Principal Technologist, Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing
Cates is the Principal Technologist in the CTO Office at Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing. Cates is focused on bringing new innovations to market focused on the "underlying problems" of the industry and providing security solutions to the security professional to help them be successful in today's challenging environment which they often have very little control over. As a former CISO and CIO, Cates has a unique perspective on how technology, people, process and governance impact how successful security teams can solve real-world problems. With more than 20 years of experience rooted in the intelligence community and enterprise organizations, he is sought after to speak publicly on a wide range of technology, regulatory and strategy topics.