08/ JUSTIN SOMAINI
Veteran CISO | Entrepreneur in Residence, Storm Ventures
You'd be hard pressed to find a security leader with a better pedigree than Justin Somaini, especially in the turbulent tech market. In an hour long interview, Justin explains common mistakes made by investors and vendors, what it feels like to be a global CSO of a 90,000 person company, who the CISO should report to and how the CISO can win in the boardroom (often by staying out of it!) Sales people, this is one if for you: Justin explains how you can avoid stepping on CISOs' toes and what you can do to stand out from the crowd. For aspiring or young security leaders, Justin shares generously from his playbook including what should be your focus in the critical first weeks of a new job.
Justin Somaini is one of the most deeply experienced and visible security leaders in the Silicon Valley. Most recently, Justin was the Global CSO for SAP where he was accountable for all Physical, Product, and Enterprise Security. Over his 25 years in security, he's held many roles including Chief Trust Officer at Box, CISO at Yahoo!, CISO at Symantec and Director of Information Security at Verisign.
Justin is also an active advisor at companies such as Qualys, Palo Alto Networks, Sentinel Labs, SourceClear and Solve Media. Currently, he is an EIR at Storm Ventures and advising companies on building out their security programs. Justin holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Drexel University, Philadelphia.