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Whether its starting successful companies, authoring more than a dozen books, holding a number of patents or giving talks across the country as a keynote speaker, James Foster is a noted leader in the cybersecurity field.

He began his career by graduating from Capitol Technology University with a bachelor’s degree in software engineering and served as a Department of Defense civilian specialist at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. He would go on to create two successful startup cybersecurity firms, Guardent and Foundstone, which were later acquired by Verisign for $135 million and McAfee for $86 million, respectively.

A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, Foster founded the cybersecurity services and technology firm Ciphent in 2006. The company merged with Accuvant in 2010 and he served as advisory board chairman and senior vice president for two years.

He founded ZeroFox, an external cybersecurity firm, in 2013 and serves as its CEO. The Baltimore-based company produces a platform focusing on providing advanced AI-driven analysis to detect attacks, manage threat intelligence services and automated remediation to stop incursions.

Late last year, the company announced a plan to acquire IDX, a digital privacy protection and data breach response services company. Upon the deal completion, the renamed ZFOX would become a publicly traded company.