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Agari Ups Game Against Cybercriminals; Adds Visionary Security Veterans to Advisory Board

Agari, the leading provider of data-driven security solutions that detect and prevent advanced email cyberthreats, today announced three new members to its advisory board and a new member to its technical advisory board. The Agari advisory board was formed to bring together leading experts in the security industry to provide unique vision, strengths and experience to further Agari’s mission to eliminate email cyberattacks. The announcement comes following Agari’s expansion into Europe and release of Agari PRO, the only email channel protection solution that provides email ecosystem discovery, cyberthreat detection and prevention, and real-time threat intelligence.

“Agari is pleased to announce the appointment of well-respected, industry veterans to its advisory board,” said Patrick Peterson, CEO of Agari. “The collective vision and experience of Agari’s advisory board allows us to make decisions that benefit and align with our clients’ near-term needs while also strategically building for the future of cyberattack detection and prevention.”

Joining the Agari advisory board are Michael Barrett, president at the FIDO Alliance and former CISO of PayPal, Steve Katz, executive advisor at Deloitte, and Tom Kellermann, managing director at Alvarez & Marsal Global Forensic and Dispute Services.

  • Michael Barrett is the president of the FIDO Alliance and serves as an advisor to several security companies. Prior to joining the FIDO Alliance, Barrett served as the Chief Information Security Officer for PayPal for seven years, where he was responsible for ensuring the security of the company’s 130 million active accounts worldwide. He was twice named one of the ‘50 most powerful people in networking’ by Network World magazine, has been listed as one of’s top influencers, and was recognized as the ‘Information Security Executive of the Year’ in 2010.

“I’ve always been an ardent supporter of Agari due to their leading role in the definition and deployment of the DMARC standard. Now, I’m even more excited about the business and technology opportunities Agari has in its future,” Barrett said. “Agari’s unique position in the marketplace gives them an unparalleled ability to protect consumers’ personal information and companies’ reputations, and educate both groups on the disastrous impact of security breaches.”

  • Steve Katz currently serves as an executive advisor in security and privacy at Deloitte, and is the founder of Security Risk Solutions, LLC, an information security consultancy that provides advisory services to companies of all sizes. Katz organized and managed the Information Security Program at JPMorgan for 10 years, and spent six years directing Citigroup’s global Corporate Information Security Office. He has testified before Congress on numerous information security issues and was appointed as the first financial services sector coordinator for critical infrastructure protection by the Secretary of the Treasury.

"We’re seeing cybercriminals become savvier in terms of how and when they attack companies, and it is up to leaders in the cybersecurity community to figure out how to prevent these breaches,” Katz said. “Email has become the primary pathway for cybercriminals to attack, and Agari has become a leader in the fight against cybercriminals, restoring trust in the email channel.”

  • Tom Kellermann is a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal Global Forensic and Dispute Services, where he focuses on emerging cyber threats, financial sector risk management, cyber strategy development, and incident response. Prior to joining the company, he served as senior vice president of cyber security for Trend Micro, Inc. Kellerman was also a commissioner on the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency and is currently an advisor to the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance and the National Board of Information Security Examiners Panel for Penetration Testing.

"This is a very opportunistic time for the cybersecurity industry and I have no doubt that Agari will be a leading force in security," Kellermann said. "Businesses are seeing the need for succinct security practices that allow them to proactively protect their customers. Agari instills trust with the businesses it works with, and subsequently between businesses and their customers."

Additionally, Bill Burns will be joining Agari’s technical advisory board, providing insight to the product roadmap and development. Burns has 20 years of experience in information security architecture and IT operations, specializing in cryptography, business processes automation, and risk-based decision making. Most recently, Burns was the director of information security for Netflix, where his team supported the development of over 1000 streaming devices, enabled Netflix members to stream over one billion hours of entertainment per month, and ensured audit and regulatory compliance across a global public and private cloud environment.


About Agari

Agari collects terabytes of email data from email receivers like Gmail and Yahoo! representing 85% of the email inboxes in the U.S., to provide global brands with a cloud-based SaaS solution that eliminates email threats, protects customers and their personal data, and proactively guards brand reputation. Today, Agari has analyzed over a trillion emails, and has blocked over a 2.5 billion malicious messages at a clip of over 200 per second. Founded by the thought leaders behind Cisco’s IronPort solutions, Agari, a recipient of the 2013 JPMorgan Chase Hall of Innovation Award, is headquartered in Silicon Valley. Learn more at

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