Cloud security provider Netskope has announced the expansion of the company’s office of the chief strategy officer with the appointment of Lamont Orange as chief information security officer (CISO) and Neil Thacker as CISO, EMEA.
Lamont Orange and Neil Thacker, with 20 years of experience in the information security industry, join the new team led by chief strategy officer Jason Clark. Building on the company’s forward momentum, the CISOs will work with the broader CSO team, as well as Netskope sales, product, and marketing functions to help transform customer security strategies to adapt to an increasingly cloud-first world. The CISOs will also drive Netskope’s own security strategy, integrating “best-of-breed” security strategies from the company’s customer base across its own product, marketing, and sales verticals.
“Security is now a core part of every business, and it is important for organizations to have a complete understanding across the company – whether in the board room or in the development team or in the field,” said Sanjay Beri, founder and CEO of Netskope. “Lamont brings an impeccable pedigree to Netskope and exemplifies the Netskope culture of being collaborative, innovative and transparent. I look forward to working alongside him to maintain and drive our top-notch security posture and evangelize the best-of-breed approach we’ve employed with the security community.”
Lamont Orange has more than 20 years of experience in the information security industry, having previously served as vice president (VP) of enterprise security for Charter Communications (now Spectrum) and as senior manager for the security and technology services practice at Ernst & Young. Prior to joining Netskope, Mr. Orange was CISO for Vista Equity Partners/Vista Consulting Group. He was responsible for managing the cybersecurity programs and development of cybersecurity talent within the Vista portfolio, which included more than 50 companies.
Prior to Vista, Lamont was Information Security Officer for Websense. In that role, he was responsible for developing, maintaining and socializing the company’s internal security program. He was also responsible for working with current and potential customers demonstrating security of the solutions and the connection to the overall security ecosystem. Mr. Orange is also an Adjunct Professor at Washington University Saint Louis, Masters of Cybersecurity Program and a member of University of Missouri Science and Technology Board of Trustee.
“Netskope is a company at the cutting edge of today’s security innovations and already trusted by a quarter of the Fortune 100,” said Lamont Orange. “I look forward to learning from customers and partners and working closely with the team to develop and implement long-term, scalable security strategies.”
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As CISO, EMEA, Neil Thacker is a veteran information security professional and a data protection and privacy expert. Mr. Thacker holds more than 20 years’ experience in the information security industry with 15 years’ experience as a leading security practitioner for organizations Deutsche Bank, Swiss Re and Camelot Group before spending the past 5 years as Deputy CISO for Forcepoint.
Thacker is a member of the ENISA Threat Landscape stakeholder group where he contributes to the EU agency program alongside CERTs to position the threat landscape, offer mitigation advice and threat analysis innovation. Thacker is co-founder and board member of the Security Advisor Alliance, a not-for-profit organization formed to help security leaders in their role, to give back and mentor new information and cybersecurity professionals from all backgrounds and to offer support to organizations in their move towards improved risk, data-centric and cloud-first strategies. Mr. Thacker is CISSP, CIPP/E, CEH & OPST certified.
“On the eve of the EU GDPR, it’s now more critical than ever that organizations need effective data protection and privacy strategies,” said Neil Thacker. “I am thrilled to be a part of the Netskope team and am excited to help advocate the company’s approach to cloud security while also helping support our customers on the need for improved data and privacy protection.”