Shailaja Shankar

SVP, Engineering

Security Business Group

Shailaja Shankar is the Senior Vice President, Engineering of Cisco Security Business Group (SBG). A respected and transformative leader with strong executive management skills and deep technical experience, Shailaja is responsible for threat research, architecture, and engineering. Shailaja came to this role after holding numerous leadership positions within the security business including General Manager of the organization where she oversaw strategy, portfolio, and architecture. Shailaja was also Senior Vice President and GM of the Cloud and Networking Security business entity, where she focused on delivering the industry's most innovative solutions and leading Cisco through major technology shifts in cloud, network, and workload security through SASE, SSE, and Zero Trust. Shailaja knows how to bring a team together around a shared culture to drive the maximum results. She leads a team of experienced cybersecurity experts and accomplished engineers that deliver a world-class portfolio which offers end-users the best experience to securely access their applications and data. Prior to joining Cisco in June 2021, Shailaja was SVP of Engineering, Enterprise at McAfee, responsible for its security and threat defense solutions across endpoint, extended detection and response, data center security, and cloud native application protection. She led this global engineering team through strategic change and was able to deliver growth at scale for all major customer segments. In 2022, Shaila received accolades for her executive leadership within the IT industry and beyond. She was named among 10 Women Making a Difference in Cybersecurity by CRN and appointed to BorgWarner’s Board of Directors. This synergistic position leverages Shaila’s deep experience innovating technological solutions and driving strategic change in global enterprises. In addition to her deep technical product and portfolio development experience, Shailaja also prides herself on being a champion of diversity, mentoring next generation of technical women. She is a global advisor with How Women Lead.


November 16, 2022


UN’s International Day of Tolerance is a good reminder that workforce diversity should be 365-day goal

Cybersecurity is in critical need for for a more diverse and inclusive workforce. The UN International Day for Tolerance is a great opportunity to observe that.

November 4, 2022


Ways You Can See Yourself as a Mentally Stronger Cybersecurity Professional

Cisco Secure is committed to the goal of helping organizations become more security resilient. Working in cybersecurity can be a stressful endeavor, so we are sharing helpful ways people can develop more resilience with regards to mental health.

November 1, 2022


Partner Summit 2022: Let’s Own the Opportunity to Build a World of Secure, Resilient Organizations

“Let’s Own It” is a rallying cry for Cisco and our partners alike to recognize our customers' need for security resilience and empower them to help protect the integrity of entire IT ecosystems. Cisco Security Cloud is an open, integrated security platform that safeguards users, devices and applications across public clouds and private data centers.

September 20, 2022


The 4 Lenses of Resilience and What They Mean for Security

What makes a business resilient? Learn more about how to prepare for security attacks, minimize risk and recover faster by investing in four types of resilience.

June 30, 2022


Top of Mind Security Insights from In-Person Interactions

After two years of virtual engagements, in-person events underscore the power of face-to-face interactions. It’s a reminder of just how enriching conversations are and how incredibly interconnected the world is. And it’s only made closer by the security experiences that impact us all.

May 10, 2022


Fostering a culture that normalizes mental health discussions

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an important topic to me personally and my leadership ethos. It is a challenge that spans the globe—day-in and day-out.

April 6, 2022


Enabling Security Resilience in the Face of Unpredictable Change

Security resilience is confronting this new world where everyone and everything are connecting. Businesses are operating as integrated ecosystems with boundaries between the corporations, customers, suppliers and partners all blurring.

February 15, 2022


NFL Teams Up with Cisco to Secure Super Bowl LVI

In security, preparedness is often the name of the game. That’s why the NFL teamed up with Cisco to secure its Super Bowl LVI network infrastructure.

October 29, 2021


Diversity Matters in Cybersecurity

It’s as serendipitous as it seems designed that there are two important worldwide recognitions in October: Global Diversity and Cybersecurity Awareness.