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Mr. Hoog

Andrew Hoog

CEO and Co-founder, viaForensics

Andrew Hoog is CEO and a co-founder of viaForensics, a leading-edge provider of mobile security products, committed to advancing the state of mobile security worldwide. His previous executive and consultative work includes positions with TricorBraun, one of the packaging industry’s largest suppliers of glass and plastic containers, closures, dispensers and tubes; Express Scripts, which manages prescriptions for 100 million Americans; and Envision, LLC, a leader in the IT Staffing industry. Under Mr. Hoog's leadership, complemented by the intelligence and wisdom of his colleagues, viaForensics offers a unique services that provide broad coverage for the large mobile security attack surface, including mobile devices, apps and end users. As mobile apps and devices proliferate in the workplace, viaForensics’ products allow companies and governments to be proactive rather than reactive in their approach to security. This advantage is critical for a variety of organizations around the globe. Mr. Hoog is also a trusted source for technology reporters and a sought-after commentator about safeguarding confidential material, having recently been interviewed by the New York Times about protecting businesses from data breaches. He has further addressed issues involving mobile security, explaining to readers of PCWorld about where people's data goes, how it is used and how much of it is encrypted.

Mr. Hoog can be contacted at 312-878-1100 or ahoog@viaforensics.com

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

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