VP & Chief Privacy Officer @Cisco
Michelle Finneran Dennedy currently serves as VP and Chief Privacy Officer at Cisco. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s data privacy policies and practices, working across business groups to drive data privacy excellence across the security continuum.
Michelle Dennedy is also the Founder of The iDennedy Project, a consulting and advisory company helping to bring privacy and security products to market and to advance small information based companies’ business objectives. Michelle is also a founder and editor in chief of a new media site—TheIdentityProject.com—that was started as the ultimate source for individuals and companies who wish to debate, learn, lead, innovate and drive the concept of Identity in all it’s forms and facets.
Michelle was the Vice President for Security & Privacy Solutions for the Oracle Corporation. Her team was responsible for evangelizing the role Oracle could play in the information strategy community as an important provider of Security solutions for business. This team worked closely with customers to enable them to proceed with the confidence that information is protected and accelerated as an asset.
Before the Oracle acquisition of Sun, Michelle was Chief Data Governance Officer within the Cloud Computing division at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Michelle worked closely with Sun’s business, technical and legal teams to create to the best data governance policies and processes possible for cloud computing to build trust for cloud environments through vendor transparency.
Michelle also served as Sun’s Chief Privacy Officer where she was responsible for the development and implementation of Sun’s data privacy policies and practices, working across Sun’s business groups to drive the company’s continued data privacy excellence. Leveraging her persuasion skills honed in law practice, Michelle is a sought-after and provocative public speaker, evangelizing new approaches and business justifications for soundly-defined, transparent security and privacy policies and systems that protect healthy, safe global businesses.
Michelle has a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a BS degree with university honors from The Ohio State University. In 2009, she was awarded the Goodwin Procter-IAPP Vanguard award for lifetime achievement and the EWF – CSO Magazine Woman of Influence award for work in the privacy and security fields.