Keynote: Cisco’s Security Vision and the Transformative Impact of AI on Security

Spring 2024

Join Tom Gillis, SVP/GM Security at Cisco, as he unveils Cisco’s forward-thinking approach to cybersecurity, “Cisco’s Security Vision and the Transformative Impact of AI on Security”. Through a live demonstration, Tom will showcase Cisco’s revolutionary, from-the-ground-up approach where security meets the network. He will also discuss the pivotal role of AI in eliminating operational burden, simplifying security infrastructure, and reinforcing trust within enterprise compute infrastructure. This session provides a comprehensive look into the evolution of cybersecurity, guided by Cisco’s expertise.


  • Introduction to Cisco’s Security Vision
  • Unveiling Cisco’s Ground-Up Approach where Security Meets the Network
  • Live Demonstration of AI-Enhanced Security Features
  • The Role of AI in Reducing Redundancy and Simplifying Security
  • Enhancing Trust in Enterprise Computing with AI Security
  • Q&A Session

Who Should Attend:

  • CISOs and Security Professionals
  • IT Managers and Network Administrators
  • Enterprise Architects and Developers
  • Technology Innovators and Enthusiasts
  • Anyone interested in the future of cybersecurity and AI’s role in transforming security landscapes

What You Will Learn:

  • Cisco’s strategic vision for cybersecurity and the innovative approaches being adopted.
  • Insight into the development and functionality of AI-enhanced security solutions built from the ground up.
  • Understanding the benefits of AI in cybersecurity, including task automation, infrastructure simplification, and enhanced trust.
  • Practical knowledge of how AI is set to redefine security protocols and protect enterprise computing infrastructure more effectively.

This keynote is a must-attend for those looking to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape, offering a rare opportunity to glean insights from one of the industry’s most respected leaders.


Tom is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cisco Security Business Group (SBG). A respected security industry leader with strong executive management skills and in-depth knowledge of the challenges surrounding secure enterprise computing, Tom is responsible for the company’s global security business to fundamentally simplify the security experience.

Prior to Cisco, Tom was the SVP/GM of the Network and Advanced Security Business Group at VMware, where he led the endpoint, networking, load balancing and network security businesses. He was also the CEO/co-founder of Bracket Computing which was acquired by VMware.

Before Bracket Computing, Tom was the GM of the Security Technology Group at Cisco where he led the company’s businesses for security management, appliances, applications, and endpoint services. Tom was also part of the founding team at IronPort Systems and served as senior vice president of marketing when the company was acquired by Cisco. Under his guidance, IronPort grew an average of 100 percent year-on-year for seven years. During his tenure, IronPort rose to become the leading provider of antispam, antivirus, and antimalware appliances for organizations ranging from small businesses to the Global 2000.

Preceding IronPort, Tom worked at iBEAM Broadcasting, Silicon Graphics, Boston Consulting Group, and Raytheon.

Tom holds an M.B.A. degree from Harvard University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with an M.S.E.E. degree from Northwestern University and a B.S.E.E. from Tufts University.

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