Edna M. Conway
Chief Security Officer, Value Chain Security, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Edna Conway serves as Cisco’s Chief Security Officer for its Global Value Chain. In this capacity, she develops and oversees the deployment of Cisco’s strategy to assess, monitor, and continuously improve the security of its global value chain. Cisco's Value Chain Security Program spans its Engineering, Services, Supply Chain Operations and Worldwide Partner organizations. In addition, Conway drives Cisco’s cyber and security protection plan throughout its third party ecosystem.
Conway serves or has served on the company’s Cyber-Security Board, Risk and Resiliency Operating Committee, Global Compliance Governance Committee and Eco Board. She also serves or has served as a leader in various international security, supply chain, and sustainability standards, public-private partnerships, and information and communications industry consortia (e.g., ISO, iNEMI, IPC, The Open Group Trusted Technology Forum, The Common Criteria and the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition).
Before joining Cisco’s Security and Trust Office, Conway held multiple operations, engineering and legal leadership positions at Cisco. In the Supply Chain Operations organization, she served as Chief Security Officer for Cisco’s outsourced product supply chain, authoring and deploying an industry recognized comprehensive security approach to mitigating counterfeiting, product taint and intellectual property misuse. She led the development of a transformational Advanced Compliance and Sustainability capability as the Chief Product Compliance Officer. In that capacity, she built and oversaw teams focused on Cisco’s global product compliance, supplier diversity, supply chain sustainability, and supply chain business solutions and contracts. As the strategist for Cisco’s Sustainable Supply Chain, she drove Cisco’s award winning Green Supply Chain initiative. Before joining Supply Chain Operations, she led business development, product, and technical marketing for Cisco’s Global Government Solutions group and oversaw the Legal organization’s Intellectual Property protection and licensing strategy and implementation.
Prior to Cisco, Conway was a partner in an international private legal practice and served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Hampshire.
Recognized across industries for her expertise, Conway is a frequent speaker for many organizations and companies. Her speaking venues have included government, academic and industry forums, including:
- The RSA Conference
- Keynote addresses at the Microsoft Developer Conference and SCM World
- SC Magazine’s SC Congress
- U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO); Federal Reserve, Dept. of Defense (DoD), Dept. of Energy (DoE), Dept. of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- International Defense Agencies (e.g., France, Germany, India, UK, Israel, Sweden)
- Stanford University, MIT, University of New Hampshire, Brookings Institute
- Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Association for Operations Management (APICS), Institute of Supply Management (ISM), World 50, American Electronics Association, Boeing Corporation’s CIO Summit, American National Standards Institute (ANSI), MassTechnology Leadership Council
Her work has been featured in a range of publications, analyst reports, and case studies some of which are referenced at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ednaconway. Her discussions on key issues can be found on Conway’s Blog.
She holds an AB from Columbia University, a law degree from the University of Virginia and additional credentials from MIT and Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and New York Universities.
- SC Magazine, March 1, 2016, from the CSO's desk "Keeping the Lights On!"
- Forbes, February 15, 2016, "Cisco Protects Its Supply Chain -- From Motherboards To Routers to IP."
- SC Magazine, February 1, 2016, from the CSO's desk "Built in: From myth to reality."
- November 2015 The National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), as part of its U.S. Resilience Project, published its Best Practices in Cyber Supply Supply Chain Risk Management. Cisco was among the case studies showcased by NIST in these industry findings. Edna Conway led the Cisco effort and was one of the authors of the Cisco Case Study: Managing Supply Chain Risks End-to-End.
- SC Magazine, June 1, 2015, from the CSO's desk "Detecting and reducing counterfeit chips."
- SC Magazine, December 8, 2014, from the CSO's desk "Supply chain: The proliferation of mandates."
- Procurement Leaders Magazine, July 2014, Interview with Edna Conway "Facing up to threats."
- SC Magazine, June 2, 2014, from the CSO's desk "Supply chain: The new surety frontier."
- Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine, June 2014 "Network Security: It Starts with Supply Chain."
- Manufacturing Leadership Journal (February 2014) "Confidence: the 4th Dimension of Today's Supply Chains," co-authored with Bob Dean of Cisco