Elemental Security, Inc., an award-winning pioneer of new technology in enterprise information security, today announced that Elemental Co-Founder and CTO Dan Farmer has been named as an “Innovator to Watch in 2006” by InfoWorld magazine, as part of the InfoWorld Innovator 2005 Awards program. Results appeared in the Aug. 1 edition of InfoWorld and are available online.
These annual InfoWorld awards recognize individuals whose vision and expertise are directing the future of enterprise technology, and who have had a significant impact on the evolution of the technology world. In addition to being added to InfoWorld’s Innovators Hall of Fame, InfoWorld also honors several up-and-coming leaders. Final selections were made by the InfoWorld senior editorial staff.
“Security breaches and federal regulators have companies in search of a more penetrating view into their networks,” wrote Richard Gincel, InfoWorld associate editor. “Dan Farmer responded by developing the Elemental Compliance System, security compliance software that provides policy-based views into all computers on the network. It monitors and enforces cross-platform host- and network-level policies on individual machines, allowing companies to improve network security and to ensure compliance across a wide-reaching organization.”
“InfoWorld is a respected leader and provider of technology information, and I’m honored to be recognized by them,” said Mr. Farmer. “The tremendously positive customer response and industry recognition about our approach to improving security and compliance has been immensely gratifying. Since launching Elemental in April it has been a banner year, and as the award suggests we look forward to bigger and better things in the years to come.”
Elemental’s award-winning product is the world’s first solution that unifies policy management, host configuration and network access control in one seamlessly integrated offering. For the first time, enterprises can easily express cross-platform security policies that affect individual computers and their behavior on the network, gather meaningful up-to-date information to compare to established metrics, and selectively enforce policies across a diverse, dynamic environment. Security compliance has become a top priority for enterprises due to the pressures from increasing frequency and severity of security breaches, and from regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
About Dan Farmer
Mr. Farmer has been involved in the computer industry for more than 20 years and is recognized worldwide as one of the leading experts in computer and network security. Mr. Farmer’s work includes serving as an expert witness and consultant for the recording industry in its case against Napster, advising the U.S. Department of Defense on protecting networks from cyber-terrorism in the wake of 9/11, and testifying before Congress regarding cybersecurity. Prior to that, he led network security at EarthLink for more than three years. Mr. Farmer also spent several years leading the technical aspects of computer and information security at Sun Microsystems. Mr. Farmer is well known as the author or co-author of several software programs that are among the world’s most widely used security tools, including SATAN (Security Administrator’s Tool for Analyzing Networks), a program that analyzes and reports on the security of a network. He is also the co-author of “Forensic Discovery” a book covering the theory and hands-on practice of forensic computing.
About InfoWorld Media Group
For more than 25 years, InfoWorld Media Group has provided cutting-edge coverage and evaluation of IT products and services for technology experts in senior management. Through integrated channels, including print, online, events, and demand generation, InfoWorld reaches the most influential senior-level information technologists – those who drive their enterprises’ strategies and technology purchases. Powered by a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products.
Elemental is an award-winning pioneer in the Security Compliance Management market. Elemental’s products address enterprises’ need to centrally manage the security compliance of all computers in their environments. Elemental provides unified visibility and control to manage dynamic computing environments, enabling enterprises to satisfy compliance requirements and measurably improve their security. Founded in December 2002, Elemental is a privately held company backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, Mayfield, Sequoia Capital and Lehman Brothers Venture Partners. Red Herring and AlwaysOn awarded the company their Red Herring 100 and AlwaysOn 100 awards, respectively, which honor the top private companies of 2005. The company is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., and has offices throughout the U.S.
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