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Reco Names Merritt Baer Chief Information Security Officer

Andrea Bailiff-Gush
June 20, 2024
5 mins

Baer brings more than 15 years of cybersecurity experience driving security & governance initiatives in all three branches of the US government and the private sector

New York – June 20, 2024 – Reco, the leading provider of identity-centric SaaS Security, has expanded its leadership team and added Merritt Baer as the company’s first chief information security officer. With more than 15 years of cybersecurity experience, Baer will secure Reco infrastructure, provide security expertise to Reco customers, and thought leadership to the broader security community. 

“When I was in the Office of the CISO at AWS, I saw these pain points for customers,” Baer said. “It’s not good enough to tell folks that they need to configure and monitor their own resources in an elegant way—what I hear from fellow CISOs is that they took for granted that this is a problem but assumed they would have to build a solution themselves. I’m a security practitioner that knows the business, and I believe that SaaS Security will become a line item on all CISO budgets. Reco is a company that is going to take off.”

“From my first conversation with the Reco team, I knew I’d found a company with limitless growth potential that solves a gap in the market,” said Baer. "Today, individuals and companies are interacting with a huge number of apps. We're talking about thousands, often tens of thousands, of apps. I love the freedom of offering employees the opportunity to work in an unconstrained environment, but the security team needs to be able to secure that access in an ongoing way. And to do that, you need to leverage tech to get a handle on that and make it attestable. The Reco SaaS security solution does that.”

Prior to joining Reco, Merritt Baer served in the Office of the CISO at Amazon Web Services for over five years—a Deputy CISO to help secure AWS infrastructure, at a vast scale. She also served as Field CISO at Lacework, where, based on SEC requirements to report material cyber incidents, Merritt developed a framework for CISOs on what makes a “material” incident, which the Wall Street Journal has cited numerous times. Prior to her work in the private sector, Merritt served as Lead Cyber Advisor to the Federal Communications Commission. She has also served at the US Department of Homeland Security, the Office of US Senator Michael Bennet, and the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. In addition to her work as a CISO at Reco, Merritt is an advisor to a handful of young companies where she mentors executives on cloud, AI, security, go-to-market, and how CISOs make decisions.

“Merritt is a CISO's CISO. She not only understands how to approach these challenges internally, she knows how critical SaaS security is for CISOs because she is one,” said Ofer Klein, co-founder and CEO at Reco. “The modern CISO is one that understands how to build strong security programs, how to navigate business imperatives, and how to meet legal and regulatory requirements. Reco’s rapid growth trajectory requires us to mature our information security operations as we seek to safeguard our organization’s digital assets and ensure operational resilience. With her record of building outstanding cybersecurity functions that deliver effectiveness, efficiency, and compliance, Merritt’s background and experience make her the perfect choice for this vital role."

About Reco
Reco is a leading identity-centric SaaS security solution. It empowers organizations with full visibility into every app, identity, and their actions to seamlessly prioritize and control risks in the SaaS ecosystem. Their AI-based graph technology connects in minutes and provides immediate value to security teams to continuously discover all SaaS applications including sanctioned and unsanctioned apps, associated identities from both humans and machines, their permission level, and actions. Reco uses advanced analytics around persona, actions, interactions and relationships to other users, and then alerts on exposure from misconfigurations, over-permission users, compromised accounts, and risky user behavior. This comprehensive picture is generated continuously using the Reco Identities Interaction Graph and empowers security teams to take swift action to effectively prioritize their most critical points of risk. The company’s leadership team brings expertise and innovation from leading technology, cybersecurity and counterintelligence organizations. Reco is backed by top-tier investors including Insight Partners, Zeev Ventures, BoldStart Ventures, and Angular Ventures and has established partnerships with leading technology companies including Wiz, Palo Alto Networks, BlinkOps, Tines and Torq. Reco was named a Global Infosec Awards winner in 2024 for “Hot Company, SaaS Security.” You can learn more or book a demo at www.reco.ai.  

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Andrea Bailiff-Gush

Head of Product Marketing, Reco

andrea@reco.ai

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andrea Bailiff-Gush

Andrea is the Head of Product Marketing of Reco, responsible for driving demand and growth in SaaS security. Andrea is a startup and cyber security veteran, having supported organizations across various growth milestones, from Seed round to acquisition. She is passionate about growing businesses and teams to drive profitable outcomes and better well being for customers.

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Technical Review by:
Andrea Bailiff-Gush

Andrea is the Head of Product Marketing of Reco, responsible for driving demand and growth in SaaS security. Andrea is a startup and cyber security veteran, having supported organizations across various growth milestones, from Seed round to acquisition. She is passionate about growing businesses and teams to drive profitable outcomes and better well being for customers.

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