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  • Job title of nominated professional: Chief Security and Information Officer
  • Company (where nominated professional or team is working): Citrix
  • Website: https://www.citrix.com/
  • Company size (employees): 5,000 to 9,999
  • Country: United States
  • Headquarters Region: North America

In 3 bullets, summarize why this professional or team deserves recognition:

• As CSO of Citrix, Black has gone above and beyond his duties of being responsible for the secure delivery of applications and data to the more than 400,000 organizations and over 100 million users globally of Citrix technology. Because of this, he has also taken on the role of CIO so he can further reduce the complexity of operations within the security and IT teams, and ensure that the technology used increases the company’s visibility to find and stop threats faster.

• Black has moved Citrix from reactive to proactive security business model by streamlining both security and IT to create a unified view of security operations and reduce threats. Along with this, Black has been able to help protect against and monitor nation-state attacks, perform security hygiene checks across Citrix and its customers, and implement employee and engineering security education programs.

• Through initiatives like the Security Ninja Program, Black has been able to increase IT visibility to focus on real threats while providing a platform to streamline and enforce employee education about security. By helping build this program, Citrix is able to better unify security, IT and engineering.

In less than 300 words, summarize the achievements of the professional or team in the nominated category

Stan Black, CISSP, is the Chief Security and Information Officer of Citrix where he is responsible for the secure delivery of applications and data to some of the world’s largest organizations in healthcare, financial services, and more. Black has more than 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, specializing in reducing business risk, threat intelligence, corporate data protection and crisis management.

Because of the success he has had running the global security organization within Citrix, he has also been appointment CIO and holds both job titles. Black’s team has not only unified security and IT, but also the physical security and safety of the company’s employees. Holding the role of CSO and CIO is unique, but monitoring physical security is yet another differentiator of Black’s global security organization. His empowering leadership style hinges on the trust and freedom he gives his team to execute projects and bring new ideas and solutions to reduce the complexity of operations and bring more visibility across IT, product engineering and security to stop the next attack. His team of more than 50 security professionals is able to protect against old and new threats, stopping more than 56 billion unique events per quarter.

As security initiatives become more essential, Black has worked closely with key stakeholders to implement strategy and process for developing more secure products that reduce IT complexity and help facilitate policies that add visibility to find and stop threats faster. The program he and his team developed is called the Security Ninja Program. Its goal is to unify IT, security, product development, and engineering to deliver secure products more efficiently. Through this program, team members are able to improve awareness and education on the practice of developing software, policies and technology with a constant focus on security during the entire software development lifecycle.

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