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Chief Strategy Office

Never before has the need to manage digital risk been so important. As your organization embraces cloud services it must adapt to the changes in the business environment and the threat landscape, quickly and seamlessly.

Industry leading expertise

A data-centric, contextualized, digital and cyber risk strategy is imperative to your success. To help ensure the strength of your security program, we offer complimentary consultations with our top strategy experts for qualifying customers. Register below for access to consultations such as:

  • Architecting for the future with SASE and Zero Trust
  • Applying Data Protection in a Cloud-first World
  • Economic analysis of Network and Security transformation
  • Jumpstarting a Cloud Governance Program
  • Regulatory & Compliance challenges in the Cloud

Our CSO team

With over 250 years of combined experience in leading enterprise organizations, the Chief Strategy Office is an invaluable source for consultation.

Jason Clark

Chief Strategy Officer

Krishna Narayanaswamy

Chief Technology Officer

James Christiansen

VP, Cloud Security Transformation

Lamont Orange

CISO

Bob Gilbert

VP, Security Cloud GTM Strategy and Chief Evangelist

Neil Thacker

CISO, EMEA

David Fairman

CSO, APAC

Nathan Smolenski

Director, Enterprise Strategy CISSP, CISM, CISA

James Robinson

Deputy CISO

Damian Chung

Business Information Security Officer

Mark Day

Chief Scientist

Hansang Bae

Field CTO

Jason Clark

Chief Strategy Officer

Jason brings decades of experience building and executing successful strategic security programs to Netskope.

He was previously the chief security and strategy officer for Optiv, developing a comprehensive suite of solutions to help CXO executives enhance their security strategies and accelerate alignment of those strategies with the business. Prior to Optiv, Clark held a leadership role at Websense, where he was a driving force behind the company’s transformation into a provider of critical technology for chief information security officers (CISOs). In a prior role as CISO and vice president of infrastructure for Emerson Electric, Clark significantly decreased the company’s risk by developing and executing a successful security program for 140,000 employees across 1,500 locations. He was previously CISO for The New York Times, and has held security leadership and technical roles at EverBank, BB&T and the U.S. Army.

Krishna Narayanaswamy

Chief Technology Officer

A highly regarded and awarded researcher in security, behavioral anomaly detection, and deep packet inspection, Krishna brings two decades of technical and thought leadership as founder and chief technology officer at Netskope. Krishna leads Netskope’s data science and user behavior research and is a prolific writer and speaker on a range of cloud security topics. He has authored more than 20 patents and co-authored the industry’s first Cloud Security for Dummies book. Prior to Netskope, Krishna held numerous leadership positions, including founding Top Layer Networks and serving as a distinguished engineer at Juniper Networks.

James Christiansen

VP, Cloud Security Transformation

James Christiansen is Netskope’s vice president of cloud security transformation and leader of the Chief Strategy Office. He is focused on Netskope’s global strategy to drive thought leadership in cloud security transformation.

James brings extensive expertise as a global leader in information security. Prior to joining Netskope, he was vice president CISO at Teradata where he led the global security, physical, and information security teams. Previously, James was vice president of information risk management at Optiv, chief information risk officer for Evantix, and CISO at Experian Americas, General Motors, and Visa International.

As a sought-after expert speaker on security, James has been featured at numerous prestigious events, including the Business Roundtable, Research Board, American Bar Association, American Banker, the RSA Conference, BankInfoSecurity, ISSA, ISACA, HIMSS, and MIS Training Institute. He has also been featured in The New York Times and quoted as an expert in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, United States Cybersecurity Magazine, Bloomberg, and Healthcare IT News.

James is a patent inventor and has received three innovation awards in cyber security, GRC, and cloud computing. He is the author of the Internet Survival Series and contributing author of CISO Essentials, as well as numerous industry papers.

He earned his master’s degree in business administration with a focus on international management and his bachelor’s degree in business management from Westminster College.

Lamont Orange

CISO

Lamont has more than 20 years of experience in the information security industry, having previously served as vice president of enterprise security for Charter Communications (now Spectrum) and as senior manager for the security and technology services practice at Ernst & Young.

Prior to joining Netskope, Orange was CISO for Vista Equity Partners/Vista Consulting Group. He was responsible for managing the cybersecurity programs and development of cybersecurity talent within the Vista portfolio, which included more than 50 companies. Prior to Vista, Lamont was Information Security Officer for Websense. In that role, he was responsible for developing, maintaining and socializing the company’s internal security program. He was also responsible for working with current and potential customers demonstrating security of the solutions and the connection to the overall security ecosystem.

Bob Gilbert

VP, Security Cloud GTM Strategy and Chief Evangelist

Bob Gilbert heads up the product marketing efforts at Netskope. Bob is a prolific speaker and product demonstrator, reaching live audiences in more than 45 countries over the past decade. His career spans more than 25 years in Silicon Valley where he has held leadership roles in product management and marketing at various technology companies. Most recently he was the Chief Evangelist at Riverbed where he was a member of the pioneering product team that launched Riverbed from a small start-up of less than 10 employees to a market leader with more than 3,000 employees and $1B in annual revenue. Bob was first introduced to the world of cyber security as a teenager in the 80s when he hosted a BBS and had to develop his own terminal software to prevent Russian hackers from infiltrating his site being hosted from his parent’s home.

Neil Thacker

CISO, EMEA

Neil Thacker, a cybersecurity executive and co-founder holds over 20 years’ experience in the cybersecurity and technology industry.

As Netskope Chief Information Security Officer EMEA, Neil works alongside product and engineering teams to ensure the secure delivery of Netskope technology and services. With a focus on data protection and regulatory compliance, Neil works with Netskope customers to ensure their security programmes are both optimised and can deliver on their strategic requirements in a cloud-first world.

Prior to joining Netskope, Neil served at Swiss Re, Deutsche Bank, Camelot Group and Forcepoint.
Neil is co-founder and board member of the Security Advisor Alliance (SAA), a not-for-profit organisation formed to both help security leaders in their role and to promote information security and cybersecurity careers to future generations.

Neil is Advisory Board member for the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) EMEA and member of the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) where he contributes to the EU agency program to position the threat landscape, mitigation advice and threat analysis and innovation.

Neil is an Advisory Board member to NeuroCyber, supporting and coordinating national activity, awareness, knowledge and action on improving neurodiversity and inclusion in cybersecurity.

Neil is CISSP, CIPP/E and CEH certified and is a frequent speaker and writer on cybersecurity, data protection and privacy-related topics.

David Fairman

CSO, APAC

David Fairman is an experienced CSO/CISO, strategic advisory, investor and coach. He has extensive experience in the global financial services sector. At NAB, David was the Chief Security Officer (CSO) owning all aspects of Physical Security, Fraud, Investigations and Cyber Security. Prior to NAB, he was the Group Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Royal Bank of Canada. David has been a senior leader at JP Morgan Chase & Co as Deputy Technology Controls Officer and Global Head of Technology Risk and Control. David has also held several senior roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), including CISO RBS Americas and Head of Information Security EMEA.

David was raised and educated in Australia where he received his Bachelor of Information Technology in Software Engineering and Computer Science. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Project Management. David began his career in Information Security while serving in the Royal Australian Air Force’s Electronic Warfare and Communications group, where he gained valuable experience in the technology, policy and process aspects of security and risk management.  Subsequently, David worked in a variety of roles in technology and cyber, including in the utilities sector (gas and electricity). David holds a number of positions on boards of directors and was a founding member of the Security Advisor Alliance (www.securityadvisoralliance.org), and the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange. During his tenure at NAB, David was the Chair for the Board of Directors for the Australian Financial Crimes Exchange. David also advises a number of VC funds and Cyber Security companies.

In 2015, David was named as one of the Top 10 CISOs to know, and is seen as a thought leader in the cyber security industry as profiled by K-Logix.

David co-authored “Cyber Risk” (2016), and co-edited “Fintech: Growth and Deregulation” (2018) published by Risk Books.

David is passionate about education. He has held Adjunct Professorships at both the University of New York and the University of Toronto and is currently working with Deakin University in Australia.

Nathan Smolenski

Director, Enterprise Strategy CISSP, CISM, CISA

Nathan is an experienced CISO & risk management and technology leader with over 19 years of experience across financial services, management consulting, insurance, and software industry verticals.

Nathan currently serves as Director, Head of Enterprise Security Strategy as a member of the global strategy team at Netskope, focused on digital transformation and the impacts on cybersecurity programs and strategies. Nathan also focuses on security research, technology evolution, leadership enrichment, and mentoring.

Nathan started his career in security and risk management as Head of Operational Risk Management at Bank Julius Baer & Co, NY. In the years that followed, Nathan served as the CISO for 21st Century Insurance, a Farmers Insurance Company. Eventually, Nathan took over as CISO of Zurich North America with cybersecurity responsibility for all of the Zurich Insurance brands across the US and Canada. Following Zurich North America, Nathan became the first CISO/CSO of the global management consulting firm Spencer Stuart, building the firm’s first enterprise security program covering 70 offices in over 30 countries. Lastly, before joining Netskope, Nathan served as the Head of Technology Security Strategy, Architecture, and Engineering for the NY Life Insurance Company.

Nathan maintains the CISSP, CISA, and CISM designations and has an educational background in business, technology, homeland security, and emergency preparedness. Nathan served as a member of Zurich’s global security leadership team that received an RSA award for ‘Excellence in the field of information security’ in 2014 and was a 2016 nominee for The City of Chicago’s CISO of the Year. Nathan also actively serves as a board member and mentor for several technology companies and as a board advisor to Ithaca College to develop their cybersecurity educational program.

James Robinson

Deputy CISO

Robinson es un profesional experimentado con casi 20 años de experiencia en ingeniería de seguridad, arquitectura y estrategia. Desarrolla y ofrece un conjunto completo de servicios y soluciones estratégicas que ayudan a los ejecutivos a cambiar sus estrategias de seguridad a través de la innovación.

Antes de trabajar en Netskope, Robinson fue vicepresidente de gestión de riesgos de terceros en Optiv, donde trabajó como colaborador principal en iniciativas estratégicas internas, incluyendo gestión de amenazas, gestión de riesgos, gestión de riesgos de terceros, gestión de vulnerabilidades y protección de programas de datos. Antes de Optiv, fue el oficial de arquitectura y estrategia de seguridad de Websense. También se ocupó anteriormente de la seguridad de productos en Emerson Network Power, una división de Emerson Electric Company, donde construyó la primera organización de seguridad de productos de la compañía, incluyendo modelos de programas y referencias, que luego fueron adoptados por la oficina del CTO de Emerson Electric.

Ha ocupado cargos de creciente responsabilidad en otras compañías de Fortune 500 como Anheuser-Busch y State Farm Insurance, donde dirigió una de las pruebas de intrusión más exitosas en la historia de la compañía.

A lo largo de su carrera, Robinson ha ayudado a las empresas a planificar, construir y ejecutar programas de seguridad, y ha desarrollado soluciones para la arquitectura de redes y la seguridad de aplicaciones, pruebas de intrusión, respuesta a incidentes, seguridad y evaluación de riesgos, investigaciones e investigaciones forenses y seguridad de productos. Estudió en la Universidad de Webster, donde cursó estudios de administración de empresas y tiene varias certificaciones técnicas.

Damian Chung

Business Information Security Officer

Damian Chung is a cybersecurity leader with over ten years of security experience focused in healthcare.

As the Business Information Security Officer at Netskope, Damian is responsible for overseeing corporate security tools and processes and acts as the subject matter expert in the healthcare vertical. He also serves as an adjunct professor for the cybersecurity program at the University of Advancing Technologies in Tempe, AZ.

Prior to Netskope, Chung was the Sr. Director, Cybersecurity Engineering at Dignity Health where he implemented multiple cybersecurity controls and helped mature their security program by developing a healthcare-focused security roadmap.

Additionally, Damian has held the role of VP of IT, Cloud Security & Compliance for a healthcare technology company where he built a HIPAA compliant cloud service. Damian has an MSc from Arizona State.

Mark Day

Chief Scientist

Mark Day brings a diverse background to his role at Netskope, where he combines his interests in competitive analysis and technology strategy. He is author of the book Bits to Bitcoin: How Our Digital Stuff Works. He has more than thirty patented inventions, and has taught at both MIT and Harvard.

Hansang Bae

Field CTO

Hansang Bae is a Field CTO at Netskope. As part of the Office of the CTO, he is responsible for guiding the company's technology, vision, and strategy, especially as it relates to security and network integration. He is also an active participant of Wireshark open source development. Prior to joining Netskope, he was the CTO of Riverbed and was a member of the Citi (Citigroup) Architecture and Technology Engineering leadership team. As one of the six global engineering leads at Citigroup, he was responsible for Branch & Datacenter engineering, performance engineering, network management (NMS) tools, and capacity planning groups for all of Citi.

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