Veeam Software appoints new CISO
Gil Vega joins to help scale internal security and compliance processes in the company
Veeam Software has announced the appointment of Gil Vega as the chief information security officer (CISO). Vega will be responsible for establishing and maintaining Veeam’s vision and strategy to ensure its information assets and solutions are adequately protected.
He will be pivotal in driving strategies to help customers protect their critical data across multiple environments and ensure regulatory compliance. He has held various cybersecurity leadership posts within the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Intelligence Community.
Vega will report to Bill Largent, Veeam chief executive officer (CEO), and will be part of the company’s executive management team.
“Data is the most critical asset in any organisation, but protecting it [data] against threats – both external and internal – is becoming more complex,” said Bill Largent, CEO at Veeam.
“Cybersecurity is a top concern for business leaders, which is why they look to Veeam to ensure that their data is managed and protected no matter where it resides. To ensure that we continue to pioneer this space, and help build out our offerings across all sectors, I am delighted that Gil has joined our executive team. His experience is second-to-none, and I know that under his leadership we will take our data security, governance and compliance strategy and policies to the next level to continue to lead the industry.”
With more than 22 years’ experience, Vega is a security expert through and through. Before joining Veeam, Vega was Managing Director & CISO responsible for global cybersecurity, technology risk & compliance at CME Group Inc., based in Chicago. CME Group is the world’s leading exchange operator and most diverse derivatives marketplace – handling 3 billion contracts worth approximately $1 quadrillion annually. Prior to his career in financial services, Vega was a member of the U.S. Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service and served as the Associate Chief Information Officer & CISO for the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement in Washington, DC.
“I am thrilled to join Veeam, not only because it is the leader in Cloud Data Management, but being in a position to have examined the vision of where the company is going I firmly believe Veeam will continue to transform the industry,” commented Gil Vega, chief information security officer (CISO) at Veeam. “Veeam’s DNA revolves around delivering the ultimate customer experience and ensuring that data is protected irrespective of its location. Veeam’s vision and strategy are unchallenged in the market, and has an exceptionally solid roadmap through 2020 and beyond. I am excited about leading Veeam’s effort for taking internal data security, governance and compliance strategy and processes to the next level.”
Vega’s previous experience includes serving as managing director and CISO at CME Group, Inc. and as the associate chief information officer & CISO for the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement in Washington, DC.
Vega holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Information Systems & Information Assurance, is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia and a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having participated in combat operations in Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield and Desert Storm.