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Merlin Ventures Appoints Andrew Smeaton as CISO-in-Residence

Andrew Smeaton
Andrew Smeaton, CISO-in-Residence, Merlin Ventures

Merlin Ventures, a Tyson Corner, VA and Tel Aviv, Israel-based venture capital affiliate of The Merlin Group, announced it has appointed cybersecurity executive Andrew Smeaton as the firm’s CISO-in-Residence.

In this role, Smeaton will provide strategic and technical counsel to Merlin Ventures’ portfolio companies. He will also help expand the firm’s existing community of more than 300 security executives who regularly meet with and provide feedback to startups in Merlin’s network.

The addition of a CISO-in-Residence is a strategic move poised to enhance Merlin’s portfolio companies’ alignment with buyer preferences, assuring that products and services meet market demand. Additionally, having Andrew Smeaton on board offers invaluable guidance to existing portfolio companies, aiding them in bolstering their cybersecurity measures and mitigating risks.

Smeaton has more than 25 years of security leadership experience in various industries including government, healthcare and finance. He has held the role of CISO since 2006, including at DataRobot, Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB) and MIB Group, a data solution for insurance firms. Smeaton holds the CISSP, CISA, CGEIT, CCISO, CISM, CRISC credentials, has deep expertise in regulatory compliance and privacy, and has served on executive boards and advised government agencies on information security.

Merlin Ventures is the venture capital affiliate of The Merlin Group, a network of companies bringing technologies to the U.S. Government market. Merlin Ventures rapidly scales visionary companies and introduces disruptive solutions designed to help enterprises address today’s most critical cybersecurity challenges. Its business model combines infrastructure and capital, technical advisory and engineering advisory, market readiness acceleration, and deep-rooted government and industry relationships that enable its portfolio to rapidly grow and scale.