Andy Ellis is Akamai’s Chief Security Officer, responsible for governing cybersecurity, compliance, and safety for Akamai’s planetary-scale cloud platform since 2000.
At Akamai, he has designed and brought to market Akamai’s TLS acceleration network, its DDoS defense offerings, and several of the core technologies behind its security solutions. He has also guided Akamai’s IT transformation from a flat password-based network to a distributed, zero-trust enterprise based on strong authentication.
He is active in Internet policy and governance circles and has supported past and current Akamai CEOs in roles on the NIAC and NSTAC, as well as on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council. He is an affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center, and a guest lecturer in executive education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a frequent speaker and occasional blogger on topics of Internet security, anthropocentric risk management, and security governance.
He graduated from MIT with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force with the 609th Information Warfare Squadron and the Electronic Systems Center. He is an advisor to YL Ventures’ YLV3 Fund, Uptycs, and Vulcan Cyber. He is also a recipient of the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal and the CSO Compass Award.