Avast just announced that it has appointed Jaya Baloo as the new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), starting October 1, 2019. Ms. Baloo comes to Avast from KPN Telecom, the big telecommunications carrier in the Netherlands, where she was on the CISO position. Before KPN, she worked at Verizon and France Telecom.
She was recently recognized as CISO of the Year among the Top 100 CISOs globally. She is also one of the top 100 security influencers worldwide. Her focus was on secure network architecture as well as Quantum Communications networks. Ms. Baloo is also a faculty member of Singularity University, with her area of expertise in Cybersecurity and Quantum Computing. And she is also a member of various infosec boards. She has spoken on many well-known conferences such as TEDx, RSA, and Codemotion.
Ondrej Vlcek, Avast CEO, said, “Jaya is a rock star of the CISO world and will be an incredible addition to our leadership team. She has an impressive breadth and depth of experience in the risks facing consumers and businesses today, and is personally passionate about improving cybersecurity on a global scale through industry and academia collaboration.”
Jaya Baloo commented on her new step in a career, “I am really looking forward to working together with the team at Avast where they positively impact millions of people’s lives daily through information security. The products, the wonderful company, and the enormous potential to make a difference through security innovation are all the reasons I can’t wait to get started.”
Ms. Baloo is already a second top expert joining Avast recently. Just last month Avast announced the appointment of Michal Pěchouček, an expert on Artificial Intelligence (AI), as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO).