Greg Akers

Senior Vice President of Advanced Security Initiatives — Cisco Security and Trust Organization

Greg Akers is the Senior Vice President of Advanced Security Initiatives and Chief Technology Officer within the Security and Trust Organization (STO) at Cisco.  With more than two decades of executive experience, Akers brings a wide range of technical and security knowledge to his current role.  A major focus of his group is to expand security awareness and launch product resiliency initiatives throughout Cisco’s development organization to deliver high-quality and secure products to customers.  He also serves as executive sponsor of the Cisco Disability Awareness Network. 

Akers joined Cisco in 1993.  He has held a variety of technical, managerial and executive roles at Cisco.  These have included networking engineer, Vice President for the Worldwide Technical Assistance Center, Senior Vice President-CTO Services and Senior Vice President-Global Governments Solutions Group.  He also holds the CCIE certification.

In addition to his primary role, Akers is an Internet security and critical infrastructure protection advisor to Cisco customers and to the U.S. government.  He regularly advises and directs activities relative to technology and security matters of domestic and international importance.  In this capacity he has held leadership roles, such as serving as President of the IT-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) organization in 2002 and Vice President in 2001.  Akers has also advised the U.S. Department of Defense and the federal intelligence community for more than fifteen years.  Akers is a member of the National White-Collar Crime Board and the Board of Directors of the East Carolina Infraguard.  Presently he leads and serves on various boards, panels and task forces within the U.S. Department of Defense.

Before joining Cisco, Akers’ career included more than 15 years of designing, building, and running large networks for Fortune 100 companies.  He has held senior technical and leadership roles at Fechheimer Brothers, a holding of Berkshire Hathaway, and Procter and Gamble.

Akers holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Akron.