VC-backed CipherCloud announces new hire

CipherCloud said Wednesday that it has hired Bob West as chief trust officer. Previously, West was founder and CEO of Echelon One. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., CipherCloud is a provider of cloud information protection solutions. It is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures and T-Venture.


SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CipherCloud today announced the appointment of Bob West to the position of Chief Trust Officer. He will be responsible for working across the company’s business divisions, rapidly growing global customer base and partner ecosystem to evangelize the importance of cloud data protection in the cloud through our transformative Discover, Protect, and Monitor platform. His appointment underscores CipherCloud’s commitment to delivering trust in the cloud and in responding to the rapidly growing security needs of enterprises.
Bob West joins CipherCloud after more than a decade in security leadership roles with financial and professional services organizations where he oversaw security strategy, audit and compliance and across global teams. He has held Chief Information Security Officer roles at Fifth Third Bank and Bank One, led Ernst & Young’s security practice, and was a Senior Systems Officer with Citicorp. He most recently served as founder and CEO of Echelon One, a fast growing risk consulting firm.
“Bob is a dynamic leader with broad and deep experience in driving proactive security strategies that protect data throughout its lifecycle,” said Pravin Kothari, founder and CEO of CipherCloud. “He is deeply knowledgeable of the risks and concerns that our customers confront every day. His deep security background complements CipherCloud’s innovative approach to enabling cloud adoption while delivering trust.”
“I am pleased to help advance CipherCloud’s commitment to delivering trust in the cloud,” said West. “The acceleration of cloud consumption by enterprises has created a unique role for trust. Without it, adoption would stall. I look forward to helping our customers and partners remove the privacy, regulatory, and residency barriers to transforming their business in the cloud.”
West is a frequent speaker on information security, cloud computing and global policy issues such as payment fraud and critical infrastructure. Bob was a member of the IT Sector Coordinating Council and of the International Cybercrime Subcommittee.
About CipherCloud
CipherCloud, the leader in cloud information protection, enables companies to accelerate their adoption of cloud applications while ensuring visibility and control of their data. CipherCloud delivers data privacy, regulatory compliance, and data residency in the Cloud through an open platform that provides comprehensive data discovery, protection – searchable strong encryption, tokenization, data loss prevention, key management, and malware detection – and activity and anomaly monitoring services.
CipherCloud has experienced exceptional growth and success with over 2.6 million business users, across 25 countries, and in more than 11 industries.
The CipherCloud product portfolio protects popular cloud applications out-of-the-box such as, Box, and Microsoft Office 365 etc.
CipherCloud, named as SC Magazine’s 2013 Best Product of the Year, is backed by premier venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, and T-Venture, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @ciphercloud.

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