Why ex-Motorola CEO Chris Galvin is getting into cybersecurity


Galvin is the lead investor in UncommonX, which was founded nine years ago as 5th Column, and has raised “tens of millions,” said Morris, who declined to disclose specific financial figures. He says sales doubled over the past year and are growing faster this year. It has fewer than 100 employees but will double headcount over the next year.

Morris, who was recruited to Cleversafe by Galvin, came onboard at UncommonX about a year ago as interim CEO and decided to remain in the job full time. Founder Ray Hicks leads technology development at UncommonX.

Demand for cybersecurity software and services has surged amid a spike in ransomware attacks on companies. “Schools, manufacturers, healthcare and other mid-sized businesses aren’t well-served by the cybersecurity industry,” Morris said.

Cleversafe founder Chris Gladwin also remains active in Chicago tech. He’s founder and CEO of Ocient, a data-software company that picked up where Cleversafe left off. 



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