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Shailaja Shankar

SVP & GM of Cisco Security Business Group

Security Business Group

Shailaja Shankar is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco Security Business Group (SBG). A respected and transformative leader with strong executive management skills and deep technical experience, Shailaja is responsible for the company's global security business—including its innovative strategy, portfolio, and architecture—to fundamentally simplify the security experience. Previously, she was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud and Network Security (CNS) business unit within SBG. In this role, Shailaja focused on delivering the industry’s most innovative solutions in the SASE market and leading the future of cloud, network, and workload security—a priority to which she remains committed. 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, accomplished engineers, and product management that delivers 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 the team through strategic change and was able to deliver growth at scale. 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.

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June 30, 2022

SECURITY

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

SECURITY

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

SECURITY

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

SECURITY

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

SECURITY

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.

August 31, 2021

SECURITY

What you see is what you get … to protect

The value of visibility and observability and how data, depth, and detection allow customers to make smarter decisions sets them up for success wherever.

July 30, 2021

SECURITY

Why I Joined Cisco Security and Its Culture of Innovation and Inclusion

Joining Cisco’s Security business was the right opportunity. We are positioned to drive the future of networking as a unified, as-a-service offering.