“Obbe is a world-class business executive with a remarkable track record in sales strategy and revenue growth, and we are excited to have him join the team,” said chris ruland, CEO of Phosphorus Cybersecurity™. “As someone who has played a significant role in the emerging IoT and OT markets, Obbe understands the unique nature of our technology platform and the vital needs we address. New smart technologies are rapidly changing the world we live in for the better, but they are also introducing new security risks to organizations as billions of tiny smart devices add new challenges and vulnerabilities to corporate networks.Companies will now have to protect an attack surface that is 10 times larger than previously known. was before and our mission is to provide an unmatched level of security and leadership in all major industries.”
With more than two decades of senior leadership roles in the security industry, Obbe brings a wealth of experience to his new role at Phosphorus Cybersecurity™. Most recently, Obbe served as Vice President of Emerging Markets for Armis, where he was responsible for the company’s expansion into the middle East, AfricaY Latin America. Knoop also served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Nozomi Networks, where he oversaw the company’s impressive revenue growth leading to its recognition as a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 in 2019. Previously, Obbe served as Global Director of BigFix, where he established a business alliance with IBM that led to the acquisition of the company, the largest acquisition of WW technology that year. He later served as Executive of IBM Security’s North American Industrial Security Business Unit.
“The Internet of Things poses fundamental challenges to corporate cybersecurity that require new technologies and solutions,” said Obbe Knoop. “Phosphorus is uniquely positioned to provide the only technology platform that, in addition to providing visibility into enterprise IoT/OT devices and risks like other IoT/OT security players, can remediate devices and risks at scale. No there is another company that can currently provide this today and it really addresses a unique market demand. I am delighted to be joining such an innovative company and look forward to working with their talented team.”
Obbe is the latest in a string of top executives to recently join Phosphorus Cybersecurity™, as the company expands its operations after a $38 million Series A earlier this year led by SYN Ventures. The company’s other recent executive appointments include former RSA chairman Art Coviello Jr. as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Former Vice President of Security Strategy at Mandiant brian contos as Chief Security Officer and Noted Industry Marketing Veteran John Vecchi as marketing director.
Phosphorus Cybersecurity™ provides unprecedented OT and IoT defense solutions for enterprise customers. Through its automated security solutions against critical vulnerabilities, Phosphorus Cybersecurity™ enables organizations to scale IoT and OT technologies without adding additional employees to protect them.
Phosphorus Cybersecurity™ found that 20-30% of today’s corporate networks consist of IoT devices, with little to no security programs in place. In today’s business, up to 25-30% of all IoT devices are at end of life and no longer support firmware updates from their manufacturer. Additionally, up to 50% of IoT devices have known vulnerabilities or default passwords, and 20% of these vulnerabilities are critical CVEs (CVSS score of 9 or higher). As an example of these current risks, Phosphorus Cybersecurity™ has recently observed hackers exploiting vulnerable IoT systems, including door controllers and camera systems, to launch ransomware attacks inside US business networks.
ABOUT PHOSPHORUS™ CYBERSECURITY
Phosphorus Cybersecurity™ is a leading provider of full-scope, automated Security of Things™ device protection solutions for enterprise and government customers. Founded in 2017 by chris ruland, Rebekah Rouland Y Earle Ady, the company is a trusted partner of major financial institutions, the Fortune 500, and government agencies. Investors in the company include SYN Ventures, Fernwood Holdings, Rsquared Fund I, Keel Funds Phosphorus, MassMutual Ventures, brown university, Coronel John, Bay Point Capital Partners, Fondo Atípico de Ventures y Sociedad de Capital. Website: www.phosphorus.io
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