Securonix Taps Industry Veteran as its New CTO

Venkat Kotla brings more than 25 years of experience at world class enterprise software companies to his new role, along with an established track record of driving engineering innovation at global organizations.

Securonix Inc., the Addison-based leader in Unified Defense Security Information and Event Management, has appointed Venkat Kotla as chief technology officer. He will be responsible for leading and scaling the company’s engineering function and fostering partnerships with leading technology organizations to support the growing demand for Securonix’s Unified Defense SIEM platform.

“I’m thrilled to have Venkat join our executive leadership team,” Securonix CEO Nayaki Nayyar said in a statement. “As we continue to evolve and move into our next phase of growth, it’s critical for our platform to scale with enterprise-grade reliability and meet the growing needs of modern enterprises charged with defending an expanding threat landscape. Venkat’s deep experience with advanced technologies, including AI, successfully expanding technology partnerships and streamlining processes across multiple stakeholders will be invaluable in driving product development that protects our customers from internal and external threats.”

Kotla brings more than 25 years of experience at world-class enterprise software companies to his new role, along with an established track record of driving engineering innovation at global organizations, Securonix said.

Expertise in enterprise software engineering

Most recently, he was vice president and head of engineering for Economy BU at Atlassian, a leader in workplace productivity tools such as Jira, Confluence, and Trello.

Kotla helped grow the Economy line of business to more than $500 million ARR, which empowered global organizations to become more nimble, creative, and aligned with the marketplace, ecosystem, partnerships, distribution and commerce billing platform, Securonix said. Before Atlassian, Kotla spent more than 14 years in senior engineering leadership roles at Google.

Kotla spent more than three years at Google as the senior director of engineering for Google Assistant and the Google Looker, a multicloud enterprise SaaS for business intelligence, data applications, and embedded analytics.

“I’m excited to join a team that is hyper focused on product development and deeply committed to innovation,” Kotla said in a statement. “SIEM is the backbone of cybersecurity defenses, and Securonix has long been the industry’s premier solution provider. I look forward to working with the leadership team to incorporate advanced technologies into the platform and aggressively develop new partnerships with the world’s leading technology providers.”

Defending against threats in complex hybrid environments

Securonix said its platform is purpose-built to defend modern enterprises against advanced threats in today’s complex hybrid environments.

Securonix was named a leader for the fourth consecutive time in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and again named a Customers’ Choice in the 2023 Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: Security Information and Event Management.

The company recently launched the industry’s first Unified Defense SIEM that provides organizations with 365 days of ‘Hot’ searchable data and introduced an integration with ChatGPT that delivers generative AI capabilities within Securonix Investigate to greatly reduce incident response time.

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