Governance & Risk Management , Government , Industry Specific

CEO Sean Berg on Why Independence Benefits Forcepoint G2CI

Berg on What TPG's $2.45B Carve-Out Means for Government, Infrastructure Customers
Sean Berg, CEO, Forcepoint G2CI (Image: Forcepoint)

Being an independent company under TPG's ownership will allow Forcepoint G2CI to invest in defense-grade cyber technologies such as insider threats and content disarm and reconstruction.

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CEO Sean Berg said separating Forcepoint's government and commercial security practices will allow the former to focus on secure remote access to classified networks and insider risk and behavioral analytics for government customers. TPG's $2.45-billion buy of Forcepoint G2CI will enable expanded engagement and support of critical infrastructure clients, whom Berg said have similar high-assurance requirements (see: TPG to Buy Forcepoint's Government Security Unit for $2.45B).

"G2CI is very much focused on the unique needs and challenges of high-assurance cybersecurity capabilities for the government and critical infrastructure sectors," Berg said. "We have different needs for investment and innovation than they do. As an independent company, we'll be able to make those differential investments in support of our customers and the critical missions that they serve."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Berg also discussed:

  • How Forcepoint G2CI prepared for being an independent company;
  • Similarities and differences between government and infrastructure clients;
  • How G2CI will work with Forcepoint's commercial unit going forward.

Berg started this week as CEO of Forcepoint G2CI after previously carrying P&L responsibility and leading the growth strategy for the global governments and critical infrastructure division within the company. Prior to joining Forcepoint in May 2017, Berg was vice president for the public sector for Polycom, where he led sales and strategy for all U.S. federal agencies as well as state and local, education and healthcare. Berg previously spent 15 years at Dell, most recently as executive director of the company's defense and intelligence business.

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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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