark, Inc, a privately held venture-backed messaging security company. Prior to Cloudmark, he held various finance leadership positions in high technology and managed service provider companies.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo, with an emphasis in Economics and International Management.

“An optimized balance of revenue to expense creates my favorite financial cocktail.”

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks, Cloudmark, Inc.

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Tony Cole—Chief Technology Officer

Tony is a cybersecurity expert with more than 30 years’ experience in government and industry across a variety of roles. He’s successfully built program-driven business development teams driving millions in revenue, large global consulting teams assisting customers in all aspects of security defense and operations. He’s a well-known global strategist and evangelist in cybersecurity working to educate on the evolving threat to our interconnected world. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer networking and is a CISSP. Tony is on the Board of Directors for (ISC)² and Silent Circle; and also serves on the NASA Advisory Council. He’s also a former president of ISSA-DC.

At Attivo Networks, Tony works to drive a cohesive strategy across marketing, sales, and the platform to help ensure our customers are successful in thwarting the impact from cyber-attacks.  He’s a public voice for the company as well, educating the market on the cyber deception space and cybersecurity in general.

Security Career Experience: FireEye, McAfee, Symantec, the U.S. Army, and on the US President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee’s IoT security subcommittee and the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC-V)

“CISOs have a thankless job of countering the ruthless adversary, our drive and passion for solving cybersecurity problems helps us build solutions to solve some of their toughest challenges.”

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Sara Ashburn SVP Sales

Sarah Ashburn

SVP Sales and Customer Success

Jilbert Washten CFO

Jilbert Washten

Chief Financial Officer

Tony Cole -Chief Technology Officer

Tony Cole

Chief Technology Officer

Mano Murthy—Co-founder, Board member and Executive Vice President

Mano is a Co-founder, Board Member, and Executive Vice President at Attivo Networks. Mano is a serial entrepreneur with Attivo being his 4th start-up. He has over 35 years of product development and management experience in high technology. Mano is a results oriented leader with a knack for finding the right balance of being customer focused and for engineering innovation and execution.

Prior to co-founding Attivo, Mano was Co-founder and CEO of Allegro Systems, which was acquired by Cisco Systems, Co-founder and Vice President of Software at Assured Access Technology which was acquired by Alcatel, Co-founder and Director of Software at Alantec, Inc, which has its first public offering in 1994 and subsequently merged with Fore Systems in 1996.

Mano has a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University and graduate studies in Computer Science from Stanford University, Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from University of California Davis and Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani.

Mano holds key patents in core networking and switching in port mirroring (port and is known for developing one of the earliest L2/L3 (switching/routing) technologies integrated in one appliance. He also holds a patent in port monitoring (port mirroring, SPAN ports) and port groups by VLANs. He was one of the first to develop and implement the concept of port groups, VLANs, and allowing subnets to span multiple interfaces in Alantec’s PowerHub.

“A startup company is a lot like the creative art form of music. You plant a seed (an idea or a musical concept) and nurture that seed into something that the consumer (listener) wants. All, while having fun doing it.”

Security Career Experience: Allegro Systems (VPN security), Attivo Networks

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Marc Feghali—Co-founder and VP of Product Management

Marc is a co-founder of Attivo networks and is Vice President of Product Management. He has over 20 years of product management and marketing experience in high technology. Marc is a leader with a knack for finding the right balance of being customer focused and for engineering innovation.

At Attivo Marc is responsible for creating the product roadmap and technical customer engagement and programs. His charter includes delivering the right balance of feature innovation, development investment, and alignment to customer interest and expectations.

Prior to joining Attivo, Marc held product management and marketing leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Echelon, 3Com, Compaq and other technology companies.

Marc holds a MBA from Northeastern Illinois University.

“It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is prioritizing these new ideas and achieving the right balance of value, innovation, and fulfillment of customer needs.”

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks, Cisco Systems, and 3COM

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Venu Vissamsetty—VP Security Research

Venu is responsible for the company’s security research and for the development of the Attivo deception solutions. He carries over 20 years of experience developing security information technology solutions.

Venu brings extensive security expertise in both cyber attack detection and attack analysis to Attivo. Prior to joining Attivo, Venu was Director of Software Development for McAfee/Intel Security, where he was responsible for the McAfee Advanced Threat Defense, which does dynamic malware analysis (sandboxing) to analyze the actual behavior of malware and provide real time analysis. He also holds experience as a software development engineer working on Intrusion Prevention for the McAfee Network Security Division (IntruShield). Before McAfee, Venu was a software engineer at IntruVert Networks, which was acquired by McAfee.

Venu holds a BE, Engineering from Osmania University in India. He also holds 2 patents and has filed for 5 patents in network security.

“Defense in depth. Attivo detection provides an additional and critical layer of cyber defense. It is the last and sometimes final line of defense that no one should be without for their most critical assets”

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks, McAfee/Intel Security, IntruVert Networks

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Mano Murthy

Co-founder, Board Member and Executive Vice-President

Marc Feghali

Co-founder and Vice-President of Product Management

Venu Vissamsetty

Vice-President of Security Research

Steve Troyer—Vice President of Business Development

Steve is Vice President of Business Development, responsible for expanding Attivo Networks’ partner development efforts around its ThreatDefend™ Deception and Response Platform and 3rd party integrations. He has over 25 years of experience in product management, marketing, partner program development, and business development.

Prior to joining Attivo, Steve held leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, 3Com, and several other startup technology companies.

“Lasting change is made with continuous effort and teamwork. Together there is nothing we cannot achieve.”

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Ray Kafity—VP Middle East Turkey and Africa (META)

Ray Kafity has extensive experience in Sales and Marketing Management of high-tech solutions with a solid emphasis on Information Technology/Telecommunications including Wide Area, Local Area Networking, and Cyber Security Solutions. Ray comes with extensive industry experience in broadband telcommunications, Internet Acceleration through Caching Appliances, Internet/Web Content Security Networks and Application acceleration, and various Cyber Security prevention and detection solutions.

“I thrive in bringing high caliber niche technologies to the META region. I am very proud to state that Attivo Networks is a disruptive advanced Cyber threat detection technology that is a must have for enterprises and organizations across the world including the META region.”

Prior to Attivo Networks, Ray was the VP of FireEye Middle East, Turkey and Africa where he succeeded in taking FireEye revenues from $300K in 2010 to over $30 Million in 2015. Prior to FireEye, Ray was the Regional Sales Director for IronPort Systems in Middle East and Africa before it was acquired by Cisco in June 2007. Prior to that, Kafity was the General Manager for Blue Coat Systems (Formerly CacheFlow) for the Middle East in Dubai.


Mark Howell—Vice President of UK and Ireland Operations

Mark Howell is the Attivo Networks Vice President of UK and Ireland Operations. Mark is responsible for scaling the Attivo customer development efforts around its ThreatDefend™ Deception and Response Platform by leveraging his 20+ years’ experience in developing enterprise and channel distribution partnerships throughout the region.

Prior to joining Attivo Networks, Howell was the UK and Ireland Country Manager for BDNA (acquired by Flexera), where he managed the software supply chain company’s operations in the region for the past two years. Before joining BDNA, Howell was the Country Manager of fast-growing wireless LAN provider Meru Networks (acquired by Fortinet). At Meru, Howell received the International Sales Manager of the Year Award in 2009. Howell also brings extensive experience managing the EMEA distribution channel for Juniper Networks and Cisco.

“I’m passionate about bringing great technologies to market that solve real customer issues, through trusted partner relationships.”

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Steve Troyer

Vice-President—Business Development

Ray Kafity Vice President - Middle East Turkey and Africa (META)

Ray Kafity

Vice-President—Middle East Turkey and Africa (META)

Mark Howell-Vice President of UK and Ireland Operations

Mark Howell

Vice-President—UK and Ireland Operations

Robert Crisp—VP Field Technical Operations

Robert Crisp is a veteran of the high-tech industry with over 20 years of experience in working with market leading companies. Robert joined Attivo Networks as the Area Vice President of Sales and quickly moved into the VP of Field Technical Operations where he oversees the Sales Engineering team.

He began his career as in Information Technology in 1992 in Network Operation. He transitioned to the sales and technical side in 1995, and moved into the manufacturing space first as a Federal Sales Engineer at 3COM and then in a variety of commercial and Federal roles with Extreme Networks. He also served as VP of World Side System Engineering for Meru Networks for over 11 years before transitioning into his current role in May of 2015.

Robert attended The University of Glamorgan where he achieved his B.S. Computer Science.

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B.J. Shanker—Co-founder and VP of Operations

B.J. is a co-founder of Attivo networks and is responsible for the company’s operations and excellence in customer delivery and satisfaction. He is a seasoned operations and engineering leader with 30+ years of experience in seamlessly taking numerous disruptive technologies from concept to high volume production and in the operational management of rapidly changing start-ups. B.J. is known for his global cross-functional team leadership and for creating cultures that foster teamwork, collaboration, and innovation.

B.J. brings over 30 years of engineering and operations experience that he has gained in his roles as the co-founder and Director of Operations for Allegro Systems, which was acquired by Cisco Systems and as co-founder and Vice President of Operations at Izspot Systems. His prior experience included being the Manager, HW Engineering, Data Center, Switching and Services Group for Cisco Systems, Director of Engineering and Operations at Silicon Light Machines, which was acquired by Cypress Semiconductor, various engineering and design roles at National Semiconductor and Amdahl.

BJ holds a MS, in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit. He also holds 5 patents for networking hardware.

“By design, start-ups must constantly question what could be better. Movement must be agile and deterministic to ensure product delivery, high customer satisfaction, and adaptation to market demand.”

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks

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Ashok Shah—VP Finance

Ashok Shah is the Attivo Networks VP of Finance and is responsible for overseeing all functions of Accounting, Finance, Legal and basic HR including planning, budgeting, and daily operations. He is an experienced finance and business leader with over 25 years of experience. Ashok has a broad background in accounting, financial planning, operation leadership and has applied his skills to both business and charitable organizations.

Prior to joining Attivo Networks, Ashok was President and CEO of Quality Reprographics for 18 years. In parallel, Ashok was also the Treasurer and VP of Finance (pro bono) for the Foundation of Excellence, which identified exceptionally bright students in India and provided them with scholarships for their studies based on educational merits and financial needs. Before this, he served as a Controller for SIMCO Electronics and Bentley Engineering.

Ashok holds a Masters Degree in International Management with Finance and Accounting Majors from Thunderbird University.
Professional Qualifications include Chartered Accountant (India) and CPA

“When others see obstacles; I focus on the objectives. I line up the challenges one by one to solve them and with the right patience and persistence even the most complicated matters can be resolved.”

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks

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Robert Crisp

Vice-President Field Technical Operations

B.J. Shanker

Co-founder and Vice-President of Operations

Ashok Shah

Vice-President Finance

Tushar Kothari

Chief Executive Officer

Tushar Kothari is a technology executive with over 25 years of experience including general management; revenue growth and retention; go-to-market strategy; product development; business operations; and strategy.

Tushar brings a proven track record in creating new markets, rapidly scaling product sales, and developing partner eco-systems that drive revenue growth. He possesses a wealth of strategic experience and operational capabilities with an emphasis on sales and business development across security and networking.

At Attivo we are changing the landscape for cyber security defense. Cyber attackers are creative, fast, and increasingly more malicious. The age of a perimeter-less network is here and there are no longer rigid walls to keep the attackers out. Built on this premise, Attivo takes a different and innovative approach. Instead of focusing on preventing attackers from getting in, Attivo uses dynamic deception to detect the attackers that have made their way inside the network, identifies them, and empowers organizations to promptly shut down the cyber attack.

“I am passionate about creating cultures of innovation. I believe that when a group of people is empowered to think without boundaries, they can change the world. “

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks, Cisco, Juniper Networks

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Carolyn Crandall

Chief Deception Officer/CMO

Carolyn Crandall is the Attivo Networks Chief Deception Officer/CMO. She is a technology-marketing executive with over 25 years of experience in building go-to-market programs for security, networking, and storage companies. She has a demonstrated track record of successfully taking companies from pre-IPO through to multi-billion dollar sales. Carolyn is recognized in the industry as a global marketing authority based on her repeated demonstration of growing technology companies into market leaders, establishing exceptional company valuations, and building high-performance teams.

With a curiosity and passion for learning, Carolyn has built a unique breadth of experience across all marketing disciplines. She is successfully establishing the awareness, recognition, and demand of Attivo Networks solutions in the marketplace by moving seamlessly from strategy to high-velocity hands-on execution. In addition, she is building high-impact customer programs that connect Attivo with customers seeking to add defense in depth to their security infrastructure, and partner programs that extend the integration and global customer access to Attivo deception solutions.

“If you travel a path that is already well traveled, you won’t likely discover anything new. Be curious, take chances, and remember we are never lost, just exploring”

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks, Cisco, Juniper Networks

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Srikant Vissamsetti

SVP Engineering

Srikant is responsible for setting the company’s product vision and for the development of the Attivo deception platform and portfolio. Srikant carries over 25 years of experience in leadership and engineering roles and has a proven track record in building and managing global engineering teams.

Srikant brings extensive security product development leadership experience to Attivo. Prior to joining Attivo, Srikant was the Vice President of Network Security for McAfee/Intel Security, where he was responsible for the McAfee Network Security platform (NSP) and Network Behavior Analysis (NTBA) product development. The NSP is the market leading next generation network IPS product and has placed favorably in multiple Gartner Magic Quadrants. Prior to McAfee, Srikant was a co-founder at IntruVert Networks, which was acquired by McAfee.

Srikant holds a MS, Computer Science degree from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He also holds 6 patents in network security.

“There is nothing more invigorating than challenging status-quo, especially when it centers on the creation of innovative technologies that enable customers to defend their enterprise against the most modern and malicious types of cyber attacks. ”

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks, McAfee/Intel Security, IntruVert Networks

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Sara Ashburn SVP Sales

Sarah Ashburn

SVP Sales and Customer Success

Sarah Ashburn is the Attivo Networks SVP Sales and Customer Success and is responsible for aggressively driving the company’s domestic sales strategy, expansion, and high performance team development. Sarah is a seasoned sales executive with over 25 years of sales experience, covering all markets including enterprise and mid-market organizations. Sarah is recognized for her sales leadership and track record of closing $1B in sales throughout her career.

Sarah has a unique background that allows her to understand her customers’ vision and needs. Her tenure includes working directly with the CEO of Symantec, as the Chief of Staff, which allowed her to view business from the top down. Prior to that, she gained valuable experience leading the M&A Integration office, which exposed her to the value of brand awareness and perception in the market. Driving value to the customer is her top priority, and she works tirelessly to create mutually successful business outcomes. Sarah drives quality customer engagement by partnering with the Engineering team to ensure feedback gained from customers is actualized. Her broad and unique expertise are strengths that will be leveraged to position Attivo Networks as the leader in deception for cyber security defense.

“The voice of the customer is the voice that matters.”

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks, Symantec

Jilbert Washten CFO

Jilbert Washten

Chief Financial Officer

Jilbert Washten is Attivo Networks Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for all financial aspects of the company including negotiations in acquisitions on both the buyer and seller sides of transactions and the management of all of the company’s financial operations. He brings over 20 years of broad-based experience in finance and corporate accounting.

Most recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Ascentis Corporation, where he played a key role in the company’s rapid growth and successful sale. Jilbert also served as Vice President of Finance for Cloudmark, Inc, a privately held venture-backed messaging security company. Prior to Cloudmark, he held various finance leadership positions in high technology and managed service provider companies.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo, with an emphasis in Economics and International Management.

“An optimized balance of revenue to expense creates my favorite financial cocktail.”

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks, Cloudmark, Inc.

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Tony Cole -Chief Technology Officer

Tony Cole

Chief Technology Officer

Tony is a cybersecurity expert with more than 30 years’ experience in government and industry across a variety of roles. He’s successfully built program-driven business development teams driving millions in revenue, large global consulting teams assisting customers in all aspects of security defense and operations. He’s a well-known global strategist and evangelist in cybersecurity working to educate on the evolving threat to our interconnected world. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer networking and is a CISSP. Tony is on the Board of Directors for (ISC)² and Silent Circle; and also serves on the NASA Advisory Council. He’s also a former president of ISSA-DC.

At Attivo Networks, Tony works to drive a cohesive strategy across marketing, sales, and the platform to help ensure our customers are successful in thwarting the impact from cyber-attacks.  He’s a public voice for the company as well, educating the market on the cyber deception space and cybersecurity in general.

Security Career Experience: FireEye, McAfee, Symantec, the U.S. Army, and on the US President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee’s IoT security subcommittee and the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC-V)

Mano Murthy

Co-founder, Board member and Executive Vice President

Mano is a Co-founder, Board Member, and Executive Vice President at Attivo Networks. Mano is a serial entrepreneur with Attivo being his 4th start-up. He has over 35 years of product development and management experience in high technology. Mano is a results oriented leader with a knack for finding the right balance of being customer focused and for engineering innovation and execution.

Prior to co-founding Attivo, Mano was Co-founder and CEO of Allegro Systems, which was acquired by Cisco Systems, Co-founder and Vice President of Software at Assured Access Technology which was acquired by Alcatel, Co-founder and Director of Software at Alantec, Inc, which has its first public offering in 1994 and subsequently merged with Fore Systems in 1996.

Mano has a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University and graduate studies in Computer Science from Stanford University, Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from University of California Davis and Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani.

Mano holds key patents in core networking and switching in port mirroring (port and is known for developing one of the earliest L2/L3 (switching/routing) technologies integrated in one appliance. He also holds a patent in port monitoring (port mirroring, SPAN ports) and port groups by VLANs. He was one of the first to develop and implement the concept of port groups, VLANs, and allowing subnets to span multiple interfaces in Alantec’s PowerHub.

“A startup company is a lot like the creative art form of music. You plant a seed (an idea or a musical concept) and nurture that seed into something that the consumer (listener) wants. All, while having fun doing it.”

Security Career Experience: Allegro Systems (VPN security), Attivo Networks

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Marc Feghali

Co-founder and VP of Product Management

Marc is a co-founder of Attivo networks and is Vice President of Product Management. He has over 20 years of product management and marketing experience in high technology. Marc is a results oriented leader with a knack for finding the right balance of being customer focused and for engineering innovation.

At Attivo Marc is responsible for creating the product roadmap and technical customer engagement and programs. His charter includes delivering the right balance of feature innovation, development investment, and alignment to customer interest and expectations.

Prior to joining Attivo, Marc held product management and marketing leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Echelon, 3Com, Compaq and other technology companies.

Marc holds a MBA from Northeastern Illinois University.

“It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is prioritizing these new ideas and achieving the right balance of value, innovation, and fulfillment of customer needs.”

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks, Cisco Systems, and 3COM

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Venu Vissamsetty

VP Security Research

Venu is responsible for the company’s security research and for the development of the Attivo deception solutions. He carries over 20 years of experience developing security information technology solutions.

Venu brings extensive security expertise in both cyber attack detection and attack analysis to Attivo. Prior to joining Attivo, Venu was Director of Software Development for McAfee/Intel Security, where he was responsible for the McAfee Advanced Threat Defense, which does dynamic malware analysis (sandboxing) to analyze the actual behavior of malware and provide real time analysis. He also holds experience as a software development engineer working on Intrusion Prevention for the McAfee Network Security Division (IntruShield). Before McAfee, Venu was a software engineer at IntruVert Networks, which was acquired by McAfee.

Venu holds a BE, Engineering from Osmania University in India. He also holds 2 patents and has filed for 5 patents in network security.

“Defense in depth. Attivo detection provides an additional and critical layer of cyber defense. It is the last and sometimes final line of defense that no one should be without for their most critical assets”

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks, McAfee/Intel Security, IntruVert Networks

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Steve Troyer

Vice President of Business Development

Steve is Vice President of Business Development, responsible for expanding Attivo Networks’ partner development efforts around its ThreatDefend™ Deception and Response Platform and 3rd party integrations. He has over 25 years of experience in product management, marketing, partner program development, and business development.

Prior to joining Attivo, Steve held leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, 3Com, and several other startup technology companies.

“Lasting change is made with continuous effort and teamwork. Together there is nothing we cannot achieve.”

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Ray Kafity Vice President - Middle East Turkey and Africa (META)

Ray Kafity

Middle East Turkey and Africa (META)

Ray Kafity has extensive experience in Sales and Marketing Management of high-tech solutions with a solid emphasis on Information Technology/Telecommunications including Wide Area, Local Area Networking, and Cyber Security Solutions. Ray comes with extensive industry experience in broadband telcommunications, Internet Acceleration through Caching Appliances, Internet/Web Content Security Networks and Application acceleration, and various Cyber Security prevention and detection solutions.

“I thrive in bringing high caliber niche technologies to the META region. I am very proud to state that Attivo Networks is a disruptive advanced Cyber threat detection technology that is a must have for enterprises and organizations across the world including the META region.”

Prior to Attivo Networks, Ray was the VP of FireEye Middle East, Turkey and Africa where he succeeded in taking FireEye revenues from $300K in 2010 to over $30 Million in 2015. Prior to FireEye, Ray was the Regional Sales Director for IronPort Systems in Middle East and Africa before it was acquired by Cisco in June 2007. Prior to that, Kafity was the General Manager for Blue Coat Systems (Formerly CacheFlow) for the Middle East in Dubai.

Mark Howell-Vice President of UK and Ireland Operations

Mark Howell

Vice-President of UK and Ireland Operations

Mark Howell is the Attivo Networks Vice President of UK and Ireland operations. Mark is responsible for scaling the Attivo customer development efforts around its ThreatDefend™ Deception and Response Platform by leveraging his 20+ years’ experience in developing enterprise and channel distribution partnerships throughout the region.

Prior to joining Attivo Networks, Howell was the UK and Ireland Country Manager for BDNA (acquired by Flexera), where he managed the software supply chain company’s operations in the region for the past two years. Before joining BDNA, Howell was the Country Manager of fast-growing wireless LAN provider Meru Networks (acquired by Fortinet). At Meru, Howell received the International Sales Manager of the Year Award in 2009. Howell also brings extensive experience managing the EMEA distribution channel for Juniper Networks and Cisco.

“I’m passionate about bringing great technologies to market that solve real customer issues, through trusted partner relationships.”

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Robert Crisp

Vice-President Field Technical Operations

Robert Crisp is a veteran of the high-tech industry with over 20 years of experience in working with market leading companies. Robert joined Attivo Networks as the Area Vice President of Sales and quickly moved into the VP of Field Technical Operations where he oversees the Sales Engineering team.

He began his career as in Information Technology in 1992 in Network Operation. He transitioned to the sales and technical side in 1995, and moved into the manufacturing space first as a Federal Sales Engineer at 3COM and then in a variety of commercial and Federal roles with Extreme Networks. He also served as VP of World Side System Engineering for Meru Networks for over 11 years before transitioning into his current role in May of 2015.

Robert attended The University of Glamorgan where he achieved his B.S. Computer Science.

B.J. Shanker

Co-founder and VP of Operations

B.J. is a co-founder of Attivo networks and is responsible for the company’s operations and excellence in customer delivery and satisfaction. He is a seasoned operations and engineering leader with 30+ years of experience in seamlessly taking numerous disruptive technologies from concept to high volume production and in the operational management of rapidly changing start-ups. B.J. is known for his global cross-functional team leadership and for creating cultures that foster teamwork, collaboration, and innovation.

B.J. brings over 30 years of engineering and operations experience that he has gained in his roles as the co-founder and Director of Operations for Allegro Systems, which was acquired by Cisco Systems and as co-founder and Vice President of Operations at Izspot Systems. His prior experience included being the Manager, HW Engineering, Data Center, Switching and Services Group for Cisco Systems, Director of Engineering and Operations at Silicon Light Machines, which was acquired by Cypress Semiconductor, various engineering and design roles at National Semiconductor and Amdahl.

BJ holds a MS, in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit. He also holds 5 patents for networking hardware.

“By design, start-ups must constantly question what could be better. Movement must be agile and deterministic to ensure product delivery, high customer satisfaction, and adaptation to market demand.”

Security Career Experience: Attivo Networks

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Ashok Shah

VP Finance

Ashok Shah is the Attivo Networks VP of Finance and is responsible for overseeing all functions of Accounting, Finance, Legal and basic HR including planning, budgeting, and daily operations. He is an experienced finance and business leader with over 25 years of experience. Ashok has a broad background in accounting, financial planning, operation leadership and has applied his skills to both business and charitable organizations.

Prior to joining Attivo Networks, Ashok was President and CEO of Quality Reprographics for 18 years. In parallel, Ashok was also the Treasurer and VP of Finance (pro bono) for the Foundation of Excellence, which identified exceptionally bright students in India and provided them with scholarships for their studies based on educational merits and financial needs. Before this, he served as a Controller for SIMCO Electronics and Bentley Engineering.

Ashok holds a Masters Degree in International Management with Finance and Accounting Majors from Thunderbird University.

Professional Qualifications include Chartered Accountant (India) and CPA

“When others see obstacles; I focus on the objectives. I line up the challenges one by one to solve them and with the right patience and persistence even the most complicated matters can be resolved.”

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Investors

Bain Capital Ventures (BCV) invests from seed-stage through growth equity in companies focused on enterprise technology, with a deep focus on infrastructure software and security analytics. With offices in the Bay Area, Boston, and New York City, BCV is the venture capital affiliate of Bain Capital, a global alternative assets platform with approximately $80 billion in assets under management.

ForgePoint Capital is a $300 million cybersecurity-focused fund investing primarily in early stage and select growth equity companies. The firm is well-known as the venture capital firm with the best connections in cybersecurity. Managing Directors Alberto Yépez, Sean Cunningham and Don Dixon jointly lead the investment team and together have made 30 cybersecurity investments during a nearly 20 year period of investing at ForgePoint and Intel Capital.

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Macnica, Inc. is a technology-based distributor as well as a solution provider of electronic components and IT network equipment and software. Macnica, Inc. is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. California-based Macnica Ventures makes strategic investments in emerging technologies. Investments will be managed through its captive fund called Macnica Investment Partners.

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Omidyar Technology Ventures (OTV) is a Silicon Valley-based investment firm created and solely funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. OTV invests in early and growth stage companies in the areas of enterprise software, AI & big data, financial technology and online marketplaces.

Singtel Innov8, the venture capital arm of the Singtel Group, invests in and partners with innovative tech start-ups worldwide. It has a fund size of US$250 million and its own set of decision making, approval and funding processes. Singtel Innov8 works closely with its ecosystem of leading innovators, developers, government agencies, R&D and capital providers to bring cutting-edge technologies and solutions that enhance customer experience.

Singtel Innov8

Board of Directors

Tushar Kothari

Chief Executive Officer, Attivo Networks

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Mano Murthy

Executive Vice President, Attivo Networks

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Charles Giancarlo

Tech Entrepreneur and Advisor

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Enrique Salem

Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

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Sam Srinivasan

Private Investor

Todor Tashev

Managing Partner, Omidyar Technology Ventures

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Alberto Yepez

Managing Director, Trident Capital

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Advisory Board

Bill Ender

Founder and Executive Security Advisor at RightBrainCISO

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Marshall Heilman

VP of TORE, IR and Red Team Operations at Mandiant

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Lawrence Pingree

VP of Product Management at SonicWall Inc.

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Chris Roberts

Chief of Adversarial Research and Engineering at LARES

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Award-winning end-point and network deception for the cyber security defense of enterprise networks, data centers, cloud, ICS-SCADA, IoT, and POS environments.

Awards & Recognitions

The Attivo team is proud to have received industry accolades and awards recognizing Attivo deception and decoy solutions as game-changing for cyber security threat detection. More information on the awards can be found below.