A New Day, and a New Journey for Cryptzone

November 4, 2016 |

Cryptzone is thrilled to announce today that we will be acquired by a new, security-focused joint venture, led by BC Partners and Medina Capital. You can read the full details here in the announcement.

Many of the CEOs, CIOs, and security professionals I speak to around the country understand and support IT modernization, which includes such substantial changes as migrating resources off premises, BYOD, and cloud computing. While the economic and operational advantages of these initiatives are clear, they also bring a great deal of complexity. The reality is that enterprises today are already complex and heterogeneous, with a mixture of on-premises and co-located data centers running traditional and virtualized workloads, public cloud-based IaaS systems, and new container-based DevOps-style systems. This environment demands a new and different (and better) approach to security that integrates multiple security layers, breaks down barriers, enhances and streamlines compliance, and gives enterprises a holistic and simpler means to define and enforce policies across the enterprise.

With the new organization we announced today, our approach will meet today’s security demands and help organizations prepare for the challenges of tomorrow. Our combination of hardware and network infrastructure in collocated data centers, paired with fine-grained access controls at the physical, hardware, network, server, and user level, allows enterprises to deploy a suite of customized controls to adopt a risk-based approach to security and compliance requirements. The full complement of security assets in our portfolio – including machine learning, a user-centric Software-Defined Perimeter, a server-centric software-defined network segmentation, DLP, and fraud detection and prevention – provides an integrated set of cutting-edge technologies that together adds layers of defenses and advances the state of enterprise security and compliance.

This new joint venture will instantly be a substantial and complex enterprise in its own right. With 57 data centers occupying more than 2.6 million square feet, and supporting over 3,500 customers, we’ll definitely be “eating our own dog food” by deploying our security solutions within our data centers to improve our operational, security, and compliance effectiveness. These solutions will not only help us, they’ll help our customers via a more secure, efficient, and robust infrastructure, and through a new set of security offerings.

I’m excited and optimistic about the story we have to tell today — on literally “day one.” Soon we’ll offer additional unique security-related capabilities to our thousands of data center colocation customers. These customers, and in fact all organizations, have pressing security challenges that we’ll help solve, regardless of their infrastructure. Put another way, we fully embrace these heterogeneous environments, and intend to keep offering our technology to enterprise customers, whether or not they’re deployed in our colocation facilities.

So no matter what your infrastructure or security landscape is like, we’re looking forward to taking this next phase of our journey together.

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Leo Taddeo

Leo Taddeo
Chief Security Officer

Leo Taddeo is the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Cryptzone, a provider of dynamic, context-aware network, application and content security solutions. Taddeo, former Special Agent in Charge of the Special Operations/Cyber Division of the FBI’s New York Office, is responsible for analyzing the cybersecurity market to help shape Cryptzone’s vision for security solutions. Taddeo provides deep domain insight into the techniques, tactics and procedures used by cybercriminals, to help Cryptzone continue to develop disruptive solutions that enable customers to defend against advanced threats and breaches.

Prior to Cryptzone, Taddeo led more than 400 agents and professional support staff in cyber investigations, surveillance operations, information technology support and crisis management for the FBI. He oversaw high profile cases, including Silk Road, Blackshades and JP Morgan.

Previously, Taddeo served as a Section Chief in the International Operations Division, where he managed FBI operations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Taddeo has held various roles of increasing responsibilities in the field, including supervising a joint FBI/New York City Police Department Joint Terrorism Task Force and serving as the Legal Attaché in Rome, Italy.

After receiving his degree in applied physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1987, Taddeo served as a tank officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1991, he was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal for valor for service in the Gulf War. Taddeo then earned a Juris Doctor from St. John’s University and joined the New York law firm of Mound, Cotton & Wollan, where he practiced civil litigation until entering the FBI.

Taddeo is a graduate of the CISO Executive Program at Carnegie Mellon University. He also maintains the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and GIAC Certified Incident Handler certifications.

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