Gregory Neal Akers, Cisco Disabilities Awareness Network (CDAN)

Gregory Neal Akers

Gregory Neal Akers
Senior Vice President of Advanced Architecture and Development Advanced Research and Development Organization

Cisco Disabilities Awareness Network (CDAN)

Greg Akers is the Senior Vice President of Advanced Architecture and Development within the Advanced Research and Development Organization at Cisco. With more than two decades of executive experience, Akers brings a wide range of technical and security knowledge to his current role. A major focus of his group is to expand security awareness and launch product resiliency initiatives throughout Cisco's development organization to deliver high-quality and secure products to customers.

Akers joined Cisco in 1993. He has held a variety of technical roles at Cisco, including networking engineer and Vice President for the Worldwide Technical Assistance Center (TAC), and holds CCIE certification. In addition to his primary role, Akers is an Internet security and critical infrastructure protection advisor to Cisco customers and to the U.S. government. In this capacity he has held leadership roles, such as serving as President of the IT-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) organization in 2002 and Vice President in 2001. Akers has also advised the U.S. Department of Defense and the federal intelligence community for more than a decade. Akers is a member of the National White-Collar Crime Board and the Board of Directors of the East Carolina Infraguard.

Before joining Cisco, Akers' career included more than 15 years of designing, building, and running large networks for Fortune 100 companies. He has held senior technical and leadership roles at Fechheimer Brothers, a holding of Berkshire Hathaway, and Procter and Gamble.

Akers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Akron.