Adam Palmer

Chief Security Strategist



Executive Summary:

Adam has over 20 years working in cybersecurity. His experience includes executive positions at large cybersecurity vendors, leading the U.N. Global Programme against Cybercrime, and working as the Global Director for IT & Cyber Risk at one of the largest EU banks. Adam’s diverse global background perfectly positions him to understand and advise security leaders to be successful.



Before joining Tenable, Adam held the position of Global Director, Cybersecurity Risk & Controls for Banco Santander – the largest bank in the EU and Latin America. This role provided deep global experience with oversight for a large advanced cybersecurity programme.

Adam began his career as a U.S. military officer focused on cybercrime cases. After the military, Adam worked in a senior operational role by creating the .ORG top level Internet domain cybersecurity programme. This programme has been cited by leading industry groups as a major success for reducing cyber risk. Adam later created and led the United Nations Global Programme Against Cybercrime, delivering anti-cybercrime capacity building programs to global governments.

Adam has significant experience as an advisor working at leading cybersecurity vendors. In these roles he advised both large and medium size organizations on cybersecurity best practices. Adam has published numerous articles and is regularly invited to speak about cybersecurity.

Adam (JD, MBA, CISSP, CIPP) is originally from the United States. He has worked across the USA, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. Adam is currently based in Dublin, Ireland.


Current Position:

As the Tenable Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, Adam Palmer focuses on advising senior leaders (CISO/CIO/CTO) on cybersecurity strategy. Adam can provide insight into current cybersecurity threats, cyber risk management, and cyber risk exposure.

Speech Topic & Synopses
How Secure Are you ?

With the rapid adoption of new digital platforms like cloud, IoT and OT, there are new risks. A CISO must address old security issues like visibility of assets, threats and vulnerabilities, on these new technologies.

To be able to confidently answer the question “How secure are we?” and address cyber risks before they become major business risks, security leaders need to see everything, predict what matters most, and ensure basic processes are measured and optimised.
Adam Palmer, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist for Tenable, will provide an overview for how to visualise and prioritise cyber risk and improve security programme maturity. Adam is the former Global Director for Cyber Risk at a Top 20 global bank and he has also worked as the Lead Cyberecurity Risk programme manager for the US industry association of large financial services companies. He will share his experiences implementing risk based vulnerability management in the financial services industry