Business Wire has hired Virgin America executive Robert Markel as its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) — responsible for security-related systems, policies and procedures, network infrastructure, and protection strategies.
At Virgin America, he served as director of Information Security. Markel previously spent two dozen years working in information technology for a variety of companies ranging from Silicon Valley start-ups to large, well-established corporations in the San Francisco Bay area.
He has held leadership roles in the area of information security in the travel, biotechnology, financial services, and research sectors, and is an informal advisor to several cyber security start-ups.
Markel will be responsible for 24/7 security operations, vulnerability management, network security administration and governance, penetration testing, and regulatory compliance.