Additional Info

Job title of nominated professional (or team name)CEO
Company (where nominated professional or team is working)Virsec
Company size (employees)100 to 499
CountryUnited States
Headquarters RegionNorth America


Virsec CEO Atiq Raza is a security technology visionary and serial entrepreneur who built and managed successful companies and led engineering teams for the past 32 years. He is a highly sought-after advisor and speaker at industry and business events around the world.

At Virsec, Atiq leads an A-list team of industry veterans with broad leadership experience at companies including AMD, Cisco, IBM, Palo Alto Networks, Juniper, Dell, NextGen, BMC Software, ForcePoint, as well a long list of high-growth start-ups. Atiq is passionate about changing the balance of power in cybersecurity and restoring control to organizations, and has steered Virsec’s reputation as a leader in cybersecurity innovation and a game-changer in cyber defense strategy.

Atiq is a true technology industry luminary, and has been interviewed by the Computer History Museum:

Atiq was previously chairman and CEO of NextGen, the first company to successfully challenge Intel in microprocessors. Following NextGen’s acquisition by AMD, he served as AMD’s president.

Prior to NexGen, Atiq held various management positions at VLSI, and was the president of Technology Centers. After his tenure at AMD, Atiq founded Raza Microelectronics Incorporated (RMI). RMI was acquired by NetLogic. NetLogic in turn was acquired by Broadcom on the strength of the RMI Processor. Atiq has been on the boards of several successful start-ups including Mellanox (now a public company), SiByte (acquired by Broadcom for $2.2 billion), Siara (acquired by Redback for $4 billion), VxTel (acquired by Intel for $500 million) and Magma (now a public company). He has several degrees, including honors degrees in physics, philosophy, electrical engineering and a Master’s degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University. Atiq served on the Stanford University School of Engineering Advisory Board for eight years.


• Atiq has championed Virsec’s pioneering Runtime Application Memory Protection, which proactively detects and stops crippling attacks targeting critical infrastructure, including Industroyer, WannaCry, NotPetya, Havex, and Triton, that have all used fileless techniques to attack critical applications in runtime.

• Under Atiq’s leadership, Virsec technology has been deployed by industry leaders like Raytheon, AVEVA, GHD and Schneider Electric, as well as global industry leaders in financial services, healthcare, high tech, and more.

• Atiq has presided over Virsec company milestones including:
 $24 million Series B funding round to accelerate product innovation and global expansion
 One of only 17 companies to be awarded the Cyber Catalyst designation by Marsh, global leader in insurance broking and risk management
 Numerous industry awards for the business, product and technology