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RSA 2019: 10 Execs On The Cybersecurity Leader They Look Up To Most

CRN asks 10 security CEOs, sales executives, and technical gurus attending RSA 2019 which cybersecurity leaders have shown them the way as a mentor, role model or technology visionary.

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Phil Quade, Fortinet Chief Information Security Officer

Former National Intelligence and NSA Director Mike McConnell has helped the United States and the cybersecurity industry mature by merging together a good understanding of foreign threats with what's needed on the commercial side to take on that foreign threat and engineer to an appropriate level, Quade said.

Officials with an intelligence background like McConnell are able to inject their perspective from dealing with bad actors on a routine basis into the commercial side of a business, according to Quade.

McConnell's multi-dimensional thanks to his nearly 15 years working at Booz Allen Hamilton, understand both the foreign threat as well as the realities of business, Quade said. He understands that organizations need to optimize around security, shareholder value and customer experience to drive business, according to Quade.

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