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Data Theorem Named Gazelle Champion at First Ever ISE® Lions' Den in VegasCloud Passage, ThreatTrack Named Runners Up in Challenge for New Security Companies

August 19, 2014

Las Vegas & Atlanta (PRWEB) August 19, 2014

T.E.N., an information technology and security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm, named Data Theorem the Gazelle Champion during The ISEŽ Lions' Den and Jungle Lounge on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Vdara Hotel and Spa at Aria in Las Vegas.

The first event of its kind, The ISEŽ Lions' Den matched TEN of the security industry's hottest emerging companies (Gazelles) against a panel of leading CISOs with tech-heavy backgrounds (ISEŽ Lions) who had a strong interest in new technology. Gazelles were invited to give a 10-minute "pitch" of their solution inside the private ISEŽ Lions Den for the chance to win more than $10,000 in prizes. Each of the Gazelles was judged by the ISEŽ Lions based on the following criteria: vision, innovation and ability to stand out in a crowded market, traction and foundation for success, and quality of their pitch.

ISEŽ Lions included:

Joe Bennett, Chief Information Security Officer, YP

David Cass, SVP & Chief Information Security Officer, Elseiver

Renee Guttmann, VP, Office of the CISO, Accuvant

John Masserini, Chief Security Officer, MIAX Options

Yonesy Nunez, SVP, Information Security Leader – International Business, Wells Fargo

Vas Rajan, Managing Director & Chief Information Security Officer, CLS Bank International

Jim Routh, Chief Information Security Officer, Aetna

Carolyn Taisey-Lear, Senior Manager, Information Security and Risk Management, Workday

"The ever-evolving threat landscape has generated high demand for new, innovative security solutions, but it is very difficult for emerging companies to survive without the opportunity to implement in a real, operational environment in order to prove their value and gain the trust of large enterprise security leaders," said T.E.N. President & CEO Marci McCarthy. "We created the ISEŽ Lions Den & Jungle Lounge to connect emerging companies with buyers, investors, and channel partners in an effort to solve business needs for all involved, and we are thrilled by how much energy and excitement was created by our first effort."

Data Theorem, a cloud-enabled scanning service for mobile application security and data privacy, was selected as the Gazelle Champion. CEO and Founder Himanshu Dwivedi pitched the company's solution which scans mobile applications on a continuous basis in search of security flaws and data privacy gaps. The ISEŽ Lions found the product innovative and the pitch extremely effective, ultimately selecting Data Theorem as the first ever Gazelle Champion.

"The ISEŽ Lions' Den was a unique, interesting, and lively gathering for the InfoSec community. By placing 10 early-age start-ups in the same room with CSOs/SVPs, the event was able to organically create a showcase on how to solve big-company problems with new and creative solutions," said Dwivedi. "This unique model forced starts-ups to 'cut-to-the-chase' when describing their solution; however, also forced CSO/SVPs to embrace new/unique solutions that would otherwise be overshadowed by marketing dollars and sales hype. Data Theorem was proud to be part of the inaugural event."

Runners up included: Cloud Passage, a cloud security company and creator of HaloŽ, the industry's only security automation platform purpose-built for virtualized and cloud infrastructure environments; and ThreatTrack Security, an emerging company that specializes in helping organizations identify and eliminate Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), targeted attacks and other sophisticated malware that are designed to evade the traditional cyber defenses deployed by enterprises and government agencies worldwide. Other participating Gazelles included Click Security, GuruCul, HyTrust, NetSkope, Norse, ObserveIT and Vectra Networks.

"The Gazelle pitches were each well thought out and clearly communicated their differentiators," said McCarthy. "We were pleasantly surprised at how unique, and in some cases complimentary, these companies are in this crowded landscape. The ISEŽ Lions' Den was the perfect program for them to share these qualities with potential buyers, investors and business partners."

The ISEŽ Lions Den was held with a concurrent reception-style "Jungle Lounge," which featured dining, cocktails and space for Gazelles to network with potential customers, investors and partners. Learn more about The ISEŽ Lions Den and Jungle Lounge at

About The ISEŽ Lions' Den & Jungle Lounge

Developed in 2014 by T.E.N., The ISEŽ Lions' Den & Jungle Lounge connects emerging information security companies with buyers, investors, and channel partners in an effort to solve business needs for all involved. The event invites these security companies (Gazelles) to face off in The ISEŽ Lions' Den against a panel of leading CISOs with tech-heavy backgrounds (ISEŽ Lions) who have a strong interest in buying new technology. Inside the den, each Gazelle pitches a solution for the chance to earn the top award of more than 10,000 in prizes. Running concurrently, the Jungle Lounge provides executive guests, investors, channel partners and other security professionals an opportunity to learn more about these emerging companies and network with key members of the information security community. For information, visit

About T.E.N.

T.E.N., a national technology and security executive networking organization, facilitates peer-to-peer relationships between top executives, industry visionaries and solutions providers. Nominated for numerous industry awards, T.E.N.'s executive leadership programs enable information exchange, collaboration and decision-making. Its flagship program, the nationally-acclaimed Information Security ExecutiveŽ (ISEŽ) of the Year Program Series and Awards, is North America's largest leadership recognition and networking program for security professionals. Other offerings include the T.E.N. Custom Programs and the ISEŽ Industry Expert Advisory Services, empowering IT solutions providers to gain access to highly credentialed IT business veterans' expertise. For information, visit

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