Former Cisco Executive Scott Weiss Joins Solera Networks Board
September 1st, 2009
“Industry veteran brings unique experience in addressing emerging needs in security
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — September 1, 2009 – Solera Networks, the leading provider of network forensics products and services, announced today the appointment of Scott Weiss to its board of directors. He recently left Cisco, where he was the Vice President and General Manager of the Security Technology Business Unit.
“While there are many interesting start-ups in the network security space today, Solera Networks’ technology is some of the most interesting I’ve seen in years and the management team has the strength and experience to make this company a huge winner,” said Weiss. “The opportunity to work with the team and provide guidance from my experience at Cisco and IronPort led me to join the board.”
Solera Networks will leverage Weiss’ proven experience in developing strong growth strategies for emerging companies. Weiss has served at many notable technology firms including Hotmail, EDS and idealab!. He was one of the early members of the Hotmail team, where he was responsible for all revenue generating business development activities and partnerships. Weiss stayed with the company after the acquisition by Microsoft and led the MSN business development unit. After leaving MSN, Weiss went on to pursue new opportunities at idealab!, where he met Scott Banister, and together the two developed the technology that eventually became IronPort.
As CEO of IronPort Systems, Weiss established the company as the leader in email security and directed the company through its successful acquisition by Cisco. After the acquisition, Weiss advanced quickly inside Cisco to lead Cisco’s Security Technology Business Unit, developing the vision and strategy for integrating reputation-based security into existing products.
“Solera Networks is similar to IronPort because it addresses a growing enterprise security need,” Weiss said. “Without network forensics, organizations are going to continue to bleed money with every new cyber attack. Each day that passes without knowing the full extent and scope of the incident, costs manpower, brand, trust and ultimately revenue.”
“Scott has a passion for the security industry and is a true technology entrepreneur,” said Steve Shillingford, CEO of Solera Networks. “His experiences will bring great value to our company. We are pleased to have him on board to provide guidance as we set the stage for our growth and success in the critical network forensics market.”
Weiss’ foundation in business is built on his education at Harvard Business School and his consulting background at McKinsey & Co.”