Jason Lamar

Senior Director

Security Product Management Group

Jason Lamar has been involved in IT security for more than 20 years. He leads the Network Security and Advanced Threat Defense portfolio at Cisco. With broad expertise in security technologies, he works with many organizations around the world to evolve their security controls and assure business operations as they make the transition to the digital economy.

Lamar is a veteran of startups and many acquisitions, both acquiring and being acquired, and has particular expertise at integrating product teams, technologies, and customers into new experiences and opportunities. His career spans the customer journey, including support, professional services, managed security, business development, and product line management. These experiences drive the customer-centric approach he and his team deliver to Cisco’s customers.

Lamar came to Cisco in 2013 through the acquisition of Sourcefire, where he led product management and played a key role in expanding Sourcefire into the multi-product company that Cisco acquired for $2.7B.

Prior to Cisco, Lamar led product management at Secure Computing Corporation for the highly profitable Sidewinder firewall for Government and critical infrastructure Enterprises, integrating several acquisitions and achieving industry first innovations. He led the team through the integration of McAffee’s acquisition of Secure Computing in 2008. He then made significant contriubutions to their Security business unit.

Prior to 2001, Lamar created one of the first major manged security organizations at startup company Digex, an early provider of Cisco Powered backbone and web hosting services. He also lead product management at Rivien communications, a telecom startup focused on CLEC consolidation leveraging unified data and voice communications.

Well respected as a leader in the security industry, Jason Lamar is a frequent public speaker, a regular blog contributor, and has served as a source for Dark Reading, Gartner, IDC, and other organizations focused on cyber security trends and issues. He is excited to share his experience and insight with Cisco customers and partners worldwide.


January 11, 2017


2016 – What a Year for Cisco Security

3 min read

What a giant year for Cisco Security! In 2016, we pursued our effective security architecture with innovative solutions – from the network to the endpoint to the cloud. I couldn’t...

December 19, 2016


To be Effective, Security Needs to Be a Force Multiplier

4 min read

Effective security is simple, open, and automated.  We’ve already talked about simple and open. Now let’s talk about automated. Security admins can relate to this scenario. You just learned of an infected system in your environment of thousands of devices. How many others are affected? That’s hard to figure out even in elite operations. What […]

November 29, 2016


To be Effective, Security Needs to Play Well with Others

5 min read

Effective security is simple, open, and automated.  In the last blog, I described several efforts by Cisco to pursue simplicity.  Now let’s talk about how we are executing on the open part. Openness is about playing well with others. As a kid I heard it from my parents, and now I find myself saying it […]

October 28, 2016


To be Effective, Security Must be Simple, Open, and Automated

4 min read

Organizations must take advantage of the digital economy in order to succeed and grow. But to do this, and do it securely, we can’t be compromised by complexity. Our IT landscapes are often systems cobbled together over the years. We may have servers from 15 years ago and cloud apps from 15 minutes ago. We […]

October 3, 2016


Simpler NGFW Management – Lets You Get Home in Time for Dinner

3 min read

Firepower Device Manager makes NGFW connectivity and protection as fast and easy as deploying routers and switches.

September 17, 2014


A Visibility-Driven Approach to Next-Generation Firewalls

3 min read

Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services has redefined the next-generation firewall (NGFW) as an adaptive, threat-focused platform, delivering superior, multi-layered protection, unparalleled visibility, and reduced security costs and complexity. This...

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