We are very pleased to welcome Allen Lieberman as Tessian’s new Chief Product Officer who will head up the continued development of the industry’s first and leading Intelligent Cloud Email Security platform.
Allen joins us from VMware Carbon Black, where he worked for nearly 9 years, and held roles including Senior Director of Product Marketing and VP of Product Management. He has spent the vast majority of the last 20 years in the Software-as-a-Service space. We took a few minutes to get to know Allen and find out what he’s looking forward to in his new role.
Allen, hi! Let’s start off with an easy question: why did you decide to join Tessian?
A combination of reasons, really.
First, the mission. Tessian is set out on a compelling mission that is critical to customers’ ability to scale and defend their enterprise in the modern threat and communications landscape. People can – and should – be a security team’s best asset. By enabling the employee community to help protect and defend the enterprise, security teams are better positioned to scale and protect their organizations. Until now, securing the human layer has been underserved. But as the enterprise and communications landscape evolves, putting people first is critical to the success of modern security programs. Tessian has set out on a mission to make this a reality.
Second, the culture and team at Tessian is world class. Having been in the trenches with key members of the team, I understand the culture that is being cultivated and feel good about the high level of diverse talent we have. At Tessian, there is a focus on doing the right thing, staying positive, persevering through challenges, and keeping people at the center of what we do. Having the culture aligned to my core values was critical in my decision.
And third, the time is right. Security teams, today, are dealing with unprecedented levels of cybercrime. As organizations have become more distributed and cloud-first, as employees communicate over emerging channels and as attackers evolve to meet employees where they are, now is the time for a better solution to help enable every employee to protect the enterprise.
It’s rare to find a company that has all these three things.
What do you see as the top benefit Tessian offers to customers?
The sea change that Tessian enables is turning the employee base into a security team’s best asset, while reducing overhead on the security teams.
Tessian automates the protection of critical communications channels like email while assisting people in understanding their role of protecting the enterprise – which is unlike so many other security solutions. The ability to embed security communication and training ‘in-the-moment’, when an employee needs it most, helps build a collaborative culture between staff and security teams while reducing breach responses. It’s great when employees really feel that security teams ‘have their back’ and that’s what Tessian enables.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity for Tessian?
Our biggest opportunity is to shift our customer’s mindset from security being seen as something that security teams do, to security being something that all employees do.
When we accomplish that – i.e. when employees become part of the new perimeter and when all employees are truly extended parts of security teams – we would’ve changed the security game. I think that’s the biggest opportunity we have.
What’s your focus for the next 3-6 months?
I’ll be very much focused on learning over the next few months. While I’m coming into Tessian with many years of experience, there is so much to take in, as with I think about prioritizing and executing on the opportunity to drive change ahead.
My intent is to learn from our team, from our customers and from our partners. I’m excited to understand more about the challenges that are faced by our customers, the opportunities we have to address them and, of course, I’m interested in learning much more about our team.
And finally, can you summarize Tessian’s mission in 25 words or less?
sure, Tessian Cloud Email Security intelligently prevents advanced email threats and protects against data loss, to strengthen email security and build smarter security cultures in modern enterprises.