CIS’s Expansion and Growth Continues with Two Executive Hires

February 14, 2018

East Greenbush, N.Y

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CIS continues its growth and expansion with two new executive level hires. The new staff are Meg Keyes, Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Services, and Sean Atkinson, Chief Information Security Officer.

“The addition of the highly skilled Keyes and Atkinson underscore our commitment to raising the bar with every hire we make.  Making great hires in these critical areas of our mission translates to better helping public and private sector entities improve their cyber defenses,” said Brig. Gen. USAF (Ret.) Steve Spano, CIS President & COO.

Meg Keyes, CIS’ new Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Services, extensive experience includes more than 15 years of marketing and brand strategy work with Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GSG). Most recently, Keyes served as Senior Vice President, Brand Strategy and Communications for Ayco, a GSG company specializing in financial planning, education and investment services. She also served as Ayco’s Senior Vice President, Digital Media Technology in addition to numerous other high-level positions for the company.

Keyes earned her Bachelor of Art in Political Science and History from the State University of New York in Buffalo, and a law degree from the Albany Law School of Union University in Albany. Keyes is an Adjunct Professor for Business Strategy and Policy at the Lally School of Management and Technology at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Sean Atkinson, CIS’ new Chief Information Security Officer, was formerly the Global IT Compliance Manager for GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a semiconductor foundry which manufactures integrated circuits. Atkinson also serves as an Adjunct Professor in Computer Science for Albany’s College of Saint Rose. He earned a Bachelor in Science from Sheffield Hallam University, an MBA in Technology Management from Drexel University and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from the College of Saint Rose.

About CIS

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is a forward-thinking, non-profit entity that harnesses the power of a global IT community to safeguard private and public organizations against cyber threats. Our CIS Controls and CIS Benchmarks are the global standard and recognized best practices for securing IT systems and data against the most pervasive attacks. These proven guidelines are continuously refined and verified by a volunteer, global community of experienced IT professionals. CIS is home to the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center® (MS-ISAC®), the go-to resource for cyber threat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for U.S. State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial government entities. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter: @CISecurity.