Cybersecurity veteran Richard Bejtlich joins Corelight as principal security strategist

Corelight welcomed Richard Bejtlich, former chief security strategist at FireEye, author and cybersecurity expert, to the team as principal security strategist.

Bejtlich, a proponent of the open source Bro Network Security Monitor (aka “Bro”) – the technology at the heart of the Corelight Sensor – will work with the company’s executive team to help align product development with enterprise needs.

He will also communicate the value of Bro data and network security monitoring for countering adversaries.

“Richard has inspired a generation of defenders through his books, blog posts, presentations, and personal example. Corelight is the network visibility company and Richard is the network visibility guru – so this feels like a perfect match,” said Greg Bell, CEO of Corelight.

“We are thrilled to have him join the Corelight team.”

Bejtlich has spent years championing the importance of network security monitoring and the role real-time data plays in assessment, detection, and response processes.

“After years of protecting networks with Bro, joining the Corelight team feels like the natural next step,” said Bejtlich.

“Other tools offer glimpses of network visibility, but Bro is like the Hubble telescope. I look forward to working with my new team – many of whom I consider security mentors – to help all organizations harness the power of Bro and Corelight to defend their networks.”

Bejtlich was previously Mandiant’s chief security officer when FireEye acquired Mandiant in 2013.

Prior to Mandiant, Bejtlich worked as director of incident response at General Electric, where he built and led the 40-member GE Computer Incident Response Team (GE-CIRT).

Bejtlich began his digital security career as a military intelligence officer in 1997 at the Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team (AFCERT), Air Force Information Warfare Center (AFIWC), and Air Intelligence Agency (AIA).

He is a graduate of Harvard University and the United States Air Force Academy.

In a separate press release, the company also announced that it has secured $25 million in series B funding led by General Catalyst Partners and has added former VMware CTO Steve Herrod to its board of directors.

This news comes on the heels of the company’s recent launch of the Corelight Virtual Sensor, which enables monitoring and allows organizations to flexibly monitor traffic at speeds up to 2 Gbps and is scalable across four reference configurations for VMware.

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