San Antonio, TX – February 13, 2014 – Digital Defense, Inc. (DDI), a leading provider of managed cloud-based security risk assessments, today announced that Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Gordon MacKay, has been named a Distinguished Fellow by the Ponemon Institute. The Ponemon Institute, an independent research center dedicated to privacy, data protection and information security policy, selects all distinguished Fellow candidates based on nominations from top privacy and security strategists around the world. Together with the Ponemon Institute, Fellows contribute their experience, thinking and best practices to educate organizations and advance data protection initiatives. “We are honored and delighted to welcome Gordon to our group of distinguished Ponemon Fellows, said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of Ponemon Institute. “Our Fellows are very important to supporting the Institute’s research efforts and we look forward to Gordon’s participation”. As CTO of DDI, MacKay is responsible for platform road maps, development initiatives and maintenance of DDI’s security management platforms and proprietary assessment solutions. Last year, MacKay’s work resulted in a patent-pending method for matching network-discovered hosts within independent vulnerability assessments across time. “It‘s humbling to be recognized by my peers and by an organization that shares my desire to see data protection techniques continue to progress and improve,” said MacKay.