ThreatSTOP, Inc., a leader in protecting enterprise networks from malware and botnets, today announced the appointment of a new member to the board, a VP of Sales, and an official creative agency of record. These moves come as ThreatSTOP strengthens its offering amid exponential sales growth in the rapidly growing IT Security and Software Defined Networking markets.


ThreatSTOP announced the appointment of Brian Nugent to its Board of Directors, "We're proud to welcome Brian to our board," said ThreatSTOP CEO and Chairman Tom Byrnes. "Brian has decades of success helping IT companies scale. His experience and connections are a major addition to the resources ThreatSTOP needs to handle, and increase our growth in the years ahead.”

Brian Nugent is a seasoned technology industry entrepreneur, board director and investor, with a record of driving IT companies to market leadership positions. Brian’s heritage of high-impact board experience within the software and hardware arenas includes coaching many technology CEO’s to successful trajectories and liquidity events. His twenty-year industry operational experience spans executive leadership posts across public and private companies in general management (CEO/COO), sales, marketing, product management, corporate development, business development and customer service across the security, communications, cloud, social media, telecom and internet commerce industries. Brian was most recently the Chief Operating Officer at EdgeWave, where he led a year-long business transformation process. Prior to EdgeWave Brian was Chairman & CEO of Applied Identity, which was acquired in March of 2010 by Citrix Systems.


ThreatSTOP appointed Chris Lee as its new VP of Sales. Lee comes to ThreatSTOP from VirtualArmor, where he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He brings more than 10 years of experience as a technology executive and sales leader with a proven track record of progressive impact and results.

In his role at ThreatSTOP, Lee will bring his extensive experience and understanding of innovative and effective sales and marketing approaches to ThreatSTOP’s product and sales teams. Chris will accelerate ThreatSTOP’s leadership in protecting networks against the most serious information security problem today – criminal malware and botnets, which are frequently referred to as Advanced Persistent Threats.

“I’m excited to join the ThreatSTOP team” said Chris Lee. “ThreatSTOP is uniquely positioned to solve real problems faced by all companies today. ThreatSTOP’s flexibility, cost effectiveness, ease of implementation and broad compatibility make it a joy to sell. ThreatSTOP presents the opportunity to do well while doing good, defending the Internet against cyber-criminals and nation-state attackers, in a way that can be used, immediately, by every network.”

CEO Tom Byrnes commented, “I’m excited to have Chris join our team,” says CEO Tom Byrnes. “Chris brings seasoned, serially successful, sales leadership. Chris is a true entrepreneur who has successfully built multiple sales teams that have taken companies from startup to multi-million $/year sales. We look forward to having him build on the success we have achieved so far, and take ThreatSTOP to the next level.”

Agency of Record

ThreatSTOP selected La Jolla-based Accelerate-IT IMS as its creative agency of record. As ThreatSTOP’s brand partner, the agency will focus on creative strategy and marketing communications.

"We were looking for a partner that would be immediately effective, agile, and innovative in taking ThreatSTOP to the next stage of market awareness. Accelerate-IT IMS has a track record of bringing insightful and creative thinking to building brands within the IT space and working with companies that have created disruptive platforms like ours" said CEO Tom Byrnes.

"ThreatSTOP is disrupting the IT security space and shifting what is traditionally reactive thinking in a silo, towards a proactive community driven model," said Patrick O’Neill, Director of Marketing for Accelerate-IT IMS. "We're honored its team has trusted us with its business."

About ThreatSTOP

ThreatSTOP is a real-time IP Reputation Service that automatically delivers a block list against criminal malware (botnets, Trojans, worms etc.) directly to a user's firewalls and routers, using the ubiquitous DNS protocol, so they can enforce it rapidly. It is a cloud-based service that protects the user's network against the most serious information security problem today—malware designed to steal valuable data perpetrated by organized criminals. ThreatSTOP enables existing hardware and network infrastructure to enforce user defined malware blocking policy without requiring the expense, complexity and time of a forklift upgrade of new equipment. It can be deployed within the hour with simple rule-settings or a script on the user's firewall. Founded in 2009, ThreatSTOP is headquartered in San Diego, CA.