Britt Technology Impact Series

The Fog of War: Security and Cloud Computing

November 29, 2011 •Tuck Campus

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Security remains a key challenge to broader adoption of cloud computing. Tackling these risks is critical because the benefits of plug-and-play services such as data storage are compelling for enterprises and consumers. Symantec has long been a big player in the security space with tools like its Norton software. Now, the company is working to secure the cloud. CEO Enrique Salem discussed trends in cloud computing, including the increased use of mobile devices, and how enterprises should rethink their technology needs in face of the challenges posed by cloud, mobility and the consumerization of IT. Enrique highlighted the promises and risks of cloud computing and will lay out what is needed to make the cloud model succeed.

Enrique Salem, President and Chief Executive Officer, Symantec
Enrique Salem is president and chief executive officer of Symantec, a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Salem is also a member of Symantec’s board of directors.

Throughout his tenure at Symantec Salem held a variety of senior management roles, giving him broad experience across Symantec’s products and operations. Most recently he served as chief operating officer, with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the company. Prior to that, he served as group president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing where he managed global sales and partner programs, marketing, communications and branding.

Before joining Symantec, Salem was president and CEO of Brightmail, the leading anti-spam software company that was successfully acquired by Symantec in 2004. From 2001 to 2002, he served as senior vice president of products and technology at Oblix Inc., where he spearheaded corporate strategy and development by leading the company’s engineering, product management, and technology groups. Prior to Oblix Inc., Salem was vice president of technology and operations at Ask Jeeves Inc. responsible for the engineering group and the company’s entire IT operation. Salem joined Symantec in 1990 through the Peter Norton Computing acquisition and held a number of leadership positions, including vice president of security products and the company’s first chief technology officer.

Earlier in his career, Salem was a vice president at Security Pacific Merchant Bank, where he led projects for the development of real-time trading systems. In March 2011, Salem was appointed to the President’s Management Advisory Board, which provides advice on how to implement best business practices on matters related to Federal Government management and operation, with a particular focus on productivity, the application of technology and customer service.

In 2010, Salem received the Estrella Award by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) which recognizes individuals for their vast achievements in the IT industry and in the community. He was also named 2007 Corporate Executive of the Year by Hispanic Net as well as 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young. Salem currently serves on the board of directors of Automatic Data Processing Inc (ADP). Salem received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dartmouth College.

About Symantec:
Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at

The Britt Technology Impact Series

Experience highlights from Enrique’s talk.

  • Professor Johnson and Enrique before the event got underway.

  • Professor Johnson sits in the front row, after introducing Enrique and the BTIS series.

  • A full room of Tuck students, staff, faculty and interested community members.

  • Enrique embraced the title, "The Fog of War," that we crafted for the talk and spoke at length about government security.

  • Enrique shares the definition of cloud computing.

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