NightDragon Launches Advisory Council to Advance the Next Generation of Cybersecurity, Safety, Security and Privacy Companies

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NightDragon today announced the launch of its inaugural Advisory Council, a group of leading industry executives to accelerate the growth of its portfolio companies and advance its investment strategy. With its inaugural members, NightDragon hopes to grow a community of insightful industry leaders committed to the mission of working together to help close the gap between offense and defense in cybersecurity, safety, security and privacy.

The founding Advisory Council includes more than 25 renowned industry leaders and advisors with expertise in product, go-to-market, government, executive management and marketing. It also includes highly regarded Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) who are at the cutting edge of their fields and can provide a buyer’s perspective on the market.

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“When it comes to growing a successful startup, you cannot stand alone. The power of your network and its insights is key,” said Dave DeWalt, Founder and Managing Director, NightDragon. “At NightDragon, we are proud to offer our portfolio companies access to some of the most influential individuals in the industry to guide them and help accelerate their businesses through the power of the NightDragon network effect.”

The Advisory Council will work closely with NightDragon portfolio companies to share perspectives and guidance on key strategic initiatives and support go-to-market efforts. They will also participate in evaluating prospective NightDragon investments during due diligence and in focus groups to test investment theories and discuss market trends. The Council will in turn receive unique community opportunities to build their own networks, a first-hand view into the emerging technology pipeline and exposure to potential board advisor and director roles.

A partial list of founding advisors includes:

  • Andrew Howard, CEO, Kudelski Security
  • Sir Chris Deverell, Former Commander of U.K. Joint Forces Command
  • Nadav Zafrir, Managing Partner, Team8; Former Commander of the IDF’s Unit 8200
  • Mike Rogers, former Director, NSA and Commander, U.S. Cyber Command
  • Jason Martin, co-CEO, Permiso Security; former Executive Vice President of Global Engineering and Security Products, FireEye
  • Vijaya Kaza, Chief Security Officer and Head of Engineering and Data Science for Trust and Safety, Airbnb
  • Demetrius Comes, Chief Cloud and Security Officer, GoDaddy
  • Michael Montoya, Chief Information Security Officer, Equinix
  • Jen Vasquez, Vice President, and Chief Information Security Officer for Kaiser Permanente
  • Shamim Mohammad, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Technology Officer, Carmax
  • Raja Patel, Senior Vice President of Products, Sophos
  • Michael Elmore, Chief Information Security Officer, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Marshall Heilman, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Mandiant

The full list of advisors can be viewed at

“I am thankful to each of the founding members of our Advisory Council for recognizing and supporting the critical mission of growing the next generation of cybersecurity, safety, security and privacy startups to meet the challenge of today’s threat environment,” DeWalt said.

The Advisory Council is the latest cornerstone piece of a larger NightDragon platform framework the firm has developed over the past year to enhance the unique offerings and support it brings to its portfolio companies. In addition to the members of the Council, the platform pillars include unique programs, partnerships and playbooks to support portfolio company growth, including talent recruitment, business development, events and go-to-market support.

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