Software Security Firm Veracode Names Cyber Guru Richard Clarke to Board

Richard Clarke

Software security firm Veracode announced a high-profile addition to its board of directors: Former presidential counterterrorism adviser and renowned cybersecurity expert Richard Clarke.

 

Clarke is also chairman and CEO of Good Harbor Consulting.

In his role, Clarke will work closely with the company’s federal advisory board along with its senior management team to draw attention to the national-security risks posed by insecure software.

“High-profile attacks against Sony, Google, RSA Security, Epsilon and hundreds of others have exposed the soft underbelly of vulnerable software,” said Maria Cirino, chair of Veracode’s board of directors. “We’re thrilled to be teaming with Richard as we work closely with federal agencies and corporations around the world to develop and improve national information security policies and procedures— while simultaneously helping our customers adhere to advanced federal IT security regulations such as the proposed FISMA reforms.”

One of the most important issues facing federal IT leaders is the need to secure federal networks, which was first laid out in the 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act. However, in the years since the legislation passed, critics contend it has grown hopelessly out of date. President Barack Obama recently announced plans for cyber reforms across federal agencies, including a proposal to reform FISMA.

“Joining the Veracode board of directors allows me to contribute to an innovative, rapidly growing company that is well-positioned to address evolving federal regulations and guidelines like FISMA 2.0.,” Clarke said. “Veracode provides an advanced solution to one of the greatest security risks in the cyber threat landscape today. It’s one of the first and best end-to-end assessment services I’ve encountered — finally allowing organizations to get their arms around their software vulnerabilities in a cost-effective way.”

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