DEDICATED TO CRUSHING CLOUD COMPLEXITY

Make security the easiest thing
you do in the cloud.

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, ShieldX is funded and founded by a consortium of veteran investors, serial entrepreneurs, and colleagues from well-known security companies including Carbon Black, Cylance, Digital Guardian, FireEye, ForcePoint, Fortify, Imperva, Intel, Juniper, McAfee and NitroSecurity. Our management team has 86 patents, experienced four IPOs and six acquisitions.

We all grew up with a “defend the north-south” mentality and didn’t think much about east-west defense. In a cloud-native future, however, east-west network traffic is as risk-laden as north-south was in the “old” days. As enterprises place their data centers in the cloud, you’ve essentially exposed your crown jewels. Enterprises are now realizing just how much security and compliance postures become downgraded by a move to the cloud. That’s the problem ShieldX set out to solve.

Along the way, we attracted the who’s who of cybersecurity as investors, advisors and customers, including:
  • Former CEO of Symantec
  • Founder and former CEO of FireEye
  • Former COO of Symantec
  • Former president, Palo Alto Networks
  • CISOs from leading banks, retail and manufacturing

OUR PEOPLE

MANAGEMENT

Ken Levine

Chief Executive Officer

He joins ShieldX after more than 13 years as a cybersecurity executive. Ken was CEO of NitroSecurity, a SIEM platform, for five years before before McAfee successfully acquired it in 2011. At McAfee, Ken was SVP and GM of the security management business unit. After two years at McAfee, Ken became CEO of Digital Guardian. Under Ken’s leadership, Digital Guardian tripled in size, rebranded, entered adjacent markets, and became a leader in the DLP and EDR markets. Ken’s DNA in start-ups and early stage companies goes back to a 15 year tenure at Cabletron Systems, a networking company started in a garage that became a billion-dollar company. Ken’s passion is building great teams and companies, establishing GTM strategies with the best technology and products. In joining ShieldX, Ken is thrilled to help the elite founding team grow the company into a major security player. Ken earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the Wharton School.

Dr. Ratinder Paul Singh Ahuja

Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer

Ratinder leads ShieldX and its mission as its central pivot point. Drawing from a career as a successful serial entrepreneur and corporate leader, he brings his unique blend of business acumen, industry network and deep technical knowledge.

At his previous startups, Internet Junction, Webstacks and Reconnex he served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of the Mobile and Network Security Business Units. His knowledge of innovation and emerging trends in networking, network security, and data-loss prevention are derived from years of industry experience. Dr. Ahuja holds a BS in Electronics & Electrical Engineering from Thapar University, in India, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. Dr. Ahuja has been granted 37 patents for security-based technologies, and has presented in many public forums, including the Content Protection Summit, IC3, IEEE Computer Society, McAfee FOCUS, and the Cloud Expo.

Manuel Nedbal

Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President

Manuel serves as the engineering and architectural lead for the development of the ShieldX platform, and as its overall technical visionary.

Manuel brings a rich background to the security industry and a thorough understanding of the challenges facing CSOs. Throughout his career, Manuel has worked with market leaders including Network Associates, McAfee and Intel Corporation. He served as a founding member of the McAfee, Principal Architects Forum, and as the Principal Architect for McAfee’s Network Security Platform, inventing core technologies of the first 10 Gbps deep packet-inspection appliance in the industry. He was recruited to lead as CTO of the Software Defined Datacenter Security group, serving as a corporate liaison, defining the corporate vision, and building an engineering organization that introduced Intel’s Open Security Controller to the general market.

In collaboration with other great minds, Manuel also holds over 10 patents, has authored technical papers, and has served as a guest lecturer and speaker at events such as Intel IDF and VMworld. He studied at Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, where he received a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.

Manuel is an avid technologist at work and at play, where he enjoys sharing science, invention and bicycling with his family.

Dave Karp

Senior Vice President of Product Management

Dave has more than 20 years of experience in information security and has excelled in diverse roles within sales, product management, marketing, consulting, and managed services. Before joining ShieldX, Dave was the Chief Product Officer at Digital Guardian, where he led product strategy. Dave architected the company’s transition from an on-premise delivery model to SaaS, and established new offerings around endpoint detection and response and user behavioral analytics. During his tenure, Dave helped establish, equip, and enable an elite sales and field engineering team and worked closely with product marketing on go-to-market strategy and product lifecycle management. Prior to Digital Guardian, Dave worked at Cylance to establish a pre-sales engineering team. Prior to Cylance, Dave was the Technical Director for McAfee’s Security Management Platform business unit, responsible for leading a global technical team of Security Evangelists and Solution Specialists focused on accelerated growth technologies, along with participation in the development of products aligned to the business unit.

Dave’s a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he returns Saturday’s throughout the Fall to cheer on the OU Sooner football team.

Rob Rachwald

Vice President of Marketing

Rob is a 20-plus-year cybersecurity veteran and manages ShieldX’s overall marketing effort. Prior to ShieldX, Rob had a successful consulting career helping small security startups with marketing. Nearly every one of Rob’s clients was acquired or went public. Prior to consulting, Rob managed marketing at RedOwl (acquired by Forcepoint). Before RedOwl, Rob managed communications at FireEye, expanding its threat research footprint as well as the company’s 2013 IPO. Before FireEye, Rob was head of security strategy at Imperva, managing communications, threat research and the PR effort for Imperva’s 2011 IPO. Before Imperva, Rob ran product marketing and communications for Fortify Software (acquired by HP), managing its move from a single product to an application security suite. Before Fortify, Rob managed all marketing at Coverity (acquired by Synopsis), helping the code review startup’s rapid growth in awareness, including the Coverity’s open source code review effort, Coverity Scan. In addition, Rob worked in Asia and the US for CommerceOne. Rob began his Silicon Valley career at Intel, helping to modernize the chipmaker’s vast supply chain from EDR to new, internet-based technology. Rob is a graduate of UC Berkeley.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Ratinder Paul Singh Ahuja

Chairman of the Board

Ratinder leads ShieldX and its mission as its central pivot point. Drawing from a career as a successful serial entrepreneur and corporate leader, he brings his unique blend of business acumen, industry network and deep technical knowledge.

At his previous startups, Internet Junction, Webstacks and Reconnex he served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of the Mobile and Network Security Business Units. His knowledge of innovation and emerging trends in networking, network security, and data-loss prevention are derived from years of industry experience. Dr. Ahuja holds a BS in Electronics & Electrical Engineering from Thapar University, in India, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. Dr. Ahuja has been granted 37 patents for security-based technologies, and has presented in many public forums, including the Content Protection Summit, IC3, IEEE Computer Society, McAfee FOCUS, and the Cloud Expo.

Enrique Salem

Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

Enrique joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2014, where he focuses on infrastructure software and services. Previously, he was CEO of Symantec, the global leader in cybersecurity.

Ken Levine

Chief Executive Officer, ShieldX

Ken joins ShieldX after more than 13 years as a cyber security executive. Ken was CEO of NitroSecurity, a SIEM platform, for five years before a successful acquisition by McAfee in 2011. At McAfee, Ken was SVP and GM of the security management business unit. After two years at McAfee, Ken became CEO of Digital Guardian. Under Ken’s leadership, Digital Guardian tripled in size, rebranded, entered adjacent markets and became a leader in the DLP and EDR markets. Ken’s DNA is in start-ups and early stage companies goes back to a 15 year tenure at Cabletron Systems, a networking company started by his brother in a garage that became a billion-dollar company. Ken’s passion is building great teams and companies, establishing GTM strategies with the best technology and products. In joining ShieldX, Ken is thrilled to help the elite founding team grow the company into a major security player. Ken earned his undergrad in economics from the Wharton School. A Boston (Worcester, actually) native, Ken now resides in Los Altos with his wife Charley and two dogs. In his spare time Ken enjoys watching sports, especially his home town Red Sox and Patriots.”

Mike Fey

Mesosphere, CEO

Mike brings strong enterprise software and cloud leadership and expertise to ShieldX.  Recently, Mike was named the CEO of Mesosphere, a multi-cloud automation company. Previously, he served as president and COO at Symantec. Prior to joining Symantec, he served as president and COO of Blue Coat, leading product and go-to-market functions. While at Blue Coat, Mike led the company to aggressive growth, resulting in its acquisition by Symantec in 2016 for $4.65 billion. Mike has also been executive vice president and general manager for enterprise products at McAfee and chief technology officer of Intel Security, where he drove the company’s long-term strategic vision and innovation in the enterprise network, endpoint and analytics security segments by focusing on high-growth market opportunities and field execution.

Matthew Gyde

NTT Security, CEO

As CEO of NTT Security, Matt is responsible for executing the organization’s security strategy, services, and go-to market strategy with the goal of building the world’s most recognized security brand. Matt previously held the position of group executive of Security for Dimension Data.  Prior to this Matt spent time in various security environments. His career in IT security spans more than 20 years, providing him with a deep understanding of how security platforms should be implemented and managed to ensure clients’ business outcomes are achieved, while ensuring their risk is minimized.

Jason Martin

SVP products, FireEye

At FireEye, Jason oversees the teams responsible for developing FireEye cloud, network, and endpoint products and evolving the company’s technology platform.

Theresia Gouw

Co-Founder and Managing partner, Aspect Ventures

Theresia co-founded Aspect Ventures, where she has led the firm’s early investments in Cato Networks, Exabeam, ForeScout (FSCT), The Muse, Deserve, BirchBox, and BaubleBar. Prior to Aspect, Theresia was a Partner at Accel, where she championed many successful companies through IPOs or acquisitions: Imperva (IMPV), Trulia (TRLA), LearnVest (Northwestern Mutual), Jasper Design (CDNS), Kosmix (WMT). Theresia has been named to Forbes’ Midas List six times, most recently in 2017.

Ashar Aziz

Founder of SkyElectric

Ashar is the Founder and Executive Chairman of SkyElectric Inc. He is also the creator of the core energy intelligence and management technologies embedded in the SkyElectric Smart Solar System. In 2018, Mr. Aziz received the most prestigious National award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, for his services in IT Industry. Previously, Ashar founded FireEye, Inc., (NASDAQ:FEYE), a global cybersecurity company, in 2004. He served as the CEO of FireEye from 2004 until November 2012 and also served as its Board Vice Chairman, CFO, and CTO. Prior to FireEye, he founded Terraspring, Inc. Before founding Terraspring, he spent 12 years at Sun Microsystems, Inc. as a Distinguished Engineer, and CTO. He has over 80 patents in the areas of networking, network security, and data center virtualization. Mr. Aziz also has the honor of receiving the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Ashar graduated from MIT with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Mr. Aziz later received the University of California Regents fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley, where he completed his MS in Electrical Engineering Computer Science.

Mark Anderson

Former President of Palo Alto Networks

Mark joins ShieldX as an Investor and Board Advisor, bringing strong expertise across all aspects of our go-to-market traction.  Mark is a seasoned executive in Silicon Valley with a proven track record of building and scaling organizations for long-term, sustained growth.  While president of Palo Alto Networks helped grow the company from pre-IPO to one of the leaders in enterprise security.

Prior to Palo Alto Networks, Mark was EVP of worldwide sales at F5 Networks, where he oversaw a 1,000-person sales team and played a key role in growing F5’s annual revenue to more than $1B. Prior to that, Mark held leadership positions at Lucent Technologies and Cisco Systems.

Mark Currently sits on the Alteryx Board of Directors (NYSE: AYX). He is also an investor and Executive Chairman at Avi Networks.

Mark holds a B.A. in Business and Economics from York University in Toronto.

Umesh Padval

Venture Partner, Thomvest Ventures

At Thomvest Ventures, Umesh focuses on investments in the cybersecurity and cloud infrastructure sectors. He currently serves as a Board Member at Avalanche Technology, Lastline, Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX), ShiftLeft, and Tactus Technology, and as a Board Observer at Clari and ShieldX. He is also an investor in Baffle and ThousandEyes. Prior to joining Thomvest, Umesh was a successful entrepreneur, investor and CEO of a public company. He most recently worked for over 8 years at Bessemer Venture Partners in Menlo Park. Prior to Bessemer, he worked as an Executive Vice President at LSI after its acquisition of a public video infrastructure and distribution company, and at C-Cube Microsystems where he served as President and CEO of the company. Umesh has served on more than 25 public and private company boards.

INVESTORS

Ashar Aziz, founder FireEye

Mark Anderson, former president, Palo Alto Networks

Theresia Gouw, Partner, aCrew Capital

Umesh Padval, Venture partner, Thomvest

Harry Singh, cofounder

Lovely Kaur, cofounder

CISO and IO advisors

Brian Talbert

OUR INVESTORS
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CURRENT CAREER LISTINGS

About

ShieldX is a fast-growing, innovative startup in the multi-cloud security platform space and is looking for high-energy self-motivated Regional Sales VP in multiple territories across central US who will have a major impact on total regional sales performance with a focus on growing enterprise sales. The ideal candidate will be an inspiring thought leader with both high level strategic vision and the tactical execution to deliver. You will be responsible for defining the strategic vision, thought leadership, and robust account management to drive accelerated new business and revenue growth and protection of our strategic accounts in key markets.

Responsibilities:
  • Design, code and execute test cases for the ShieldX Product
  • Contribute to test automation Infrastructure by writing test scripts and/or test libraries
  • Continuously improve Automation coverage for functional testing using Python
  • Work closely with development team to develop test strategies and requirements
EMPLOYMENT TYPE
Type-Full
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • BS/MS in Computer Engineering or related technology field
  • 3-5 Years of Experience in Software Automation Development
  • Experience with Python Automation, REST API
  • Experience with VMware, AWS, MSAzure, Google Cloud Platform.
  • Experience testing and automating Networking Security Products
  • Knowledge of Networking, TCP/IP Protocol Suite
  • BS/MS in Computer Engineering or related technology field
  • Excellent communication and Team player skills
  • Should be a self-starter and be able to adopt to dynamic fast-paced environment.
  • Able to work 40 hours a week
Apply
About

ShieldX is a fast-growing, innovative startup in the multi-cloud security platform space and is looking for high-energy self-motivated Regional Sales VP in multiple territories across central US who will have a major impact on total regional sales performance with a focus on growing enterprise sales. The ideal candidate will be an inspiring thought leader with both high level strategic vision and the tactical execution to deliver. You will be responsible for defining the strategic vision, thought leadership, and robust account management to drive accelerated new business and revenue growth and protection of our strategic accounts in key markets.

Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with other departments to create a unified message and customer experience
  • Work with Marketing to ensure consistent lead generation
  • Collaborate with Sales team as well as other key leaders to identify strategies to achieve sales goals and uncover new, high value opportunities
  • Responsible for meeting company revenue and margin targets within ShieldX enterprise level accounts
  • Balance day to day tactical challenges with building long term strategic plans to achieve smart and healthy organizational growth
  • Generate new and repeat sales by educating customers about product
  • Develop and maintain close relationships with customers in designated territory
  • Collect and report industry and customer trends, competitive information, and governmental and legislative information that will impact the company’s markets
  • Attend industry-related tradeshows and promotes company’s product in a professional manner
  • Conduct customer product demonstrations and training
  • Use SalesForce.com as primary interface tool to track customer needs and opportunities
  • Model company values and behaviors and support company’s and team’s initiatives
  • Perform other duties according to business needs
EMPLOYMENT TYPE
Full-time
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor’s degree; business and marketing majors preferred
  • 10+ years sales experience
  • Strong Salesforce knowledge & usage
  • Excellent communication and influence skills and the ability to build cross-functional relationships
  • Hardworking, persistent, and dependable
  • Proven consistent achievement of goals through the leadership and motivation of a team
  • Experience hiring, developing and retaining talent
  • Exceptional command of enterprise sales methodology and the ability to coach to it
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work on many projects concurrently
  • Solution and relationship-based sales experience in the tech industry
Prior Experience:
  • Should have experience closing $1M+ sales deals
  • Should have US national scale sales management experience
  • Should have consistently met or beaten annual sales targets in prior assignment
  • Should have experience selling an emerging product category vs established product categories
  • Should have experience in selling to and managing the C-suite of buyers, including CIO and CISO
Apply
About

ShieldX is a fast-growing, innovative startup in the multi-cloud security platform space and is looking for high-energy self-motivated Regional Sales VP in multiple territories across eastern US who will have a major impact on total regional sales performance with a focus on growing enterprise sales. The ideal candidate will be an inspiring thought leader with both high level strategic vision and the tactical execution to deliver. You will be responsible for defining the strategic vision, thought leadership, and robust account management to drive accelerated new business and revenue growth and protection of our strategic accounts in key markets.

Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with other departments to create a unified message and customer experience
  • Work with Marketing to ensure consistent lead generation
  • Collaborate with Sales team as well as other key leaders to identify strategies to achieve sales goals and uncover new, high value opportunities
  • Responsible for meeting company revenue and margin targets within ShieldX enterprise level accounts
  • Balance day to day tactical challenges with building long term strategic plans to achieve smart and healthy organizational growth
  • Generate new and repeat sales by educating customers about product
  • Develop and maintain close relationships with customers in designated territory
  • Collect and report industry and customer trends, competitive information, and governmental and legislative information that will impact the company’s markets
  • Attend industry-related tradeshows and promotes company’s product in a professional manner
  • Conduct customer product demonstrations and training
  • Use SalesForce.com as primary interface tool to track customer needs and opportunities
  • Model company values and behaviors and support company’s and team’s initiatives
  • Perform other duties according to business needs
EMPLOYMENT TYPE
Full-Time
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor’s degree; business and marketing majors preferred
  • 10+ years sales experience
  • Strong Salesforce knowledge & usage
  • Excellent communication and influence skills and the ability to build cross-functional relationships
  • Hardworking, persistent, and dependable
  • Proven consistent achievement of goals through the leadership and motivation of a team
  • Experience hiring, developing and retaining talent
  • Exceptional command of enterprise sales methodology and the ability to coach to it
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work on many projects concurrently
  • Solution and relationship-based sales experience in the tech industry
Apply
About

ShieldX is a fast-growing, innovative startup in the multi-cloud security platform space and is looking for high-performing Sales Director who will have a major impact on sales performance by driving growth across all product categories and channels. You will be responsible for direct and indirect sales in the regions and will work closely with our Engineering and Marketing teams.

As our Sales Director, you work as an individual contributor. You’re an inspiring thought leader with both high level strategic vision and the tactical execution to deliver. You will have the opportunity to direct and drive new business, build customer loyalty, ensure high product renewal rates and support and promote corporate strategies and initiatives. The ideal candidate will effectively balance day to day tactical challenges with building long term strategic plans to achieve smart organizational growth.

Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for managing your territory to deliver above quota sales performance
  • Collaborate with other departments to create a unified message and customer experience
  • Collaborate with Sales team as well as other key leaders to identify strategies to achieve sales goals and uncover new, high value opportunities
  • Help to hire, train, motivate and hold accountable the sales organization and support them in achieving their targets.
  • Participate marketing activity such as trade show to provide sales support, generate leads, evaluate sales activities, strategies and strengths of the competition, identify new market and customer opportunities, and evaluate the success and perception of ShieldX products
  • Extensive domestic travel is required
EMPLOYMENT TYPE
Full Time
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor’s degree or global equivalent in a related field
  • Prior experience working in a start-up environment with a constantly evolving landscape
  • You will have 5-10+ years of direct sales experience selling enterprise software to large enterprises
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, both internally and externally
  • Polished and professional presence with the ability to “control the room” with C level customer executives
  • Self-motivated, requiring little day to day management, but embraces strong reporting and sales rigor
  • Demonstrated ability to establish credibility and trust with customers and to build influential relationships with partners in the business
  • Proven ability to manage complex sales cycles, with a track record of successful revenue attainment
  • Strong sales process and methodology around territory planning, assessment and resource allocation.
  • Creativity in solving complex customer business challenges
  • Capable of prioritizing the most critical initiatives with a relentless drive to execute
  • Well networked to attract top-performing professionals into the selling organization
  • Proven track record of building and leading successful sales teams using strong leadership, planning, execution, peoplemanagement and coaching skills.
Prior Experience:
  • Candidate should have lead early stage sales at an enterprise Cybersecurity startup
  • Should have experience closing $1M+ sales deals at Global 2000 companies
  • Should have US national scale sales management experience, and strong global sales management skills
  • Should have consistently met or beaten annual sales targets in prior assignment
  • Should have experience selling an emerging product category vs established product categories
  • Should have experience in selling to and managing the C-suite of buyers, including CIO and CISO
Apply

PRESS AND AWARDS

Check out SC Magazine for detailed review of ShieldX

SC Magazine Review: 4.5 Stars

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ShieldX Quick Facts
  • Gartner 2017 “Cool Vendor” in Cloud Security and MarketsandMarkets “Innovator” in Micro-Segmentation
  • Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Lab validated that ShieldX Elastic Security Platform can be deployed in 15 minutes and scales to handle over a terabit of traffic
  • Certified VMware-Ready®, OpenStack Compatible® and now ready to deploy on AWS EC2® and Microsoft Azure®
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Invented the industry's first microservices platform for Cloud security that combines network-based security with the latest innovations in application and infrastructure technology
  • Currently in deployment with leading companies covering finance, technology, communications, government and higher education industries
  • More than 40 more patents filed
PRESS CONTACT
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