Category: Top Management
Name: Bill Conner
Title: President & CEO
Why nominated: For his work helping to secure digital identities with his firm Entrust and his work to move consumer level secure communications and privacy practices to the enterprise with Silent Circle.
Profile: Bill Conner's work has spanned the gap between the private and public sectors having successfully run several major corporations, while working with the federal government to shore up its cyberdefenses.
Prior to taking on his role at SonicWall, Conner founded and was CEO of FWC Consulting – a position he retains - served as president and CEO of Silent Circle and serves on the board of director for Inuvo.
Conner's work with the government saw him launching and co-chairing the Business Software Alliance Information Security Governance Task Force in 2011 and co-chairing the Corporate Governance Task Force of the Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Security Partnership. His involvement here led to testifying on these topics on Capitol Hill on topics of critical infrastructure protection, security for SMBs and national security.
Another effort to bring cybersecurity knowledge to the masses involved Conner serving as the “DJ” for SiriusXM's cybersecurity special Hacked in 2014.
What colleagues say: “During my career as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and the co-founder of Chertoff Group, I have had the privilege of working with Bill Conner when I served as an advisor to the Board of directors of two companies he led, Entrust and Silent Circle. Additionally, Bill has been a tireless advocate for addressing cybersecurity threats through countless engagements with Capitol Hill, the media, and in the private sector when counseling the nation's business leaders. Bill has been a tireless advocate for addressing cybersecurity threats and challenges through countless engagements with Capitol Hill, media, and the Nation's business leaders. Indeed, Bill is very deserving of being recognized for his top contributions as a top security executive.”
- Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security; Chairman, The Chertoff Group