Andrew Hay CISO

When security and storage folks hang out together, they defy gravity

One of the observations we’ve made, as we talk with IT professionals about data security and data insights, is that they understand the data they’re responsible for is at risk. However, many IT pros lack clarity about how to improve data security or how to extract the maximum value out of their data. Many companies do not have a chief information security officer (CISO). Often, the person who is responsible for data security also has numerous other responsibilities. As a result, these companies are in a race they can’t win.

Some companies are fortunate enough to have dedicated people focused on security, but often, there’s a disconnect between the folks who own security and IT Infrastructure. One security lead summed it up like this: “The infrastructure team makes server, network and storage purchases. We largely find out about them after the purchases have been made. It’s our job to protect these assets. We make security software decisions, then work with the IT Infrastructure to get them deployed and managed.”

While not all companies have this divide, it is not uncommon. Another observation we have made is the language IT professionals security teams use is often very different. “Data protection” has different meaning to each team. So in many companies, beyond firewall and endpoint security, data security is very reactive.

One of the goals of DataGravity is to help IT and security professionals understand data so they can protect and get maximize value from it. To help with this goal, we have added CISO Andrew Hay to our ranks. Andrew has a long history in the security world, and was most recently at OpenDNS. Beyond ensuring our own house is in order, Andrew will be working with our customers, helping them improve data security and also learning from them how the DataGravity product can be expanded to better serve our customers. DataGravity is leading the charge to modernize storage so that it can participate in protecting itself.

We welcome Andrew to our mission. We look forward to providing our customers with meaningful, actionable information about how to holistically protect stored data and how to gain insights from it.

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Paula Long

Paula Long is the CEO and co-founder of DataGravity. She previously co-founded storage provider EqualLogic, which was acquired by Dell for $1.4 billion in 2008. She remained at Dell as vice president of storage until 2010. Prior to EqualLogic, she served in engineering management positions at Allaire Corporation and oversaw the ClusterCATS product line at Bright Tiger Technologies. She is a graduate of Westfield State College.