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Awake Security Names Former Cylance CTO Rahul Kashyap as CEO


Kashyap Chosen to Drive Rapid Growth as Awake Fills the Need for
Security Solutions that Protect Against Modern, Non-Malware Threats

today announced that it has appointed former Cylance Chief
Technology Officer Rahul Kashyap as its new chief executive officer.
Kashyap will lead the company through its next phase of rapid growth,
driven by the need for cybersecurity solutions capable of protecting
against modern, non-malware threats such as malicious insiders,
credential abuse, lateral movement and data exfiltration.

Awake's founding CEO, Michael Callahan, will continue to be actively
involved, taking on a technical leadership role and continuing as a
director on the board. The Awake board of directors also includes Asheem
Chandna, founding investor at Palo Alto Networks and partner at Greylock
Partners, and Enrique Salem, former CEO of Symantec and managing
director at Bain Capital Ventures.

"I'm very excited to welcome Rahul to Awake as CEO," said Callahan. "We
are closing a record quarter, with six-figure wins across Fortune 500
customers. I look forward to working closely with Rahul and the rest of
the Awake team to help advance our technology leadership and scale the

IT security represents a nearly $100 billion market opportunity but is
beset by legacy technologies that have capability gaps. Sophisticated
attackers adapt tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) to blend in
with business-justified activity and avoid detection. In fact, 54
percent of successful compromises last year primarily used non-malware
techniques, according to an analysis from the SANS Institute.

Awake's Network Detection and Response Platform helps organizations
detect and hunt for threats missed by traditional security solutions.
Its network traffic analysis platform analyzes every packet on the
network to automatically discover, track and build profiles of devices,
users, applications and who they interact with, while flagging and
ranking suspicious activity. This gives security teams the tools they
need to rapidly explore that activity and take required action.

"Rahul brings highly relevant experience in the cybersecurity industry
leading product as well as research and development efforts at companies
like Cylance, McAfee and Bromium. I'm confident that he is the perfect
candidate to advance Awake's technology platform and lead the company
through its next phase of growth," said Chandna.

Salem added: "Rahul's instrumental role in scaling companies like
Cylance and Bromium is uniquely applicable to the position he now holds
at Awake."

Prior to joining Awake, Kashyap spent almost two years at Cylance, where
he served as chief product officer and then chief technology officer.
Before that, he was executive vice president of products at Bromium and
head of vulnerability research at McAfee. Throughout his career, Kashyap
has helped build key security technologies including Network Intrusion
Prevention Systems (NIPS), Host Intrusion Prevention Systems (HIPS) and
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)/Server Host Monitoring. Kashyap is
also a featured speaker at major security events. He recently delivered
the cybersecurity keynote at TiE Inflect 2018 and will be presenting at
Black Hat USA 2018 this August in Las Vegas.

"Awake has uniquely applied artificial intelligence to automate the
detection of sophisticated threats that today requires manual and
time-consuming efforts from experienced threat hunters. Its intelligent
platform makes adding capabilities to detect new and evolving threats
quick and simple for Awake, its partners and customers," said Kashyap.
"With that foundation, the company is now seeing the onset of a
tremendous growth stage that in many ways is similar to what I
experienced at Cylance."

As CEO of Awake, Kashyap will lead a team
of executives
hand-picked for their diverse expertise in network
analytics, artificial intelligence and security, and their leadership
experience at companies including ArcSight (HP), CipherCloud, Cylance,
FireEye, Foundstone, McAfee, Netskope, NetWitness (RSA) and Symantec.

About Awake Security
Awake's Network Detection and Response
Platform helps organizations detect and hunt for threats missed by
traditional security solutions. The company's innovations in artificial
intelligence and advanced network traffic analysis transform security
operations by automatically detecting attackers' evolving tactics,
techniques and procedures, including non-malware activity. The platform
continuously discovers and scores entities based on risk by profiling
network traffic to learn and analyze the behaviors of managed and
unmanaged users, devices and applications as well as the external
destinations they interact with. All of this is done without relying on
agents, integrations, training periods or continuous model updates.

Recognized as one of the top
10 security innovators
at the RSA Conference 2018, Awake is
headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA and backed by Greylock Partners and Bain
Capital Ventures. Learn more at and
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About Bain Capital Ventures
Capital Ventures
 partners with disruptive founders to accelerate
their ideas to market. The firm invests from seed to growth in
enterprise software, infrastructure software and industries being
transformed by data. Bain Capital Ventures has helped launch and
commercialize more than 200 companies since 1984, including DocuSign,,
Kiva Systems, LinkedIn, Rapid7, Rent the Runway, SendGrid, SurveyMonkey,
Taleo, TellApart and Turbonomics. Bain Capital Ventures has
approximately $3.9 billion in assets under management with offices in
San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York and Boston. Follow the firm via LinkedIn or Twitter.

About Greylock Partners
Greylock Partners backs
entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-transforming consumer
and enterprise software companies. We invest in companies that define
new markets, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Cloudera, Docker, Dropbox,
Facebook, LinkedIn, Medium, Nextdoor, Palo Alto Networks and Workday.

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