We are in the middle of several major market trends and transitions, including mobility, cloud and virtualization. Security is at the center of these massive transitions, and our customers tell us that they want simplicity and seamlessly integrated solutions for their network architectures. These industry disruptions require new thinking to create innovative technological solutions that will solve our customers’ biggest problems.
Enter Bret Hartman.
Bret has joined Cisco as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Security Technology Group, which encompasses all of Cisco’s core security products. For Cisco, Bret will define our overall security technology strategy, particularly as it relates to how security technology integrates across the network infrastructure. Ensuring that our strategy transitions into value-added customer solutions will be critical as we move to an integrated security architecture that leverages the network.
Bret is a well-known security industry visionary and leader, with over 30 years of experience building information security solutions for major enterprises. He comes to us from RSA, the Security Division of EMC, where he was CTO and responsible for defining the corporate security strategy. His expertise includes Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web Services security, cloud and virtualization security, policy development and management, and security modeling and analysis. Prior to EMC, Bret held leadership positions at IBM, DataPower Technology Inc., and Quadrasis Security.
During the past decade, Cisco’s security posture has evolved from focusing on unprotected desktops and unmanaged desktops, to proliferating device types and a future of cloud-connected ecosystems. The CTO role is not only critical as we enter this new world of market transitions, but also as the threat landscape increases. Bret will work with our threat and government teams to ensure that all of these are taken into consideration when defining our future technology requirements and architecture.
The network is critical in the Security landscape because it ties together customers’ IT resources and touches all the key control points – from the data center to the end points. A security visionary such as Bret Hartman will lead the way in understanding our customers’ security requirements so that we can help solve their challenges as they cope with market transitions and an evolving threat landscape.