ReliaQuest Expands Leadership Team With Focus On Future
ReliaQuest announced the addition of two new members of its executive team today. Regina Marrow joins as Chief Information Officer (CIO), and Mike McPherson as Senior Vice President of Security Operations. The two will play integral roles as ReliaQuest strives to compete in an increasingly crowded XDR field.
In a press release announcing the new executive hires, ReliaQuest founder and CEO Brian Murphy explained, ““ReliaQuest partners with its global customer base to deliver outcomes not seen in cyber security prior to our GreyMatter security operations platform; we continue to look for ways to add the very best talent to ensure we are doing all we can to make security possible for our customers. Regina and Mike bring deep subject matter expertise and knowledge to ReliaQuest fueling our long-term growth and focus on customer outcomes.”
Marrow and McPherson
I had an opportunity to speak with the two new ReliaQuest executives about their backgrounds, what they bring to the table, and how they feel they can impact ReliaQuest and its customers. Marrow brings 20 years of experience in IT and advisory services. She previously filled advisory services and IT transformation roles at Ernst & Young, and Accenture. She is also a CPA (certified public accountant) as well as a Certified Information Systems Auditor, with additional certifications in third-party risk management and organizational change management. In a nutshell—she brings a ton of experience and an expansive skillset with her to ReliQuest.
McPherson joins ReliaQuest after a nearly 25-year career in the FBI. He told me that he was working in New York City on 9/11. “I normally tell people that the nation changed that day, the FBI changed, but I changed as a person, too.”
He also explained that in the wake of that terror attack, the mandate of the FBI changed as well. Their focus shifted to be more proactive—to strive to prevent tragic events or solve things before they happen.
He spent the latter part of his career as the Agent in Charge of the Tampa Field Office—overseeing all types of investigations, including criminal, cyber, and national security. With the rise of ransomware, those three things often converge. McPherson noted, “Economic security is national security. It’s important for us to have a strong economy for us to be strong in a national security sense.”
Making Security Possible
ReliaQuest has a simple mission—to make security possible. Well, it’s simple to say, at least. And it’s more or less a simple concept. Achieving the mission is a little more complicated. Marrow and McPherson will ostensibly help them deliver on that promise.
McPherson stressed that intelligence drives operations, and that it’s important to understand the threat in order to combat the threat. He noted that the barrier to entry for cybercrime is low—unskilled cybercriminals can buy credentials and exploit kits on the Dark Web, or hire a ransomware-as-a-service group. He sees ReliaQuest as a force multiplier that brings value to customers by providing the intelligence, context, and tools necessary to defend against an expanding threat landscape.
Marrow shared, “Our tagline is, “To make security possible,” right? And so, we do that through increasing visibility, decreasing complexity in managing risks for our customers and doing that through our cloud-native platform, GreyMatter and delivering that anywhere in the world 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.”
ReliaQuest has plenty of competition in the cybersecurity space, but there is also plenty of opportunities out there. The stakes are high for organizations and the attack surface is increasingly complex. If Marrow and McPherson can help “make security possible” for customers, it will drive success for ReliaQuest.