SVP and Chief Security Officer, Ellie Mae
Selim Aissi is Ellie Mae’s Chief Security Officer. He is responsible for Ellie Mae’s Security Engineering, Operations, Strategy, Governance Risk & Compliance, and Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity. As Ellie Mae’s CISO, Selim provides regular updates to the Board of Directors, customers’ senior executives, State officials, and Government regulators.
Selim was hired to build Ellie Mae’s security organization and turn it into a leader in the financial industry. The strategy that he put in place and executed involves mitigating risks while complying with legal, statutory, contractual, and internally-developed requirements. He built Ellie Mae’s security strategy and implemented five defense pillars that include endpoint defenses, perimeter defenses, access control defenses, data protection defenses, and assurance defenses which support the other four defenses. He also built from the grounds-up Ellie Mae’s 24/7 Security Operation Center and Cybersecurity Threat Intelligence program which are used as model programs by some of Ellie Mae’s customers (banks).
Selim started his career at General Dynamics - Land Systems Division, working on the M1A2 Battle Tank’s safety-critical embedded and networking software. He then joined General Motors, where he helped align all of GM’s Embedded Software and implementing safety-critical software methodologies. Selim then held senior engineering positions at Applied Dynamics International, which was a start-up that developed automated code-generation for secure, safety-critical defense applications.
Selim then spent nearly 12 years at Intel where he held senior management and technology roles and championed several security technologies for Intel’s server, desktop, and mobile products. Selim’s security innovations at Intel are currently deployed on several data-center and mobile products.
Selim then joined Visa as the Vice President of Global Information Security at Visa. In that role, Selim transformed Visa’s information security program into the industry leader, led critical security programs including product security innovation, and enabled global growth and datacenter expansion. He also led the definition of security technologies for protecting Visa’s data, networks, data centers, digital wallets, applications, end-point devices, and other core capabilities for corporate network as well as issuer- and consumer-facing products and services. Selim was recognized for leading company-wide Security Initiatives including ApplePay, Visa’s APAC Data Center, and Visa’s Data Protection Programs.
Selim earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Senior Member of IEEE, and member of ACM and ISACA. He has filed over 100 patents in various areas of computer and information security, many of which are deployed in computing systems (e.g., Intel Trusted Platform Module, Trusted eXecution Technology) and consumer solutions/products (e.g., Visa Checkout, Apple Pay).
Selim is active in cross-industry threat intelligence sharing, including the FS-ISAC, and is a member of the State of California’s Cybersecurity Task Force. He co-authored the book Security for Mobile Networks and Platforms (Artech House).
Selim has been an Advisory Board Member for several Startups, VCs, and Security Organizations & Institutions. He was recently selected as one of the Top 100 CISOs globally, and his security program was named as one of the Top 500 Security Programs by the Security Magazine.