Human Side of Cybersecurity: Episode 1: Operational Resilience: Assembly Required with Edna Conway



Which comes first, risk or security? Actually, the answer is neither. It’s operational resilience. Operational resilience is the new imperative and will determine not only who will survive, but who will thrive in the platform economy.

Edna Conway

VP, Chief Security & Risk Officer, Azure
Microsoft Corporation

Edna Conway currently serves as VP, Chief Security & Risk Officer, Azure at Microsoft. She is responsible for the security, resiliency and governance of the cloud infrastructure upon which Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud business operates. She has built new organizations delivering trust, transparency, cybersecurity, compliance, risk management, sustainability and value chain transformation.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Conway served as Cisco’s Chief Security Officer, Global Value Chain, driving a comprehensive security architecture across Cisco’s third-party ecosystem.

She is recognized domestically (U.S. Presidential Commissions) and globally (NATO) as the developer of architectures delivering value chain security, sustainability and resiliency. Conway was appointed to the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Task Force on ICT Supply Chain Risk Management. Her insight is featured in a range of publications, analyst reports, and case studies, including Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, CIO Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

Recognition of her industry leadership includes membership in the Fortune Most Powerful Women community, and awards including: 2021 Top Cybersecurity Leaders (Security Magazine), Top 50 Women Leaders in SaaS (#5 – The Software Report 2020), Who’s Who in Cybersecurity (Onalytica 2020), Fed 100 Award, Stevie Maverick of the Year Award, CSO of the Year Award at RSA, Machine to Machine and IOT Trailblazer Award (Connected World Magazine), Reboot Leadership Award (SC Media), Columbia University’s Barnard College Distinguished Alumna Award 2019 and New Hampshire TechProfessional of the Year 2018 Award
Conway is on the Board of Directors of ProcessUnity Holdings, LLC a portfolio company of capital market enterprise Long-Ridge Equity Partners, where she sits on the audit committee. She also serves or has served as an independent advisor on the Executive Advisory Boards of YL Ventures, Openview Partners, Long-Ridge Equity Partners, ADP, LLC (ADP-Nasdaq), SecurityScorecard, Black Duck Software (acquired by SNPS-Nasdaq), Edge Velocity, Axonius, InfoSec Global, Logik Systems, Inc., Dust Identity, Inc. and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ leading technology industry organization, MassTLC.