Edna Conway

Chief Security Officer

Chief Security Officer, Global Value Chain

Edna Conway serves as Cisco’s Chief Security Officer for its Global Value Chain. In this capacity, she develops and oversees the deployment of Cisco’s strategy to assess, monitor, and continuously improve the security and resiliency of its global value chain. Cisco's Value Chain Security Program spans its Supply Chain Operations, Engineering, Worldwide Partner and Services organizations. In addition, Conway drives Cisco’s supply chain cyber and security protection plan through its suppliers and channel partners.

Conway serves or has served on the company’s Cyber-Security Board, Risk and Resiliency Operating Committee, Global Compliance Governance Committee and Eco Board. She also serves as a leader in various international security, supply chain, and sustainability standards, public-private partnerships, and information and communications industry consortia (e.g., ISO, iNEMI, IPC, The Open Group Trusted Technology Forum, The Common Criteria and the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition).

Before joining Cisco’s Security and Trust Office, Conway has held multiple business, engineering and legal leadership positions at Cisco. Prior to Cisco, Conway was a partner in an international private legal practice and served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Hampshire.

Recognized for her expertise across industries, Conway is a frequent speaker for many organizations and companies. Her speaking venues have included government, academic and industry forums. Her work has also been featured in a range of publications, analyst reports, and case studies, some of which are referenced at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ednaconway

She holds an AB from Columbia University, a law degree from the University of Virginia and Executive Education credentials from Carnegie Mellon, New York and Stanford Universities and MIT.


November 27, 2019


A New Day for Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience

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It’s a new Day for National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience.  While November is recognized as the month focused on this issue in the U.S., for some time, digital transformation has widened the aperture of our lens dramatically.

October 2, 2019


Security in A World of “WE” – Embracing Our Third Party Ecosystems

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Edna Conway, Cisco CSO Global Value Chain will discuss supply chain security challenges and tested, practical methods to addressing those challenges at NATO NIAS’19 in Mons, Belgium in October https://nias19.com

November 15, 2018


Collaboration Is Key to Driving Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management Worldwide

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In our increasingly digital world, technological innovation not only presents new opportunities, but also raises new risks and challenges that must be addressed by industry, buyers, users, and policymakers. The...

July 18, 2018


Value Chain Security: The Ultimate Team Sport

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Cisco appreciates the importance of our third party ecosystem partners as they participate in the various stages of the lifecycle of our solutions—whether services, software or hardware.

November 22, 2017


The Ecosystem of Women in Cybersecurity – A Key to our Future!

3 min read

Digitization is driving each of us across all industries to make dramatic changes to how we approach customers, products, services, and the always-on, real-time information rich marketplace.  This digital economy is gender agnostic. And, it is highly dependent on a connected global ecosystem. The message is clear—no one person, enterprise, industry, government or region can […]

September 26, 2017


Do You Know How Secure Your Software Vendors Are?

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Third parties remain a critical source of security risk.  The recent discovery of malware embedded within the consumer application CCleaner, discovered by Cisco’s Talos cybersecurity research team, reminds us that cyber hygiene lies not just within ourselves. Talos stated in its September 18th Update: “Supply chain attacks are a very effective way to distribute malicious […]

July 21, 2017


Value Chain Security: Mid-Year 2017 Perspective

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Value Chain Security is increasingly top of mind across industry and government.  The word is out - the value chain must be addressed to ensure viable security.  Whether the discussion...

October 31, 2016


National Cybersecurity: A Collaborative Approach is Required

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As we wrap up National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in the U.S., cybersecurity continues to be a top-of-mind issue for business, government and consumers alike. In February 2016, President Obama...