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Spirion’s founders, Todd Feinman and David Goldman, understood that sensitive data is the digital representation of real people. They started Spirion with an audacious goal to “Eliminate data breaches and the pain associated with them.” With this guiding principle, they started Spirion with a singular mission: to find and protect what matters most, the sensitive personal and private data of an organization’s customers, colleagues, partners, and communities.
The exponential growth of data brings enormous opportunity to organizations, but it also brings increased exposure to security, privacy, and compliance risks.
The personal and sensitive data that fuels an organization’s growth can also be exploited by cybercriminals as part of a data beach.
Cyberattacks are becoming more frequent, complex, and costly. The average cost of a data breach in the U.S. is a staggering $9.44 million — soaring to $49 million per incident when one to ten million records of data were exfiltrated.
An onslaught of headlines around data breaches and organizational misuse of data have awakened consumer concern about how their private data is used. Companies that fail to adequately protect personal data face damage to both their reputation and brand.
As well, companies today face a myriad of data privacy regulatory mandates to improve how they manage personal information (PI), including Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); state laws like the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA); and industry-specific regulations, such as CMMC, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, and many others.
As the regulatory landscape continues to evolve and expand and new cyber threats continually emerge, a one-off, initiative- based approach can no longer scale.
SPIRION IS STEP ONE IN SENSITIVE DATA GOVERNANCE
Spirion addresses these challenges with our sensitive data governance framework — a comprehensive foundation for data security and privacy programs. Data discovery, classification, understanding, and control form the foundational capabilities of data governance.
Organizations must be able to find any data type, anywhere it may reside. This is what Spirion calls “Privacy Grade™” Discovery.
Powered by sophisticated data science, Spirion’s AnyFind™ algorithms have been trained on billions of sensitive data records with benchmarked accuracy of 98.5%. accuracy Spirion’s automated data discovery tools enable you to search everywhere, including within Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux; across structured or unstructured data; and on-prem, cloud, and endpoint-based storage, applications, systems, and websites.
To understand sensitive data, an organization must be able to identify and quantify its relative value, how it is used, where it resides and how it moves. Automated context-rich classification is the only way to effectively delineate data value and purpose.
In order to limit exposure to the risks associated with data, an organization must understand its value, volume and overall vulnerability (SDV3™). Accurate and comprehensive Data Discovery and Automated Classification allow an organization to manage their sensitive data and determine the most effective ways to address the risk associated with it.
Once an organization’s data is properly understood, they can then apply the appropriate protections, cures, and necessary controls to protect what is sensitive. Spirion’s playbook orchestration automates policies associated with controlling sensitive data.
In order to comply with data privacy regulations, an organization must be able to demonstrate that they have control over the sensitive data they collect, use and store.
OUR PRODUCT OFFERINGS
GOVERNANCE SUITE — Combine all Spirion products to build a proactive privacy and security posture.
SENSITIVE DATA PLATFORM — SaaS based discovery, classification and remediation
SENSITIVE DATA FINDER — Automated DSAR fulfillment
SENSITIVE DATA WATCHER — Monitor and identify threats
Board of Directors
Driven by extensive technology experience, Feinman co-founded Spirion in 2006. Over his 11 years as CEO, he grew the customer base to over 1,000 organizations and helped win multiple industry awards. Today, he is in charge of leading product vision and corporate strategy. As an industry leader, Feinman has appeared in several major news outlets, including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and Good Morning America. He authored Microsoft’s book on securing Windows, as well as several textbooks. Prior to co-founding Spirion, Feinman was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in security and privacy, a Product Manager for Microsoft in the enterprise server group, and CIO of an energy retailer. Feinman holds a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Goldman had acquired extensive experience in technology development — from strategy to support — when he co-founded Spirion. Since 2006, he has led the organization, and headed up product vision, strategy, management, delivery, quality, and support. Today, he is responsible for the company’s technology vision, product strategy, and R&D initiatives. Prior to his founding role at Spirion, Goldman was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the information security consulting group, where he helped solve complex problems for Fortune 50 customers. In his role as an industry leader, he has written numerous white papers and articles, and presented at industry conferences and international symposia. Goldman has a BS in Computer Science from Washington University, St. Louis.
Jeff Vail is an Operating Partner with The Riverside Company and current serves as Chairman of the Board for Spirion. Jeff is former CEO of Wavestone US (formerly WGroup, Inc.) an IT strategy consultancy. Prior to WGroup, Jeff was Chief Commercial Officer for Quintiq, a supply chain planning software firm (acquired by Dassault Systemes). Jeff’s work experiences also include, SVP of Global Corporate Marketing at Unify (formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications), VP of Enterprise Marketing at SAP Americas, and General Manager of Infrastructure Solutions at Unisys. Jeff lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia and he holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stetson University.
Marci McCarthy is the CEO and President of T.E.N., an information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm. With more than 20 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience, McCarthy founded T.E.N.’s flagship program, the Information Security Executive® of the Year (ISE®) Program Series, which is lauded by the IT industry as the premier recognition and networking program for security professionals in the U.S. and Canada and celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2020.
McCarthy is also a member of the Board of Directors for the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP), and was previously a member of their Strategic Advisory Board since its founding. She partnered with the ICMCP to create “The Marci McCarthy Cybersecurity Certification Scholarship Program,” which provides $5,000 over a two-year period to help talented women and minority students advance into cybersecurity and obtain their Security+ Professional Certification via CompTIA. Six deserving individuals have been awarded this scholarship to date.
McCarthy has been a guest lecturer, speaker, and moderator at national conferences such as the ISE® Executive Forum and Award Program Series, ISSA Local Chapter and International Conferences, and more, speaking on cybersecurity, women in technology/security/business, STEAM, entrepreneurism, and leadership topics.
Mr. Alan Peyrat started at Riverside in 2007. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Peyrat was a Principal at Apax Partners, where he served on deal teams and portfolio company boards with a focus on the technology and telecommunications sectors. Previously, Mr. Peyrat helped found Telephia, where he served as Director of Sales and Director of Engineering and Operations. He has also worked at the Mayfield Fund, A.T. Kearny, and Public Financial Management, Inc. Mr. Peyrat holds a BS in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and both an MBA and an MA in Education from Stanford University.
Ken Athanasiou is the Chief Information Security Officer at VF Corporation and serves on the Board of Directors for the Retail and Hospitality Information Analysis and Sharing Center (RH-ISAC). He also serves on the board of the National Technology Security Coalition and Spirion, LLC.
Ken has extensive experience in leadership, cyber security, and risk management. His career includes 13 years as an officer in the United States Air Force and Chief Information Security Officer positions at JP Morgan Chase’s retail line of business, American Eagle Outfitters, and AutoNation. Ken holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master’s Degree in Computer Resources Management and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Jennifer Mailander is a data protection and technology attorney advising senior and executive management on strategy, business, and legal matters with extensive experience in data rights, cybersecurity, privacy and compliance. Before joining Fannie Mae in 2018, Mailander was Associate General Counsel of Privacy at ComScore and Associate General Counsel and Director of Compliance & Privacy at Corporation Service Company. She currently serves as Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Women in the House (WITH) network and Co-Chair of the DC Chapter of The Quorum Initiative. Mailander holds a BA in English and Political Science from Miami University and a JD from the University of Dayton School of Law.