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Catbird Networks Lends Expertise to New Report Calling for Revolutionary Approach to Cyber Security


September 8, 2016 — Scotts Valley, CA

Today Catbird Networks announced the joint release of the first-annual 2017 TAG Cyber Security Annual — Practical Handbook and Reference Guide for the Working Cyber Security Professional. Catbird is part of an industry collective of 48 of the nation’s foremost cyber security vendors participating in the report, which was published by The Amoroso Group (TAG Cyber) following in-depth industry research and analysis.

“With this report, we’ve issued a rallying cry to the rest of the industry,” said David Keasey, CEO of Catbird. “Catbird is thrilled to be part of the group that is driving the conversation on cyber security forward with a focus on bold, innovative solutions. Our pioneering work with software-based security technologies deployed within virtual infrastructures is a key component of this innovative new way of protecting our infrastructure from cyber threats.”

The report details a new urgency for how America’s commercial, financial and utility sectors respond to escalating and increasingly complex cyber attacks. It includes a comprehensive analysis of the cyber security industry with specific insights from C-level executives and thought leaders. Dr. Edward G. Amoroso, former chief security officer of AT&T and author of six books on cyber security, spearheaded writing and researching the report.

“Catbird has been an invaluable partner in forming this collective and compiling this report,” said Amoroso, CEO and lead analyst of TAG Cyber. “With their expertise in virtual data center and hybrid cloud security software, the insight Catbird provides has been a crucial component in forming the solutions and practical guidelines we’ve developed.”

The 2017 TAG Cyber Security Annual has been written for information security and technology professionals in all industries with a special focus on U.S. infrastructure companies, including energy, telecommunications, manufacturing, health care and utilities. The report will be available at no cost to all users as a free download on Catbird’s website at and TAG Cyber’s website at

The handbook is centered around a revolutionary new approach to cyber security that calls on tech leaders of the largest and most important American enterprises to explode existing infrastructure to disperse data across multiple platforms, offload sensitive information into secure cloud-based solutions and reload systems, policies and personnel to better position them to effectively defend against cyber attacks that are not only likely, but occurring at an increasing rate.

It includes three volumes:

  1. Volume 1: TAG Cyber Security Fifty Controls details the fifty primary control areas required for CISO teams to be effective in this new era of cyber security. These areas include traditional controls such as firewall platforms and two-factor authentication along with non-traditional controls such as security recruiting and security R&D. For each control area, an extensive list of supporting vendors is included to help jumpstart local source selection.
  2. Volume 2: Interviews with Distinguished Vendor Principals includes in-depth conversations with the thought leaders and distinguished vendor principals. It offers a brief digest of the expert guidance and cyber security insights offered by these industry authorities during the research stages of this report.
  3. Volume 3: TAG Cyber Security Vendor Listings serves as a reference guide to the cyber security industry. This compressive review includes nearly 1,400 vendors this year, with an additional 500 vendors to be incorporated into the 2018 report.

About Catbird
Catbird is a pioneer and leader in software-defined segmentation and security for the hybrid IT infrastructure. Catbird’s software suite provides visibility into and protection of private and hybrid clouds, and virtual data centers. The company has been recognized as one of Ten Hot Security Products at RSA 2015 by Network World, and is a winner of four Best of Show Finalist Awards at VMworld, CRN’s Virtualization 50, and SC Magazine’s “Innovator of the Year” for virtualization security. For more information please visit

About TAG Cyber, LLC
The Amoroso Group (TAG Cyber) is a global cyber security advisory, training, consulting and media services company. Led by Edward Amoroso, industry veteran and former chief security officer for AT&T, TAG Cyber supports hundreds of companies around the world by providing a roadmap for identifying, preventing and eliminating cyber attacks on their systems and data.



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