SPHERE announced the appointment of former Johnson & Johnson Chief Information Security Officer Marene Allison to the Newark-based cybersecurity firm’s board of directors.
Allison brings over 30 years of cybersecurity leadership experience to SPHERE, where she will provide strategic support and counsel to strengthen the company’s mission of pioneering identity hygiene to protect critical accounts, data and infrastructure, particularly for large, highly regulated organizations.
During her 12-plus years as CISO of Johnson & Johnson, Allison was tasked with protecting the pharmaceutical giant’s information technology systems and business data worldwide. This included ensuring that the information security posture supported business growth, protecting public trust in the Johnson & Johnson brand and meeting strict legal and regulatory requirements.
“Providing identity hygiene solutions to highly regulated, highly sensitive organizations is an undertaking that needs strategic planning, agile processes and strong solutions, which is why I was drawn to SPHERE’s mission and value proposition,” Allison said. “I’m eager to join SPHERE’s board of directors as the company continues to empower their clients to find, fix and maintain strong controls across all their identities, the access they have and the protections required to prevent security breaches.”
“We’re honored to have Marene Allison join our board of directors. Her depth of experience securing the largest, most complex networks and assets is unmatched,” Rita Gurevich, founder and CEO, SPHERE, said. “It was apparent from the time we met that she had a passion for protecting organizational accounts, data and infrastructure and bringing the most innovative ideas to the table, and that was in line with our mission for SPHERE.”
Alongside her long list of corporate leadership experience, Allison also has intentionally invested in the broader security community through her position as president of West Point Women, her membership in ASIS International, her involvement in H-ISAC and her position in the board of directors in the American Society of Industrial Security. She also serves as a strategic adviser to Lutron Electronics, IT Cadre and Rubrik Inc.