Palo Alto Networks Customers

Ben Rothke

Senior eGRC Consulting with the Nettitude Group

Ben Rothke, CISSP, CISM, CISA has over 15 years of industry experience in information systems security and privacy. His areas of expertise are in risk management and mitigation, security and privacy regulatory issues, design & implementation of systems security, encryption, cryptography and security policy development. Ben is the author of Computer Security – 20 Things Every Employee Should Know (McGraw-Hill), and writes security and privacy book reviews for Slashdot and Security Management and is a former columnist for Information Security, Unix Review and Solutions Integrator magazines. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, such as RSA and MISTI, holds numerous industry certifications and is a member of ASIS, Society of Payment Security Professionals and InfraGard. He also has a number of information security certifications, all of which begin with the letter C.

Jon Oltsik

Sr. Principal Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s Information Security and Networking services. With 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in threat and security management as well as all aspects of network security. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government. Prior to joining ESG, Jon was the founder and principal of Hype-Free Consulting. He has also held senior management positions at GiantLoop Network, Forrester Research, Epoch Systems, and EMC Corporation. Jon has an M.B.A. and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As an escape from cybersecurity intelligence and technology, he plays guitar in a rock-and-roll cover band.

Ron Woerner

Senior Information Security Trusted Adviser / vCISO Raytheon

Ron Woerner is a noted speaker and writer in the Security industry. He has over 25 years of IT and Security experience and has established the security practices for multiple Midwest organizations. He writes for, IBM Security Intelligence, and the Tripwire blog. He has been a feature speaker at the RSA conference for over 10 years. Last year, Ron was an official state delegate at Israel’s CyberTech conference. Ron built the Bellevue University Cybersecurity Studies program and continues to teach there as an adjunct professor. He is also a Senior Security Consultant for an international security services company. Ron loves to talk to others who are passionate about Security and Privacy.

Bill Yurek

Cyber Security, Investigations, Policy and Legal Exec. SME President, Inspired Hacking Solutions, LLC

Bill Yurek is the founder and president of Inspired Hacking Solutions, LLC, a cybersecurity consulting company. He provides guidance and advice to small businesses on security, compliance, IT governance and service contracting. He is a graduate professor for Norwich and Georgetown universities, and is a member of the Digital Government Institute Advisory Committee and the NIST Cloud Forensics Working Group. He is a certified cybercrime investigator and critical infrastructure protection specialist.

His experience includes the Defense Criminal Investigative Service the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the Department of Justice, during which time he also served as Deputy Director of the DC Area National Cyber Task Force and was a Special Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, the Central District of California, the Southern District of Florida and the District of Columbia. Prior to that, he was a Senior Counsel in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and a Team Leader for the US House of Representatives Select Committee on National Security and the Peoples Republic of China.

Mr. Yurek is a retired Special Agent and Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, where he investigated or directed the investigation of felony criminal offenses and counterintelligence matters. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Yurek was the Associate Director for Counterintelligence.

Mr. Yurek graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, and is an honors graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.

Scott Howitt

SVP, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at MGM Resorts International

Scott is accountable for the creation, implementation and oversight of a wide series of strategies and programs designed to limit information security risk across MGM Resorts International.  He is responsible for coordinating risk and security efforts companywide that are consistent with regulatory and legislative requirements as well as corporate strategy and policy.  He directs IT Security Governance and incident response efforts.

Prior to joining MGM International, Scott was the Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer at JCPenney Company, Inc.  In that role he managed the teams responsible for security engineering, threat intelligence, identity and access management, compliance and risk management and business continuity.  Other roles include the Director of Information Security at Alliance Data, Chief Information Security Officer at Benefitmall and the Chief Technology Officer at

Scott is a board member for the Retail & Hospitality – ISAC, which is dedicated to public and private security information sharing.  He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and servers on the Nevada Department of Homeland Security Cyber Commission.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the University of Texas.

Roland Cloutier

SVP, Chief Security Officer (CSO) at ADP

Roland is responsible for cyber, information protection, risk, workforce protection, crisis management, and investigative security operations for ADP. With over 25 years of experience in the military, law enforcement, and commercial sector, Roland is an expert in corporate and enterprise security, cyber-defense programs, and business operations protection. Prior to ADP, Roland served as CSO of EMC, was a US Air Force Combat Security Specialist, and an Aerospace Protection and Anti-Terrorism Specialist for the Department of Defense. Roland has been honored with numerous industry recognitions, most recently the 2018 ISE Luminary Leadership Award. Roland is also the author of, “Becoming a Global Chief Security Executive Officer” where he shares his expertise on how to effectively plan for the future demands of leadership in global security.

Helen Patton

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at The Ohio State University

With more than 23 years of experience in the Security, Risk and Resiliency profession, Helen Patton (CRISC, CISA) enjoys managing information, technology and operational risk for global organizations, and advocates using Information Risk and Security Management to enable the mission of any Institution.

Since July 2013 Helen has assumed the role of Chief Information Security Officer at The Ohio State University, where she works to enable a risk-aware culture. She manages the Enterprise Security team, and oversees Information Risk and Control Governance across the university. Prior to working at OSU, Helen spent nine years in a Fortune 50 Financial Services firm, where she was responsible for creating Risk and Resiliency programs and operations which delivered pragmatic risk delivery capabilities.

Helen works to encourage collaboration across and within industries, to enable better information security practices. She believes in improving diversity in the Information Security profession, and mentors people interested in pursuing a career in Security, Privacy and Risk Management.

Helen has a Master’s degree in Public Policy, and has earned Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified In Risk and Systems Control certifications from ISACA. She is a member of the State of Ohio Governor’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board, a founding board member of the National Technology Security Coalition, an advisory board member of CISOExecNet and is a member of the Ohio Cyber Collaboration Committee.

Ralf Schneider

CIO, Allianz

Tracy Z. Maleeff

Cyber Analyst at GSK, Sherpa Intelligence LLC

Tracy Z. Maleeff, aka @InfoSecSherpa on Twitter, is a Cyber Analyst in the Security Operations Center at GSK. Prior to joining the Information Security industry, Tracy worked as a librarian in academic, corporate, and private law firm libraries. While a member of the Special Libraries Association, Tracy received the Dow Jones Innovate Award, the Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Innovations in Law Librarianship award, and was named a Fellow. She has presented at many conferences, both Library & Information Science as well as Information Security, on topics ranging from social media, networking, research strategies, and security awareness. She received the Women in Security Leadership Award from the Information Systems Security Association and is very active in the Information Security community. Tracy holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as undergraduate degrees from both Temple University (magna cum laude), and the Pennsylvania State University.

Alpha Barry

Head of Group Infrastructure & Security, Group Processes and Information Technology, Thyssenkrupp AG

University Representative

Ethan Gumabay

Student, Computer Science Engineering, University of Virginia School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Ethan Gumabay is a senior at the University of Virginia pursuing a degree in Computer Science, and plans to complete an MS in CS focused on Cybersecurity following his undergraduate studies. Ethan’s research is focused on building upon the current techniques employed by deep learning-based systems to detect security vulnerabilities. His primary goals are to explore and document the frameworks at the intersection between data science and cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Canon Administrators

Kathi Whitbey

Program Manager, CTI Information Sharing at Palo Alto Networks

Kathi Whitbey currently serves as the Program Manager for Cyber Threat Intelligence Information Sharing programs within Palo Alto Networks. In this roll, Kathi was an integral part in the process for incorporating the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA), to include the CTA Platform development efforts. Kathi’s previous roles have included software development management and technical training efforts for such agencies as the FBI, DEA, various DoD programs, Department of Homeland Security, the Patent and Trademark Office, and the US Postal Service. Kathi also worked for the US Department of State and has traveled all over the world educating employees on custom software applications. In her free time, Kathi serves as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and was afforded the opportunity to serve in that role supporting the US Navy at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Africa for 12 months. Kathi has an M.S. degree in Information Systems.

Sue Pendleton

Chief of Staff for the Office of the CSO at Palo Alto Networks

Sue Pendleton, Chief of Staff-Office of the CSO, joined Palo Alto Networks in October 2015. Sue is responsible for team alignment and enablement and works side-by-side with the Chief Security Officer and the world-wide team of CSO’s on their collaborative efforts across the company. In this role, Sue acts a goalkeeper, operator, implementer, integrator, proxy and advisor. She also oversees the global administration for the team and supports special projects such as the Cybersecurity Canon.

Palo Alto Networks Regional Chief Security Officers

Kaoru Hayashi

Field Chief Security Officer (CSO)
Palo Alto Networks K.K.

Kaoru Hayashi is field chief security officer (CSO) at Palo Alto Networks K.K., the Japanese subsidiary of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. In this role, Kaoru is responsible for developing thought leadership, threat intelligence and security best practices, for the public and private sector across Japan.

He joined Palo Alto Networks in December 2015 as threat intelligence analyst of Unit 42 Japan, the Japanese unit of Palo Alto Networks threat intelligence team – Unit 42.

Before joining Palo Alto Networks, Kaoru worked as an engineer and manager for the Internet security lab of a major U.S. security company, where he focused on security research, responses to new malware, collection and analysis of vulnerability data, and technology development.

Based in Tokyo, Kaoru is a keen traveler and enjoys fishing and playing guitar.

Sean Duca

Palo Alto Network Regional CSO

Sean is the Regional Chief Security Officer for Asia Pacific at Palo Alto Networks where he works on the development of thought leadership, threat intelligence and security best practices for the cyber security community and business executives.

With more than 18 years of experience in the IT security industry, he acts as a trusted advisor to organisations across the region and help them improve their security postures and align security strategically with business initiatives.

Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, he spent 15 years in a variety of roles at Intel Security, with his last position as the Chief Technology Officer for Asia Pacific. Before this, Sean was involved in software development, technical support and consulting services for a range of Internet security solutions.

Sean actively discusses security issues in mainstream media, including television, radio, print and security related broadcasts. He regularly participates in forums, conferences and panels, and provides intelligence on cyber security matters to the public and private sector.

Paul Calatayud

Palo Alto Networks Regional CSO

Paul Calatayud serves as America’s Chief Security Officer for Palo Alto Networks. Prior to his role with Palo Alto Networks, Paul was Chief Technology Officer for FireMon, leading business development, corporate development, and product strategy. Paul is a two-time CISO and lead security strategy for a fortune 5 healthcare company providing cyber technology strategy for over 300K employees. Paul has held progressive roles in information security at the Department of Defense, Medtronic, Comcast, BAE Systems, Best Buy, and Vesta. Paul is also an advisor to half a dozen cyber companies, VC, and private equity firms. Paul holds multiple certifications including: CISSP, CISA, CISM, and GCIH. Paul holds a B.S. in Information Technology, MBA, Masters in Cryptography, and a PhD in Leadership (in progress).

Greg Day

Palo Alto Network Regional CSO

Greg Day is Vice President and Regional Chief Security Officer, EMEA, at Palo Alto Networks. In this role, he oversees Palo Alto Networks regional security operations and is responsible for regional cybersecurity strategy and the development of threat intelligence, security best practices and thought leadership for Palo Alto Networks in EMEA.

John Davis

Palo Alto Network Regional CSO

Retired U.S. Army Major General John Davis is the Vice President and Federal Chief Security Officer for Palo Alto Networks, where he is responsible for expanding cybersecurity initiatives and global policy for the international public sector and assisting governments around the world to successfully prevent cyber breaches.

Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, John served as the Senior Military Advisor for Cyber to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy. Prior to this assignment, he served in multiple leadership positions in special operations, cyber, and information operations. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal.

John earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Master of Military Art and Science from U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and Bachelor of Science from U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Naveen Zutshi

CIO Palo Alto Networks

Naveen Zutshi joined Palo Alto Networks as Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer in December 2015. In this role he is responsible for Palo Alto Network’s Information technology solutions, driving a comprehensive strategy for information technology that will help scale the company rapidly, deliver on innovative solutions globally, and build a world class IT organization.

Naveen’s experience spans applications, software development, infrastructure and leading organizations in large scale enterprises to small startups. Prior to Palo Alto Networks, Naveen was Senior Vice President, Technology at Gap Inc. responsible for the company’s infrastructure, operations, and information security organizations. Before Gap, Naveen spent three years as Vice President, Technology and Operations for Encover, a SaaS CRM company. In this role, Naveen was responsible for developing and bringing to market Service SaaS software. Prior to Encover, Naveen spent seven years with Cisco, serving in both infrastructure and applications roles with an emphasis on sales productivity and infrastructure automation. Prior to Cisco, Naveen spent six years with Wal-Mart, serving in a variety of IT/development positions including responsible for building applications that connected buyers to hundreds of thousands of suppliers worldwide.

He earned a BE in Computer Engineering from Bangalore University and an MBA from University of Arkansas.

Haider Pasha

Regional Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Palo Alto Networks

Haider has over 20 years of experience in the cyber security industry, split between Silicon Valley and Emerging Markets (Middle-East, Africa, Turkey, & Eastern Europe). Prior to his current role as Regional CSO for Palo Alto Networks, he spent 5 years at Symantec working as CTO and Systems Engineering Director for the same region, having earlier spent 14 years at Cisco covering similar roles. Haider is a trusted advisor to CISOs across Emerging Markets, partnering together to help build multi-year architecture strategies across the geography such as securing Cloud, Zero Trust, and Next Gen Security Operating Centers (SOC). A key area of specialty for Haider is around architecting SOCs, designing Threat Intelligence Platforms, and helping customers adhere to local cyber security regulations. Haider completed his MBA from Manchester Business School, UK and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, USA.

Sergej Epp

Regional Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Palo Alto Networks

Sergej Epp is Chief Security Officer for Central Europe at Palo Alto Networks, where he develops regional cybersecurity strategy and is overseeing cybersecurity operations and threat intelligence across the region. Prior to this role, he implemented and led multiple cyber security groups in the financial industry sector. His functional specialities include cyber defence operations, cyber risk management and transformation management. Sergej holds a B.Sc. in Information Technology and Digital Business and multiple certifications including: GXPN, GCDA, GCFA, CISM, GNFA, GREM.

Fred Streefland

Regional Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Palo Alto Networks

With more than 26 years of experience within Security & Intelligence, Fred is currently working as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for North & East-Europe (NEEUR) within Palo Alto Networks, located in the Amsterdam office. He is responsible for regional cybersecurity strategy development and threat intelligence, security best practices and thought leadership efforts for Palo Alto Networks in the NEEUR region. He is also a cyber security strategist and assists C-executives with their cyber security challenges.

The career of Fred started at the Royal Military Academy in Breda (The Netherlands) and after his graduation in 1992, he became a Security & Intelligence officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. In 2008 he resigned as a LtCol and moved to the commercial world. He started in IBM as a sales/consultant in the cyber security/public safety domain and became a member of the cyber unit within the Software Group. After some years, he moved to Accenture and worked as a senior manager in the smart grid security area. After this, he became one of the founders of the start-up company ENCS (European Network for Cyber Security) where he developed a Red Team/Blue Team course for Industrial Control Systems (ICS/SCADA). When this was done, Fred moved to Exact Software in the role of CISO and in 2015, Fred became the corporate CISO of LeaseWeb, a Dutch hosting & cloud company with a global footprint. In this role, he developed and implemented a successful method for CISOs how to secure an organization holistically.

Fred is a Cyber Security spokesman and he is regularly requested for national radio (BNR) or by Members of Parliament for advice on Cyber Security issues. He holds an Executive Master of Security & Defense (EMSD) and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Applied Sciences of Amsterdam.

Kevin O’Leary, MA, CISSP

Regional Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Palo Alto Networks

Kevin O’Leary is a senior IT Security professional with over 20 years of experience working for public institutions, private companies and large multinationals across Asia Pacific and Europe in a variety of management, engineering and advisory roles. He has worked both as a Chief Security Officer and Principal Security Architect across a range of business verticals (ICT, Pharma, Finance, Aviation and Manufacturing in particular).

Before joining Palo Alto Networks as the Field Chief Security Officer, APAC Kevin served as the VP and Chief Information Security Officer, GE Regions and Greater China. In this role Kevin advised the global and local leadership on Security and Risk aligned to business strategy within China and other growth regions globally. During 2017 as the new Cyber Security laws came into effect in the People’s Republic of China Kevin was asked to update the GE board as to the implications to GE operations and is much sought after for speaking engagements across the Asia Pacific region on this and other topics.

Prior to joining GE Kevin served as Asia Pacific & Japan CISO & Information Risk Management (IRM) Leader for HP Enterprise Security Services from 2014-2015. In this role He was responsible for the stability and growth of HP Security Services in ASEAN, North Asia and ANZ leading a team of 100 Security delivery personnel working across over 35 customer accounts across the region.
Prior to working in the APAC region Kevin was based in Europe and worked on a variety of projects in the private sector as well as several years with the European Commission in Brussels.

Kevin holds a MA in medieval history from the National University of Ireland and maintains a keen interest in the subject wherever he travels. As a former player and current qualified referee Kevin has been involved in the development of rugby in China and often travels to take part in tournaments and matches there and across the APAC region.
Kevin lives in Singapore with his family.

M. K. Palmore

Vice President, Regional Chief Security Officer (CSO) Americas at Palo Alto Networks

MK Palmore serves as VP, Field CSO (Americas) for Palo Alto Networks. His responsibilities include support of the initiatives headed up by the office of the global Chief Security Officer and continuing to provide thought leadership in the cybersecurity arena through both writing and speaking engagements. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, MK served as the Head of the Cyber Security Branch for FBI San Francisco capping a career of public service spanning 32-years. His leadership and investigative experiences while in the FBI included: Cybersecurity, Crisis Response/Management, Risk-Management Advisory Services, and Counter-Terrorism Investigations.  MK’s cyber security certifications include the CISM, CISSP, GCCC and the Carnegie Mellon University CISO Certification.  He earned a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from Pepperdine University where he currently serves as an adjunct instructor in the Information Systems Department for graduate studies. MK began his professional career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Andrew Hall

Director, Army Cyber Institute