Cyber Security Company Illumio Hires New CMO from Cisco

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Illumio, a cyber security company with clients including Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Salesforce, and Oracle NetSuite, has hired Bobby Guhasarkar as its new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Mr. Guhasarkar joins Illumio from Cisco.

“From business to politics, cyber security is the most important challenge we face today, and attackers are using incredibly sophisticated methods to target specific industries, including our Federal government,” said Andrew Rubin, CEO of Illumio. “In order to fight this growing threat, it’s crucial to have the industry’s most talented, innovative thinkers. To that end, adding Bobby, a 20-year industry veteran with in-depth security, network, marketing, sales, and channel experience is invaluable to Illumio entering its new chapter.”

Prior to Illumio, Bobby Guhasarkar led product marketing for the security business at Cisco, a $3B+ portfolio spanning over 10 product lines across cloud, network, email, and endpoint security. He joined Cisco in 2015 through the acquisition of cloud security company OpenDNS, where he led product marketing. Earlier, Bobby held leadership positions at Aruba Networks, Juniper Networks, and Cisco. He started his career as a systems administrator at Merrill Lynch. Bobby received his bachelor’s in psychology from Brooklyn College, The City University of New York.

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“Segmentation is not a new concept, but it has been way too difficult to implement with firewalls and switches,” said Bobby Guhasarkar, the new Chief Marketing Officer for Illumio.

Illumio stated it has experienced explosive year-over-year growth that includes an 81 percent increase in protected workloads, a 120 percent increase in customers outside of the US, and an 80 percent increase in overall customers. The cyber security company also increased its North American headcount in 2018 by 42 percent, its EMEA headcount by 450 percent, and its APAC headcount by 160 percent.

“Segmentation is not a new concept, but it has been way too difficult to implement with firewalls and switches,” said Bobby Guhasarkar, the new Chief Marketing Officer for Illumio. “IT organizations spend months trying to get segmentation to work, only to be frustrated with failure. Illumio has cracked the code by decoupling segmentation from the network so when customers implement Illumio for workload protection, it turns out to be cheaper, faster, and safer than doing it with the network. I’m excited to bring Illumio’s game-changing disruptions to more enterprises everywhere.”

The Illumio Adaptive Security Platform protects critical information with real-time application dependency and vulnerability mapping coupled with segmentation that works across any data center, public cloud, or hybrid cloud deployment on bare-metal, virtual machines, and containers.

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