AllegisCyber named Mike Aiello a venture partner. Aiello, a cybersecurity executive at Alphabet’s Google, will continue in that role. He was previously a chief information security officer at Goldman Sachs.
A press release follows:
AllegisCyber Names Mike Aiello– Director of Product Management for Google Cloud Platform Security—A Venture Partner
Aiello’s Deep Cybersecurity and Early Stage Start-up Experience Will Benefit AllegisCyber’s Platform
San Francisco, CA. November 1, 2018– Mike Aiello, a cybersecurity executive at Alphabet Inc.’s Google and previously a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Goldman Sachs for Consumer Banking, will become a Venture Partner for AllegisCyber, a cybersecurity and data science venture capital firm. Aiello will bolster the cybersecurity’s firm’s leading position in seed and early stage investing.
Aiello will continue to work at Alphabet Inc’s Google and joins existing AllegisCyber venture partners from Citadel, VMware, Sophos, Cisco and FireEye supporting innovation in cybersecurity.
Aiello’s Value-Add In Cybersecurity
“Mike is steeped in cybersecurity — his expertise spans from an understanding of the market at the highest corporate levels to deep technology domain knowledge with a history of working with early-stage cyber startups,” said Bob Ackerman, the Founder and Managing Director of AllegisCyber.
“Domain expertise and proven operating chops are core to the AllegisCyber team operating philosophy. We view ourselves as “Company Builders” more than investment managers,” continued Ackerman. “Mike’s knowledge and experience are a natural complement to the balance of our team and will enhance our ability to identify emerging areas of innovation and assist our portfolio companies execute on their visions to become market leaders,” Ackerman added.
“I’m thrilled to be working with the AllegisCyber team because they understand what it really takes to control and manage cybersecurity risk. Helping connect entrepreneurs to the world’s accelerating need for scalable cybersecurity solutions is critical,” said Aiello.
Aiello is the director of product management for Google Cloud Platform Security, where his work helps secure thousands of businesses and billions of people daily. Prior to Google, he held the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) position at Goldman Sachs for Consumer Banking, where he established the company’s Consumer Trust and Technology Risk Committee.
In addition, Aiello was the founder of two startups, including DIFRwear, a leading manufacturer or radio frequency (RFID) blocking wallets, passport cases and badge sleeves and LifeEnsured, a company which allowed customers to privately manage their online identities after death, which was acquired in 2012 by DSwiss.
Aiello has an MBA from the University of Oxford and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from New York University.
AllegisCyber Firm Professionals And Its Cybersecurity Network
Aiello joins a team with deep cyber security domain knowledge and operating experience at AllegisCyber, including Founder Bob Ackerman as well as Managing Directors Pete Bodine, David DeWalt, and Spencer Tall. The firm’s roster of Venture Partners include industry leaders Tom Gillis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of networking and security at VMWare; Nawaf Bitar, Chief Information Officer at Citadel Securities; Joe Levy, Chief Technology Officer at Sophos; John Stewart, Senior Vice President of Security at CISCO; and Jeff Williams, the former Senior Vice President of Sales at FireEye and Ironport Systems, a unit of CISCO.
In addition to the strong group of leaders in the AllegisCyber network, the firm has a powerful alliance with DataTribe, the Maryland-based cybersecurity and data science startup studio that co-builds and launches next generational commercial software companies in partnership with domain expert entrepreneurs from the national security and intelligence communities.
AllegisCyber, based in Silicon Valley and Maryland, has pioneered an integrated cybersecurity investment platform spanning seed to early-growth cybersecurity companies. It’s the first venture firm focused exclusively on cybersecurity and data science and has been investing in cybersecurity for more than 15 years in the U.S and select international markets. The AllegisCyber team is replete with venture capital and start-up entrepreneurial veterans. The team has been described in industry press as the “Cyber’s Money Men” for its domain expertise and position. Current AllegisCyber investments include Area 1 Security, Callsign, CyberGRX, Dragos, SafeGuard Cyber, Shape Security, Signifyd, Source Defense, Synack, and vArmour. For more information, please visit www.allegiscyber.com.
DataTribe is a cybersecurity and data science startup studio that invests and co-builds next-generation commercial software. The firm draws upon experienced technology and entrepreneurial teams from the world’s most prestigious, high-stakes environments, including the international intelligence community and National Labs from U.S, Canada, UK and Australia. DataTribe is headquartered in Fulton, MD with offices in San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit: https://datatribe.com/