New CISO appointments

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

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June 29, 2017: Yassir Abousselham named CSO for identity solution provider Okta

A former Google executive, Abousselham brings nearly 20 years of experience leading security teams to Okta. Most recently, he was the CISO for SoFi, where he built the company's information security and privacy program. Abousselham will report directly to Okta's CEO, Todd McKinnon.

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Yassir Abousselham, Okta CSO

Abousselham will be responsible for setting and meeting security standards for both Okta and its products. “Security is increasingly top of mind for organizations around the globe. We’ve always been committed to achieving the highest level of security standards for both our business and our customers,” said McKinnon in a press release. “We needed an experienced security executive with a successful track record of building security teams, driving secure product development, managing technology risk and achieving regulatory compliance to lead that initiative. Yassir fits that bill exactly.”

“Businesses are under attack like never before and such attacks will only continue to intensify in sophistication and regularity. As organizations everywhere continue to move to the cloud and adopt best-of-breed technologies, traditional security tools aren't able to address the mounting security challenges that they demand. The Okta Identity Cloud not only enables customers to seamlessly access technology, but solve their toughest security and access challenges,” said Abousselham in a press release. 

June 26, 2017:  Shipbuilder HII hires Ron A. Davis as its first CISO

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), the largest military shipbuilder in the U.S., has tasked Davis with responsibility for ensuring the early identification of threats and risks and the implementation of controls and other processes and methods to protect information systems for the entire HII enterprise.

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Ron A. Davis, HII CISO

“Cybersecurity is a top priority for HII,” said Chris Kastner, executive vice president, business management, and chief financial officer, in a press release. “Our information systems must remain secure to not only protect our business, but to protect information vital to our nation’s defense. We look forward to Ron joining our team and putting his extensive cyber experience to work in this very important role.”

Davis joins HII after serving as CISO for Vencore since 2015. He has also held several positions at BAE Systems, including director of global cybersecurity program integration and director of global cybersecurity operations. In a contracting capacity, Davis served as senior lead information systems security engineer at the Defense Logistics Agency headquarters and the Department of Homeland Security. He has an extensive background in cybersecurity policy and procedure development, security architecture, security risk management, cyber threat management, and incident response. 

June 26, 2017: Prevalent appoints healthcare security expert Dr. Kevin Charest to board of directors

Ensuring security across all the connected digital players in the healthcare ecosystem p resents enormous challenges. To help meet those challenges, third-party risk management solution provider Prevalent, Inc., has added Dr. Charest to its board of directors. He brings 25 years of healthcare cybersecurity expertise, including managing global defense and IT security at the nation's largest private and public healthcare organizations.

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Dr. Kevin Charest, Prevalent board member

"We're very pleased to have Kevin join our board and share his experience and insights with the Prevalent team," said Jonathan Dambrot, CEO, Prevalent, in a press release. "Kevin possesses a unique understanding of both the business and technical issues driving third-party risk management across the diverse healthcare ecosystem. His leadership in global security and his vision and passion for protecting personal data will be invaluable to Prevalent and our customers as we move towards the next stage of managing third and fourth party risk."

"The healthcare ecosystem comprises more than 480,000 interconnected entities of all sizes and maturity, but they all share the same significant challenge of managing Nth party risk. Prevalent's broad capabilities and experience in this space gives them a unique opportunity to address this problem. I look forward to sharing my perspective and expertise to help Prevalent advance their delivery for the healthcare market and beyond," said Dr. Charest in a press release.

Dr. Charest has held roles in both the public and private healthcare sector, including leading global cyber defense operations for UnitedHealth Group. He also served as the CISO for the Department of Health and Services (HHS). Dr. Charest is currently the board secretary for (ISC)², an international nonprofit cybersecurity membership association best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.

June 26, 2017: Idaho Independent Bank hires Wade Griffith in dual operations/CISO role

The bank hired Griffith as senior vice president of operations, but he will also serve as its CISO, according to a press release. Griffith has nearly 39 years of experience in bank operations, technology and risk management. He will lead IIB’s operations, project and applications management. Griffith graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the College of Idaho and is a graduate of the Northwest Intermediate Banking School and School of Bank Marketing.

June 20, 2017: SaaS analytics platform provider Looker appoints Ryan Gurney as CSO 

Gurney is expected to lead Looker Data Sciences' security and compliance initiatives around its data platform solution. He will develop and execute a security and compliance roadmap for current and future products, as well as implement company-wide governance policies and procedures.

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Ryan Gurney, Looker CSO

“Security has always been a priority at Looker,” said Frank Bien, CEO of Looker, in a press release. “Now with our regional expansion and growing presence in the enterprise we need to ensure our security programs scale appropriately. We are thrilled to have Ryan bring his years of experience to Looker and lead the advancement of our security initiatives.”

Prior to Looker, Ryan managed security and compliance functions as vice president of security at Zendesk and director of IT for Engine Yard. Previously, he managed a security engineering team at eBay.

“Looker provides a feature rich platform empowering our customers to understand their data,” said Gurney in a press release. “In providing a hosted cloud environment, I recognize that building and maintaining customer trust is paramount. I am excited to join Looker to ensure that we exceed our customer’s security needs, and to find innovative ways to utilize the Looker application to augment our own internal security capabilities.”

June 16, 2017: Ex-VMware exec Sandra Crosswell becomes SonicWall's first CSO

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Sandra Crosswell, SonicWall CSO

Data breach detection and prevention solution provider SonicWall hired Crosswell as its first chief security officer (CSO). Prior to SonicWall, Crosswell was a senior manager at VMware, leading the InfoSec red team. Shel has more than 25 years of experience in program management for Fortune 500 companies. Her portfolio includes large M&A IT and application migrations, data center builds and consolidations, as well as leading security teams and compliance programs for the technology sector. Crosswell won an MVP award for her work at HP and was a SANS “Ones to Watch in Cybersecurity” winner in 2016. 

June 5, 2017: Dr. Malcolm Shore joins Huawei Technologies (Australia) as its cyber security officer

Dr. Shore has had a long career in information systems and security. After retiring as the Assistant Director Information Systems in Defence Headquarters for the Royal New Zealand Air Force, he joined the Government Communications Security Bureau taking responsibility for New Zealand's national information systems security. 

He has also held two Head of Security roles in the telecommunications sector, at Telecom New Zealand and the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN) company. Across these roles he managed all aspects of physical security, information security, and privacy and delivered Sarbanes Oxley and Protective Security Policy Framework compliance. 

"Dr. Shore is well respected in the information security sector and has a strong understanding of our products and people," said John Lord AM, chairman of Huawei Australia, in a press release. "We are delighted to have him lead on cyber security in Australia."


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