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Forcepoint Appoints CISO to Lead Human-Centric Security Vision and Governance

Liem Nguyen
November 8, 2017, 8:00 am CST

Allan Alford joins Forcepoint as chief information security officer

AUSTIN, Texas – Nov. 8, 2017 – Global cybersecurity leader Forcepoint today announced that Allan Alford has joined the company as chief information security officer (CISO).

Alford leads Forcepoint’s corporate security and governance program, including the implementation of the company’s internal user and data protection program for 2,700 employees worldwide. As Forcepoint’s CISO, he plays a key role in leading the compliance and certification efforts for Forcepoint’s security offerings and partners with engineering teams to drive best practices and real-world learnings into security product development. Alford reports to Meerah Rajavel, Forcepoint, chief information officer, and is based in the Austin, Texas headquarters.

“The security industry is at an inflection point, where customers and vendors must partner to build solutions that can bring visibility to risky behavior or abnormal data usage as the means to stop headline-grabbing data breaches,” said Rajavel. “Allan understands that a new paradigm must be applied to people, process and technology to adequately address these emerging security threats.”

With more than 25 years of IT and security experience, Alford joined Forcepoint from Pearson, where he was product and business information security officer. Prior to that, Alford held various IT and security positions at Polycom, where he built and managed the product security program and served most recently as CISO. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in information systems and security from Our Lady of the Lake University and received a bachelor’s degree with a focus on leadership from DePaul University.

Forcepoint delivers a system of cybersecurity capabilities that intelligently work together to protect the human point -- the intersection of users, critical data and networks. The company’s Human Point System enables enterprise and government customers to understand the normal rhythm of user behavior and the flow of data throughout an organization as the means to rapidly identify and eliminate risk. It brings together a range of capabilities to more effectively protect users and critical data, including Data Loss Prevention (DLP), User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA), Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB), Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW), Web Security and Email Security and Cross Domain products that enable secure access and information sharing between disparate networks.

“The human point is an exciting frontier that presents both potential for business value and risk for an enterprise or government agency,” said Alford. “By combining human-centric security with a modern view on IT, HR and compliance programs, companies like Forcepoint can help employees and partners understand the critical role they play in defending against cyberattacks and protecting sensitive information assets. Instead of operating in silos of business units, IT and corporate functions, we have to look at cybersecurity through the lens of ‘everyone to the defense’.”

About Forcepoint
Forcepoint is transforming cybersecurity by focusing on what matters most: understanding people’s intent as they interact with critical data and intellectual property wherever it resides. Our uncompromising systems enable companies to empower employees with unobstructed access to confidential data while protecting intellectual property and simplifying compliance. Based in Austin, Texas, Forcepoint protects the human point for thousands of enterprise and government customers in more than 150 countries. For more about Forcepoint, visit and follow us on Twitter at @ForcepointSec.

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