Women in IT Security: 10 Power Players
Women in IT Security: 10 Power Players

Myrna Soto, senior vice president & CISO, Comcast

An avid golfer, foodie, wine enthusiast and music lover, Myrna Soto also happens to be one of the strongest advocates for consumer privacy and security. With more than 20 years of information technology and security experience already behind her – including stints as CISO for MGM Resorts International and senior leadership positions with American Express and Kemper Insurance – Soto was recruited in September 2009 as Comcast's first chief infrastructure and information security officer. 

Soto is responsible for enterprise information and infrastructure security strategy and is in charge of the several security teams focusing on the protection of customer data, the sanctity of her company's enterprise and delivery infrastructure, as well as activities dealing with compliance. Soto manages the protection and security of connections to 20 million homes.

Protecting the privacy and security of customers, she says, is the top goal. “We have taken steps to make sure our network supports our customers' secure and private communications,” she explains. 

Soto says that she feels fortunate to have worked in a number of companies that have supported her growth. “As a result, any obstacles I've encountered have been tremendous opportunities to demonstrate value and lead by doing,” she says. Being a female leader in the security space certainly did not come without its fair share of obstacles and challenge, she adds. “However, I have been blessed to work with organizations that have embraced diversity and have shown a commitment to supporting a truly inclusive environment.” 

Soto serves on the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) Board, where her colleague, J. Alberto Yépez, managing director at Trident Capital, says it's been a pleasure working together.

“Myrna Soto is an accomplished executive, natural leader and one of the most innovative cybersecurity practitioners in our industry,” Yépez says. “She is a big champion of diversity in technology and a role model and an inspiration for many women and minorities pursuing technology careers.”

Soto says there's some progress to be made, but finds it “incredibly satisfying” to see the continued expansion of programs and initiatives encouraging and supporting women to get involved in STEM fields. “I have been encouraged by the increase in talent in the security and technology pipeline who are women. We still need to make diversity a priority to achieve our goals, though.” – GM