Ariel Silverstone


  1. Security

  2. Privacy

  3. Strategy


Ariel Silverstone, Managing Director at Data Protectors (LLC and Sp.z.o.o), has been addressing business information privacy, security and risk challenges for over 20 years. As a designer of information privacy and security processes and policies to address the most demanding challenges in the field, he is a pioneer in information security strategy and engineering, business risk, and management solutions. His specialties include privacy, mobility, information risk, compliance and cloud computing security.

Previously, Mr. Silverstone was the Vice President for Security Strategy, Privacy and Trust at GoDaddy, created the current Cloud Computing security strategy plans for Microsoft, and authored the global client Chief Information Security Officer Council strategy and communication whitepaper around risk, compliance, incident response and cloud security.

For Cisco Systems, Mr. Silverstone acted as the chief trusted security advisor with its largest customers, allowing Cisco to address business-effecting information security issues and support its customers in topics ranging from new business launching to incident response. Mr. Silverstone also planned and established the Israeli Center of Excellence for Information Security.

Mr. Silverstone has led information security efforts for a number of companies including Expedia, and Symantec. He is a frequent speaker at industry events on the topics of security management, business risk and compliance issues. He writes a regular column for CIO Magazine, and he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CSO Magazine, ComputerWorld and other leading publications. He consults and trains security professionals, and he has authored and contributed to more than 20 books, dozens of magazines, electronic publications, and high-profile research papers, published around the world and translated to over twenty languages. He is a frequent contributor to standards bodies and co-authored the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guide to security for the Smart Grid.

Nominated for “Information Security Executive of the Year” for North America by TEN, to a Fellowship of the Information Systems Security Association, and twice to Computerworld’s “Premier 100 in IT” list, Mr. Silverstone holds a US Patent covering topics in Cloud Computing and Information Management (ITIL/ITSM) as well as other pending patents.