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Acalvio Announces Federal Advisory Board and Appoints Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld, as its Chair

February 16, 2023

Santa Clara, CA — February 16, 2023Acalvio Technologies, the leader in cyber deception technology, today announced its Federal Advisory Board, which will be comprised of government and industry leaders and experts dedicated to advising Acalvio on meeting federal government needs as well as providing informed perspectives on pertinent defense and security issues.In conjunction with the official launch of Acalvio’s Federal Advisory Board, the company proudly announces that retired Four-Star Navy Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld has been appointed as chair.
Government agencies like CISA, NSA and MITRE have emphasized the value of adversary engagement, active defense and the usage of deception to strengthen cybersecurity posture. In December 2022, President Biden signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, which mandates the deployment of Active Defense. The new Federal Advisory Board and the appointment of Winnefeld as its chair will allow Acalvio to better serve the U.S. government agencies in following this mandate and strengthening their deployment of Zero Trust architecture.
A nationally regarded expert in government, risk management and the defense industry, Winnefeld was the ninth vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the Department of Defense. He served for 37 years in the U.S. Navy and as commander of U.S. Northern Command and of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
“Admiral Winnefeld is a widely respected leader with a sterling track record in both the private and public sector,” said Ram Varadarajan, CEO and co-founder of Acalvio Technologies. His career serving in the U.S. government and military makes him an incredibly valuable and trusted advisor to Acalvio. “We are honored to have him join our newly formed Federal Advisory Board during a pivotal time of growth for Acalvio.”
Acalvio’s Active Defense Platform uses patented and award-winning Cyber Deception technology to actively defend against cyberattacks by deploying a comprehensive layer of deception across the enterprise network, including the endpoints and identity stores, in information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) environments and across on-premises and cloud deployments.
“Cyber-attacks grow in prowess and frequency every day,” said Winnefeld. “Acalvio’s cyber deception technology and Active Defense strategy is a critical security layer in the fight against an increasingly sophisticated threat landscape. I look forward to working with and supporting the leadership team at Acalvio on their mission to provide Active Defense to both enterprise and public sector customers.”
In addition to his extensive military and government career, Winnefeld has also held numerous board and advisory positions in the private sector. Currently, Winnefeld serves on the board of directors of Raytheon Technologies, Molson-Coors Beverage Company and Enterprise Holdings, among others. Winnefeld is also a published author and is currently a distinguished professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is also a member of the Engineering Hall of Fame.

About Acalvio Technologies

Acalvio, the leader in cyber deception technology, helps enterprises actively defend against advanced security threats. Acalvio’s Active Defense Platform, built on 25 issued patents in autonomous deception and advanced AI, provides robust solutions for Identity Threat Detection and Response (ITDR), Advanced Threat Detection, OT Security, Zero Trust, Active Directory Protection and Ransomware Protection. The Silicon Valley-based company’s solutions serve Fortune 500 enterprises, government agencies and are available to deploy on-premises, in the cloud or via marquee managed service providers. For more information, please visit www.acalvio.com.


Leah Connelly
Matter Communications for Acalvio