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"Garrett's industry experience, compliance expertise, and strong ethical perspective will strengthen CNA's compliance programs and ensure that CNA maintains a proactive and comprehensive approach to compliance," Weber said in a press release.

June 5, 2018: Red Clay hires Michael Pearson as CISO

Pearson will oversee Red Clay’s new suite of security solutions - SecureGrid, SecureH2O and SecureGas – to assist electric, water and gas utilities in assessing critical vulnerabilities within their advanced metering infrastructure systems.

Williams has over 25 years of experience in internet technology companies, including roles in product management, business development, marketing and executive leadership. He has extensive experience in multiple information security engineering disciplines including corporate information security leadership and management, measuring and improving organizational productivity, risk assessment, process re-engineering, application and platform controls, cryptography, and network and physical protection. Williams holds patents for the first intrusion prevention service and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a Certified Ethical Hacker.

“We’re thrilled to have Mr. Pearson at the helm of this important new offering,” said Michael Cocroft, Red Clay’s chief strategy officer, in a press release. “Ensuring the security of critical infrastructure requires a proactive, informed approach. We believe Michael Pearson is just the right person to help utilities achieve the level of information security that is now an absolute necessity.”

May 25, 2018: Oakland County, Michigan, names Bridget Kravchenko as its first woman CISO

Bridget has impressive qualifications,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in a press release. “We’re looking forward to utilizing her expertise to boost Oakland County’s information security.”

Previously, Kravchenko was the CISO at Federal-Mogul Motorparts, where she led the team responsible for strategic security planning, policy, and procedure. Prior to that, she was the CISO at Meridian Health Plan. She is the chairperson of Michigan InfraGard, a public-private partnership with the FBI dedicated to the protection of the United States and its citizens, critical infrastructure and key resources. She also attended FBI CISO Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

“I’m inspired to serve in the public sector under the leadership of County Executive Patterson and CIO Phil Bertolini,” Kravchenko said in a press release. “Oakland County has a national reputation as a technology leader which is what attracted me to this role.”

“Information security is one of our highest priorities in the county and we have worked hard to protect the assets with which we are entrusted,” Bertolini said in a press release. “Bridget is highly respected and brings a wealth of industry experience which will help Oakland County continue to be a leader in this area.”

May 18, 2018: BioConnect hires Courtney Gibson as CTO/CISO

Gibson, the former CISO at OANDA Corporation joins the executive team at this developer of biometric solutions. He will report to CEO and Chairman Rob Douglas. “Courtney is joining our executive team at the right time. We are experiencing significant demand and scale for the BioConnect platform,” said Douglas in a press release. “His expertise in cybersecurity, highly regulated environments, building out large-scale financial systems and his deep technical leadership make him a strong fit. Under Courtney’s leadership, we will be able to significantly expand our engineering team while staying true to our commitment to data privacy, strong biometric authentication and delivering on large-scale activations for our customers and partners.”

“I have long believed that, as an industry, we need to be doing much more to help people secure their everyday lives,” said Gibson in a press release. “BioConnect has the technology, people and vision to transform how we manage identity and the risks of fraud and theft. I am very excited to join the BioConnect team, and to help contribute to that journey.”

At OANDA, Gibson helped grow the team from a 15-person startup to a 300-person global company processing up to $10 billion a day in global currency transactions. Courtney was also responsible for for the development of both API and web-based products for OANDA’s data and analytics business (B2B, SaaS).

May 15, 2018: Andy Sobotta joins Bridgestone Americas as CISO

Sobotta will be based in Nashville and will report to CIO Stefano Mezzabotta with dotted-line reporting to Chris Karbowiak, chief administrative officer, chief risk officer and executive vice President, Bridgestone Americas. He will oversee the protection of the company's IT assets, ensuring robust IT security architecture, operations and compliance throughout the Americas.  

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Andy Sobotta, Bridgestone Americas CISO

"In today's globally connected society, cybersecurity is more critical than ever," said Mezzabotta in a press release. "We are thrilled to have Andy join Bridgestone to lead our information security team in the Americas. His expertise and leadership will help ensure we have the right cybersecurity strategy and the right standards in place that are necessary to prevent and mitigate risks."

Sobotta has more than 20 years of experience as an information security executive, including nearly 10 years in the automotive industry. He most recently served as CISO at Sensata Technologies, Inc., after four years as associate executive director of global information security with Procter & Gamble. Sobotta also served as CISO for Elavon/US Bank and for Volkswagen of America.

May 15, 2018: Nicole Fellouris names CISO at 360Civic

Fellouris joins 360Civic, a provider of web development and technology services to public sector entities, on a retainer basis from Elite Development Group, where she was CEO. “Nicole has more than two decades of cybersecurity experience in both the public and private sector. We are delighted to welcome her to 360Civic,” said 360Civic COO Elizabeth Zayas in a press release.

Fellouris founded Elite Development Group, which was directly responsible for remediation of more than 100 cybersecurity incidents and breaches. Her accomplishments and contributions to the cybersecurity community were recognized by both federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, resulting in a board member appointment to the Los Angeles division of Infragard, inclusion in the Secret Service’s Electronic Crimes Task Force, think tank participation specific to IT security-centric compliance frameworks, and appointment as a subject matter expert in cybersecurity and cyber warfare.

In addition to achieving PhDc status in clinical neuroscience, Nicole is a graduate of both the FBI and ATF Citizen’s Academies and the FBI’s Infrastructure Liaison Officer (ILO) program, specializing in cyber counter intelligence operations and asymmetric warfare.

May 10, 2018: WeWork hires former White House CISO Cory Louie

Louie becomes the first CSO for fast-growing global workspace provider WeWork. He will focus on both the safety of WeWork’s physical spaces as well as the security and privacy of our members' and employees' information.  

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Cory Louie, WeWork CSO

"At WeWork, we have always taken security very seriously. However, as we grow and begin serving an increasing number of enterprise members, our trust, safety and security mission becomes more complex," said Shiva Rajaraman, WeWork CTO, in a statement. "We are fully committed to meeting and exceeding the expectations of all our members. We already have a strong security foundation that we have built over the past eight years. Now, under Cory’s leadership, we will be enhancing our overall security maturity and building a world-class security team that positions us at the forefront of security innovation."

Cory has over 17 years of experience protecting information and building security organizations across government, non-profit, technology and law enforcement. His distinguished career includes time at the The White House, Planned Parenthood, Dropbox, Google, and the U.S. Secret Service where he oversaw everything from cyber to physical security.

May 10, 2018: Nicko van Someren joins nanopay’s executive team as CSO

Formerly a member of the advisory board for this real-time payment platform provider van Someren is expected to ensure nanopay’s products and services are secure in their design, implementation and operation. He will also work with the product and marketing teams of nanopay to carry the message of the company’s security to a wide variety of audiences including customers, users, partners, investors and regulators.

“I am excited to be joining nanopay and to help it transform the way that payments are processed,” said van Someren in a press release. “Cryptographic security has always been at the core of what nanopay does, and as CSO, I shall be working to ensure that key principles of security and trust lie at the heart of everything we do going forward.”

Van Someren joins the team with more than 25 years of experience in technology leadership roles. Most recently, he worked with the Linux Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting major open source software projects, as the CTO and executive director of the Core Infrastructure Initiative, a program to systematically improve the security of open source projects in general and with a particular focus on those foundational projects on which the modern IT world is built.

Prior to the Linux Foundation, van Someren served as the founder and CTO of the world's leading cryptographic hardware security module company, nCipher Plc, until its acquisition by Thales eSecurity in 2008; the CTO of mobile security company Good Technology Inc., which was acquired by Blackberry in 2015; the chief security architect of the global networking company Juniper Network; and the founder and CTO of embedded networking company ANT Plc.

“Nicko’s been advising us since the beginning of nanopay. His proven track record and strategic vision on security are a perfect fit for the company and align well with the direction of nanopay,” said Laurence Cooke, founder and CEO of nanopay, in a press release. “With the addition of Nicko to our team, our products will set a new standard for secure, frictionless payments.”

May 1, 2018: Atrion’s new CISO is Richard Moore III

Moore is expected to expand upon Atrion’s service offerings with concepts like vCISO the virtual chief information security officer (vCISO). He brings over 25 years of experience in designing, leading, and maintaining the implementation and assurance frameworks for organizational information to this full-service information security and technology consulting firm. He has 15 years of military service with the U.S. Marine Corps intelligence community, concluding his military service as regimental intelligence chief.

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Richard Moore III, Atrion CISO

In the private sector, Moore ascended to security leadership roles within KPMG and the Royal Bank of Scotland – Citizens Bank, leading the regulatory and data protection programs. Prior to joining Atrion, Richard Moore served as CISO at New York Life Insurance Company and managing director at Alvarez & Marsal.

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