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DNS Solutions Firm Neustar Names Former Rackspace CSO Jonathan Coombes its CISO

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DNS solutions provider Neustar announced on Thursday it has named former Rackspace chief security officer Jonathan Coombes the company’s chief information security officer.

DNS errors and delays can result in large outages at web hosting companies, which can cost them customers and revenue. This only further demonstrates the need for a more effective means of distributing DNS information.

Neustar provides technologies in routing, addressing and authentication to its customers’ data to institute cybersecurity and fraud protection measures, along with helping them identify new revenue opportunities and network efficiencies.

Coombes’ responsibilities include cyber and data security, risk management and business continuity. He will be based out of Neustar’s Sterling, Virginia office and will report to Alex Tulchinsky, SVP of infrastructure and operations.

The move comes just over a year after Lisa Hook was appointed Neustar’s president and CEO.

“Jonathan’s proven track record of building teams and his strong decision-making skills make him the right leader for our information security strategy,” said Tulchinsky. “With Jonathan’s guidance, we will continue to look for opportunities to strengthen our processes and standards designed to protect the confidential data of our customers and our company.”

Coombes has more than 25 years of experience in information technology and security, including extensive experience in building and leading information security and risk management teams.

Coombes most recently served as chief security officer at Rackspace Hosting, where he was responsible for Rackspace’s global cybersecurity and risk management, physical security, and compliance strategies.

He led the company in the process of achieving ISO27001 certification and established a formal Customer Security Advocacy team, responsible for identifying and delivering customer-facing information security products and services.

Prior to Rackspace, he held security leadership positions with USAA and IBM. He has worked in a range of industries, including government, financial, high tech, and healthcare.

Coombes served on the board of directors for the San Antonio chapter of InfraGard and stays active in several information security professional organizations.

He has served in the military for over 30 years on both active and reserve duty and continues to serve in a reserve capacity as a Lieutenant Colonel with the US Marine Corps.

His certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Security Manager and Information Systems Security Management Professional.

In a video taken at HostingCon 2011, Rick Rumbarger, senior director of product management at NeuStar, discussed the evolving threat posed to web hosting companies and their customers by DDoS attacks.

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