Guardent appoints information security expert as trusted security advisor

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The digital security company Guardent has appointed a widely recognized expert in effective security solutions, to the new post of trusted security advisor.

Robert Aanerud is renowned for his expertise in implementing new security architectures, policies, procedures, and solutions across multinational organizations.

In his new role he will work alongside Guardent chief awareness officer, Thornton May, to help Global 1000 top executives address information security and privacy. He will also partner with Guardent’s team of eBusiness and security experts - including the largest staff of certified information security systems professionals (CISSPs) - to direct organizations as they implement security solutions.

“Bob Aanerud is one of the most highly-regarded professionals in the information security industry,” said Guardent president Maria Cirino. “His track record and expertise make him an invaluable addition to our company.”

Aanerud has more than 30 years of experience in key internal and consulting positions for major corporations in wide range of markets. Most recently, he was a top executive with Global Integrity Corporation, where he was responsible for program management and direction of large-scale security architecture engagements.

Prior to Global Integrity, Aanerud was a principal consultant for the Information Security Group within SRI Consulting’s Advanced Information Technology Practice. Earlier in his career, he served as a principal consultant and national practice leader for Ernst & Young’s Information Systems Assurance & Advisory Services Practice. He has also held a number of management positions with such firms as Grumman Data Systems, Trident Data Systems, Lockheed California, Honeywell, Inc., and Control Data Corporation.

Aanerud joins a list of security and eBusiness experts. Other luminaries at Guardent include:
• Thornton May, chief awareness officer and corporate futurist. May has established a global reputation for helping senior executives at companies such as Sony Pictures, GMAC, 20th Century Fox, Ericsson, Goldman Sachs, and Time Warner conceptualize how eCommerce-related issues affect their organizations.
• Dr. Eugene Spafford, chairman of the Guardent Advisory Board. One of the five most influential leaders in information security, according to Information Security Magazine, Spafford is an award-winning thought leader on information security, computer crime, and information ethics. He is also the founder and director of Purdue University’s highly regarded Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security, the world’s foremost university-based center for multidisciplinary research and education in areas of information security.
• Michael Puldy, vice president of Guardent managed services. A former senior executive with IBM Global Services, Puldy was responsible for driving managed eBusiness security services while serving as the worldwide manager of its computer emergency response team.

About Guardent, Inc.
Guardent offers strategic solutions for technology-enabled enterprises. As a trusted security and privacy advisor, Guardent partners with clients to meet their requirements for the continuous innovation and development of an IT security infrastructure. Headquartered in the heart of Boston’s technology corridor, the Guardent team has expertise in building, managing and securing eBusiness architectures with experience from companies including IBM, Razorfish, Scient, Andersen Consulting, Secure Computing, Internet Security Systems, Cambridge Technology Partners and Shiva Corp.

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