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Rail Cybersecurity Leader Cylus Expands Executive Leadership Team and US & Global Presence

Shawn Smith, VP Business Development and Strategic Alliances, and Roark Pollock, VP Marketing, bring decades of industry experience to the company

Cylus, the global leader in rail cybersecurity, today announced the appointment of Shawn Smith as VP Business Development and Strategic Alliances, and Roark Pollock as VP Marketing. Pollock and Smith, both US-based, bring decades of industry experience to Cylus’ executive team as the company continues to expand globally to protect rail and metro systems amidst a rising number of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure around the world.

Roark Pollock has amassed more than 20 years of experience in global networking and security companies, most recently serving as CMO at Gradient Cyber, a leading security operations center provider. Pollock has built a variety of agile marketing teams within growing companies, including in C-suite positions at Mission Secure, Ziften, and Ixia, among other industry-leading organizations.

“Cylus is a world-leading cybersecurity provider keeping rail cybersecurity on track, and I’m thrilled to join this incredible team,” said Pollock. “One-size-fits-all cyber-protection is no longer sufficient. Tailored rail cybersecurity is critical to the safety and resilience of global rail and metro systems, and I look forward to helping Cylus continue to meet the specific security needs of this crucial industry.”

Shawn Smith comes to Cylus from, where he served as Director of Global Alliances. During his tenure, he oversaw the establishment of key connections and partnerships in pursuit of securing critical infrastructure ecosystems from cyber-attacks. Smith’s prior experience includes managerial and directorial roles at Nozomi Networks, IBM Security Services, and HP Security, among others, in which he uncovered new market opportunities and established strategic partnerships.

“I am impressed by the partner ecosystem Cylus has already built and am excited to join the team to accelerate additional strategic partnerships for this industry-leading security solution,” said Smith. “At a time when cyber-threats from a wider array of threat actors are growing, Cylus’ critical work in railway cybersecurity helps keep people, products, and the engines that move them, safe and secure.”

“It is an honor for Cylus to have experts as experienced as Shawn and Roark joining our executive team,” said Amir Levintal, CEO and Co-Founder of Cylus. “As Cylus expands and as the rail industry continues to recognize the importance of solutions purpose-built for rail and metro, their skills and support will prove invaluable in helping us meet the growing demand for our solutions.”

Founded in 2017 by seasoned experts in cybersecurity, machine learning, traffic management, signaling, and onboard train systems, Cylus developed CylusOne™, thefirst-to-market, leading cybersecurity solution that offers continuous monitoring and real-time protection designed specifically to meet the needs ofrailway infrastructure. Cylus’ solution is currently deployed in the largestrailway systems worldwide, offering mainline and urban rail operators acomplete, real-time view of their cybersecurity covering all levels – from thenetwork’s entire topology down to the granular level of each and every asset ofa railway system.

Originally published
December 22, 2022
December 22, 2022

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