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CISCO names former Palo Alto Networks CTO as new CISO in key region

APAC security veterans returns after a break recharging.

Cisco has hired Sean Duca as its new CISO for Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC). 

Before starting his new role, Duca took a six month health and well-being break and joined CISCO yesterday feeling “ready and recharged” for the job. 

Duca joined Cisco after almost nine years at Palo Alto Networks position as their CSO, before taking time out to “prioritise his health and well being”. 

“I'm eager to help our customers achieve their security and business goals, proving our value and extracting value from their Cisco investment.” Duca wrote in a LinkedIn post. 

Duca will move from Sydney to Singapore to work at Cisco’s CX Team, leading on cyber-security initiatives. 

Before joining Cisco, Duca gained extensive experience within the IT and security industry over 20 years. He spent more than 15 years with Intel Security (formerly McAfee) gaining the role as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Asia Pacific region. 

More recently, Duca served more than eight years with Palo Alto Networks. During his time there, he served as Vice President and Regional Chief Security Officer for Asia Pacific and Japan, where he was responsible for developing threat intelligence.

“Your arrival marks a new chapter for our Customer Experience (CX) Cybersecurity Services and your expertise will be pivotal in leading the portfolio and charting the strategic course across APJC.” Siao Ning Wong, Cisco's talent acquisition manager, commented on a LinkedIn post, welcoming Duca to the team. 

Earlier this year Cisco partnered with The Open University to offer girls and young women cybersecurity training, aligning with Duca’s views on the importance of educating people in cybersecurity to keep organisations safe. 

“Not enough people really understand cybersecurity or the importance of being protected,” Duca told Swinburne, an online learning platform.

Duca’s appointment comes at a crucial time as Cisco continues to intensify its efforts to bolster its cyber-security capabilities though the evolving threat landscape.

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