Kenna Security appoints McAfee alum as Chief Product Officer

Risk and vulnerability intelligence platform provider Kenna Security has named Jason Rolleston as its new Chief Product Officer.

He has a solid history in the cybersecurity product space, having previously held senior product management roles at companies including Cisco, Symantec, and Relicore (acquired by Symantec in 2006). His most recent role at McAfee, where he was Vice President for Security Operations Products from 2015 (when the company was operating as Intel Security), which entailed responsibility for products including SIEM, endpoint detection and response, behavioural analytics, and sandboxing.

Jason’s technical expertise and natural leadership abilities made him the clear choice to take the reins

Karim Toubba, CEO, Kenna Security

While not officially announced until a press release yesterday, according to his LinkedIn profile Rolleston started as Kenna Security’s CPO in April this year. In this position, he’s responsible for leading product management, a role which includes developing product direction, driving business development and go-to-market opportunities, and heading up product marketing.

“As Kenna continues its aggressive growth, Jason will play a critical role, drawing on his deep security product experience and insight into security analytics,” said Karim Toubba, Kenna’s CEO. “Jason’s technical expertise and natural leadership abilities made him the clear choice to take the reins of Kenna’s risk-based approach to vulnerability management. Adding a product leader of Jason’s caliber will help us refine our strategic direction and round out the executive team.”

Compared to Rolleston’s previous companies, Kenna is relatively small: founded less than a decade ago, its LinkedIn page and data from Crunchbase both indicate that the company has fewer than 200 employees. In that time, it’s raised approximately $50 million in venture capital funding, and the last few years have seen particular growth, with headcount and revenue both doubling in 2018 compared to the previous year. According to its website and press releases, it counts many Fortune 100 companies among its customers.

“Kenna gets it,” Rolleston said. “The biggest challenge in cybersecurity is how to best utilize scarce human and financial resources to most effectively secure an organization. Kenna’s ability to prioritize vulnerability management efforts based on risk is a game changer for preventative cybersecurity. By focusing on the threats and vulnerabilities that matter most, organizations not only become more secure, but also more efficient. As Chief Product Officer, I look forward to bringing that capability to more customers and identifying new areas of innovation and impact.”

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