Dug Song

Chief Strategy Officer

Cisco Secure

Dug Song is Chief Strategy Officer for Cisco Security, the world’s leading enterprise security business. In his role, Dug leads Cisco Security’s strategy and mission to transform the security industry. Dug co-founded Duo Security in 2010, leading the company to its acquisition by Cisco in 2018 for $2.35 billion, the largest exit ever for a Michigan-based software company. Duo comprises a key pillar of Cisco Secure’s Zero Trust offering, the most comprehensive approach to securing access for any user, from any device, to any IT application or environment. Dug is a renowned hacker and leading voice in the information security industry. He is often quoted on cybersecurity issues by international media, and appears onstage at industry events around the world. Prior to launching Duo, Dug spent seven years as founding Chief Security Architect at Arbor Networks, protecting 80 percent of the world’s Internet service providers. He also built the first commercial network anomaly detection system, acquired by Check Point. Dug is heavily involved in fostering entrepreneurship and community in Michigan. He is co-founder of the Ann Arbor’s Entrepreneurs Fund, helping local entrepreneurs turn business success into positive community impact, as well as the Ann Arbor New Tech Meetup, Tech Brewery, and the Ann Arbor Skatepark. Dug also serves on the boards of the Detroit Regional Chamber, Venture for America in Detroit, and Wallace House at the University of Michigan, home of the Knight-Wallace fellowships for journalists. In 2019, Dug and his wife Linh established the Song Foundation to invest in the innovative people and organizations who are improving the quality of life for all in Southeast Michigan, and help to build a more just and equitable world. Among its contributions, the Song Foundation led funding for over $1 million in emergency relief for small businesses in Washtenaw County and the United Way’s $1 million community relief fund at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. He earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts & computer science from the University of Michigan as a graduate of the Residential College.


July 21, 2021


The Security Startup Ecosystem and the Trends Cisco is Watching

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The 2021 CISO Survival Guide to Emerging Trends From the Startup Ecosystem offers a unique take on the security landscape and transitions.

October 28, 2020


Cisco’s Duo Security launches Trust Monitor to simplify access monitoring

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Cisco’s Duo Security announces general availability of Duo Trust Monitor, enabling organizations to consistently and continuously monitor the level of trust granted to users via machine-learning and analytics.

September 24, 2020


Pushing the Zero Trust Envelope – Cisco is Named a Leader in the 2020 Forrester Zero Trust Wave

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Cisco has been named a leader in the 2020 Forrester Zero Trust Wave. Thank you to our partners and customers for helping us push the envelope and trusting us.