17th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference
December 10-14, 2001
New Orleans, Louisiana


Forum - The Role of the Security Vendor CTO: Perspectives, Opinions, and Lessons Learned

Chair:
Jody Patilla
METASeS
USA

Ron Gula
Enterasys
USA

Gene Kim
Tripwire
USA

Chris Klaus
Internet Security Systems
USA

Paul Proctor
Centrax
USA

In the classic IT realm, the CTO role was created to assist CIOs to develop viable technical solutions to existing problems. However, in the realm of the vendors and suppliers, there is considerably less agreement on what exactly the CTO needs to do, but no shortage of opinions on what makes the role difficult to fill. This panel addresses a number of challenges by some of the most well-respected security tool vendor CTOs.