Mandiant Names Dave Merkel Chief Technology Officer
Merkel will be responsible for product development, technology partnerships, solution innovation, competitive differentiation and the delivery of advanced threat detection and response solutions for the enterprise.
Mandiant, the leader in advanced threat detection and response solutions and services, today appointed Dave Merkel to Chief Technology Officer. Merkel will continue to lead the Products organization and serve as a member of the Mandiant executive management team.
In his new role as CTO, Merkel will be responsible for product development, technology partnerships, solution innovation, competitive differentiation and the delivery of advanced threat detection and response solutions for the enterprise. Merkel joined Mandiant in 2006, following seven years directing security operations at America Online (AOL). He has worked in the information security industry and within the world of incident response for more than 15 years, including service as a federal agent in the United States Air Force. “There was no question we had the best fit for a CTO right here on staff and we look forward to Dave’s continued impact and success in his new role as CTO,” said Mandiant President Travis Reese.
Merkel said hiring outstanding engineering talent remains a top priority as Mandiant is in the midst of scaling its solutions and services to meet surging demand for advanced threat detection and response solutions.
“Our success will continue to be driven by the innovation and intelligence of our product development team,” Merkel said. “We look forward to attracting more of the best and brightest engineering talent to Mandiant, and to delivering the most effective threat detection and response services in the market.”
Merkel has held security clearances at Top Secret and higher. He is quoted frequently in the media and regularly presents his views at leading industry conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Mandiant is the leader in security incident response management solutions. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Dublin and Reston, Virginia, Mandiant provides products, professional services and education to Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, government agencies, domestic and foreign police departments and the world’s leading law firms. The authors of 12 books and quoted frequently by leading media organisations, Mandiant security consultants and engineers hold top government security clearances, certifications and advanced degrees from some of the most prestigious computer science universities. To learn more about Mandiant visit www.mandiant.com, read the company blog, M-unition™, follow on Twitter @Mandiant or Facebook at www.facebook.com/mandiantcorp.