CSO, Zynga Inc.
Nils Puhlmann leads Zynga’s converged security department,
managing all security risks for the company and chairing the Security Risk
Committee. He oversees the company’s security domains of product &
application security, security engineering & architecture, investigations
& incident response, security intelligence & threat assessments,
physical security, security compliance & audit.
Nils is also a Co-Founder and member of the Board of the
Cloud Security Alliance, a community of over 33,000 security professionals in
over 50 chapters worldwide with the goal to promote the use of best practices
for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing. The Alliance also
educates on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of
Before joining Zynga, he served as Chief Security Officer of Qualys, where he was
responsible for security, risk management and business continuity planning. His
responsibilities included the security of the cloud-based QualysGuard SaaS
platform. He also led the Qualys CSO Advisory Board and evangelized at various
international industry events in areas of security management and cloud
Prior to Qualys, Puhlmann was the Chief Information Security Officer for Electronic
Arts, with global responsibility for information security, intellectual
property protection, risk management, compliance, physical security, forensics
& investigations and business continuity management/disaster recovery.
He was also previously the Chief Information Security Officer at Robert Half
International, where he had global responsibility for managing information
security, risk management, privacy, forensics & investigations, CERT and
Business Continuity Management enterprise wide.
Prior to that, he was Director Global IT & Security and Chief Privacy
Officer at Mindjet Corp, where he managed Mindjet's global information
security, physical security and privacy programs. He was also a Senior Manager of
Product Security at Adobe Systems, responsible for creating and managing
Adobe's product vulnerability program, overseeing security assessments of Adobe
applications, driving product security certifications, and promoting secure
development practices. He created Adobe's product security incident response
team, chaired Adobe's Security Task Force and managed Adobe's first Common
Puhlmann also held senior positions at Nortel Networks and START Amadeus, and
was an independent security consultant with clients such as the State of California. He maintains
numerous security certifications, including CISSP-ISSMP and CISM. He has held Board
of Directors positions in the past (ISACA Silicon Valley, OVAL) and is currently
a Director on the Board of the Cloud Security Alliance, a Director on the
International Board of Directors of ISSA, an Advisory Board member for several
Security Companies, is a member of the CSO Interchange, the CISO Executive
Council and a subject matter expert for ISACA and ISC2. He was also a member of
the Advisory Council for the CISO Forum of ISSA.
Puhlmann was invited in 2009 by the Dept. of Defense and the
Executive Office of the President to speak at the National Cyber Leap Year
Summit in Washington, DC. and is a frequent speaker and keynote presenter at global security
and technology conferences. He is considered a visionary in the field of
information security and his advice is frequently sought after by corporations
and government entities.