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Focus on the Government

As pressure grows on the federal government to strengthen cybersecurity in the wake of the OPM attacks, agencies are challenged to find and deploy the best, most efficient security programs to protect private personal information (PPI) and sensitive data. They are also under the gun to demonstrate compliance with standards such as the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, NERC, FISMA and HIPAA.

Government is in Tenable’s DNA

Tenable is no stranger to the government market. Tenable founders have their roots in national security. For example, Ron Gula started his career as a pen tester for the NSA. While government may be a new sector for some of our competitors, Tenable has long been a cybersecurity partner to the federal government.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) requires federal agencies to implement continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) programs to protect their organizations from attacks. Tenable pioneered continuous network monitoring with the creation of SecurityCenter Continuous View™ (SecurityCenter CV™) in 2004. SecurityCenter CV is the market defining standard for continuous monitoring, as evidenced by the U.S. Defense Information Security Agency’s 2012 selection of Tenable and HP as the Assured Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS) for the entire Department of Defense.

Tenable’s expanding federal program

In this era of increasing mobility, virtual systems, cloud applications, and shadow IT, Tenable delivers comprehensive security solutions that provide continuous visibility and critical context, enabling decisive actions to protect government agencies.

That is why Tenable is expanding its federal program to support agencies in their efforts to harden national security, protect PPI, and meet the critical security needs of tomorrow.

Two key leaders have joined Tenable to spearhead this initiative:

  • Darron Makrokanis is the new Vice President of Federal Sales. Darron brings a decade of experience with DoD, DHS and intelligence business development. He was also a SWAT/Special Operations Team supervisor and detective for 10 years and is currently an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves.
  • Christopher Cleary is Tenable’s new Federal Director of Business Development and Capture, bringing over 20 years’ experience in government, military, and commercial enterprises. He is also a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves. 

And in support of the federal team for strategy, thought leadership, and partner initiatives, John Chirhart is moving up to the role of Technical Director. Prior to joining Tenable in 2015 and while working with the United States Marine Corps, John paved the way for SecurityCenter to become the de facto standard DoD scanning tool and cornerstone of ACAS.

You’ll be hearing more from Darron, Chris, John, the federal team and partners at key conferences and on the Tenable website.

The Tenable Blog spotlights government issues

Here on the Tenable Blog, we are planning monthly articles that focus on security issues faced by government agencies. Watch for blogs about NIST CSF, state and local government concerns, NIST 800-171, NERC Version 5, and software management guidelines to name just a few. And check out our experts’ recent blogs on government issues and legislation:

To find blogs that focus on government security issues, click on the Filed Under “Government” keyword at the end of this article.


Feel free to contact the federal team for assistance with your security issues at [email protected].

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