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Marco Morana

Dr. Morana is SVP at Citi's Information Security based in Tampa focusing on bringing emerging technologies for cybersecurity and FinTech to the level of maturity required for adoption by Citi and Citi clients. In his day to day job his focus is document internal technology standards, direct security reviews of cloud applications and manage proof of concepts and pilots of emerging technologies such as mobile payments, cloud based financial applications and hybrid private/permissioned blockchain consortium developed blockchain applications.

Besides his work with Citi, Dr Morana is active contributor in the start-up and innovator community as non-resident mentor of Level 39 Fintech accelerator and CyLon cyber-security accelerator in London UK and as member of the steering committee of the Security Innovation Network (SINET) in US where he evaluates the technologies and products of emerging cybersecurity companies. Dr. Morana has been directly involved in helping cyber-security start-ups also as outside director and member of the technical advisory boards in compliance with Citi outside directorship interests.

Dr Morana is active contributor as book author of risk-centric threat modelling whose book has been used to develop the NSA accredited National University graduate course of cyber-intelligence and threat modelling. He is currently working to two new book projects, the security of future enterprise blockchain applications with Wiley Publishing and updated version of the CISO guide of application security as free open-source book for OWASP.

Dr Morana has more than 20 years of experience in cyber security and played a role as key employee working for cyber security start-ups as well as Fortune 500 companies. Dr Morana co-patented the first implementation of secure email using S/MIME for NASA subsequently he joined the start-up Internet Security Systems (ISS) where he developed threat adaptive network security technologies. ISS was a successful start-ups that went IPO and was later acquired by IBM. After ISS Dr Morana joined the early stage mobile security start up eXCellNET where he designed encryption APIs for the first prototypes of mobile smartphones. After eXCellNet was acquired by SyBase Inc he joined the security consultancy start-up Foundstone that was later acquired by McAfee and played a leading role in developing a new software security engineering and consulting services practice.

Dr Morana holds a Doctorate Engineering (Dr. Eng) (MSME advanced degree) from Padova University (Italy) with NASA/API sponsored thesis on simulation of tethered satellite dynamics and and Master of Science in Computer System Engineering (MSCSE) from Northwestern Polytechnic (USA) an University of California at Berkeley.