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Telecom Industry Veteran Jay Opperman Joins Damballa as General Manager of Communications Service Provider Division

Damballa, the experts in advanced threat protection and containment, today announced the appointment of Jay Opperman as General Manager of the company’s Communications Service Provider (CSP) Division. Opperman will be responsible for growing Damballa’s CSP business unit and partnering with the company’s product management team on the vision and direction of the CSP product.

“Service providers are at the forefront of the battle against advanced threats, and are a key constituency for Damballa, accounting for over 20% of our total business since 2012,” said David Scholtz, CEO of Damballa. “Having an individual with strong domain expertise will enable us to strengthen our CSP offering in a multitude of exciting and strategic ways. We are fortunate to have Jay join our team and look forward to applying his deep expertise and past success to the solutions we are providing to service providers.”

Opperman joins Damballa after having spent more than 30 years in the telecom industry. Prior to joining Damballa, Opperman was with Comcast, where he most recently served as Executive Director of Security and Privacy. While there he also founded Constant Guard™, the industry’s most comprehensive program for online security, protecting millions of Comcast subscribers. His work with Constant Guard earned the Family Online Safety Institute's award for Outstanding Achievement. Prior to Comcast he served as Director of Strategic Product Development at Teradyne and also held various positions with Ameritech, Motorola and AT&T.

“Internet subscribers are finding it impractical to manage security on the growing number of connected home and mobile devices they own. Service Providers are in a strategic position to offer unique protection against today’s new threats,” said Opperman. “As a former customer of Damballa, I understand firsthand how CSPs can help keep customers informed when they are at risk, offering additional value to the Internet services provided.”

Opperman has also served on the board of directors at the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Philadelphia Internet Society. He has been a member of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration’s Online Safety Technology Working Group, and the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council’s Botnet Remediation Working Group.

About Damballa

As the experts in advanced threat protection and containment, Damballa discovers active threats that bypass all security prevention layers. Damballa identifies evidence of malicious network traffic in real time, rapidly pinpointing the compromised devices that represent the highest risk to a business. Our patented solutions leverage Big Data from the industry's broadest data set of consumer and enterprise network traffic, combined with machine learning, to automatically discover and terminate criminal activity, stopping data theft, minimizing business disruption, and reducing the time to response and remediation. Damballa protects any device or OS including PCs, Macs, Unix, iOS, Android, and embedded systems. Damballa protects more than 400 million endpoints globally at enterprises in every major market and for the world's largest ISP and telecommunications providers. For more information, visit www.damballa.com, or follow us on Twitter @DamballaInc.

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