HiveWatch, a physical security software company, announced the appointment of Rick Guetschow as chief technology officer.

In this role, Guetschow will develop the long-term strategy for technological implementation across the organization, contribute to data security management for HiveWatch, and work alongside its engineering and product teams to deliver ongoing innovation for the HiveWatch Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) Operating System (OS).

“My mission is to foster a culture of information and data security so that HiveWatch can continue to innovate quickly and solve some of the biggest challenges that the physical security industry faces,” Guetschow said. “While the Internet of Things is more prevalent in physical security now than ever before, we’ve seen that there are significant gaps in the security of these devices that must be addressed. I look forward to adding to the foundation on which HiveWatch is built to minimize risk and be more proactive.”

Guetschow has more than 20 years of information security, compliance and cybersecurity experience. Most recently, he served as information security officer at Episource, where he oversaw the vision and strategy for cloud architecture and implementation, as well as compliance oversight under HIPAA and HITRUST. Previously, he was the director of web and infrastructure operations at Fandango and director of product operations for MySpace. He has a master’s degree in Cybersecurity Operations and Leadership from the University of San Diego.

“Adding Rick as CTO is a testament to the dedication we have in building a product that is fundamentally tech-forward, with compliance and data security at the forefront,” said Ryan Schonfeld, founder and CEO, HiveWatch. “Rick’s background and experience brings a lot of value to our organization, particularly as we strengthen the relationship between IT and physical security leadership, adding more capabilities to the HiveWatch platform, and building an information security program that keeps customers’ people and organizations safe.”

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