In 2017, Amit Yoran joined Tenable as chairman and CEO. Before joining the Columbia-headquartered cybersecurity company, Yoran served as president at RSA. He joined the company in 2014 after it acquired NetWitness, a network forensic product provider that he founded. Yoran also founded network security pro-vider Riptech, which was acquired by Symantec in 2002.
Yoran began his career at the U.S. Department of Defense and later served as national cybersecurity director for the Department of Homeland Security for one year under President George W. Bush.
“His unique blend of public service and private enterprise experience informs his insights, thought leadership, and engaging presentations,” the company’s website states.
Yoran is a prominent influencer in the industry and is frequently a keynote speaker and media spokesperson on a range of online security issues.
He has also been an outspoken critic of the cybersecurity industry, telling Cyberscoop in 2019 that much of the industry prefers to peddle expensive “smoke and mirrors” instead of working with clients to improve basic security practices and to respond to known vulnerabilities.
He is the founding director of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) program within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Yoran received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree in computer science from George Wash-ington University.