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Bob West is the CEO of Echelon One and is responsible for creating and executing the corporate strategy. He has over 30 years of experience in corporate and startup environments. Bob is a frequent speaker on the subject of information security and risk, cloud computing, mobility, and on global policy issues such as payment fraud and critical infrastructure. He also has visibility into and advises key people that influence national legislation. He is quoted frequently in the press including publications such as Bloomberg, Forbes, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.
Bob is on the board of directors for the Global Identity Foundation, the USA Track and Field Foundation and on the advisory board for the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC). He has been on the board of management for the Jericho Forum, the advisory boards for the Agiliance, AirPatrol (acquired by Sysorex), CipherCloud, Intelligent ID, Securent (acquired by Cisco), TriCipher (acquired by VMWare), Trusteer (acquired by IBM), The University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Liberal Arts and Education, a member of RSA Security’s Customer Advisory Council and the ISS Customer Advisory Council.
Previously, Bob was CISO at York Risk Services where he was responsible for the enterprise information security strategy. Prior to joining York Risk Services, Bob served as Chief Trust Officer at CipherCloud working across the company’s business divisions, customer base and partner ecosystem to evangelize the importance of cloud data protection. Bob was CISO at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati where he was responsible for the enterprise information security strategy. Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, Bob worked for Bank One in Columbus where he held several key leadership roles, including Information Security Officer for Bank One's Retail Group. Prior to joining Bank One, Bob was a manager with Ernst & Young’s Information Security Services practice in Chicago, and a Senior Systems Officer with Citicorp International in New York and Chicago.
Bob received the 2004 Digital ID World Conference award for Balancing Innovation and Reality, and a 2004 InfoWorld 100 Award for implementing SAML and was a nominee for the ISC2 Senior Information Security Professional of the Year, 2011. Bob graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in German and then received his Master of Science in Management Information Systems from North Central College.
Bob is passionate about track and field, is a lifelong runner and competed on Michigan State University’s cross-country team.