21 May Niara Hires Chris Peterson as Vice President of Worldwide Sales to Accelerate Growth

Peterson brings over 25 years of experience leading sales to enable Niara to meet the growing market demand for a comprehensive approach to security intelligence

Sunnyvale, Calif. – May 21, 2015 – Niara, a stealth security intelligence company, today announced that Chris Peterson joined the company as Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Peterson has over 25 years of experience empowering technologies to become market leaders by accelerating sales performance, sales process and multi-channel execution. He joins Niara from Cisco-acquired Sourcefire and is responsible for Niara’s sales strategy.

“Chris has a proven track record of successfully building customer focused sales teams for emerging technologies,” said Sriram Ramachandran, CEO of Niara. “His experience in developing sales and customer retention programs make him the perfect candidate to bolster Niara’s growth in the security intelligence space.”

Prior to Niara, Peterson successfully led three organizations at the senior staff level to acquisitions by companies like Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, and McAfee. He managed global channels for Sourcefire, now a part of Cisco, designing and executing channel programs, including the introduction of new initiatives like the Global Security Alliance Channel Program. Under his leadership, Sourcefire’s Global Channel and Distribution strategy grew from inception to $260 million in revenue. Peterson has been recognized as a CRN Channel Chief for four consecutive years (2009 to 2013) for his ability to lead businesses to become market leaders.

A recent report showed that while attackers successfully compromise their victim within minutes 60 percent of the time, the proportion of breaches discovered within days is dramatically less. Legacy tools are simply not meeting the demands of the evolving threat landscape, as attacks are growing more covert and sophisticated.

“Niara’s entry into the security market coincides with the increasing demand for a holistic approach to security intelligence,” said Chris Peterson, vice president of worldwide sales at Niara. “I’m excited to join Niara’s visionary team and drive an even greater breadth of partners, channels, and customers to the company.”

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About Niara

Niara is a stealth security startup that delivers contextually relevant security analytics by fusing data from disparate sources to discover compromised users, provide insight into malicious insiders, enable advanced threat hunting efforts, and efficiently investigate incidents. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., the company is backed by NEA, Index Ventures, and Venrock. For more information, visit www.niara.com.

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