This list brings together the security heads from different organizations. Their twitter and LinkedIn links are given alongside to quickly follow your favorite influencer
Joshua Corman is the CSO and SVP at PTC. He co-founded @RuggedSoftware and @IamTheCavalry to encourage new security approaches in response to increasing dependence on technology. Corman’s unique approach to security in the context of human factors, adversary motivations and social impact has positioned him as one of the most trusted names in security.
Alex Stamos is a computer security expert and chief information security officer at Facebook. He previously served as chief information security officer at Yahoo! beginning in 2014. Before working in the technology industry, Stamos attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated in 2001 with a degree in EECS. He went on to co-found iSEC Partners, a security consulting firm, which was purchased in 2010 by the British NCC Group.
Phil Agcaoili is a Senior Vice President at U.S. Bancorp and the Chief Information Security Officer at Elavon. He has been an influential leader in the information security industry for 25 years and has established industry-leading security organizations from startups to the Fortune 25. He was previously the CISO at Cox Communications, VeriSign and SecureIT, and led successful global security teams at Dell, Scientific-Atlanta and General Electric.
Pierluigi Paganini is Chief Technology Officer at CSE – CybSec Enterprise SpA. He is a member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group, member of Cyber G7 Workgroup of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Director of the Master in Cyber Security at the Link Campus University. He is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer. Editor-in-Chief at “Cyber Defense Magazine”, Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing, and a strong belief that security is founded on the information sharing lead Pierluigi to launch the security blog “Security Affairs” recently awarded as the Best European Personal Security Blog. Author of the Books “The Deep Dark Web” and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin.”
Andy Ellis is Akamai’s Chief Security Officer, governing the safety, resilience and compliance of its planetary-scale network. He is the designer of several critical Akamai technologies, including its secure TLS acceleration network and many of the core components of the company’s web security solutions. Ellis is a frequent speaker on issues of Internet security, safety and risk management, has participated in the FCC-CSRIC and NIAC, and is an affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman-Klein Center on Internet & Society. He is a graduate of MIT and a former US Air Force officer, the recipient of the CSO Compass Award, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and the Spirit of Disneyland Award.
Security industry veteran and Chief Digital Security Officer at Telefonica. He previously spent five years at ING working on security strategy for Spain and Portugal. Earlier roles include security-manager-whatever, at SIA, a security services and product company based in Madrid. Associate professor at Universidad Europea de Madrid in the Master of Information Security degree for the subjects:Penetration Test, Forensics and Hardening (Linux)
Michael Coates is the Chief Information Security Officer at Twitter. He leads Twitter’s security program across all elements of information security. Coates was Chairman and is a current member of the global board of directors for OWASP, the largest open source application security community. Prior to 2015, he was Director of Product Security at Shape and worked with an amazing team to drastically change the way organizations defend against modern application attacks. From 2010 through 2013 Coates was at Mozilla where he built and lead the security assurance program to protect nearly half a billion Firefox users, and Mozilla web applications and infrastructure. Prior to 2010 he maintained a diverse set of technical security roles assessing the security posture of banks, governments and enterprises.
Shawn Henry is the president of CrowdStrike Services and CSO and a retired executive assistant director of the FBI. Henry, who served in three FBI field offices and at the bureau’s headquarters, is credited with boosting the FBI’s computer crime and cybersecurity investigative capabilities. He oversaw computer crime investigations spanning the globe, including denial-of-service attacks, bank and corporate breaches, and state-sponsored intrusions. He posted FBI cyberexperts in police agencies around the world, including the Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine and Estonia. Henry earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hofstra University and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Richard Rushing is the Chief Information Security Officer for Motorola Mobility LLC. Richard participates in corporate, community, private, and government security councils and working groups, setting standards, policiesM, and solutions for current and emerging security issues. As Chief Information Security Officer for Motorola Mobility, he has led the organization’s security effort by developing an international team to tackle targeted attacks, cyber-crime, and emerging threats to mobile devices. He has organized, developed, and deployed practices, tools, and techniques to protect the enterprise’s intellectual property worldwide. A much-in-demand international speaker on information security, Richard has spoken at many of the leading security conferences and seminars around the world.
Craig is chief information security officer for Bank of America. He leads the Global Information Security team responsible for the bank’s information security strategy, policy and programs. He serves as a member of the Global Technology & Operations senior leadership team. Prior to Countrywide Financial’s acquisition by Bank of America, he was responsible for Countrywide’s cybersecurity technology, data and voice networks, crisis management and security operations. Froelich currently serves on the board of directors as chairman of the Financial Services-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and the executive committee of BITS, the technology policy division of the Financial Services Roundtable. Since 2010, he has filed for eleven information security patents.
Jared Carstensen is an internationally recognized information and cyber security professional with broad experience in the design, implementation and governance of security controls, business strategies and frameworks across global organizations, spanning multiple sectors. For the past 13 years, he has been advising Fortune 500, law enforcement and intelligence agencies, government and state departments, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, utilities and financial services entities on all areas of information and cybersecurity. He is the CISO for a FTSE 100 company located in Dublin, Ireland. He is a member of the IT Governance Institute Expert Panel, and is an author of the book “Cloud Computing: Assessing the Risks.” He has spoken at over 100 events globally.
Jake Kouns is the CISO for Risk Based Security that provides vulnerabilities and data breach intelligence. He previously oversaw the operations of the Open Sourced Vulnerability Database (OSVDB.org) and DataLossDB. Kouns has presented at many well-known security conferences, including RSA, Black Hat, DEF CON, DerbyCon, Bsides, CISO Executive Summit, IEEE, FIRST, CanSecWest, InfoSecWorld, SOURCE and SyScan.He is the co-author of Information Technology Risk Management in Enterprise Environments, Wiley, 2010, and The Chief Information Security Officer, IT Governance, 2011.He has briefed the DHS and Pentagon on Cyber Liability Insurance issues and is frequently interviewed as an expert in the security industry by Information Week, eWeek, Forbes, PC World, CSO, and CIO Magazine.
Thom Langford is the Director of Sapient’s Global Security Office, responsible for all aspects of delivery and internal security, risk and compliance, and business continuity across Sapient’s global operations. Having successfully built security and IT programmes from the ground up, Langford brings an often opinionated view of risk, both in assessments and management, but manages to do so with humour and pragmatism (mostly). An international public speaker and award winning security blogger, he contributes to a number of industry blogs and publications. He is also the sole founder of Host Unknown, a loose collective of three Infosec luminaries, combined to make security education and infotainment films.
As head of IT Security for the Republic and Canton of Jura in Switzerland, Bruno is faced with the challenges of securing the city’s infrastructure and applications. Bruno is also part of the Swiss National Security Network, has twice been rewarded the French CSO of the year award, in 2005 and 2010, and has been a teacher at prestigious French Engineering university Mines Nancy. On top of that, Bruno has spoken at various InfoSec conferences and served as a supervisor for ISC2’s CISSP exam. For a taste of Bruno’s approach to being a CISO, his presentation on the CISO’s evolution for a recent ISC2 event offers fantastic insights.
Teaching IT/Cyber Security for HEC / Mines Paris Strategic Executive MBA.
Jaya Baloo the CISO of KPN Telecom in the Netherlands. She won the Cyber Security Executive of the Year Award in 2015. Baloo works with an amazing information security team of highly driven specialists. Working in the information security arena for the past 18 years, she has worked mostly for global telecommunications companies such as Verizon and France Telecom. Baloo is also a frequent speaker at security conferences on subjects around lawful interception, mass surveillance and cryptography.
Myrna Soto is SVP and CIISO at Comcast. In her role, Myrna is responsible for Enterprise Information and Infrastructure Security for Comcast. She is also responsible for Synergy and Integration efforts with NBCUniversal. She is the Executive Champion for the Hispanic Affinity group at Comcast “Unidos.” She is also an Executive Committee Board Member of HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council) and is a Member of the Board of Directors for CMS Energy and Consumers Energy. Prior to Comcast, she served as CISO and VP of Information Technology Governance for MGM Resorts International. She also held senior leadership positions with American Express, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Kemper and Broadspire.
Internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, speaker, blogger and author. Led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from 2002-2014: SC Magazine CSO of the Year, Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 Leader. Trusted source for government cybersecurity counsel. Advised leaders at the White House, National Governor’s Association (NGA), National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), federal, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses. Contributor for professional media outlets, such as Government Technology Magazine, CSO, Computerworld, Huffington Post, Governing, Bloomberg, PBS, Yahoo Finance, NY Mag, TechCrunch.