Sol Cates (@solcates) is the Chief Security Officer at Vormetric. As CSO, he is tasked for ensuring Vormetric’s internal security profile remains robust, while maintaining a strong pulse on the technical and business decision making process in today’s IT/IS organizations. Cates partners with teams throughout the company and the industry to engage with both customers and partners. He is sought after to speak 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, as a security engineer, and later became the Sr. 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 customer’s business, not just the technology they utilize. As an active problem solver, he is driven with a need to innovate both within Vormetric and in Customer organizations, to help protect data that has not built in defense. Cates’ career also includes technical sales, engineering and support leadership roles at Tripwire, Symantec, SignaCert, and Spectra Physics, as well as consulting for many Fortune 500 companies and government agencies on CyberSecurity.