WASHINGTON, DC— June 13, 2022 — The Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA) today announced the election of Jaya Baloo, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Avast, and Joe Chen, Vice President of Engineering at Symantec Enterprise Division of Broadcom, to the organization’s board of directors.  Jaya and Joe join Charter member Board Directors Dr. Dorit Dor, Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd; Matt Watchinski, Cisco; Ken Xie, Fortinet; and Lee Klarich, Palo Alto Networks, along with elected Affiliate members Samantha Madrid, Juniper Networks and John Petrie, NTT Ltd. CTA’s Board oversees the organization’s efforts to improve the cybersecurity of the global digital ecosystem by enabling cyber threat intelligence sharing among the alliance’s membership community.

“I am pleased to welcome Jaya Baloo (Avast) and Joe Chen (Symantec Enterprise Division of Broadcom) to the CTA Board of Directors,” said Michael Daniel, President and CEO of the CTA.  “Both of them have extensive experience in the cybersecurity industry and they will bring a great perspective to the CTA Board of Directors. I am really looking forward to working with them, along with our other, existing board members.”

“I am honored to join the board of the Cyber Threat Alliance,” said Jaya Baloo, CISO at Avast.  At Avast, we are proud to contribute to the work of the alliance. It is critical to understanding the ecosystem we are all committed to protecting. During my career as a CISO I have benefitted from the actionable intelligence that is the result of sharing high quality threat information between cybersecurity companies, and I am excited to get more involved in the work of the organization.”

“I am honored to join the Cyber Threat Alliance Board of Directors. Symantec, now an enterprise division of Broadcom, helped found the CTA with the mission to share threat intelligence for the greater good,” said Joe Chen, Vice President of Engineering, Symantec Enterprise Division at Broadcom Software. “Having worked in the cybersecurity industry for more than 20 years, I know that we are stronger when we work together, and the CTA facilitates intelligence sharing that helps our mutual customers.”

Jaya Baloo is Avast’s CISO and joined Avast in October 2019. Previously, Ms. Baloo held the position of CISO at KPN, Practice Lead for Lawful Interception at Verizon, and worked at France Telecom as a Technical Security Specialist. Ms. Baloo is formally recognized within the list of top 100 CISOs globally and ranks among the top 100 security influencers worldwide. Ms. Baloo has been working in the field of information security, with a focus on secure network architecture, for over 20 years and sits on the advisory boards of the NL’s National Cyber Security Centre, PQCrypto and Flagship Strategic. She serves on the audit committee of TIIN capital, a cybersecurity fund, and is also a member of the IT Committee of Sociale Verzekeringsbank. Ms. Baloo is currently a member of EU Quantum having been a member of the EU High Level Steering Committee for the FET Quantum Flagship from 2016 – 2017. Ms. Baloo has been a faculty member of the Singularity University since 2017, where she regularly lectures.

Joe Chen is the Vice President of Engineering at Symantec Enterprise Division of Broadcom. He leads the core engineering and the global Symantec security response organization. In this role, he oversees all research, development, and security operations, including what was previously Symantec and Blue Coat GIN. Joe is an active technologist in the field and remains hands-on in building Broadcom’s technology while overseeing his team’s overall strategy. As one of CTA’s founding members, Joe has been intimately involved since before its incorporation in 2017. Joe has been inspired by CTA’s mission since its inception. The goal to share threat information and better protect mutual customers is real, and he is excited for the opportunity to be hands-on in driving continued success. Joe degreed in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles. He has been a core technologist in the cybersecurity industry for over two decades.

About the Cyber Threat Alliance

CTA was founded by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Cisco, Fortinet, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, and Symantec Enterprise Division of Broadcom. Membership also includes AT&T Alien Labs, Avast, Blueliv, Cloudbric, Dragos, Juniper Networks, K7 Computing, Morphisec, NEC Corporation, NETSCOUT, NTT, OneFirewall, Panda Security (WatchGuard), Rapid7, ReversingLabs, SANDS Lab, Scitum, SecureBrain (Hitachi), SecurityScorecard, SK shieldus, SonicWall, Sophos, TEHTRIS, Telefónica Tech, Verizon, and VMware. CTA is the industry’s first formally organized group of cybersecurity practitioners that work together in good faith to share threat information and improve global defenses against advanced cyber adversaries. CTA’s mission is to facilitate the sharing of actionable intelligence and situational awareness about sophisticated cyber threats to improve its members’ cyber defenses, more effectively disrupt malicious cyber actors around the world and raise the level of cybersecurity throughout the Internet and cyberspace. The alliance is continuing to grow on a global basis, enriching both the quantity and quality of the information that is being shared across the platform. CTA is actively recruiting additional regional players to enhance information sharing to enable a more secure future for all. For more information about CTA, please visit: https://www.cyberthreatalliance.org/

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