MARCO MORANA, CITI


Marco Morana, Information Security Citi

Emerging Cyber-Threats and Opportunities for Cyber-Security Innovation

Dr. Morana is SVP at Citi's Information Security based in London where he is primarily responsible for key initiatives focused on the analysis of risk of emerging cyber-threats targeting Citi and for architecture risks analysis processes whose goal is to engineer secure web and mobile applications. Dr Morana is also involved in the several global programs run by Citi aimed to help start-ups including cyber-security start-ups such as the "plug and play" program and the "Citi Mobile Challenge". Dr Morana is also one of the judges/ mentors for the Citi Accelerator Center in Tel Aviv and works closely with the Citi Innovation ventures team in USA and the cyber-security forum run by the CTO involving IT decision-makers, public equity and venture investors.

Outside Citi and in compliance with outside directorship interests, Dr. Morana is one of the technical advisors of the US based start-up Nok Nok Labs Inc based in Palo Alto CA and Confer Technologies Inc based in Waltham, MA and director and partner in level 39 hosted cyber-security start up Minded Security UK Limited. Dr Morana mentoring focus is cyber-security and compliance specifically for matters related to development of technologies to mitigate the risk of cyber-attacks and controls to protect consumers, businesses and critical infrastructure. In 2013 Dr. Morana mentored the 3D Fintech Challenge that was sponsored by Dassault Systemes in 2014 and in 2014 is one of the mentors of the Cognicity programme managed by Pivotal Innovations. Dr. Morana is also member of the steering committee of the Security Innovation Network (SINET).

Dr Morana has more than 15 years of experience in cyber and played a role as employee working for cyber security start-ups as well as Fortune 500 companies. Dr Morana career in cyber-security started in USA while working at a cyber-security project for NASA where he co-patented encryption for e-mails. After NASA Dr. Morana joined the cyber-security start-up Internet Security Systems (ISS) that became IPO in 1998 and traded in NASDAQ as ISSX. ISS was later acquired by IBM. He also worked as early stage cyber-security start up eXCellNET where he managed a team of engineers in USA and outsource team in India tasked in the development of encryption technology for early versions of mobile phones running Windows CE O.S. eXCellNET was later acquired by Sybase. As senior consultant for Foundstone (later acquired by McAfee), Dr Morana played a leading role in developing the software security consulting services.

Dr Morana academic credentials include a Master of Science in Computer System Engineering (MSCSE) from Northwestern Polytechnic (USA) and coursework at University of California Berkeley and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) from the University of Padova (Italy) with Professional Doctorate Engineering (Dr. Eng) certification.