F5 appoints cyber industry stalwart Samir Sherif as CISO


F5 has announced a pivotal leadership addition by appointing Samir Sherif as the new Senior Vice President and CISO.

In this critical role, Sherif is set to spearhead F5’s comprehensive enterprise cybersecurity strategy, bolster the company’s security culture, and oversee the security protocols of F5’s diverse range of products and services. Moreover, Sherif will play a key role in demonstrating the unique value of F5’s security solutions to customers and the industry at large.

F5 stands at the forefront of application services, providing cutting-edge solutions designed to secure, scale, optimize, and manage applications and APIs across various environments. The company’s commitment to simplifying the management of applications in a multi-cloud world enables businesses to thrive amidst the complexities of modern digital infrastructures.

Samir Sherif, the newly appointed CISO, brings a wealth of experience to F5. With a distinguished career spanning roles such as the CISO at Absolute Software and Imperva and the Global Head of Application Security at Citigroup, Sherif has a proven track record in steering organizations through the intricacies of security, resilience, and compliance. His extensive expertise in application security is a significant asset to F5, aligning perfectly with the company’s mission to secure the heart of digital experiences – applications.

Sherif’s assumption of the CISO role follows the retirement of Gail Coury, who has been instrumental in shaping F5’s enterprise security landscape over the past three years. As Sherif steps into this role, he is enthusiastic about leveraging F5’s leadership in multi-cloud application security to amplify the company’s enterprise cybersecurity initiatives. Sherif is committed to elevating F5’s security standards, reinforcing the security culture, and accentuating the intrinsic value of F5’s security technologies, with the ultimate goal of fostering a more secure digital ecosystem for customers.

In a statement underscoring the strategic importance of this appointment, F5 EVP, Global Services and Chief Strategy Officer Tom Fountain remarked, “Samir’s appointment is a result of F5’s unwavering commitment to ensuring the highest level of security is woven into the fabric of our operational processes and product offerings. His vast experience and leadership in application security are assets that will propel our enterprise security measures and help us safeguard our customers’ digital experiences.”

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