Richard A. Clarke Joins Veracode Board of Directors

Veracode Inc., provider of the independent, cloud-based application risk management platform, announced that Richard A. Clarke, former special advisor for cybersecurity to President George W. Bush and current chairman and CEO of Good Harbor Consulting, was named to its board of directors.

In this role, Clarke will work closely with Veracode’s Federal Advisory Board and the company’s senior management team to elevate awareness of the risks that insecure software pose to national security. Through his extensive cybersecurity knowledge and public sector relationships, Clarke will enable Veracode to expand its reach in the federal market while enabling current customers to better prepare for and assimilate evolving federal cyber security guidelines.

“High profile attacks against Sony, Google, RSA Security, Epsilon and hundreds of others have exposed the soft underbelly of vulnerable software. We share Richard’s publicly-stated concern that the threats to our core infrastructure will only worsen if tackling the issue of insecure software doesn’t become a priority for corporations and government alike,” said Maria Cirino, chairperson, Veracode board of directors, and managing director, .406 Ventures. “We’re thrilled to be teaming with Richard as we work closely with federal agencies and corporations around the world to develop and improve national information security policies and procedures— while simultaneously helping our customers adhere to advanced federal IT security regulations such as the proposed FISMA reforms.”

President Barack Obama recently announced plans for comprehensive cybersecurity reforms across federal agencies and networks and released a proposal to reform the Federal Information Security and Management Act (FISMA), which regulates internal government cybersecurity. These initiatives increase the sense of urgency to adopt services like Veracode’s in order to accurately verify software application security. Specifically, the Veracode platform can be leveraged to support FISMA 2.0 reforms that call for implementation of a federal agency information security program that continuously monitors information systems, runs application security testing, and ensures policies and procedures are followed.

“Joining the Veracode board of directors allows me to contribute to an innovative, rapidly growing company that is well-positioned to address evolving federal regulations and guidelines like FISMA 2.0. Veracode takes all the excuses for better quality software off the table—it’s automated, comprehensive and it doesn’t require organizations to expose their source code,” said Clarke. “Veracode provides an advanced solution to one of the greatest security risks in the cyber threat landscape today. It’s one of the first and best end-to-end assessment services I’ve encountered—finally allowing organizations to get their arms around their software vulnerabilities in a cost-effective way. I look forward to helping influence Veracode’s rapid growth as it works to stem the dangerous tide of insecure software.”

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