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Defense.net CEO Selected to Address DDoS vulnerabilities at Retail Center of Innovation Plug And Play Tech Center Event

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Chris Risley, CEO of Defense.net, will address the Retail Center of Innovation Plug and Play Tech Center event in Sunnyvale, CA on September 12, 2013 on the topic of cyber security and best practices for keeping critical retail infrastructure secure from cyber criminals, extortionists and “hactivitists” launching Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks

WHAT:
The Retail Center of Innovation at the Plug and Play Tech Center is holding a demo event featuring the top retailers, e-commerce companies and brands around the world as well as 20 of the most innovative Silicon Valley technology companies. Chris Risley, CEO of Defense.net, will address the group on cyber security and the best practices for keeping critical retail infrastructure secure from cyber criminals, extortionists and “hactivitists.” He will also cover the increasing scale and complexity of new Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that a growing number of actors are aiming at retail websites and e-commerce infrastructure.Defense.net will also be exhibiting during the event.

WHO:
Chris Risley, CEO of Defense.net, a company that has combined the top minds in the DDoS space with breakthrough new technologies designed to effectively address today’s and tomorrow’s DDoS mitigation challenges. Risley is an eight time venture-backed CEO who for the past 20 years has focused on highly-scalable Secure Data Management (SDM) software companies.

The event will be cohosted by: Mike Calbert, head of the retail industry team withinKKR’s private equity platform; Bob Graham, CTO of Bevmo; Deborah Weinswig, Managing Director, Citigroup; Sajal Kohli, Director, McKinsey, and; Claudio Gouveia, VP Operations, Carrefour Brazil.

Several large retailers will be attending such as JC Penny, Safeway, Home Depot, Gap, and more.

WHERE:
Plug and Play Tech Center440 N.

Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

WHEN:
September 12, 2013 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

About Defense.net

Founded by Barrett Lyon, who created the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack mitigation industry more than 10 years ago, Defense.net has combined the top minds in the DDoS space with breakthrough new technologies designed to effectively address today’s and tomorrow’s DDoS mitigation challenges. It is the only company to defend businesses and organizations against this new generation of massive and sophisticated DDoS attacks while delivering the highest levels of Internet application performance – two areas where legacy DDoS mitigation services have not been able to match the modern strategies of today’s cyber attackers. With increasing threats from the escalating scale and complexity of DDoS attacks and a growing number of antagonists willing to use them, Defense.net protects organizations from modern attacks by providing end-users with a seamless experience as if no attack were occurring. The company has raised more than $9.5M in debt and equity financing with investors that include visionary security and Internet investor Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP).

About Plug and Play Tech Center

Plug and Play Tech Center is an accelerator specializing in growing technology startups. Headquartered in Sunnyvale California, Plug and Play’s global network includes over 300 tech startups, 180 investors and a community of leading Universities and Corporate partners. Since its founding in 2006, Plug and Play startups have raised over $1.4 Billion in funding. In 2011 alone, Plug and Play’s startups raised over $350 Million and went through M&A valued in excess of $500 Million. From unique industry networking events, to education immersion programs, international programs, to M&A, Plug and Play has everything tech startups need to get organized, connect and grow. Plug and Play portfolio companies include PayPal, Danger, Dropbox and SoundHound to name a few.

Addendum: F5 Networks acquired Defense.Net in May 2014

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