Sol Cates (@solcates) was promoted to the role of CSO at Vormetric in February 2013. As CSO, he is responsible for ensuring Vormetric’s internal security profile remains robust while also understanding how security is perceived and used by IT/IS and how it drives technical decision making and buying behavior at the boardroom level. Cates partners with teams through the company to engage both customers and partners, and he speaks publicly to elevate industry understanding of data security best practices in today’s complex cyber threat landscape.
The technical depth and understanding of the information security space Cates has developed over the last 17 years is rooted in the intelligence community, financial services industry and other large enterprise organizations. He originally joined Vormetric in 2003, when he spent four years as a systems engineer. After holding a similar role at SignaCert (acquired by Harris) for three years, Cates returned to Vormetric in November 2009 as director of field engineering and solutions architecture. In this role, he grew and led a world-class technical sales team to great success, by installing understanding of the business, not just the technology. As an active problem solver, he built the original prototype of Vormetric Toolkit, which enables enterprise and cloud service provider (CSP) customers to automate and accelerate their data security deployments. Cates’ career also includes technical sales, engineering and support leadership roles at Tripwire, Symantec and Spectra Physics. Cates has developed many real-world solutions for customers, including iPhone and Android applications as well as elastic SaaS platforms.