Richard Aceves


Security Research & Operations

Richard Aceves does not claim to know everything about networking security, but his experience at Cisco since 1997 has been instructive:

- Unless you live and breathe it, information security is something most people do not think about until after the proverbial horse has left the barn.

- Hunter S. Thompson was right: "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." There is much weirdness in security, regardless of the color of your hat.

- Results obtained through well-thought collaboration will always be better than those driven by fear.

Richard has led numerous security functions at Cisco, including the Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT). A strong proponent of ongoing education, he assists Cisco customers from consumers to C-level executives in understanding the constantly changing landscape of security. In addition to PSIRT, Richard had a customer-facing role in Paris for several years and presently leads the team responsible for the Cisco Security Intelligence Operations (SIO) Portal.

Prior to joining Cisco, Richard spent over a decade at Apple based in the US and France. When not focused on security, he enjoys running, cycling, wine, baseball, motorcycles, loud guitars, and a mischievous Chocolate Lab who has his own Twitter account.


October 31, 2013


NCSAM 2013 Wrap-Up: Cisco Thought Leadership Regarding a Different Ghost in the Machine

Is it the end of October already? As has been true for centuries, there is a tradition for children to wear costumes and disguise themselves while going door to door with a simple question: “Trick or treat?” While I am not sure there is a coincidence, but having National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) end […]

March 11, 2013


Why the Cisco SIO Portal Doesn’t Give Out Candy

This blog post highlights the most recent changes, several of which based on direct Cisco customer feedback, made to the Cisco Security Intelligence Operations (SIO) Portal. Thanks to this customer feedback, Cisco SIO is armed with the data necessary to evolve the Portal to ensure that relevant security content is where you need it, when you need it.

March 6, 2013


Social Media Is Like Stir-From-the-Bottom Yogurt, Culture and All

Security and its integration with social media continues to be a topic of conversation amongst my colleagues in Security Intelligence Operations. We observe how “being connected” has become an integral part of many lives around the world: each voice has an opportunity to be heard, provided those voices are given unfettered access to the Internet. […]