Carolyn Crandall
Chief Deception and Chief Marketing Officer
Attivo Networks



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Carolyn holds the roles of Chief Deception Officer and CMO at Attivo Networks. She is a high-impact technology executive with over 30 years of experience in building new markets and successful enterprise infrastructure companies. She has a demonstrated track record of effectively taking companies from pre-IPO through to multi-billion-dollar sales and has held leadership positions at Cisco, Juniper Networks, Nimble Storage, Riverbed, and Seagate. Carolyn is recognized as a global thought leader in technology trends and for building strategies that connect technology with customers to solve difficult operations, digitalization, and security challenges. Her current focus is on breach risk mitigation by teaching organizations how to shift from a prevention-based cybersecurity infrastructure to one of an active security defense based on the adoption of deception technology.

“If you travel a path that is already well traveled, you won’t likely discover anything new. Be curious, take chances, and remember we are never lost, just exploring”

Carolyn is an active evangelist, blogger, byline contributor, and speaker on industry trends and security innovation. She has spoken at industry events around the world, has been a guest on Fox News, has been profiled by the San Jose Mercury News, and has received many industry recognitions including Top 25 Women in Cybersecurity 2019 by Cyber Defense Magazine, Reboot Leadership Honoree (CIO/C-Suite) 2018 by SC Media, Marketing Hall of Femme Honoree 2018 by DMN, Business Woman of the Year 2018 by CEO Today Magazine, Cyber Security Marketer of the Year 2020 by CyberDojo (RSA), and for 9 years a Power Woman by Everything Channel (CRN). Additionally, Carolyn serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Santa Clara University Executive MBA program and co-authored the book Deception-based Threat Detection, Shifting Power to the Defenders.



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