Professor & Entrepreneur
Pittsburgh, United States
Dr. Norman Sadeh served as founding CEO of Wombat Security Technologies and continued as Chairman and Chief Scientist until the companyâ€™s acquisition. Together with his collaborators, he grew Wombat to become a leading provider of anti-phishing and cybersecurity awareness training technologies. Wombat was acquired for $225M by Proofpoint (NASDAQ: PFPT) in February 2018. By the time of its acquisition Wombat had well over 2,000 corporate customers, and had been named a clear leader in the Gartner Groupâ€™s Magic Quadrant in Security Awareness Computer-Based Training for 4 years in a row (since the inception of Gartnerâ€™s Quadrant in this sector). It had also been identified as one of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America for three consecutive years in Deloitteâ€™s Technology Fast 500. In May 2018, Norman was honored with the 2018 Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association. Norman is also a professor in the School of Computer Science and the CyLab Security and Privacy Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He is director of CMUâ€™s Mobile Commerce Laboratory and co-Director of the Master's Program in Privacy Engineering. He also co-founded and for 12 years co-directed the MBA track in Technology Leadership launched jointly by the Tepper School of Business and the School of Computer Science to train product managers for the tech industry. Norman received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at CMU with a major in Artificial Intelligence, a MS degree in computer science from the University of Southern California and a BS/MS degree in electrical engineering and applied physics from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium).