Veeam appoints Gil Vega as chief information security officer

Veeam Software have today announced that Gil Vega has been appointed chief information security officer (CISO).

Vega’s role as CISO

In his role, Vega will scale Veeam’s internal security and compliance processes, while helping the company navigate the complex and evolving cloud data management market as customers strive to secure and protect critical data.

He will be responsible for establishing and maintaining Veeam’s vision and strategy to ensure its information assets and solutions are adequately protected, and will be pivotal in driving strategies to help customers protect their critical data across multiple environments and ensure regulatory compliance.

Vega will report to Bill Largent, Veeam’s CEO, and will be part of the company’s executive management team.

Commenting on the appointment, Largent said: “Data is the most critical asset in any organisation, but protecting it [data] against threats — both external and internal — is becoming more complex.

“To ensure that we continue to pioneer this space, and help build out our offerings across all sectors, I am delighted that Gil has joined our executive team. His experience is second-to-none, and I know that under his leadership we will take our data security, governance and compliance strategy and policies to the next level to continue to lead the industry.”

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A wealth of experience

With more than 22 years’ experience, the new Veeam chief information security officer is considered a renowned security expert.

Before joining Veeam, Vega was managing director and CISO, responsible for global cyber security, technology risk and compliance at CME Group — the world’s leading exchange operator and most diverse derivatives marketplace, handling three billion contracts worth approximately $1 quadrillion annually.

Prior to his career in financial services, he was a member of the US Federal Government’s senior executive service and served as the associate chief information officer and CISO for the US Department of Energy and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Washington,DC.

Commenting on his appointment, Vega said: “I am thrilled to join Veeam, not only because it is the leader in cloud data management, but being in a position to have examined the vision of where the company is going, I firmly believe Veeam will continue to transform the industry.

“Veeam’s DNA revolves around delivering the ultimate customer experience and ensuring that data is protected irrespective of its location. Veeam’s vision and strategy is unchallenged in the market, and has an exceptionally solid roadmap through 2020 and beyond. I am excited about leading Veeam’s effort for taking internal data security, governance and compliance strategy and processes to the next level.”

Vega holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Information Systems and Information Assurance, is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia and a proud veteran of the US Army, having participated in combat operations in Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is the editor for Information Age. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and cyber security.