Black Kite announced former Gartner analyst Jeffrey Wheatman has joined the company as Senior Vice President Cyber Risk Evangelist (SVP CRE).
Wheatman will not only help clients identify and understand their cyber threat risks, but work with them to strengthen their infrastructure and mitigate third-party risk.
“Jeffrey is an esteemed leader that has been a force in the cybersecurity space for decades. His research and analysis are a guiding light for industry leaders – and now Black Kite. Our customers will also benefit by having his expertise in-house,” said Paul Paget, Chief Executive Officer of Black Kite. “Demand for Black Kite is skyrocketing with third-party cyber risk events on the rise. We can’t think of a better visionary to support our customers seeking innovation and superior leadership.”
Before joining Black Kite, Wheatman was a Vice President in Gartner’s Cybersecurity and Risk Management Group for more than 15 years. There, he worked with clients to build and improve their information security and IT risk management programs by helping them assess risk, report on program status, and bridge the connection between technology and cybersecurity risk. He co-led and created research that highlighted the security mandate to the executive board level, delivering actionable security metrics and crafting a maturity model for cybersecurity, which has been adopted by thousands of clients globally.
Also at Gartner, Wheatman served as Chair of the North America Security and Risk Management Summit, where he oversaw the creation and delivery of more than 500 presentations that drove an 18% increase in the NPS score. Wheatman also participated in 30 Gartner events and consistently ranked in the top 10% of all company speakers.
“Cyberattacks are becoming more common and dangerous as more businesses embark on digital transformation journeys,” said Wheatman. “My life’s work has been dedicated to helping companies mitigate these risks – especially as their digital ecosystems expand. Black Kite is providing a level of third-party intelligence that the market absolutely needs. I’m thrilled to be joining its mission, and I look forward to contributing to its growth and innovation.”