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Bit9 Adds Former U.S. Cyber Security Czar to Board of Directors

Bit9, a provider of application whitelisting security solutions, announced on Monday that Richard Clarke, former Cybersecurity Czar for President George W. Bush, has joined the company’s Board of Directors.

A recognized expert on cyber war and counter-terrorism, Clarke will provide strategic advice and insight to Bit9 and its board.

Bit9 LogoWith more than 30 years of government service in government cyber security and anti-terrorism programs, Clarke will help Bit9 expand its reach in the federal market, with the intelligence community, civilian and other government agencies. The company's security solutions help provide visibility and control over all software on endpoints, to reduce the risk caused malware, targeted attacks and Advanced Persistent Threats.

“I am excited about joining the board at Bit9 because I believe the company’s approach to endpoint security and preventing APT attacks, which focuses on application whitelisting, is an approach that the government and enterprises need to consider implementing as a part of a layered, defense in depth strategy,” Clarke said.

"We are honored to have Richard Clarke, with his high caliber of cyber security and government service background, on our Board of Directors," said Patrick Morley, president and CEO of Bit9. “His insights and firsthand experience will bring an important new dimension and focus to Bit9 and its board."

Clarke is the author of Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It. Prior to his retirement from government, Clarke was appointed to chair the Counter-Terrorism Security Group and to a seat on the United States National Security Council under President George H.W. Bush. President Bill Clinton retained Clarke and in 1998 promoted him to be the National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counter-Terrorism, the chief counter-terrorism adviser on the National Security Council. Under President George W. Bush, Clarke initially continued in the same position and later became the Special Advisor to the President on cyber security, before leaving the Bush Administration in 2003.

In April 2011, Waltham, Massachusetts based Bit9 raised $12.5 million in funding, bringing the total raised by the company over the past year to $23 million.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.