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NightDragon is a venture capital firm investing in innovative growth and late stage companies within the cybersecurity, safety, security, and privacy industry. In addition to investment capital, NightDragon brings 25+ years of industry operating experience and market expertise to our portfolio companies.

We work hand in hand with management to help scale their business and execute their strategic vision to drive successful outcomes.

The Platform

1,000+

CISO & C-Level Access

Drive unprecedented results.

NightDragon's rich network of companies and industry relationships enable us to source and invest in the most compelling opportunities in the cybersecurity, safety, security and privacy market. This platform provides an unmatched advantage on deal flow, for picking the most compelling investment opportunities, and for identifying leverage needed to drive value.

10,000+

Talent Access

Unparalleled

Deal Flow

Operating Experience

Threat Insights

Market Leverage

NightDragon Team

NightDragon founders Dave DeWalt and Ken Gonzalez have more than 25 years of experience serving as senior executives at leading technology companies such as Documentum, EMC, Siebel Systems (Oracle), McAfee, Mandiant, Avast and FireEye.

Dave DeWalt

Managing Director

Dave DeWalt is a veteran CEO, advisor, and investor who has led companies, from startups to the Fortune 500, on a transformational journey of success. Focused on technology and cybersecurity, Dave helped create more than $20 billion of shareholder value during his 15-plus years as President and CEO of three major companies. That includes driving the most successful cybersecurity IPO ever in 2013, and leading the largest all-cash deal in technology history in 2010. Today, he serves as Managing Director of Allegis Cyber as well as investor and board member in the world’s most innovative companies such as Delta Airlines, Five9, Forescout, Phantom Cyber, Claroty, Team8, DataTribe, Illusive Networks, and Optiv.

Ken Gonzalez

Managing Director

Ken Gonzalez has been a senior operating executive at technology companies for over 20 years. He has led the strategy and corporate business development functions for Siebel Systems (Oracle), McAfee, Avast and FireEye. During his career he has completed over 40 acquisitions, 23 of which have been in cybersecurity. He has created, managed, and grown numerous strategic go-to-market partnerships from technology integration to OEM, reseller and two-tier distribution. Prior to joining NightDragon, Ken was Managing Director at ForgePoint Capital. Ken is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Morgan Kyauk

Partner

Morgan Kyauk brings a wealth of experience leading M&A transactions for companies of all sizes - from late stage, pre-IPO companies to large, serial acquirers. Most recently, Morgan was the 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 has also held corporate development leadership roles at a variety of technology companies, including Dropbox, Juniper Networks, and HP. Morgan began his career advising technology companies on M&A activity while at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Morgan received his MBA from Wharton and his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Hannah Huffman

Associate

Hannah is a former senior technology consultant from the mergers and acquisitions practice at Deloitte. Throughout her consulting career, she worked with various Fortune 50 and 500 companies. Hannah focused her time on executing successful mergers and divestures, managing large scale cloud and network transformations and performing the role of a product manager for software offerings and applications. Hannah received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration - Finance from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, she was a student-athlete on the Women’s Basketball team reaching three Final Fours in her four year career.

Evan Gibney

Associate

Evan is a former technology-focused investment banker with experience executing over $4 billion of successful M&A and financing outcomes for Cybersecurity and SaaS clients. Most recently, Evan was a Senior Analyst at Momentum Cyber where he supported the execution of early & late stage Cybersecurity transactions as well as industry-leading market research reports. Evan received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance & Operations Management from the Carroll School Of Management Honors Program at Boston College, and has completed each exam from the CFA curriculum.

Steve Simonian

CFO

As NightDragon's CFO, Steve Simonian's responsibilities include finance, legal, investor relations, administration and compliance. Steve is also CFO of AllegisCyber, an early-stage venture capital firm that works closely with NightDragon. Steve has his own consulting practice, where he provides finance and operational services for VC, private equity and operating companies. Prior to his consulting practice, he served as CFO at August Capital, Gabriel Venture Partners and Meritech Capital Partners. Steve received a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A Certified Public Accountant (non-practicing).  Steve serves on the boards of DeepSee.ai and Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre.

Therese Coutermarsh

Executive Assistant to the management team

Therese Coutermarsh currently serves as Executive Assistant to the management team at NightDragon and facilitates the day to day operations. Therese has over a decade of administrative experience in the cybersecurity industry.  Areas of expertise include partnerships with c-suite executives, driving efficiency, communications plans, and process improvements. Prior to NightDragon, Therese supported the founder of FireEye and later Dave, as CEO and Executive Chairman, while he took the company public. As an early-stage employee, Therese contributed significantly to the growth of FireEye as they grew to over 4k employees.  Therese holds a degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College.

Sarah Kuranda

Head of Marketing

Sarah Kuranda has nearly a decade of experience in journalism, communications and marketing. Most recently, she led executive and internal communications for Forescout Technologies, where she was responsible for driving external awareness for the brand and building executive strategies for improving engagement with employees. A journalist for more than seven years for local and national publications including The Information and CRN, Sarah specializes in telling stories about the cybersecurity, privacy and technology industries. She received a B.S. in journalism from Boston University and lives in Nashville, TN.

Amy De Salvatore

Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances

Amy brings more than twenty-five years of business development and strategic alliance experience to the NightDragon team. Her influence spans across leading global IT and cybersecurity companies including Documentum, EMC, McAfee, Intel Security and Forescout Technologies where she built and managed alliances with a diverse set of IT and OT partner portfolios, including industry leading technology partners, system integrators, service providers, resellers and OEMs.  Recognized in the industry for architecting and monetizing profitable partner ecosystems, Amy specializes in the design and execution of go-to-market strategies that lead to material impact. Amy graduated from University of San Diego summa cum laude, with a degree in Media Communications and a Business Minor. She was a former ambassador of the Forescout Women’s Network and is still passionately involved in workplace diversity programs.

Venture Partners

Mike Rogers

National Security Agency (NSA),

Former Director

Admiral Michael Rogers is the former director of the National Security Agency (NSA), the former chief of the Central Security Service, and the former commander of the U.S. Cyber Command. One of the most-knowledgeable intelligence professionals and cybersecurity experts, Rogers assumed those posts in April of 2014 and retired in June of 2018, marking 37 years of service. He served under both Presidents Trump and Obama and oversaw the NSA and Cyber Command responses to both the Snowden leaks and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. He also put the NSA through its largest reorganization in 20 years and led the creation and operationalization of the nation’s cyber mission force, culminating in the elevation of Cyber Command to the senior-most command level in the DOD.

Nadav Zafrir

Team8,

CEO & Co-Founder

Nadav is the co-founder and CEO of Team8, a venture platform solving problems of magnitude by creating and accelerating category-leading companies. Team8 combines its in-depth understanding of the attacker perspective, data science and AI to enable businesses to reap the benefits of digital transformation in an agile and secure manner. Team8 is backed by some of the world’s most renowned businesses including Cisco, Microsoft, AT&T, Walmart, Airbus, Softbank, Accenture, Qualcomm, Moody’s, Munich-Re, Dimension Data, Nokia and Scotiabank. Previously, Nadav was the Commander of the IDF's Technology & Intelligence Unit 8200 (Israel's NSA).

Chris Deverell

UK’s Joint Forces Command,

Former Commander

Chris is the former Commander of the UK’s Joint Forces Command, which included Special Forces, Defence Intelligence, Cyber, ISR and Communications from Space, Information Systems and Services, Operational Command of UK operations overseas, Education, Medical Services, and the UK’s permanent bases overseas. He was also appointed Knight Commander of the Order of Bath in 2015, and Aide de Camp General to Her Majesty The Queen in 2016. Chris has also held a variety of leadership roles as a British Army officer, including Brigadier and Director of Equipment Capability for Ground Manoeuvre, Strategy Director, Lieutenant General, and Chief of Materiel (Land). Chris’ experience makes him a foremost expert on the intersection between cyber and physical threats facing governments and commercial organizations.

Thomas Pompidou

Marker LLC,

Partner and Founder

Thomas Pompidou is a Partner and Founder of Marker LLC, a New York City-based venture firm investing in the US and Israel technology ecosystems. He is Vice Chairman of Crescent Point, a leading China-focused private equity firm, where he has been a Partner and held other investment roles since 2005. He is also a member of the Investment Committee and Venture Partner at NightDragon. From 1992 to 2005, he held various positions, ultimately as Managing Director, in the New York investment banking departments of Deloitte, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Lazard, where he focused on M&A and corporate finance. He holds a business degree from the EDHEC business school in France. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pompidou Center and Vice Chairman and Governor of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Advisors

Dan Burns

Optiv,

Former CEO

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 Gyde

NTT Security,

CEO

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 Howard

Kudelski Security,

CEO

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.

Jason Martin

FireEye,

Former Executive Vice President

Jason was 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: FEYE) which provided innovative security products and solutions to enterprises and government agencies throughout the United States and Asia. Jason also served as Chairman of Authy.com (acquired: TWLO) 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.

Eric McAlpine

Momentum Cyber,

Founder and Managing Partner

Momentum Cyber is the premier trusted advisor to the cybersecurity industry providing bespoke high-impact advice combined with tailored, senior-level access. The firm was founded by world-class operators and advisors and caters to the unique needs of both earlier stage Founders, CEOs, & Boards as well as the complexity of later stage & public companies throughout their lifecycle – Incubation to Exit. Headquartered in San Francisco with operations globally, the founding team has closed over 250 transactions totaling over $250 billion in value.

Portfolio

Our track record of success.

Airspace

Claroty

FireEye

Successful IPO

Five9

Successful IPO

ForeScout

Successful IPO

ForgeRock
iBoss
Illusive Networks
JASK

Acquired by Sumo Logic

Jive Software

Successful IPO

Mandiant

Acquired by FireEye

McAfee

Acquired by Intel Corporation

ObserveIT

Acquired by Proofpoint

Onapsis
Polycom

Premise
RiskSense
Social SafeGuard
SAM
Source Defense
Splunk

Acquired by Splunk

vArmour
Human
HawkEye 360

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