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Optiv Security Hires Industry Veterans to Expand Offerings; Help Clients Better Achieve Measurable Results


, a market-leading provider of end-to-end cyber security
solutions, today announced the appointment of three industry veterans to
lead its partner solutions, risk and compliance services, and managed
security services (MSS) functions. These moves further Optiv's larger
strategy of providing organizations with holistic cyber security
solutions comprised of the right products and services to achieve
measurable results.

Anirban (Oni) Chakravartti joins Optiv as senior vice president of
worldwide partner solutions; Michael Lines will serve as vice president
of strategy, risk and compliance advisory services; and Doug Steelman
will be vice president of MSS. These new leaders bring extensive
business management, cyber security and threat intelligence expertise
and experience working in the public and private sectors. The hires
follow the recent addition of David Castignola, who was appointed
executive vice president of worldwide sales in April.

"We are experiencing a rapid acceleration of organizations looking to
partner with one solution provider that has the ability to address the
full spectrum of security challenges," said Tim Hoffman, executive vice
president of worldwide partner solutions for Optiv. "Optiv has a
seasoned, dedicated team of experts delivering a comprehensive suite of
cyber security services and solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of
organizations. We are thrilled to have Oni, Michael and Doug bring their
exceptional expertise and experience that will enable Optiv to better
serve our clients around the world."

Chakravartti is a visionary and analytical thinker with strong
operational leadership and a track record for building high performance
teams. As a member of Optiv's executive leadership team, he leads the
strategy, development and management of Optiv's partnerships with
leading security technology manufacturers. His charter also entails
Optiv's network to include leading technology providers in key areas
such as cloud. Prior to joining the company, he was global head of
strategic partners for Symantec, where he was responsible for defining
and driving strategic partner business for the company worldwide. He
drove double digit growth with key partners during this period and
scaled business with net new wins globally. Chakravartti also served in
various sales leadership, marketing and business development roles at
Cisco, AMD and HP/Compaq. During his 20-year career, he managed channel
partners and various business units on a global scale and was
instrumental in launching major brands and products with AMD and HP

Lines is a highly skilled business executive with more than 40 years of
security and technology industry experience. He is responsible for
leading Optiv's security experts in helping clients develop and run the
security programs that meet their business, risk and compliance needs.
Before joining Optiv, Lines held numerous executive roles with leading
technology and internet companies, most recently chief information
security officer for D+H, where he created new corporate departments for
corporate security policy and risk, threat intelligence, incident
response and security architecture. Prior to that, he was the global
chief information security officer at PwC, where he was part of the
company's information risk and review committee, and evaluated global
technology initiatives for information security, privacy and
legal/regulatory risks. He also served as chief security officer for
TransUnion, chief information security officer for Fair Isaac Corp. and
chief information officer for Narex Corp. Lines also founded and led a
popular web services portal for project managers, which he later sold to
the International Institute of Learning, Inc.

Steelman brings to Optiv more than 26 years of MSS and threat analysis
experience working in the public and private sectors. At Optiv, he will
play a key role in driving the strategy and expansion of the company's
MSS capabilities and offerings and will manage and oversee the MSS
organization, operations and delivery. Steelman previously spent five
years as chief security officer at Dell SecureWorks. He served as the
cyber command director of the Department of Defense's (DoD) dynamic
network defense operations, where he was responsible for synchronizing,
integrating and directing cyber capabilities to defend the critical
missions that DoD networks support. Steelman also was the director of
DoD network defense for the joint task force-global network operations
and pentagon network assurance division chief. Instrumental in
establishing the framework for vulnerability and threat prioritization
for DoD cyber operations and execution, Steelman was awarded an army
commendation for his accomplishments. He began his career serving in the
U.S. Air Force.

Supporting Quotes:

  • "It has become increasingly difficult for organizations to
    determine how to mitigate business risk due to the constantly
    challenging cyber threat landscape. Optiv's unique perspective from
    working with its extensive network of technology manufacturers
    provides insight into what combination of solutions and services will
    map to each client's needs and help them achieve real results. I look
    forward to building on Optiv's exceptional partner community to even
    better serve the company's global clients."

    – Anirban
    Chakravartti, senior vice president of worldwide partner solutions
  • "To be successful in today's competitive global marketplace,
    organizations need to develop and execute on a security strategy that
    takes into account the plethora of regulatory, cultural and business
    challenges that exist in a multinational environment. I am excited to
    use my experience leading global security and risk organizations to
    benefit Optiv's clients trying to achieve security success in this
    increasingly complex and dynamic business climate."

    – Michael
    Lines, vice president of strategy, risk and compliance advisory
  • "Today's businesses and governments have very unique cyber security
    problems that require specific expertise and resources to solve. Yet
    finding and retaining experienced individuals who have the ability to
    monitor for potential threats to the organization and know how to
    respond to them appropriately has become increasingly difficult. I am
    thrilled to be a part of Optiv's work that fills that critical need
    for clients who require ongoing support of their security programs.
    The company is well-positioned to continue bringing new, innovative
    solutions to market."

    – Doug Steelman, vice president of
    managed security services

About Optiv Security
Optiv is a market-leading provider of
end-to-end cyber security solutions. We help clients plan, build and run
successful cyber security programs that achieve business objectives
through our depth and breadth of cyber security offerings, extensive
capabilities and proven expertise in cyber security strategy, managed
security services
, incident response, risk and compliance, security
consulting, training and support, integration and architecture services,
and security technology. Optiv maintains premium partnerships with more
than 400 of the leading security technology manufacturers. For more
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