Google Cloud Hires First CISO

Google has snapped up Goldman Sachs cybersecurity veteran Phil Venables to manage security and risk for the important Google Cloud franchise.

Venables, a cybersecurity leader with a storied career in the financial services sector, will be Google Cloud’s first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

According to published reports, Venables will manage Google Cloud’s internal risk in addition to responsibles for securing cloud migrations and customer defenses.


The Venables hire comes on the heels of Google’s pick up of Jeanette Manfra, a former assistant director for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, who was heading up a new “Office of the CISO” at Google Cloud.


Venables brings instant credibility to the Google Cloud security program.  In addition to his Goldman Sache tenure, he has managed security at several major global banks, including Deutsche Bank, Barclays and Standard Chartered.

Related: Google Cloud Unveils New Service for Government Workloads

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