EdgeWave today announced the appointment of U.S. Military cyber warfare veteran and former combat Naval Aviator Mike Walls as Managing Director of Cyber Security Operations and Analysis. In this role, Walls will lead the firm’s deployment of a national defense-class security platform for companies and organizations that are battling 24×7 against cyber-attacks and data theft.
“Mike joins EdgeWave directly from leading the fight on the front-lines against the most sophisticated and well financed adversaries threatening commercial and defense networks. His real-world experience identifying threats and defending global networks is what the global commercial sector needs today as never before,” said Dave Maquera, President and Chief Executive Officer of EdgeWave, also a former Navy communications security officer, aviator and Iraqi War combat veteran.
Most recently, Walls served as Commander Task Force 1030/Commanding Officer, Navy Information Operations Command Norfolk, where he led cyber warriors supporting Navy war fighting objectives during real-world cyber operations. He also directed the U.S. Navy’s cadre of sophisticated cyber security trainers and assessors conducting cyber readiness assessments across the global Navy cyber infrastructure.
“Current systems for threat identification and defense are clearly not working and the commercial sector is losing its battle to protect corporate data and private information,” said Walls. “EdgeWave’s innovative approach to security combines artificial and human intelligence, and real-time operational management with a granular level of data analysis to more effectively and efficiently protect businesses against the type of sophisticated attacks that we are seeing today.”
Walls successfully completed three Navy Commanding Officer tours and is a combat veteran of Operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical science, and is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a Master of Science in Operations Research. Full Press Release