Chief Information Officer/C-Suite – Cemal Dikmen


Category: Chief Information Officer

Name: Cemal Dikmen

Title: Chief Technology Officer

Company: SS8 Networks

Why nominated: Cemal Dikmen has made significant technical contributions to the security industry.

Profile: Cemal Dikmen knows that intelligence is the key to keeping an organization safe from hackers and has spent a considerable amount of time and effort developing the tools needed to do this job.

Dikmen joined SS8 in April 2002, after spending time in the telecommunications industry, and has since been the driving force behind several technological innovations centered on gathering information, many of which are now being used by several national-level intelligence agencies. These advances include the ability to extract previously inaccessible levels of security intelligence from massive volumes network traffic at scale and then this information can be fed into his patented inventions that decode communications flows at gigabit speeds and perform deep packet inspection to gather application level intelligence like To/From information and attachment details in email traffic.

This was originally created to allow law enforcement and intelligence groups to track specific suspects, but Dikmen put a couple of original twists into this technology that allows it not track device, and not people, of interest on a system.

What colleagues say: “The growing sophistication of attack methods being used to target enterprises, communications service providers and governments, requires new levels of visibility into threats. Despite the fact that the attack surface that adversaries can compromise keeps expanding, malicious activity must still traverse the network. By focusing on the network and developing innovations that allow companies and governments to “see” deeper into packets that ever possible before, Cemal has provided the industry new ways to extract the intelligence needed to detect and respond to breaches before it's too late. His contributions are making our critical infrastructures safer, helping companies discover and prevent damages associated with data breaches, and providing the intelligence needed to maintain our national security.”

- John Campagna, President, Chenega Corporation

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