STERLING, Virginia–(COMMERCIAL WIRE)–Neustar Security Services, a leading provider of cloud-focused security services that enable global businesses to thrive online, has hired Michael Smith as CTO. He brings 30 years of experience in cybersecurity, information technology and the intelligence world to his new role.
Smith most recently served as a private cybersecurity consultant and has served as virtual chief information security officer, chief technology officer, and cybersecurity advisor for a variety of organizations.
Previously, he spent a decade at Akamai Technologies, where he was responsible for establishing the organization’s Customer Security Incident Response Team. He has handled high-profile incidents such as the wave of DDoS attacks against major US banks in 2012 and 2013 and e-commerce account takeover gang attacks, as well as security monitoring for the World Cup. FIFA 2014 and the 2014 Winter Olympics, security preparations for the 2018 and 2020 Summer Olympics and other major events.
Smith’s experience also includes information security officer roles at Deloitte and Unisys, and has worked on a wide variety of government projects related to security management, engineering, and compliance. A graduate of the Defense Language Institute, he served as a Russian translator in the US Army for nearly a decade.
“Neustar Security Services is perfectly positioned in the market to meet the unique security requirements of global enterprises that need cloud-oriented services that are secure, reliable and available,” said Smith. “I am delighted to be joining the company and excited to work closely with Colin and the team to deliver innovative solutions that will help our customers maximize performance and protect their businesses in an increasingly borderless digital world.”
Smith continues to actively support the development of the next generation of cybersecurity professionals through his work as an adjunct instructor at the University of Michigan and as a mentor to startups focusing on cybersecurity, IT, and the Internet of Things.
“Michael’s experience is broad and deep in cloud cybersecurity, and we are delighted to welcome him on board,” said Colin Doherty, CEO of Neustar Security Services. “With recent additions to our team and a clear direction and purpose, we are well positioned to grow our capabilities and enhance our ability to provide current and future customers with cloud-based solutions that deliver unmatched performance, availability, and security.” .
Neustar Security Services completed their separation from Neustar Inc. in December 2021 and began operations as an independent company following the complete sale of Neustar Inc.’s Marketing, Risk and Communications businesses to TransUnion. Neustar Security Services is backed by Golden Gate Capital and GIC.
About Neustar security services
The world’s leading brands depend on Neustar Security Services to safeguard their digital infrastructure and online presence. Neustar Security Services offers a suite of cloud services that are secure, reliable and available to enable global businesses to thrive online. The company’s Ultra Secure suite of solutions protects organizations’ networks and applications from risk and downtime, ensuring businesses and their customers enjoy exceptional interactions all day, every day. Offering the best performance and service in the industry, Neustar Security Services’ mission-critical security portfolio provides best-in-class network, application, and DNS security, including DDoS, WAF, and Bot management, and power services. of threats to its Global 5000 clients and more. For more information visit www.home.neustar/security-solutions.
About Golden Gate Capital
Golden Gate Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm with more than $19 billion in cumulative committed capital. The directors of Golden Gate Capital have a long and successful history of investing in a wide range of industries and transaction types, including privatizations, corporate divestitures and recapitalizations, as well as public debt and equity investments. Notable technology-based software and services investments sponsored by Golden Gate Capital include Infor, BMC Software, LiveVox, Vector Solutions, Ex Libris, 20-20 Technologies and Ensemble Health Partners. For more information visit www.goldengatecap.com.
GIC is a leading global investment firm established in 1981 to secure Singapore’s financial future. As the manager of Singapore’s foreign reserves, GIC takes a long-term, disciplined approach to investing and is uniquely positioned across a wide range of asset classes and active strategies globally. These include equities, fixed income, real estate, private equity, venture capital, and infrastructure. Our long-term focus, multi-asset capabilities and global connectivity allow us to be an investor of choice. We seek to add significant value to our investments. Headquartered in Singapore, we have a global talent force of more than 1,800 people in 10 key financial cities and have investments in more than 40 countries.