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 “Open source is foundational to many organizations’ code, making their software even more vulnerable,” said Semmle CEO Oege de Moor in a press release. “Fermín shares our belief that security is a shared responsibility, and he is the best person to lead our efforts to secure all open source, not only for Semmle, but for the industry.”

“The elephant in the room is open-source security,” said Serna. “Open source plays a critical role in product innovation, but it also presents unique vulnerabilities that CISOs are only just beginning to understand. I am impressed by Semmle’s unique approach to tackling this problem, and look forward to having a more significant impact on the future of product security.”

May 8, 2019: 8x8 hires Michael Armer as VP and CISO

Armer brings over 20 years of cybersecurity and information technology leadership experience to 8x8, a cloud provider of voice, video, chat and contact center solutions, in areas of data privacy, intellectual property protection, risk management and corporate cyber governance. He was most recently VP and CISO at Barrick Gold Corporation and prior to that served as the head of information security for Lam Research Corporation.

In his global role, Armer is responsible for 8x8’s corporate-wide information security management activities, including compliance, strategic planning, governance, and controls. This includes identifying, evaluating, and reporting on 8x8’s overall security performance and posture in connection with regulatory requirements, industry best practices and threat landscape.

“It’s mission-critical for organizations to keep their communications systems secure. 8x8 is a leader in providing secure cloud-based communications services,” said Armer In a press release. “I’m excited to be part of a team with such a strong commitment to customer and partner data protection.”

May 7, 2019: Keith O’Sullivan named CISO at Standard Industries

O'Sullivan will develop a sophisticated information security strategy for roofing and waterproofing manufacturer Standard and its operating companies in his new role, leading a growing team of information security specialists.

"Keith is a seasoned leader in information security and his deep expertise in securing cloud-based services, mobile applications and cyber intelligence will be an integral part of our efforts to lead the digital transformation of our industry," said Rich Robinson, CTO of Standard Industries, in a press release. "As we continue to build our technology and information security team, we are proud to have Keith to drive our information security initiatives in today's evolving digital environment."

O'Sullivan joins Standard from CBS Corporation where he served as global vice president, information security and strategy, overseeing global corporate-wide efforts for the company's diverse portfolio of media companies. Previously, he was the global CISO at Time, Inc, leading the information security direction for one of the largest branded media companies in the world and served as the head of IT security and controls at Condé Nast Publications.

May 2, 2019: Tina Price promoted to SVP and CISO at York

Price brings 20 years of information technology experience, including the last 15 years focused on information security. Price most recently served at York as vice president of information security.

“I’m looking forward to this opportunity and to further advancing cybersecurity best practices within York,” said Price in a press release. “Protecting our systems and data against cyber threats is a priority for the organization.”

As cyber incidents continue to be on the rise across every industry, York has stayed focused on protecting client data and continuously evolving security best practices. “At York, cyber security is ingrained in our DNA and an area of continued focus for all our associates,” said Mark Bilger, executive vice president and CIO at Life Fitness, in a press release. “Tina and her team are best in class in leading continuous improvements to the security of York’s information, applications and technologies.”

Prior to York, Price held various information security roles where she was responsible for assessing the sufficiency of information security for organizations and providing strategic direction to achieve cyber risk mitigation and regulatory compliance.

May 1, 2019: Terry O’Daniel named director of cybersecurity at Armanino

Armanino expects O’Daniel’s appointment to bolster the accounting and business consulting firm’s cybersecurity offerings with a strategic focus on improving decision-making and investment choices surrounding security.

“The number of cyberattacks has doubled in just the past five years. Attacks are getting more complex and sophisticated, and several high-profile breaches making international headlines,” said Liam Collins, partner and Risk Assurance and Advisory practice leader, in a press release. “As director of cybersecurity, Terry brings a quantitative approach to risk that will help clients understand the cost-benefit of a robust cybersecurity program.”

O’Daniel joins the firm with more than 20 years of cybersecurity, information technology and risk management experience. Prior to Armanino, Terry led technology compliance for Salesforce and was Yahoo’s lead for IT governance, risk and compliance.

April 24, 2019: Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center hires Errol Weiss as its first CSO

The Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (H-ISAC) is a community of focused on sharing timely, relevant and actionable information to prevent, detect, and respond to cybersecurity and physical security events so members can focus on improving health and saving lives.

In this new role, Weiss will be responsible for the strategic vision and direction of the H-ISAC’s day-to-day Cyber and Physical Security Services offered to H-ISAC member organizations, including the delivery of Cyber and Physical Threat Intelligence, the H-ISAC Security Operations Center (SOC), identity services, community exercises and other special interest services.

April 23, 2019: Devin Bhatt joins Varo Money as CISO

Prior to joining mobile banking startup Varo Money, Bhatt of the OCC. He will lead Varo’s information security program to enhance and build a cybersecurity program. He served as the OCC’s CISO and chief privacy officer for the past five years. In addition to his work in government, has more than 25 years of experience in the information security field, covering private sector Fortune 500 companies, banking, and the payment industry. He will be based in Varo’s Salt Lake City office.

“It’s a privilege to build a leading cyber security program as the foundation for building and earning valuable trust of our customers. Varo is really making a significant economic impact in the lives of the customers in their journey towards financial security,” Bhatt said in a press release.

Bhatt holds an M.S. in Information Assurance from Norwich University and holds Federal CIO Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College. He has multiple, prestigious industry leading security certifications, including CISSP-ISSAP and ISSMP, CCISO, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT. He was awarded the Compass award in 2007 by CSO magazine and has been recognized with 2019 CSO50 award for demonstrating business value and thought leadership of the cyber security program and culture developed at OCC.

April 23, 2019: Myke Lyons appointed CISO at Collibra

Bringing over 20 years of experience championing customers’ information, Lyons most recently served as head of security strategy at ServiceNow, where he led the product and corporate development strategy for the company’s newly created security business unit. Prior to that, Lyons led a team of cloud security experts as ServiceNow’s director of information security.

“Security is of critical importance to Collibra as we help customers navigate the complexities and vulnerabilities of using the influx of data that enterprises have today,” said Felix van de Maele, co-founder and CEO for enterprise data governance and catalog software provider Collibra, in a press release. “Myke’s impressive background will be an invaluable asset, as we deepen our commitment to data security and risk management. I am delighted to welcome him to our team, and I’m confident that his expertise will allow us to accelerate our security execution and bolster our protection efforts across our products, platform, internal processes, and procedures.”

“The opportunity ahead is unlike any other. More and more organizations are recognizing that privacy is a basic human right, and the way it’s being addressed today is not adequate,” said Lyons in a press release. “Data should help companies solve their most pressing business problems, whether that is better engaging with customers or complying with growing regulations. At Collibra, it’s my mission to help companies do this by leveraging their IP and
making data security and protection a priority.”

April 17, 2019: Bishop Fox names Jon Rose as vice president of managed security services

Rose will lead the strategic development and delivery of the professional services firm's new managed security services (MSS) offerings. Prior to joining Bishop Fox, Rose was theCSO at Dun and Bradstreet.

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Jon Rose, Bishop Fox VP of managed security services

"Jon is a renowned industry thought leader and innovator with keen acumen in the offensive cybersecurity field, extensive management expertise, and remarkable technical knowledge," said Vincent Liu, co-founder and CEO of Bishop Fox, in a press release. "There is no one we trust more to lead this strategic initiative for our firm."

"Currently, organizations struggle to ensure continuous security as their applications and infrastructures constantly evolve. Most have little knowledge of the exact risks to which they are exposed at any given moment," said Rose in a press release. "Our turnkey managed security services are ushering in a new era of continuous security for the world's largest, modern companies who are digitally transforming."

April 17, 2019: Life Fitness hires Brad Marr as senior director, global information security and compliance

Marr brings 20 years of enterprise information security experience to his new CISO-equivalent position at Life Fitness, which manufactures and sells strength and cardiovascular fitness equipment. Most recently, Marr was the director of information security for Xylem, Inc. He earned a BA in Computing and an MS in Business Information Technology from DePaul University, Chicago, IL.

April 10, 2019: Charles Poff joins SailPoint as CISO

Poff will be responsible for the overall security of the products, services, networks and assets at the identity governance solutions provider. He will also join SailPoint’s board-level Cybersecurity Committee, which drives the company’s cyber risk resiliency across both its technology and its products. 

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Charles Poff, SailPoint CISO

“Securing our company and technology is critical to every aspect of our business, particularly as we grow and scale to meet our customers’ evolving security and compliance needs,” said Mark McClain, CEO and co-founder of SailPoint, in a press release. “The caliber of expertise and lengthy track record that Charles brings to SailPoint is impressive and we look forward to the impact he will have on the business.”

Poff brings more than 20 years of experience in security. He has extensive expertise in building world-class security teams focused on delivering proactive security programs. He joins SailPoint after nearly ten years at HomeAway, Inc., where he led its security program.

“SailPoint is very focused on driving security alignment across the business, a philosophy I strongly believe in,” said Poff in a press release. “I am honored to be joining SailPoint where I’ll have the opportunity to lead the company into a new chapter of maturity in how we protect our products, systems, data, and ultimately, our customers.”

April 5, 2019: SecureLink names Tony Howlett as CISO

Howlett joins the privileged access management vendor’s senior leadership team and reports to CEO Joe Devine. "Bringing an industry veteran like Tony aboard is part of an overall plan to accelerate our presence in the cybersecurity space and deepen the already strong connections we have with our customers—particularly those operating in highly regulated industries," said Joe Devine, CEO of SecureLink, in a press release. "Tony will help us refine our development, implementation and support processes and ensure we continue our industry leadership in delivering secure access to third-party vendors."

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Tony Howlett, SecureLink CISO

Howlett joins from Codero, where he served as chief technology security and privacy officer. He has also served as CTO for several previous companies, in addition to owning his own cybersecurity consulting company—Network Security Services.

"Coming from an information security and audit background, I have long preached the need for secure third-party access," said Howlett in a press release. "It is absolutely one of the top attack vectors used in new breaches and a focus for security departments at companies of all sizes, especially those in the regulated sectors.".

April 5, 2019: Eddie Schwartz hired as CISO at Block.one

Schwartz will serve as a member of the Block.one Executive Committee. As CISO, he is responsible for the strategy and daily direction of the global cyber security program at Block.one, the publisher of the EOSIO blockchain protocol.

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