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Find up-to-date news of CSO, CISO and other senior security executive appointments.

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Previously, Ciavarro led Ankura's information security program development and compliance initiatives for one of the firm's largest clients. In that role, she developed tailored solutions that fortified and modernized the client's security systems to fulfill regulatory requirements. Ciavarro's adaptive approach to information security challenges enables her to seamlessly and collaboratively integrate across business functions to solve complex data protection issues.

"As a recognized expert in IT security, Gina is a perfect fit for the role of chief information security officer. She brings real-world security management experience and a consulting mindset to the role, which will allow her to approach issues from numerous perspectives and deliver valuable business and technology outcomes for Ankura and our clients," said Kevin Cheung, Ankura's CIO, in a press release.  

Prior to joining Ankura, Ciavarro served as a principal consultant for Symantec, a leader in the data loss prevention and security services industry. During her career advising large, multi-national enterprises, Ciavarro has developed security strategies focusing on technology implementation and integration, business process, program design, and data governance.

"I am excited to work with Kevin and the Ankura leadership team to meet the challenges of my new role and build upon the efforts already underway to continuously evolve and maintain the firm's IT security infrastructure," said Ciavarro in a press release. "Security is clearly top of mind for all clients and as a trusted partner to them, we remain steadfast in our commitment to being a leader in information security and protection."

August 1, 2018: Arctic Wolf Networks hires Marty Sanders as chief security services officer

In this new role, Sanders will lead all aspects of the delivery of Arctic Wolf’s AWN CyberSOC, which provides a security operations center as a service. He will manage the security engineering teams’ customer interface and back-end analysis.

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Marty Sanders, Arctic Wolf Networks chief security services officer

With more than 29 years of industry experience, Sanders has held positions ranging from chief technology officer for North America at Kaminario to technology and services team lead at Dell/Compellent.

“With his proven track record for developing and building service organizations known for their amazing customer experience, welcoming Marty to the team means providing the best for our current and future customers,” said Brian NeSmith, CEO and co-founder of Arctic Wolf Networks, in a press release. “We’re strategically building our team, capabilities and infrastructure to ensure we are providing the level of engagement our customers deserve, and the addition of a dedicated CSSO exemplifies this commitment.”

“As enterprises struggle with the troubling dichotomy between an increasing volume of cyber threats and the cybersecurity skills shortage, there is a critical need for outsourced cybersecurity services to support internal teams’ efforts,” Sanders said in a press release. “I’m excited to be a part of developing such a viable market solution, centered around customer service and affordability, to help enterprises of all sizes get the talent and security they need.”

July 19, 2018: Raj Badhwar named CISO at Voya Financial

Badhwar will be responsible for advancing the Voya information security strategy as well as defining associated policies and standards for achieving the strategy. He will lead a team accountable for developing, managing and maintaining the information security and protection policies and standards for all company computing, privacy and collection activities.

Badhwar and the team will expand Voya’s efforts to continually progress enterprise-wide information security capability to secure the privacy of proprietary, intellectual property, personal, privileged or otherwise sensitive company information. He will report directly to CIO Santhosh Keshavan.

"Raj brings to the role vast technical knowledge and deep leadership experience to help Voya advance our security vision and strategy in alignment with our business growth plans," said Keshavan in a press release. "His broad experience will be instrumental as we continue to safeguard the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information assets and resources under the care of Voya."

Badhwar has more than 20 years of experience in cyber security engineering and operations. Most recently, he was global head of information security for AIG, where he led a security strategy centered on the protection and preservation of information assets.

"Voya understands the critical nature of information security in today’s business environment and has demonstrated a strong discipline for protecting customer and company data," noted Badhwar in a press release. "What's especially exciting to me is how Voya is strategically advancing its technology capabilities in sync with emerging technologies to uphold its commitment to their customers and shareholders."

July 18, 2018: Marc Rogers joins Okta as executive director of cybersecurity strategy

Formerly CSO at ScaleFT, which Okta recently acquired, Rogers has nearly 20 years of experience heading up security for Defcon Communications, one of the world’s largest hacker conferences. He brings his "eat, sleep and breathe security" ethos to his new role at Okta.

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Marc Rogers, executive director of cybersecurity strategy at Okta

Prior to ScaleFT, Rogers was head of infosec for Cloudflare, CSO for AIAM in South Korea, and oversaw Threat Intelligence for Vodafone UK. His core expertise is as a whitehat hacker, investigating and uncovering security issues before communicating them to consumers and industry in a responsible way, such as with his hack of Apple’s TouchID, Google Glass or, most recently, his automotive hacks such as the Tesla Model S. 

Among his more notable contributions to the security industry is his work in television. This includes helping to create and produce the award winning BBC series "The Real Hustle," and most recently as one of the technical advisors designing hacks for the USA Network TV show, “Mr. Robot.” Rogers is also head of security for DEF CON, the world’s largest hacker’s conference where he tries to stop 20,000 hackers from destroying a hotel.

July 18, 2018: DMDII appoints Koushik Subramanian as director for the National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) announced that Subramanian has been named director of the National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing. DMDII launched the center in March with $750,000 in seed funding from the U.S. Department of Defense. In addition to Subramanian’s role as director of manufacturing cybersecurity for DMDII, he also will serve as CISO for UI Labs, DMDII’s parent organization, which is driving the digital future of manufacturing and cities.

As manufacturing begins to retrofit or build assembly lines with such software and sensors, the attack surface only expands. Thirty-five percent of all cyber-espionage attacks in the US are addressed at the manufacturing sector, the largest amount of any single sector, according to the 2017 Verizon data breach investigation report.

“The security of the American manufacturing supply chain is dependent on the practices of its individual manufacturers, the vast majority of which are smaller enterprises,” said Tracy Frost, director of Department of Defense Manufacturing Technologies, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. “The Center will lower the educational and cost barriers that the sector faces to increase readiness for cyber-attacks.”

Prior to DMDII, Subramanian, 33, was director of risk and compliance at Uptake Technologies. He led data privacy, risk, and information security initiatives in addition to helping secure newly procured technology.

“We are thrilled to welcome Koushik to the team to guide the National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing as we ramp up our cybersecurity activities,” said Caralynn Collens, CEO of UI Labs, in a press release. “His experience in the industrial IoT space will be invaluable as we continue to address the unique security needs of the connected factory for defense manufacturers and other corporate partners.”

July 16, 2018: CVP names Andrew Onello Joins CVP as director of cybersecurity services

Onello brings years of experience in cybersecurity, having served as the CISO and the Deputy CISO of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and as the security assessment and penetration testing lead at the DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“Cybersecurity continues to be an increasingly critical element in client programs, and CVP has expanded its efforts to meet client needs with cutting-edge solutions,” said Anirudh Kulkarni, CVP CEO, in a press release. “Bringing in an executive with the expertise and experience of Andy Onello demonstrates our commitment to being the best in cybersecurity.”

“I’m excited and honored to join CVP,” said Onello in a press release. “The company has a great executive team, highly talented technologists, impressive growth, and a commitment to continue their leadership in the cybersecurity market.”

July 11, 2018: F5 names Mary Gardner as CISO

Gardner is responsible for F5 Network’s corporate-wide information security management efforts, along with strategic planning, governance and controls. This includes identifying, evaluating, and reporting on F5’s overall security performance and posture in alignment with regulatory requirements and evolving industry best practices.

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Mary Gardner, F5 Networks CISO

Gardner will also provide strategic input to product development and other teams with respect to F5’s current security offerings and technology roadmap, as well as the company’s broader cybersecurity and threat research efforts.

“Security is top of mind for any organization, and having a sharp, adaptable leader in place is essential,” said Tony Bozzuti, CIO and SVP of information technology at F5, in a press release. “Mary’s impressive career to date and knowledge of application security are a testament to the skills, aptitude, and authority she brings to the table. Her perspective will be a valuable asset as F5 expands its security and technology efforts to better support today’s multi-cloud environments and modern enterprises’ digital transformation efforts.”

Gardner joins F5 from Seattle Children’s, where she served as CISO. She has also held security leadership positions at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Port of Seattle, JPMorgan Chase, and Washington Mutual. Gardner holds a B.S. from Trinity University. She is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and member of the Executive Women’s Forum.

July 9, 2018: Intel hires Window Snyder as chief software security officer

As chief software security officer, vice president and general manager of the Intel Platform Security Division, Snyder will be responsible for Intel’s security product roadmap across all segments. She will work with business group within the company to ensure their objectives are met.

Snyder will engage with the security industry drive partnerships with the operating system and security ecosystem to better understand the growing complexity of attacks, gain insight as to how Intel might differentiate its security capabilities, and take a more customer-centric route to market.

Snyder was most recently CSO for Fastly. Before that, she spent more than five years at Apple working on security and privacy strategy. She was also a founding member at Matasano and a senior security strategist at Microsoft.

“I am looking forward to Window leveraging her experience in the community and bringing further valuable industry insight into Intel’s hardware-enabled security solutions,” said Doug Fisher, senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group for Intel Corporation, in a blog post.

June 21, 2018: Sovos promotes John Strasser to CSO

Strasser had led Sovos’s security practice for more than five years at the global tax software company. As CSO he is responsible for information security, compliance, data privacy and global networking. Strasser’s promotion was one of several management appointments that were part of an initiative to advance Sovos’ cloud platform, S1, which the company announced earlier this month. The S1 platform was built to help businesses deploy tax solutions anywhere they need them and with any infrastructure strategy through a single, API-enabled platform.

“Tax software used to be something you bought, installed and almost forgot about, but that’s not the case anymore. In our customers’ business models, they now need modern, connected technology backed by proactive support from people that know how to make the most of it,’” said Laura Handler, head of customer success, in a press release. “Our customer success team was built to take tax software to the next level so our customers are prepared not just for today, but for what comes next.”

June 20, 2018: Alan Daines is FactSet’s new CISO

Daines will oversee the security organization at FactSet, and analytics, content, and services company. "We are excited to have Alan join FactSet and bring his extensive leadership and expertise to further enhance our cybersecurity program," said Cindy Finkelman, CIO at FactSet, in a press release. "FactSet has been a trusted partner to our clients worldwide for nearly 40 years, and the addition of Alan to our team exemplifies our commitment to building on that strength." 

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