Cisco names new security chief after Young departs

14 year vet Goeckeler was instrumental in Sourcefire integration

Chris Young, Cisco

Chris Young, Senior Vice President of the recently formed Cisco Security Group

Cisco has replaced its security leadership after the departure of Senior Vice President Chris Young.

David Goeckeler, a 14 year Cisco veteran, has been chosen as vice-president of the Security Business Group effective immediately. Young has “decided to leave Cisco,” according to this blog post from Pankaj Patel, Cisco executive vice president and chief development officer.

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Young had been with Cisco just shy of three years, having come over from VMware. He left to pursue other interests, a Cisco spokesperson said.

Goeckeler has been instrumental in defining Cisco’s end-to-end security architecture, including the integration of the Sourcefire engineering team and the integration of security into the broader Cisco portfolio, the spokesperson stated.

Young is the latest in a handful of recent high-profile departures at Cisco as the company initiates the 6,000 layoffs it announced during its fourth quarter earnings call. Dom Delfino, vice president of systems engineering for data center and virtualization, left Cisco last week and started at VMware this week.

Kyle Mestery, principal engineer in the Office of the Cloud CTO, starts at HP next week.

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