Reflecting on 2016 - My first 90 Days as FireMon CEO
December 31 not only marks the culmination of another great year for FireMon, it also marks the culmination of my first 90 days as CEO. It offers a natural opportunity for reflection on everything we have accomplished this year. And 2016 certainly has been eventful.
We added many new customers this year and delivered substantial year over year bookings growth each quarter. In addition, FireMon increased its growth across international regions including North America, EMEA and APAC. We also received no less than five industry awards:
- Computing Security’s Best Enterprise Security Solution
- CIO Review 20 Most Promising Risk Management Solution Providers
- Ingram’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Kansas City
- CRN 5-Star Partner Program Guide
- Computing’s Security Excellence Risk Management
Building a Great Team
I’ve always been a great believer that people are the most important asset to company’s wellbeing. This year, FireMon has added a number of industry veterans to its executive team, beginning with CFO Donald Klumb and CRO Peter Kobs who will are preparing FireMon for even bigger growth in the years to come.
With the addition of CMO Michael Callahan, we continue to establish ourselves as a leader in the industry; Paul Calatayud as CTO brings with him former CISO experience to get to the heart of the enterprise security requirements that matter most to our customers and potential customers.
Kurt Mills, VP of worldwide channel sales and operations, will keep our channel route to market healthy and invigorated, while David Brown, VP of Sales – West, and Simon Taylor, VP of Sales – East & LATAM, will work with their respective teams to ensure meaningful solutions are delivered to customers in those regions.
Of course, it’s not just the new blood hat has contributed to FireMon’s prosperity this year, it’s also the seasoned hardworking, loyal and dedicated employees that continue to make FireMon a successful company and a great place to work.
A New Standard for Policy Automation
This year, FireMon threw down the gauntlet with its standard-setting vision for firewall change management and introduced Intelligent Policy Automation. This lifecycle policy management framework has helped customers reduce the time it takes to make a change by more than 90% and lower risk and increase security posture. The idea of “intelligence” will be central to our company ethos as we expand our capabilities to help customers manage the next generation of security infrastructures.
Expanding of Our Cloud Offerings
This year we also acquired FortyCloud, a cloud infrastructure security broker, to advance our cloud management platforms and address the complex, hybrid environment enterprises must manage today. With this, we not only expanded our product portfolio, but also our global team. It is a privilege to be able to leverage the great minds responsible for the FortyCloud technology.
Making Our Mark
Ensuring customers have access to the best practices and industry analysis was top of our list this year as we doubled down on our efforts with social media, press, and webinars this year. Our presence in industry publications is at an all-time high. Our executive team has been blogging, and you may have seen them quoted in publications like USA Today, The Guardian, and Inc.
Through educational webinars and research reports like our annual State of the Firewall Report, we can continue to do our bit as part of the wider information security community.
When I think about all we have accomplished this year, I feel incredibly proud of the company and the people that have made it successful. Here’s to an even better 2017!