Executive Biography

Brad Arkin

SVP and Chief Security and Trust Officer

As SVP, Chief Security and Trust Officer, Brad Arkin leads Cisco’s Security and Trust Organization, whose core mission is to ensure Cisco meets its security and privacy obligations to our customers, regulators, employees, and stakeholders. He is partnered with the Cisco Board of Directors, Executive Leadership Team, and functional leaders to drive the company’s overall security posture across the Cisco product portfolio and safeguard the Cisco global Enterprise.

Brad is an established thought leader in the cybersecurity industry with deep technology expertise, acute business acumen, and a reputation for driving transformational change. Since joining Cisco in March 2020, he has led the company’s rapid global Zero Trust architecture deployment to over 100,000 users across 120,000 devices in just five months. He is focused on evolving the Cisco Secure Development Lifecycle and security governance models to help accelerate Cisco’s transition to software and services.

Before joining Cisco, Brad was Adobe’s first Chief Security Officer and grew the security function from just a few employees to over 600 globally. Under his leadership, key accomplishments included building and operating the Adobe operational security stack to deliver security monitoring for millions of public cloud assets across a complex multi-cloud landscape and developing a Common Control Framework as the foundation for Adobe’s cloud transformation and global compliance strategy. In addition, his team was responsible for shipping sandbox protections for Acrobat and Flash Player to billions of end-users and driving adoption of the “patch Tuesday” release cadence for product security updates.

Early in Brad’s career, he co-founded the Software Security Group at Cigital and led the Application Security practice for AtStake. He was a pioneer in software security, helping code writers in commercial settings adopt a “built-in security” approach throughout the development process rather than treating security as an afterthought.

Brad currently serves on the Sands Capital Ventures Industry Advisory Board and program committee for the RSA Executive Security Action Forum. He was formerly a Board Member of SAFEcode, a global nonprofit organization that brings together business leaders and technical experts to exchange insights and ideas on creating, improving, and promoting scalable and effective software security programs.

Brad holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science and Mathematics from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science from George Washington University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia University and London Business School.