John N. Stewart formed and leads Cisco's Security and Trust Organization, which underscores the company's commitment to address two of the most critical and top-of-mind issues for boardrooms and world leaders alike. Under Stewart's leadership, the organization's core missions include protecting Cisco's public and private customers, enabling and ensuring Cisco Secure Development Lifecycle and Trustworthy Systems efforts across the company's portfolio, and leadership in the areas of privacy, trust and assurance, and cybersecurity efforts with governments globally.
Throughout his 25-year career, Stewart has led or participated in widely ranging security initiatives from IT design for elementary schools to national security programs. In addition to his role at Cisco, he sits on technical advisory boards for Area 1 Security, Blackstratus, and Anomali. He is a Board member for RiskSense, serves as a special advisor to RedSeal's Board of Directors, and is on the Syracuse University's College of Engineering Dean's Leadership Council. Stewart previously served on the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Cyber Security Review panel, the Cybersecurity Think Tank at the University of Maryland University College, and the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th United States Presidency. Over his career, he was on the Board of Directors for Fixmo, Koolspan, the National Cyber-Forensics Training Alliance, Shadow Networks, and Shape Security, and on advisory boards for Akonix Systems, Cloudshield Technologies, Finjan, Ingrian Networks, Nok Nok Labs, Riverhead, and TripWire.
Stewart is a highly sought public and closed-door speaker. Info Security Products Guide recently recognized his team with the 2016 Global Excellence Award for Security Organization of the Year, and RSA recognized him individually with the 2015 award for Excellence in Information Security. Other recent honors include the 2014 Global Golden Bridge Award for CISO of the Year, as well as the CSO 40 Silver Award for Chief Security Officer of the Year in 2014.
Stewart has a Master of Science degree in computer and information science from Syracuse University.