New US CISO appointments, January 2021

Keep up with news of CSO, CISO and other senior security executive appointments.

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Kurz said he sees his role in information security at UD as both exciting and complex. “I can’t think of a more exciting time at UD to take on this position,” Kurz said in a press release. “Faculty, staff, students, and alumni expect real-time anywhere access to services and information while keeping their data secure. Ensuring that reality presents enormous challenges and opportunities for our UDIT teams. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the UD community and continuing to broaden our role as trusted advisors across the university.”

December 2018: President Trump appoints Brian Harrell as assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at DHS

Harrell serves as the first Department of Homeland Security’s assistant director for infrastructure security within the newly renamed U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

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Brian Harrell, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection, DHS

Recently recognized as one of Security Magazine's Most Influential People in Security, Brian is the former managing director of enterprise security at the Duke Energy Corporation. He is also the former director of the electricity ISAC and director of critical infrastructure protection programs at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he was charged with helping protect North America's electric grid from physical and cyber-attack. Brian has spent time during his career in the U.S. Marine Corps and various private sector agencies with the goal of protecting the United States from security threats.

December, 2018: Pioneer Natural Resources names Gregory Wilson as CISO

Wilson will oversee strategy and operations of an information security function and will lead the Cyber Security Steering Committee. He will coordinate and collaborate with the IT department, risk management, corporate security, audit and compliance functions on all information security initiatives at the independent oil and natural gas exploration company. 

Prior to joining Pioneer, Wilson served as the head of information security at 1st Global. He led the IT compliance and security function at TPG Capital and the IT compliance and security group at Lehigh Hanson.

February 7, 2019: Brian Fricke moves to BBVA Compass as CISO

Fricke will oversee the bank’s information security and engineering risk functions. He is responsible for setting the bank’s enterprise information security policy and overseeing its information and cybersecurity risk functions for all its associated websites and systems. Fricke brings 18 years in information security and risk management to the role.

“Brian has deep experience in building information security initiatives across a multitude of organizations and military installations,” said BBVA Compass Head of Engineering Jorge Ortiz in a press release. “It’s clear from his vast experience and educational pursuits that information and cybersecurity are his passion. We’re thrilled that he’s bringing that trove of experience with him to this role that is vitally important for the bank and the customers it serves.”

Prior to his role at BBVA Compass, Fricke was the CISO for the Bank OZK, where he established a first-of-its-kind information security program. He has also worked as the CISO at the Military Sealift Command in Washington, DC. Other experience includes stints at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, USAID OIG and five years as a sergeant in the Marine Corps.

Fricke is on the advisory committee on cybersecurity for executive education at the USF School of Public Affairs, a CISO steering committee member for the Mid-size Bank Coalition of America and a volunteer senior information assurance analyst for the Cyber Security Forum Initiative. He was also a member of the board of directors for OutServe.

February 7, 2019: David Hahn named CSO at Silicon Valley Bank

Hahn will oversee operations for SVB’s cybersecurity, business continuity and physical security programs. He is based in Santa Clara and reports to CIO Nick Shevelyov.

“We are excited to welcome David Hahn to lead security operations at SVB,” said Nick Shevelyov, CIO at Silicon Valley Bank, in a press release. “Hahn’s broad knowledge and dynamic experience in information security operations will be instrumental as we continue to enhance our technology capabilities to support our innovative clients.”

Hahn joins SVB from Hearst Corporation, one of the largest conglomerates in the world, where he led corporate information security and risk as the company’s first CISO. Previously, he led the creation of the cyber fraud program at Intuit. He also spent 23 years in information security at Wells Fargo. 

February 6, 2019: DocuSign CISO Vanessa Pegueros joins Carbon Black’s board of directors

Cloud-based endpoint security vendor Carbon Black announced that Vanessa Pegueros, a seasoned technology leader and security executive, has joined Carbon Black's board of directors. Pegueros currently serves as vice president and CISO for DocuSign, Inc. 

Throughout her distinguished career, Pegueros has held numerous senior security executive positions, including roles at U.S. Bank, Expedia, Inc., Washington Mutual, Inc., Cingular Wireless and AT&T Wireless.

"We're pleased to welcome Vanessa to the Carbon Black board of directors as we continue our mission to keep the world safe from cyberattacks," said Carbon Black President and CEO Patrick Morley in a press release. "Vanessa is a strong leader with a wealth of technology experience. Her impressive security background is a perfect complement to our board as we continue to scale the company and drive global growth."

January 31, 2019: Dr. Abdul Rahman joins Fidelis Cybersecurity as chief scientist

Dr. Rahman brings over 10 years of experience in government cyber defense programs and building security infrastructures able to protect against a variety of threats to his new role at Fidelis Cybersecurity, a provider of threat detection, threat hunting, and response solutions. 
“I am happy to announce the addition of Abdul to our management team as we have an opportunity to change the security game,” said Nick Lantuh, president and CEO, Fidelis Cybersecurity, in a press release. “With his diverse Intelligence Community and DoD background coupled with deep data-science expertise, he brings the necessary skills to formulate and deploy cutting-edge research and strategies into Fidelis’ product portfolio.”

Prior to Fidelis, Dr. Rahman worked as a contractor for the U.S. government designing, deploying and supporting big data cyber defense platforms for large customers. He has held senior leadership roles in his previous companies including vice president of technology and innovation as well as chief scientist. Dr. Rahman holds doctorate degrees in both physics and mathematics. He specializes in the development of analytical capabilities to process data for learning algorithms that enable pattern matching, correlation, and anomaly detection to support cyber network defense use cases.

“Fidelis is one of the only companies in the market that has the ability to actually help enterprises calculate their vulnerable attack surface,” said Dr. Rahman in a press release. “It’s incredible technology. I knew I wanted to be involved in its continued development and innovation.”

January 28, 2019: eShopWorld appoints Ray Thorpe as CISO

Thorpe joins cross-border commerce company eShopWorld with more than 20 years of global experience in information security and technology, including 10 years in senior leadership roles. The newly created CISO role is part of an ongoing commitment to data security and risk management.

“Security has always been a top priority in all aspects of our operations, and appointing Ray reflects our continued commitment in this regard,” said eShopWorld CEO Tommy Kelly in a press release. “In today’s retail climate, cybersecurity is at the forefront for every business leader. We are committed to elevating our risk disciplines and ensuring that we continually adopt best practices aligned to protect eShopWorld’s information and reputation and those of all of our clients and stakeholders.”

As CISO, Thorpe will be responsible for eShopWorld’s overall information security strategy. He brings expertise across information security, data protection, IT change management, audit and compliance. His previous industry experience spans banking, payments, retail and managed services consulting.

Prior to joining eShopWorld, Thorpe was a senior manager at global standards organization BSI, where he provided advisory and auditing services regarding information security, data protection, digital risk management, governance and compliance to some of the world’s largest organizations. Prior to that, he served as a PCI security standards council advisor and head of IT and security at payment services and financial solutions company MyGate Global. He holds a post-graduate degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Cape Town and an MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London.

January 28, 2019: Southwest promotes Michael Simmons to managing director technology / CISO

Simmons will continue to be responsible for all aspects of cybersecurity across Southwest's facilities, airports and aircraft, comprising of security engineering, security operations, incident response, threat intelligence, risk and compliance and security software development. Simmons joined Southwest in 2016, and he previously had leadership accountability for cybersecurity, IT strategy and enterprise architecture, IT maintenance and support and IT service management where he helped lead a multi-year department-wide transformation initiative to better align information technology with the business to deliver strategic initiatives.

January 24, 2019: AttackIQ hires Christopher Kennedy as

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Chris Kennedy, AttackIQ CISO and VP of customer success

In this newly formed role, Kennedy will be responsible for managing all aspects of customer relations and success, as well as internal information security strategy at AttackIQ, a provider of continuous security validation.

“Kennedy joins AttackIQ with a thorough understanding of how to enable our customers to secure their environment leveraging the MITRE ATT&CK framework,” said Brett Galloway, CEO of AttackIQ, in a press release. “Kennedy’s ability to leverage his experience in operations, risk management, and security testing, and his time as a former customer will be instrumental in his ability to drive success for our customers.”

Kennedy joins AttackIQ from Bridgewater Associates, where he was head of security for infrastructure technology and controls engineering, and brings more than 20 years of cybersecurity risk and operations practitioner experience. Previously, Kennedy led the development of the U.S. Department of Treasury's and the U.S. Marine Corps’ cybersecurity operations programs, defense and federal contracting for Northrop Grumman, and is a former Marine Corps Officer and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran.

“I'm delighted to be joining the AttackIQ team. After a career of trying to answer the key security executive question of ‘what is my risk posture today?’, I firmly believe that breach simulation and continuous security validation will become the heart of the CISO program,” said Kennedy in a press release. “We will continue to help our customers disambiguate the security investment process through an objective, measurable, threat driven analysis of their security program using the MITRE ATT&CK framework which will make communication, coordination and program execution easier, risk oriented, and more effective.” 

January 23, 2019: Chris Roberts joins Attivo Networks as chief security strategist

Previously a member of the Attivo Networks Advisory Board, Roberts is one of the world’s foremost experts on counter threat intelligence. He will use his more than 20 years’ security experience to further develop and define strategy and processes for the company’s government and industry customers on issues related to cybersecurity strategy, policy, risk threat assessments, and incident response.

Roberts will work with customers globally to develop and implement risk reduction strategies across new and legacy technologies. He will manage an advanced consulting services program that will provide compliance/assurance reviews to assess whether cybersecurity policies and standards are being met and to provide cybersecurity strategy and operations guidance for C-level executives. He will also be a key driver of strategy and vision around the Attivo Networks deception portfolio in areas where he has deep expertise including adversary and vulnerability research and market education.

“Adding Chris Roberts to our executive team further strengthens our ability to stay on the leading edge of countering cyber-adversaries globally,” said Tushar Kothari, CEO of Attivo Networks, in a press release. “We are delighted to have Chris join Attivo in a full-time capacity. His unique methods of addressing the evolving threat landscape and his experience with all information systems will make him indispensable to our customers and the rapidly emerging deception market.”

Prior to joining Attivo Networks, Roberts most recently was chief of adversarial research and engineering for LARES, LLC. Previously, Roberts was chief security architect for Acalvio Technologies, where he drove deception technology innovation, directing a portfolio of services designed to improve the physical and digital security posture of clients.

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