New CSO, CISO appointments

The upper ranks of corporate security are seeing a high rate of change as companies try to adapt to the evolving threat landscape. Many companies are hiring a chief security officer (CSO) or chief information security officer (CISO) for the first time to support a deeper commitment to information security.

CSO’s Movers & Shakers is where you can keep up with new appointments to senior-level security roles and perhaps gain a little insight into hiring trends. If you have an announcement of your own that you would like us to include here, contact Michael Nadeau,[1] senior editor.

August 21, 2019: IntSights adds Etay Maor to its executive team as CSO

Maor will lead the threat intelligence company’s security advisory practice. Previously, he worked  at IBM XForce, RSA and Trusteer. During his time with IBM XForce, Maor led the creation and delivery of the IBM XForce Cyber Range operations. At RSA, he conducted a transformation of its lab, implementing an automated and scalable model.

 “I am looking forward to working with IntSights’ customers and within the industry to help security leaders take their threat intelligence capabilities to the next level,” said Maor in a press release

Maor is a frequent featured speaker at major industry conferences. He is often tapped by major news outlets for his insights into the cybersecurity news of the day.

“Etay brings a unique sophistication and compelling background to enhance our existing executive leadership team. …We look forward to leveraging Etay’s experienced perspective and ability to scale the company’s core competency,” said Guy Nizan, IntSights co-founder and CEO, in a press release.

August 20, 2019: David Shefter joins Landmark Ventures as CISO and venture partner

Shefter will lead the financial advisory firm’s cyber security practice, as well as its investment strategy for an expanding portfolio of cyber security clients and opportunities. He has successfully driven technical and business strategy at Ziften, substantial innovation at Citigroup, revenue growth at IBM, and expansion into new non-proprietary areas of innovation at DEC.

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David Shefter, Landmark Ventures CISO

“David Shefter has deep experience evaluating emerging cybersecurity technology and advising large enterprises on their strategic security posture,” said Anthony Juliano, CTO and a general partner at Landmark Ventures, in a press release. “The rapidly evolving cybersecurity challenges facing companies are increasing in complexity. David brings true subject-matter expertise, extensive Fortune 500 CISO relationships, and an overall understanding of the threat ecosystem that enable him to act as an incredibly valuable advisor to Landmark Ventures’ clients.”

“I am passionate about the cyber security space since this area demands daily innovation to protect consumers and companies from hackers, threat actors, and nation states,” commented Shefter in a press release. “To be able to provide access to innovative new companies and leaders for the next generation of cyber security, and to help those companies grow and mature, is part of my extensive background that I look forward to adding to Landmark Ventures.”

August 19, 2019; Gemini Trust Co. hires David Damato as CSO

Damato will lead Gemini’s security program for the cryptocurrency exchange and custodian. He brings more than 20 years of security leadership experience and will report directly to Gemini’s CEO, Tyler Winklevoss.

Prior to joining Gemini, Damato served as CSO at Tanium, a privately held cybersecurity company. At Tanium, he was responsible for building and leading a mature cybersecurity team that engineered security solutions to help protect government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and banks around the world. He was also an early member of the leadership team at cybersecurity firm Mandiant. He has also held roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Raytheon.

“Security is the bedrock of our culture, and Dave adds to that legacy,” said Winklevoss in a press release. “His depth of security knowledge and his experience defending global networks will be invaluable as we continue to build the market’s most secure cryptocurrency offering.”

August 14, 2019: Michael Palmer named CISO at Hearst

Palmer will be responsible for maintaining and enhancing the risk and cybersecurity solutions that protect the data and information assets across Hearst. Since 2014, Palmer has served as the first CISO for the National Football League, where he oversaw the operations and continued expansion of the NFL’s enterprise-wide information security strategy and program. Palmer holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Baruch College.

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Michael Palmer, Hearst CISO

“As our business interests continue to expand, continuously upgrading our information security operations is an essential priority for Hearst,” Hearst COO Mark Aldam said in a press release. “Michael’s innovative experience at the NFL and leadership within the cybersecurity industry uniquely prepares him to guide our continued investments to secure our data and information systems to protect our customers and business partners.”

 “Hearst has been, and continues to be, a leader across industries in activating technology to forge new paths forward for its many diverse businesses,” Palmer said in a press release. “I look forward to working with the teams across business units as the company leverages ever-evolving technological innovations.”

August 12, 2019: The New York Times hires Erinmichelle Perri as CISO

In this newly created role reporting to COO Nick Rockwell, Perri will manage the development of The Times’s information security program, protecting The Times’s assets, data, staff and readers.

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Erinmichelle Perri, The Times CISO

She joins The Times from MultiPlan, a technology-driven health care company, where she was its first CISO and was responsible for the origination, design and advancement of its information security and IT risk management programs.

Prior to MultiPlan, Perri spent over 10 years at Citigroup, where she served as senior vice president of operations and technology risk and control, focused on the risks associated with the adoption of emerging technologies including cloud computing, blockchain, mobile deployment and data analytics. 

She received a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering and a Master’s of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.

August 5, 2019: Armis appoints Curtis Simpson as CISO

Simpson is responsible for ensuring that the enterprise IoT security vendor’s product maintains a high standard and focus on platform and customer security and privacy. His responsibilities also include Armis’ corporate-wide information security management activities, including compliance, strategic planning, governance and controls.

Simpson brings 20 years of diversified information technology experience, with direct information security and management experience in positions of increasing responsibility at Sysco, a Fortune 54 corporation. As vice president and global CISO at Sysco, Curtis directed a portfolio of business-focused security and compliance programs responsible for reducing security risks faced by a global organization.

“We’re thrilled to have Curtis join the Armis team,” said Yevgeny Dibrov, CEO and co-founder of Armis, in a press release. “As enterprises grapple with the major gaps in unmanaged and IoT device security, Curtis’ vast expertise in managing the types of IoT devices, especially those that are un-agentable, that we are working to protect will be a significant advantage to our own success as well as the success of our customers.”

“I was attracted to Armis’s unique approach to solving this important and growing challenge that every business out there faces today — securing every connected device across the enterprise,” said Simpson in a press release.

August 5, 2019: HSBC Bank appoints Grant Bourzikas CISO

Previously, Bourzikas was with McAfee, the world’s largest dedicated security technology company, as CISO and vice president of McAfee Labs and Data Science. In this role, Bourzikas developed the McAfee product vision and strategy, as well as the operational plan to transform McAfee Labs into a modern, cloud-first data-driven organization. He previously worked for Ameren, a major US power company, as the CISO responsible for cybersecurity strategy and operations.

Bourzikas has more than 20 years’ experience in cybersecurity roles across diverse industries such as banking and brokerage, critical power infrastructure and nuclear, and casino and gaming. He has a proven track record in driving transformational change as well as leading global teams of security professionals.

July 31, 2019: University of California, Santa Barbara, names Kip Bates as associate CISO

“I rely on end users and IT professionals across the campus to do the hard work of securing our systems,” said UC Santa Barbara CISO Sam Horowitz in a press release. “Kip will help me carry the message and coordinate our approach to IT security.”

Bates already manages the campus security awareness program as the security lead for administrative and residential IT. He brings extensive IT and security experience to the task of strengthening the confidentiality, integrity and availability of systems and infrastructure across campus. “Kip will be an indispensable part of many strategic initiatives, including implementation of the new IS-3 systemwide security policy,” Horowitz said.

July 18, 2019: University of Michigan names Sol Bermann as CISO, director of information assurance

Since joining the university in 2011, Bermann has served as the university’s interim CISO, university privacy officer, and IT policy and compliance strategist. He has provided strategic direction in how the institution engages cloud services, developed privacy and ethics guiding principles for learning analytics, coordinated efforts related to securing sensitive research data and university data governance, and co-led efforts related to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Sol Bermann, U-M CISO and director of information assurance

As CISO, Bermann works across the university’s academic campuses and in partnership with Michigan Medicine to establish and maintain the university’s information security program, while enabling an open and collaboration-rich academic environment.

“In this era of big data and data science, integrating security and privacy into the fabric of the work we do on a daily basis is more important than ever,” said Ravi Pendse, U-M vice president for information technology and CIS, in a press release. “With Sol’s continued leadership and working as one Michigan IT family, I am confident that we will continue to make progress through collaborative partnerships to appropriately protect institutional and personal data in our open academic environment, all while enabling innovation and the U-M mission.”

July 18, 2019: Ian Cruxton becomes Callsign’s first CSO

Cruxton will support both the security of the identity and authorization solutions provider’s business and its clients. Most recently, he was director of international operations at the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA). During his time there, Cruxton was selected to set up the NCAT (National and NCA tasking and co-ordination function). For the past two years, his responsibilities included the UK’s Interpol, Europol and International Liaison Officer network. 

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Ian Cruxton, Callsign CSO

Other previous roles include director of the UK Division at the National Criminal Intelligence Service and roles in Proceeds of Crime and Tasking and Co-ordination at the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). Until Ian joined Callsign he was also the G7 UK Law Enforcement Lead and Chair of the G7 Law Enforcement Group.

Commenting on the appointment, Zia Hayat, CEO and Founder of Callsign said, “Ian’s track record in security and law enforcement is truly staggering, and we feel incredibly privileged to have such a high calibre individual on our team,” said Zia Hayat, CEO and founder of Callsign, in a press release.

 “Having been in law enforcement and security for over three decades, I have seen the impact that technology has had on this landscape,” said Cruxton in a press release. “What has been apparent to me, is that the issue of identity now underpins a majority of crime. Therefore, when I learned about Callsign’s ambitions and technology I immediately wanted to get involved. With my strong expertise in strategic leadership and operational management, I can’t wait to draw upon my skills to help take the company forward.”

July 17, 2019: Vacasa appoints Jeff Bryner as CISO

Bryner becomes one of the vacation rental industry’s first CISOs and has more than 30 years of digital and information security experience. Bryner will bring a holistic risk management approach to Vacasa’s information security and data protection across its central offices and the 30 U.S. states and 16 countries it operates in.

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Jeff Bryner, Vacasa CISO


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