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Job title of nominated professional (or team name)Executive Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy
Company (where nominated professional or team is working)Proofpoint
Websitehttp://www.proofpoint.com
Company size (employees)1,000 to 4,999
Headquarters RegionNorth America

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â—Ź In 2021, Ryan was quoted in 425 articles across 13 countries and 315 media outlets. CISOs worldwide trusted his cybersecurity strategy and insight as the world navigated a flood of ransomware and other threats across the cybersecurity landscape. This included Bloomberg, The Washington Post, NBC10 Boston, Tech Radar UK, BBC World News, BBC Radio 5, Ticker TV (AU), and Wired (JP).
● Ryan helped shine a spotlight on the Microsoft paradox—namely, how Microsoft contributes to cyber threats and monetizes the cure. His insights were presented in a well-received byline in Fortune.
â—Ź He serves as a trusted advisor to CISOs worldwide and is also a member of the National Cyber Security Alliance board and Cybersecurity Technical Advisory Board. He has provided cybersecurity counsel to the Aspen Institute, National Governors Association, and global government delegations including Jordan, North Macedonia, Peru, and Spain.

Brief Overview

With over 20 years of experience in the information security industry, Ryan Kalember currently leads cybersecurity strategy for Proofpoint and is a much sought-after expert for leadership and guidance on cybersecurity best practices. His global team of security experts ensures that Proofpoint’s customers have consistent insight into the attacks that target their people. In addition to serving as a trusted advisor to CISOs worldwide, he is also a member of the National Cyber Security Alliance board and Cybersecurity Technical Advisory Board. He has provided cybersecurity counsel to the Aspen Institute, National Governors Association, and global government delegations including Jordan, North Macedonia, Peru, and Spain, and his expertise has been featured on ABCNews.com, Bloomberg, CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, NBC Nightly News, USA Today, and WIRED.
He contributed to the National Cybersecurity Agenda for Resilient Digital Infrastructure report by The Aspen Institute. The agenda is designed to assist federal policymakers in prioritizing, planning, and executing actionable cybersecurity initiatives whose goals are achievable in the next four years.
In addition, Kalember’s global team of security experts ensures that Proofpoint’s customers—including over 50% of the Fortune 1000—have consistent insight into the attacks that target their people. Early in his career, he was also a security practitioner, helping build many leading security organizations and security operations centers (SOCs) around the world. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, where he studied fault tolerance, cryptography, and authentication algorithms.