RALEIGH — Michael Brookman, a sales executive with Clarkston Consulting, is the new chief executive officer at software startup Noverant.

Brookman replaces Kimo Kong, a veteran entrepreneur with other Triangle firms who held the Noverant post for less than a year.

Brookman will also continue to work for Clarkston, according to Noverant.

Also joining Noverant’s management team is Sam Tetlow as chief operating officer. Tetlow is part of the management team at Research Triangle Ventures, which is one of Noverant’s investors.

Noverant, which is based on the Latin “novi”, “I know”, was launched in 2002 as a spin-off from Entrinsik, another software firm. Noverant develops compliance software for companies regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

The company also announced the release of its EQ-OnDemand product at the same time it disclosed the management team changes. The software is offered through an application service provider format.

Brookman was recruited for the CEO role, Tetlow told Local Tech Wire.

As for his own responsibilities as COO, Tetlow described it as an “interim role”.

Tetlow, a principal with Research Triangle Ventures, is also a founder of Exervio Consulting. An MBA graduate of Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Tetlow worked for 10 years at GE.

Brookman has spent the past nine years at Clarkston, which works with life science clients.

Robert Woodruff served as Noverant’s founding president and chief executive officer. He left in January of 2004 and was replaced by two interim CEOs before Kong was hired.

Noverant was launched with some $1 million in funding from Research Triangle Ventures and Catalysta Ventures.

Noverant: www.noverant.com
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Hacking the Hackers

Not even a convention of hackers is safe from being hacked, Atlanta-based AirDefense reports.

The wireless security firm monitored action at the recent DefCon convention in Las Vegas and reported nearly 2,500 “attacks” over a 10-hour period covering two days.

“Last year hackers simply wanted to imitate or masquerade as access points,” AirDefense Chief Security Officer Richard Rushing reported. “Now the same hackers were looking to inject traffic into the data stream.”

Interestingly, DefCon came on the heals of the security conference in which Cisco Systems and Internet Security Systems went head-to-head with a former ISS analyst over Cisco router problems. A number of hackers at DefCon vowed to take on Cisco, saying the networking giant was trying to surpress critics.
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Real Clear Technologies Is Gone

Software development firm Real Clear technologies, which was based in Charlotte, has shut down, The Charlotte Business Journal reports.

For details, see: charlotte.bizjournals.com/charlotte/stories/2005/08/08/story8.html