Keynote Presentations

Christopher Young: CEO, McAfee

Christopher Young (@youngdchris) is CEO of McAfee, LLC. He works side by side with the industry‘s best and brightest to protect all that matters through leading-edge cybersecurity.

In 2014 he joined Intel, and later led the initiative to spin out McAfee, one of the largest, pure-play cybersecurity brands in the world. As a standalone company, McAfee has a clear mission and roadmap for the future to drive limitless innovation, securely.

Under Chris‘ leadership, McAfee protects mission-critical systems and data for nine of 10 Fortune 100 firms, and is in more than two-thirds of the Global 2000. Governments and organizations of every size also rely on McAfee, as do nearly 300 million consumers.

Chris serves as a member of the President‘s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), which advises the U.S. government on national security and emergency preparedness. He also helped establish the non-profit Cyber Threat Alliance—a group of companies who share threat intelligence and currently serves on its board.

As a recognized and respected voice in cybersecurity, media rely on Chris‘ insights and industry events feature his keynotes on their center stages.

Earlier in his career, Chris led cybersecurity efforts at Cisco, RSA (a division of today‘s Dell EMC), and AOL. He also led end-user computing at VMware and cofounded the company, Cyveillance.

Chris currently serves on the board of directors of American Express and Snap Inc. He was formerly a board member of cybersecurity data analytics firm Rapid7 before its IPO and during its transition to a publicly held company. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University.

Chris holds a bachelor‘s degree cum laude from Princeton University, and an MBA degree with distinction from the Harvard Business School.

Allison Cerra: Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, McAfee

Allison Cerra is senior vice president and chief marketing officer at McAfee. In this role, she is responsible for leading all of McAfee’s marketing and communications initiatives. Cerra was previously vice president and head of marketing at Intel Security Group.

Before joining McAfee, Cerra served as vice president of marketing for the Americas Enterprise Group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Prior to that, she served as vice president of marketing and communications at Alcatel-Lucent, vice president of sales and marketing at Frontier Communications, and director of consumer marketing at Verizon.

An accomplished senior marketing executive, Cerra has co-authored four books exploring how technology is changing business models and user behaviors. Most recently, she co-authored The Second Economy, which defines a new paradigm for how cybersecurity professionals can more effectively defend their organizations against online adversaries. She was named "CMO of the Year" and "Top Researcher of the Year" by the Dallas/Fort Worth American Marketing Association, and was recognized as a "Women in Business" and "Women in Technology" honoree by the Dallas Business Journal.

Cerra earned bachelor's degrees in marketing and management from the University of South Florida, and master's degrees in business administration and telecommunications from Southern Methodist University.

Steve Grobman: Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, McAfee

Steve Grobman is senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) for McAfee. In this role, Grobman sets the technical strategy and direction to create technologies which protect smart, connected computing devices and infrastructure worldwide. He drives McAfee innovation and leads thousands of technical resources to deliver robust and sophisticated cybersecurity solutions that protect corporate and consumer assets. Grobman is a trusted advisor to the industry and media in the field of cybersecurity defense and the evolving threat landscape.

Prior to joining McAfee, Grobman was at Intel where he spent over two decades in senior technical leadership positions related to the field of cybersecurity. His roles varied from protecting Intel‘s own assets as an IT security architect to building new security architecture into hardware and software as the chief architect for Intel‘s vPro platform. After the acquisition of McAfee in 2012, Grobman moved into the CTO office to drive new research and innovation capabilities for the division and was named worldwide CTO in 2014.

He has published multiple technical papers and books and holds 24 U.S. and international patents in the fields of security, software, and computer architecture, with another roughly 20 patents pending.

Grobman earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from North Carolina State University.

Rajiv Gupta: Senior Vice President, Cloud Security Business Unit, McAfee

Rajiv Gupta is senior vice president of the cloud security business unit at McAfee. Rajiv joined McAfee in January 2018 with the acquisition of Skyhigh Networks, the leading cloud access security broker (CASB) company where he was the founder and CEO.

Gupta has more than 20 years of successful enterprise software and security experience, and is recognized as a pioneer of web services. Prior to founding Skyhigh, Rajiv was vice president and general manager of the policy management business unit at Cisco.

Prior to Cisco, Rajiv was founder and CEO of Securent Inc., a policy-based web services management company that was acquired by Oblix/Oracle. Before Securent, he spent 11 years at Hewlett-Packard, where his work on client-utility computing technology was the precursor to cloud services as we know them today. With more than 45 patents, Rajiv is the inventor or co-inventor of some of the seminal concepts that underpin web services.

Rajiv earned a bachelor‘s degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology and his doctorate in computer science from the California Institute of Technology.