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Keyavi Data Appoints Shai Guday as Chief Product Officer

Renowned Microsoft Leader to Head Strategy for Data Security Technology Innovation and New Product Delivery as Momentum Builds for Keyavi’s Game-Changing API Platform for Solving Data Breaches and Ransomware Attacks

Keyavi Data Corp., a cybersecurity trailblazer whose breakthrough technology is transforming the very nature of the data security industry, today announced that Shai Guday has joined the company as its first chief product officer, reporting to CEO Elliot Lewis.

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Guday will spearhead Keyavi’s strategic roadmap for next-generation development and delivery of Keyavi’s award-winning data security platform, which solves ransomware data exfiltration, data breaches and security issues for employees and their companies in today’s hybrid workforce environments. He will also be responsible for establishing new partnerships with resellers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

“Shai’s formidable knowledge of what it takes to build and scale disruptive, category-creating technologies and successfully manage virtual, cross-functional teams is tailor-made for our company’s hypergrowth trajectory,” said Lewis. “His deep strategic, analytical and creative talents are key to accelerating our product and development initiatives as market demand grows for our technology in defeating a rising tide of cyber attacks. Shai was both my manager at Microsoft’s Network Security Team/Windows Division and a mentor for half a decade. I’m thrilled to be partnering with him again.”

Guday comes to Keyavi with a distinguished 35-year track record of world-class program management leadership, product innovation and organizational improvement at global software, networking and telecommunications enterprises. He devoted more than 20 years of his career at Microsoft revolutionizing cloud, cellular, mobile payment and data usage technologies and was a driving force behind the boom in Wi-Fi market demand during the early 2000s. He also helped launch:

  • A multi-billion-dollar ecosystem of advanced wireless technologies such as 5G, Wi-Fi 6, 4G and Long-Term Evolution (LTE) that connected Microsoft’s platform for desktops, laptops, tablets and Internet of Things (IoT) devices to the company’s Azure cloud.
  • Innovative location services capable of supporting both outdoor and indoor positioning, thereby enabling Windows devices to quickly identify their location based on GPS, cellular or Wi-Fi signals in their vicinity — a technically complex and challenging technology to get right that involved a very broad ecosystem of software vendors, OEMs and independent hardware vendors manufacturing chipsets.
  • Best practice business processes for highly matrixed virtual teams of software developers, architects, engineers, program managers and sales and marketing employees.

Most recently, Guday drove software product strategy at Axon Enterprise and orchestrated product integrations with partner companies such as digital intelligence firm Cellebrite and global video management software provider Milestone Systems.

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Earlier in his career, Guday served as development manager at CLAM Associates, where he was responsible for leading the design and delivery of IBM’s cluster management product for meeting timeline and quality goals.

At Thinking Machines Corporation, he was the lead software development engineer designing and enabling process snapshots that allowed administrators to freeze and later restore parallel jobs on the company’s machines.

A prolific inventor and co-inventor, Guday holds more than 35 U.S. technology patents with another 30 patents pending.

He also co-authored a book describing the design and internal operations of the distributed Multicomputer Operating System (MOSIX) that integrates a cluster of loosely integrated computers into a virtual single-machine UNIX environment.

Originally from Israel, Guday earned dual degrees in computer science and physics as well as a master’s degree in distributed operating systems at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Guday joins Keyavi at a critical time in the cybersecurity industry as data leaks, breaches and ransomware attacks escalate while victims’ financial and data losses deepen. Cybercrime has grown in size and severity throughout the COVID pandemic as the so-called attack surface — downloadable malware, well-disguised phishing scams, ransomware assaults and distributed denial-of- service attacks — rapidly expanded to insecure mobile devices targeting newly remote workers unaware of basic security measures. Ransomware gangs have recently extracted payments worth millions of dollars from unsuspecting victims by planting malware on their IT systems, then hijacking the data on those systems until the criminals’ extortion demands are met. These attackers are also exfiltrating and re-selling the same stolen data to the highest online bidder as well as threatening the victim’s customers or third-party suppliers to publicly disclose that same data.

“I joined Keyavi to help make the world a safer place from cyber criminals, to build and grow a world-class ecosystem of products, partnerships and people who are just as excited to be on this journey as I am,” Guday said. “Knowing that our joint efforts make a positive impact on Keyavi’s business, on our customers and the cybersecurity industry is incredibly satisfying. I look forward to adding value and leveraging my expertise in this vital technology sector.”

Keyavi’s technology has proven essential for customers in protecting their data against all forms of digital and cyber attacks as they manage through the COVID pandemic and as their business models become more distributed. Customers of Keyavi’s game-changing platform include major companies in hospitality and gaming, technology, financial services, banking, manufacturing, healthcare and insurance.

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