Summary

Nominated to Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2005 and 2007 for his contributions, for nearly 20 years, Ariel has used his globally recognized expertise in information technologies, including security, privacy, healthcare, networks, technology architecture and integration, and disaster recovery. He has demonstrated his ability to set clear security strategy, lay out a roadmap with solid business and financial foundations and excel in large-scale project management.

Mr. Silverstone contributed to the current worldwide standard in security, ISO 27001, and wrote and contributed to over twenty published books and many articles on information security. Familiar with regulatory frameworks such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SoX), HIPAA, PCI, DoD directives and more, he applies exceptional organizational skills in people development, team management, and client relationships to deliver effective security programs. He is known for his outstanding communications skills as a frequent speaker in the US, Europe and South America and a contributor to information security standards for the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force).

Work History

Work History
Aug 2006 - Present

CTO and CSO

Savoir, LLC

Create the Intellectual property to launch a Venture-backed software development firm in the field of information security, governance and data safekeeping. Create support plans and support customers. Assist the sales and marketing teams in customer presentations.

Key achievements include:

  • Review organizations’’ need for comprehensive privacy and security mechanism to guard data on the move.

  • Integrate legal and regulatory requirements into a product definition

  • Develop the patent-pending technology to protect and preserve sensitive data

  • Hire, train and develop the product using agile development tools and methodologies

  • Work with leading vendors such as Intel and Microsoft to integrate the product with their offerings

Feb 2005 - Aug 2006

Director, Office of the CTO and Director, Strategic Consulting

Symantec

Delivered the security technology standards strategy, and directed and planned the security standards compliance for the largest information integrity company in the world. Directed multiple large-scale projects including:

  • Cross-organizational and external product road map integration across Symantec’s product line

  • Product development for advancing time-to-market thru the utilization of open standards.

  • Deployment planning of interoperability standards to assist sales efforts in large enterprise accounts

  • Utilization of new technology in research and in product development.

  • Advocacy efforts, both internally and internationally, for management methods of wireless and mobile assets.

Feb 2003 - Feb 2005

Chief Information Security Officer

Responsible for providing technology leadership, direction and vision to the University, and for developing and implementing strategic security policies and technology. Reports to the VP of Computers and Information Systems and manages a team of 4, plus 35 external resources, with $2.5M budget.

  • Formed roundtables with university-wide representation, building consensus on technology strategy, implementation, and change management.
  • In conjunction with internal academic and administrative departments, addressed security and privacy needs of students, faculty, and staff across central and distributed systems, ensuring regulatory compliance.

Key technology achievements include: Implemented a consistently functional and secure network environment serving 55,000 people. Developed multi-year security programs for key priority areas including strategic policy, privacy, compliance, training, firewall, antivirus, intrusion detection, disaster recovery, and wireless.

2001 - 2002

Director of Information Security

BCE Teleglobe (Bell Canada subsidiary),

Created the Information Security program designed to produce incremental revenue and protect internal systems. Assisted North-American business groups with integration of specific business needs with Information Security best practices. Reported to the CIO.

  • Crafted security plan to handle 7,000 servers, enabling customers to use services to conduct secure business on the Internet.
  • Assisted Marketing group in establishing security add-on offerings to customers.
  • Established an intuitive security policy manual and coordinated internal training sessions on networking and information security, dramatically reducing training needs for support personnel.
2000 - 2001

Senior Consulting Manager & Global Security Solutions Leader

KPMG Consulting / Bearingpoint

Hired to establish a Global Security Practice. Analyzed market needs, developed the business case, and put together the product offerings, infrastructure, methodologies and pricing schedules. Responsible for business development and consulting service delivery. Selected and mentored a team of 15 managers.

  • Developed key performance indicators (KPI) for the organization and applied project management skills to deliver on engagements.
  • Created alliances with University Research Centers and arrangements with vendors to develop practical business solutions for customers.
  • Drove practice to generate multiple millions of dollars in new engagements with clients such as Visa, USAA, Cisco, General Motors, Citibank, Vanguard, and others.
1999 - 2000

Principal Engineer and Project Manager

Global Integrity (SAIC)

Strategic Advisor to CEOs, CIOs and CFOs for design and vision of information technology initiatives, security assessment and architecture. Major clients included Citibank, Bank of NY, Fidelity, Vanguard, AARP, Met Life, and many others.

  • Assisted Cisco, the world's largest network equipment manufacturer, in establishing a uniform Directory solution, eliminating the conflicts between dissimilar systems, mainframes and servers.
  • Managed multiple tasks, for BP Amoco�s global $1 Billion office productivity implementation.
1997 - 1999

Master Integration Engineer

Microage

Designed and implemented enterprise computing and network solutions for multiple clients.

  • Created an informal mentoring program to train colleagues in business and technology issues to strengthen customer relationships.
  • Interfaced with customers to assure delivery to their needs.
1993 - 1997

Chief Technology Officer

The Northstar Companies

Integrated the business needs and the strategic vision of the organization and applied technological methodology to achieve favorable results. Analyzed customer needs and implemented solutions for customers. Created customized web sites for internal training. Established external marketing presence, assisting customers and outside entities to achieve their goals.

  • Performed, nationally, design and installation of specialized networks for businesses and government.
  • Defined the technological roadmap for the organization, and then tailored to changing market conditions.
  • Designed and implemented the central data center.
  • Represented the company in civil and professional organizations to maximize exposure and business opportunities.
  • Customized solutions for multiple Chrysler manufacturing facilities, U.S. Government General Services Administration and the Department of Defense.
1988 - 1991

Commander, Information Technology

Military
Managed teams of 200-300 FTEs in support of applications and technologies throughout various branches of the Israeli military.

Education

Education

Physics

Technion-Machon Technologi Le' Israel
Jun 2004 - Present

2003

Baccalaureate