Optiv Security announces key executive appointments

Optiv Security announced it has named Chad Holmes as chief services and operations officer and Nate Brady as chief financial officer, two key appointments that support the company’s global services expansion and business growth strategy.

In this newly created role, Holmes is focused on further evolving Optiv’s services offerings to enable clients around the world to better address risk across the entire business continuum – from third parties, to back office, straight through to front line employees. Brady is responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the company, including its ongoing investment in expanding operations and presence across North America and Europe.

“Since the emergence of the internet, many public and private entities across the globe have taken a reactive approach to cyber security, buying technologies based on the latest trends and vulnerabilities rather than investing in the right people, processes and technologies to balance security and business needs,” said Dan Burns, Optiv’s chief executive officer. “Optiv is committed to helping clients find a clear path out of the cyber security whirlwind by enabling them to optimize and rationalize their current investments, and allowing them to build sustainable risk-centric foundations for implementing proactive and measurable security.

“Leveraging Chad’s successes building and running world-class services organizations will allow our company to help even more clients achieve comprehensive, integrated cyber security programs that are radically simpler and stronger. I am very happy to welcome Chad to Optiv, and excited to work more closely with Nate as our company continues its next phase of growth, global expansion and industry leadership.”

Holmes brings to Optiv more than two decades of cyber security experience. He was most recently the managing partner/principal and chief strategy, technology and innovation officer for the cyber security practice of Ernst & Young LLP (EY), where he drove the technology, innovation, and overall strategy, for the global cyber security practice spanning 150 countries.

Prior to EY, Holmes served as chief technology and intelligence officer for FireEye/Mandiant. During his career, Holmes has also held senior technical executive positions at McAfee, Check Point, and Intel. He currently operates The Holmes Research Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to academic research related to information technology, cyber security, and medical advancements.

Brady has 20 years of accounting, management and leadership experience. He most recently served as Optiv’s chief accounting officer, where he oversaw the company’s financial organization and provided insightful business analysis and intelligence to Optiv’s executives and board. Brady has held a number of other executive financial positions in the cyber security, software and transportation industries. Brady began his financial career with Ernst & Young LLP, where he worked with a mix of public, international and private-equity owned companies. He is a certified public accountant and Pittsburg State University varsity football letterman.

“Organizations today are looking for a trusted cyber security partner to provide scalable, cross functional and deep technical teams to help them innovate and evolve their businesses at a rapid pace to keep up with this new digital era. Optiv is in a very unique position to do just that, as the largest dedicated, pure-play cyber security company with an efficient cost rate structure and superior cyber security expertise. Optiv has the rare continuum of capabilities to deliver cyber security and risk services across all aspects of an organization – from creating the cyber security strategy and architecture, to building innovative technology and integrated solutions to providing full outsourced and cyber-as-a-service offerings,” said Chad Holmes, chief services and operations officer.

“Optiv is in a moment of extreme opportunity: the global cyber security services market is projected to exceed $60 billion by 2021 across advisory, integration and operations services. Optiv is the only company that provides expert services across all three of these areas. We will continue to make the investments required to deliver a new caliber of security services to our global clients based in North America, and to better serve clients headquartered in other parts of the world,” said Nate Brady, chief financial officer.

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