Sygate Names Former Cybersecurity Czar Howard Schmidt To Board Of Directors
Renowned Security Expert Adds to Sygate Brain Trust; Validates Endpoint Security as a Strategic Imperative for Global 2000 Enterprises
FREMONT, Calif.-July 23, 2003-Sygate Technologies, the leader of enterprise endpoints solutions, today announced that it has appointed Howard Schmidt, the former chair of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, as the newest member of Sygate’s board of directors. The addition of Schmidt to the Sygate board marks the latest in a series of milestones that have firmly established Sygate as the leader of enterprise endpoint security. Since securing more than $17 million in an oversubscribed round in November 2002, Sygate has continued to land marquis Fortune 500 companies including Prudential and Unisys, obtained record revenue growth for its enterprise product line in excess of 200%, captured more than 60% of the enterprise endpoint security market (according to Frost & Sullivan), and won several industry awards, including Network Computing’s Editor’s Choice and Well-Connected awards, and PC World’s 2003 World Class award for best firewall software.
“Sygate has displayed extraordinary vision by developing a truly disruptive security solution that enables companies to take a strategic and proactive approach to protecting their networks,” said Howard Schmidt. “Few private companies have the potential to make such a huge impact on the nature of enterprise security. I look forward to taking an active role on the Sygate’s board and work closely with the executive team to set the forces in motion needed to fully deliver on that potential.”
As Sygate’s newest board member, Schmidt brings a wealth of experience in a career that has spanned three and a half decades, and has recently joined eBay as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, after stepping down as chair of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, where he reported to Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor and Gov. Tom Ridge, Director of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, Schmidt was the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corporation. Schmidt managed the Security Strategies group at Microsoft, insuring the development of a trusted computing environment via auditing, policy, best practices and incubation of security products and practices.
Before joining Microsoft, Schmidt was a Supervisory Special Agent, Director of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Computer Forensic Lab and Computer Crime and Information Warfare. (HQ AFOSI/CCI). One of the early pioneers in the field of computer forensics and computer evidence collection, he established the first dedicated computer forensic lab in the government. With more than 30 years as a dedicated public servant, Schmidt served the US Air Force in various roles from 1967-1983, and then as a city police officer from 1983-1994 in Chandler, Arizona.
Deeply involved in public and private sector policy matters surrounding computer security, Mr. Schmidt has served as the international president of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and the Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC). He is a former executive board member of the International Organization of Computer Evidence, and served as the co-chairman of the Federal Computer Investigations Committee. He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists. He serves as an advisory board member for the Technical Research Institute of the National White Collar Crime Center, and is a distinguished special lecturer at the University of New Haven, Conn., teaching a graduate certificate course in forensic computing.
Schmidt has also served as an augmented member to the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology in the formation of an Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection. He has testified before congressional committees on computer security and cyber crime, and has been instrumental in the creation of public and private partnerships and information-sharing initiatives. Mr. Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management (MAOM) from the University of Phoenix.
“Howard will be a huge asset to the company,” said John DeSantis, CEO, Sygate. “His professional accomplishments provide us with great prestige and his vast knowledge and understanding of the technology, business, and political issues that fuel the security industry offer us a competitive advantage as we grow. The ability to tap him as an expert resource, as well as leverage his extensive network of influencers, will prove invaluable for Sygate as we transition the company from an emerging private entity into a major worldwide player.”
About Sygate Secure Enterprise
Differentiated by its highly scalable, multi-tier architecture, Sygate Secure Enterprise combines strong endpoint security measures with distributed policy enforcement and automated security information management. Specifically designed to meet the needs of global organizations, SSE allows for large-scale, rapid deployments and ensures that only computing devices with up-to-date anti-virus, firewall, intrusion detection system, and software patches are connected to corporate data. In addition, only approved software applications can run in a Sygate-secured environment. With agents on every endpoint and access point on the network, the only users who can access corporate data are those deemed trustworthy by predetermined corporate security policies.
About Sygate Technologies
Sygate is the market leader of endpoint security solutions for the large enterprise. Using the award-winning Sygate Secure Enterprise, organizations protect their networks, enforce business policies, and automate security practices to regain control of network security, reduce costs, and ensure compliance across the enterprise. Partnerships with industry leaders, including Netscreen, Nortel, Cisco, RSA, and iPass, enable Sygate’s technology to operate seamlessly across multiple platforms and applications. Sygate Technologies is a privately held company headquartered in Fremont, California. For more information, please visit www.sygate.com or call (866) 308-8899.