NightDragon Security taps Kyauk as MD

NightDragon Security has named Morgan Kyauk as managing director. Also, the cybersecurity investment firm has added Jason Martin of FireEye, Dan Burns of Optiv, Matthew Gyde of NTT Security and Andrew Howard of Kudelski Security to its advisory council.


NightDragon Security, a dedicated cybersecurity investment firm, today announced the addition of Morgan Kyauk as Managing Director and the appointment of Jason Martin of FireEye, Dan Burns of Optiv, Matthew Gyde of NTT Security, and Andrew Howard of Kudelski Security to its advisory council.

Morgan is the former Vice President of Corporate Development at FireEye, where he was responsible for the evaluation, execution, and integration of all acquisition, investment, and strategic partnering activity for the company. Morgan worked with fellow NightDragon Managing Directors, Dave and Ken, to drive corporate development efforts at FireEye, leading up to the company’s IPO and through its transformative acquisitions. Morgan has also held corporate development leadership roles at a variety of companies within the enterprise software, infrastructure, and security sectors, including Dropbox, Juniper Networks, and HP. Morgan will be working with Dave and Ken on identifying and collaborating with entrepreneurs to grow the next generation of leading cybersecurity companies.

Jason is a seasoned technology executive and entrepreneur with over twenty years of cyber security experience. Jason is currently an Executive Vice President at FireEye where he has served in leadership roles in product management, R&D, engineering, and cloud operations. Prior to FireEye, he was President and CEO of SecureDNA (acquired by FireEye) which provided innovative security products and solutions to enterprises and government agencies throughout the United States and Asia. Jason also served as Chairman of (acquired by Twilio) and currently sits on the advisory board for OneMedNet and the Board of Directors for ShieldX. Jason has also co-authored several books covering various cyber security domains and is co-founder of the ShakaCon security conference, which is focused on increasing knowledge sharing and collaboration within the security community.

Dan is the CEO of Optiv Security, which was created in 2015 as a result of the Accuvant and FishNet Security merger. From 2002, when he co-founded Accuvant, until 2012 when he assumed his position as the company’s first CEO, Dan served as Senior Vice President of Accuvant’s sales organization. In that role, he was responsible for strategic planning, sales growth, and problem resolution. Dan co-developed and helped to successfully execute on Accuvant’s initial vision – to build a company with the breadth, depth, and capabilities to address the information security needs of organizations worldwide – up until the merger with FishNet Security.

Matthew is the CEO of NTT Security, formerly known as Dimension Data’s Security Business Unit. Matthew is responsible for executing the organization’s security strategy, services and go-to-market strategy with the goal of building the world’s most recognized security brand supported by a team of highly talented security professionals. Matthew previously held the position of Group Executive of Security for Dimension Data. He held several roles during his tenure with Dimension Data. Prior to this, Matthew spent time in various security environments, from a client to a carrier to OEMs across Australia, Asia, and now global positions.

Andrew is the CEO of Kudelski Security, an independent Swiss provider of tailored cyber security solutions to enterprises and public sector institutions, with its U.S. headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. Andrew has led the company’s technical strategy, product development, engineering and research, notably the launch of the IoT Security Center of Excellence, the delivery of Secure Blueprint, and the Blockchain Security Center. Previously, Andrew led an R&D laboratory focused on national defense challenges for the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

“Morgan’s corporate development experience and Jason’s product and technical vision will be immensely valuable for NightDragon companies. In addition, Dan, Matthew, and Andrew bring strong relationships that can provide a source for go-to-market scale and early insights of customer pain points,” said Dave DeWalt, Managing Director at NightDragon. The deep operating backgrounds of these additions will enable us to build great teams, form powerful go-to-market models, and deliver strategic outcomes for the entrepreneurs we work with.”

NightDragon Security is an investment firm focused on investing in growth and late-stage companies within the cybersecurity industry. Its flexible model allows it to lead or co-invest alongside leading venture capital and private equity firms in the pursuit of driving growth and increasing shareholder value. NightDragon is unique in providing deep operational expertise in cybersecurity gained by its founders Dave DeWalt and Ken Gonzalez from years serving as senior executives leading technology companies such as Documentum, EMC, Siebel Systems (Oracle), McAfee, Mandiant, Avast, and FireEye.