Juniper Networks names new security CTO

Kevin Walker, former vice president and assistant chief information security officer at Walmart.com, has joined Juniper Networks as security chief technology officer.

Juniper Networks headquarters Sunnyvale, CA

The Juniper Networks headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.

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Juniper Networks last week announced the appointment of Kevin Walker as security chief technology officer (CTO). Walker will serve on the senior leadership team and report directly to executive vice president and general manager of Juniper Development and Innovation (JDI), Jonathan Davidson.

In his new role, Walker will guide Juniper Development and Innovation in accelerating the company’s security product roadmap, while helping to further drive and lead the security strategy both internally within Juniper and externally with investors, partners, influencers and customers, the company said.

Walker joins Juniper Networks with more than 25 years of experience in information security and technology, most recently serving as vice president and assistant chief information security officer at Walmart.com. He has also served in a variety of roles, including chief information security officer, chief security strategist and director of information security across technology, networking and security companies such as Intuit, Cisco Systems, Symantec Corporation and Veritas Software.

Walker replaces Christofer Hoff, who left last June to take a position as senior vice president of cybersecurity technology at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Hoff spent four years at Juniper, ultimately deciding to “fight fires” instead of building “fire extinguishers,” writes Network World's Jim Duffy.

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