Edna M. Conway
VP, Chief Security & Risk Officer, Azure, Microsoft Corporation
Edna Conway currently serves as VP, Chief Security & Risk Officer, Azure at Microsoft. She is responsible for the security, resiliency and governance of the cloud infrastructure upon which Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud business operates. She has built new organizations delivering trust, transparency, cybersecurity, compliance, risk management, sustainability and value chain transformation.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Conway served as Cisco’s Chief Security Officer, Global Value Chain, driving a comprehensive security architecture across Cisco’s third-party ecosystem.
She is recognized domestically (U.S. Presidential Commissions) and globally (NATO) as the developer of architectures delivering value chain security, sustainability and resiliency. Conway was appointed to the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Task Force on ICT Supply Chain Risk Management. Her insight is featured in a range of publications, analyst reports, and case studies, including Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, CIO Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.
Recognition of her industry leadership includes membership in the Fortune Most Powerful Women community, and awards including: 2021 Top Cybersecurity Leaders (Security Magazine), Top 50 Women Leaders in SaaS (#5 – The Software Report 2020), Who’s Who in Cybersecurity (Onalytica 2020), Fed 100 Award, Stevie Maverick of the Year Award, CSO of the Year Award at RSA, Machine to Machine and IOT Trailblazer Award (Connected World Magazine), Reboot Leadership Award (SC Media), Columbia University’s Barnard College Distinguished Alumna Award 2019 and New Hampshire TechProfessional of the Year 2018 Award.
Conway is on the Board of Directors of ProcessUnity Holdings, LLC a portfolio company of capital market enterprise Long-Ridge Equity Partners, where she sits on the audit committee. She also serves or has served as an independent advisor on the Executive Advisory Boards of YL Ventures, Openview Partners, Long-Ridge Equity Partners, ADP, LLC (ADP-Nasdaq), SecurityScorecard, Black Duck Software (acquired by SNPS-Nasdaq), Edge Velocity, Axonius, InfoSec Global, Logik Systems, Inc., Dust Identity, Inc., and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ leading technology industry organization, MassTLC. She also serves on the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Cyber Fellows Advisory Council.
An influential speaker, her venues span government, academic and industry forums, such as:
- Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit
- The RSA Conference
- SCM World
- Microsoft Developer Conference
- International Crypto-Module Conference
- Boeing’s CIO Summit
- US Bank Security Conference
- SC Magazine’s SC Congress
- ADP Supplier Summit
- WEBIT Europe
- CyberSec Forum Europe
- Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology - CyberConnect Conference
- Newsweek’s Structure Security Conference
- Wall Street Journal Pro – Cybersecurity Forum
- Atlantic Council International Conference on Cyber Engagement
- US Patent & Trademark Office
- Federal Reserve
- US Dept. of Energy
- US National Institute of Standards and Technology
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
- US Dept. of Defense
- US Dept. of Homeland Security
- US National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee
- US Dept. of Commerce
- Global Departments of Defense (Australia, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Sweden, UK, US)
- Harvard University
- Stanford University
- Utilities Technology Council
- The Brookings Institution
- American Electronics Association
- Security Innovation Network
- American National Standards Institute
- Mass Technology Leadership Council
- Institute of Supply Management
- The Open Group
- Carnegie Mellon University
- University of Connecticut
- University of New Hampshire
- New York University
- University of Florida Institute of Cybersecurity
- Dartmouth University
Prior to Microsoft and Cisco, Conway was a partner in an international private legal practice and served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Hampshire. She holds an AB from Columbia University, a law degree from the University of Virginia and additional credentials from MIT and Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and New York Universities.
Recent Publications and Media Coverage
- CIO Dive, January 15, 2021, Corporate savior: Cloud now a C-suite priority
- InformationWeek, January 14, 2021, Can Cloud Revolutionize Business and Software Architecture?
- Broadband Breakfast, January 13, 2021, The Cloud Continues to Revolutionize Industry, With Businesses Transitioning at a Rapid Pace
- SC Media, September 17, 2020, To Boost Diversity, Change Cyber Job Descriptions and Interview Tactics
- FCW-The Business of Federal Technology, August 27, 2020, The Risks of Supply Chain Threat Sharing
- Forbes, July 31, 2020, How An Israeli VC Firm Gives Its Founders A Direct Line To C-Suites At Microsoft, Google And Nike
- Wall Street Journal, July 6, 2020, Cybersecurity Veterans Find Benefits and Challenges with Advisory Roles
- Information Security Media Group (iSMG), April 8, 2020, Panel Discussion: Cybersecurity and Privacy in the 'New Now'
- Insights in Tech, April 8, 2020, Trustworthiness in a time of Covid-19 - what does it really mean for security
- Information Security Media Group (iSMG), March 6, 2020, Cyber Candid: Edna Conway and Wendy Nather Unplugged
- Information Security Media Group (iSMG), March 5, 2020, Supply Chain Risk in a Platform Economy
- Edscoop, August 15, 2019, Why Teachers Are Essential to Building a Secure IoT
- Women Securing the Future with TIPPSS for IoT, Springer Publishing, June 2019, Chapter 1 author: IoT: Is It a Digital Highway to Security Attacks?
- Women Know Cyber, Cybersecurity Ventures, 2019
- The Mobile Century: Life and Work in the Digital Era, Fifth Edition, March 19, 2019,"Securely Navigating the New Digital Culture"
- New York Law Journal, March 1, 2019, "Beyond Data - Function Is the New Cyber Attack Surface"
- CyberScoop, January 16, 2019, System restore: How stressed security bosses unwind from the daily grind
- Axios, January 15, 2019, The slippery slope of supply chain fears
- CIO Dive, January 2, 2019, 2019 trends: CIO role gaining prominence as technology solidifies importance
- SC Magazine, December 27, 2018, Supply and Demand (for security)
- Threatpost, December 12, 2018, Supply Chain Security: Managing a Complex Risk Profile
- Dark Reading, November 16, 2018, DHS Task Force Moves Forward on Playbooks for Supply Chain Security
- Washington Post, November 16, 2018, The Cybersecurity 202: Trump set to make a new DHS agency the top federal cyber cop
- Axios, November 15, 2018, DHS supply chain task force to meet for the first time
- TechCrunch, November 15, 2018, Tech giants take seats on Homeland Security's new supply chain task force
- SiliconANGLE, April 23, 2018, Cybersecurity leader takes a risk-based approach to cloud management
- SecurityWeek, April 18, 2018, To Mitigate Third-Party Security Risk, Be at the Table
- Fortune, October 10, 2017, How Companies Can Avoid the Next Equifax Attack
- Wall Street Journal, September 17, 2017, The Limits of Antivirus Software
- International Business Times, September 7, 2017, Edna Conway of Cisco Discusses Securing Supply Chains
- WSJ Pro Cybersecurity newsletter, August 22, 2017, Vetting Code Libraries, Not Just Kaspersky, Will Improve Security
- CIO, April 13, 2017, How secure is your supply chain?
- Bloomberg BNA, April 11, 2017, Reasonable Data Security? I Got Your Reasonable Data Security Right Here