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PRESS RELEASE: Contrast Security Appoints Surag Patel as Chief Strategy Officer

Silicon Valley Executive to Drive Adoption of Contrast Security’s Groundbreaking Application Security Solutions

Surag-Patel.jpgPalo Alto, Calif. – May 4, 2016 - Contrast Security, the next generation leader in finding vulnerabilities and blocking attacks on software applications, has appointed cyber security marketing executive Surag Patel as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer. Surag will be responsible for developing and leading the execution of cross-functional strategic initiatives, assisting in developing the company’s go to market strategy, and focusing on developing key partnerships. He will also lead the newly unified Global Product & Marketing organizations.

Creating new markets for application security products

Surag Patel brings more than a decade of experience to Contrast Security. An experienced, highly analytical product and marketing executive, Surag’s focus is in driving adoption of Contrast’s innovative application security products and identifying key growth opportunities.

Prior to Contrast, Surag served as Vice President of Global Product Management and Corporate Marketing for 41st Parameter, which was acquired by Experian in 2013. “Surag was instrumental in driving growth of 41st Parameter that ultimately led to its acquisition and continued success,” said, Contrast Security CEO, Alan Naumann. “I’m delighted that he’s joined us to establish Contrast as a leader in enabling self-protecting applications.”

Prior to 41st Parameter, Surag led global data strategy and consumer insights for InMobi, the largest global independent mobile ad network. Surag blends his experience of bringing innovative products to market with a mix of engineering expertise, product strategy and domain expertise.

Game-changing marketing and product expertise to drive global growth

“I’m thrilled to rejoin Alan to take Contrast Security and the application security market to an entirely new level of capabilities, accuracy, and simplicity,” said Patel. “Modern applications and development methodologies, including those that leverage container technologies, cloud architectures and DevOps techniques, require us to reimagine how application security works. I intend to build on Contrast’s introduction of its Runtime Application Self-Protection (RASP) solution and its breakout category-leading 93% accuracy in running the OWASP Benchmark for interactive application security testing (IAST) technology. My team will be laser-focused in growing the market for AppSec products that deliver the highest customer satisfaction.”

Prior to InMobi, Surag spent five years at comScore leading advertising effectiveness research and development of the Ad Effx™ suite of products. Surag holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a Masters in Engineering Management from Duke University. 

About Contrast Security

Software applications are the number one vulnerability and attack vector for global enterprises. Contrast Security is the world’s only application security software that quickly and accurately stops hackers from stealing data via web applications. Industry research shows that application security flaws are the leading source of successful data breaches, yet more than 90% of applications are not secure. Unlike legacy security products that do not defend applications, Contrast employs patented, deep security instrumentation to strengthen applications before they’re deployed, protect them in production and provide visibility throughout the application lifecycle. As a result, organizations can act faster against threats and immediately improve the security of their enterprise. More information on Contrast Security can be found at


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Mark Hodgson
Contrast Security

Christine Carrig, Director of Marketing

Christine Carrig, Director of Marketing

Christine’s wide breadth of marketing experience has been focused on driving revenue, building brand recognition, and creating demand-generation programs in technology organizations. For the past 11 years, her deep understanding of marketing principles, coupled with forward thinking, has been instrumental in transforming application security start-ups into successful, profitable companies.


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