SecurityAdvisor’s New Patent and Key Executive Appointments Highlight Growth of Innovative Cybersecurity Awareness Training Platform Blog

SecurityAdvisor’s New Patent and Key Executive Appointments Highlights

Things are hopping at SecurityAdvisor! After securing a round of funding recently, we’ve been hard at work getting the word out about the value of personalized training in improving the human element of organizations’ security posture. The market has responded extraordinarily well to our offering, and we’ve hit a few significant milestones that we wanted to share.

SecurityAdvisor’s Innovative Platform Receives Patent

We are excited to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued the company US Patent 20200021620 for its novel method of managing and changing users’ risky security behavior. Our platform delivers targeted, contextual education content customized to employees’ risky behaviors in real-time to prevent data breaches and positively influence user behavior. This patented process empowers employees with the ability to identify and remediate cyber threats quickly.

Businesses implementing a hybrid workplace use SecurityAdvisor to protect all of their employees, regardless of their location. Our platform integrates seamlessly within an organization’s existing security infrastructure, including endpoint security, threat intelligence, and cyberattack response services, as well as network security services like Palo Alto Networks, Zscaler, and CrowdStrike. Security leaders can utilize our advanced reporting to measure employees’ security resiliency over time to implement security training that improves an organization’s security posture, not just meet a compliance requirement.

World-Class Executives Join SecurityAdvisor Team

We’re excited to announce several executives have joined our leadership team to help guide us to our next stage of growth.

Chris Stolley


Chris Stolley has over 20 years of sales and channel leadership and management experience in the technology and information security industries. Most recently, Stolley was the VP of Sales at Optiv where he drove sales for the company and created mindshare within the Optiv partner community. At SecurityAdvisor, Chris will be tasked with driving growth, building upon its upward sales trajectory, and building strategic partnerships.

Kristina Susac

Chief Client Experience Officer

Kristina most recently led UC Berkeley’s Executive Education and has extensive experience helping executives solve various business challenges, including talent management, capability-building, innovation, adaptability, and client loyalty. She will use her unique experience as an author and educator to help SecurityAdvisor align its platform with its customers’ pain points.

Anand Bodke

CISO and Senior Director of Threat Intelligence

Anand Bodke has spent than 20 years as a cybersecurity researcher. Previously, he served as the Director for Malware Research at global cybersecurity companies CrowdStrike and McAfee. Anand has been instrumental in seeding and operationalizing high performing malware and threat research teams with top cyber security companies like Symantec, McAfee, Crowdstrike and Quick Heal. He has multiple patents approved by the USPTO filed for innovative threat detection technologies and processes.

At SecurityAdvisor, Anand lead the company’s threat intelligence team and unveil compelling insights on user behavior related to high-profile, highly targeted attacks and the MITRE ATT&CK framework.

Marya Munir

VP of Marketing

Marya is an accomplished global marketing leader with over twenty years of experience in B2B technology, specializing in high-velocity customer acquisition, channel programs, demand gen, and brand building at growing private equity and large publicly traded companies. She spent the last eight years specializing in SaaS cybersecurity and was responsible for programs that recruited, onboarded, and enabled thousands of channel partners and end-users worldwide. Before this, she held various marketing positions serving business customers, channel partners, and distributors in the global IT industry. 

As Vice President of Marketing, Marya will work closely with Stolley, Susac, and the SecurityAdvisor founder to drive corporate and product marketing and shape the next phase of its go-to-market strategy.

Shunxing Sean Xie, Ph.D.

Chief Architect

Sean previously served as the chief architect at SureFront, a SaaS application that provides communication and transaction tools between wholesale retailers and their suppliers. He’s a hands-on technology leader with over 20 years of Internet and software experience, including system design, architecture, and code development for high-performance web applications. Sean helps SecurityAdvisor build the first security awareness training platform to deliver personalized security awareness coaching to end-users in real-time to improve user behavior quantifiably.

We’re excited to bring on top-tier talent to help us build our customer base, expand into new markets, and continue our success. We have a vast market opportunity in front of us as businesses demand value from their security awareness training and don’t want to rely on outdated methods. Employees are the first line of defense for an organization, so the sooner security leaders educate their users, the safer their critical data will be.

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