With a career that spans more than 25 years across numerous high-tech industries, Entrust president and CEO Bill Conner is among the most experienced security, data and infrastructure executives worldwide. From leading key divisions of AT&T, to taking Nortel into data with the $9 billion acquisition of Bay Networks, or his work to secure digital identities with Entrust, Conner has been the vanguard of three of the Digital Information Age’s most transformational technology shifts. Conner was recognized with the Federal 100 award, which the government bestows to the top 100 individuals and organizations impacting the U.S. government, and has been recognized with the Corporate CEO of the Year Award.
As part of his efforts to secure national critical infrastructure, Conner launched and co-chaired the Business Software Alliance Information Security Governance Task Force, which released an informative security management framework for the industry. And he co-chaired the Corporate Governance Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Security Partnership, which released its report, “Information Security Governance: A Call to Action.” He has shared his expertise on Capitol Hill by testifying before Congressional hearings on topics of critical infrastructure protection, security for small and medium businesses and national security.
Upon taking Entrust private in 2009, Conner reset corporate priorities to take advantage of new market dynamics and focus on organic growth. This shift began in a time when technology sectors, cybersecurity in particular, were undergoing tremendous and tumultuous change. As mobile devices and cloud computing became drivers of organizations’ buying behavior, Conner invested heavily in technological innovations to help organizations realize the potential gains presented by these technologies. Focusing on security solutions for the cloud and software-as-a-service, Entrust is one of the few software companies to successfully transition from a mainly perpetual-based model to subscription-based revenue stream.