Security is boundless. It permeates everything in the organisation."

Steve Martino

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer at Cisco

Steve Martino leads Cisco’s Data, Privacy and Information Security organization. Under Martino’s leadership, this organization securely enables Cisco to innovate by adopting the most-effective security technologies, processes and policies, reflecting them in Cisco’s people, solutions and services, and sharing them with the company’s customers. His team equips the company to defend itself from cybersecurity threats and be ready to respond 24×7. Martino strives to create a world-class culture of agility, innovation, business and technical leadership that helps to make Cisco a trusted and leading security partner.

Martino has gained industrywide recognition and accolades for his expertise, leadership and willingness to help others be more secure. He won Silver for Security/Information Technology Executive of the Year in the 2018 Info Security Products Guide’s Global Excellence Awards. In 2017, he was profiled in The Wall St. Journal’s “A Day in the Life of a CISO” and Forbes Magazine’s “Profiles In Cybersecurity.” He was honored as a member of the S&TO team that won ‘Gold’ for Management Team of the Year by the Golden Bridge Awards and was named one of the Top 100 CISOs by Hot Topics Magazine. In 2016, the Info Security Products Guide Global Excellence Awards awarded him ‘Gold’ for People Influencing Information Security for Cisco’s outstanding Information Security program.

Martino’s investment in people development is vast. Not only has he continuously mentored numerous people in and outside of Cisco, he also has helped to start the Men for Inclusion and Diversity program at Cisco and has hired and developed a tremendous leadership bench. He has been an advocate and active participant in various Cisco Community activities. A long-time Habitat for Humanity supporter, Steve currently serves on the Habitat Silicon Valley/East Bay Foundation Board. He shares his passion for the organization by leading regular Habitat Build Days and was named Cisco Habitat for Humanity Executive Champion. He hosts March of Dimes fundraising events, Family Giving Tree Backpack Drive and Second Harvest Food Drive events. An avid cyclist, Steve has ridden the Tour de Cure to benefit the American Diabetes Association.

In addition to his security leadership role, Martino participates in various Cisco IT, risk management and business transformation initiatives and regularly reports on cyber-risk governance to Cisco’s Board of Directors’ audit committee. Prior to joining Cisco in August 2007, Martino spent six years at Digeo, Inc., as Vice President of Business Operations and six years with Click2learn, ending his tenure as Chief Operating Officer. He also has held management consulting roles at Sun Microsystems/SunSoft, Inc., Pricewaterhouse and Xerox Corporation.