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Taher Elgamal

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Taher is a venture partner at Evolution and currently serves as the CTO, Security at Salesforce.com. He is a co-founder of NokNok Labs and InfoSec Global. Taher received the 2019 Marconi Prize and was the recipient of the RSA Conference 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award and he is recognized as the “father of SSL,” the Internet security standard Secure Sockets Layer. Taher has been issued several patents in online security, payments and data compression. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cairo University in 1977, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1981 and 1984, respectively. Martin Hellman was his dissertation advisor. He joined the technical staff at HP Labs in 1984. He served as chief scientist at Netscape Communications from 1995 to 1998 where he was a driving force behind SSL. He also was the director of engineering at RSA Security Inc. before founding Securify in 1998 and becoming its CEO. When Securify was acquired by Kroll-O’Gara, he became the president of its information security group. In 2008, Securify was acquired by Secure Computing and is now part of McAfee. In October 2006, he joined Tumbleweed Communications in a capacity of a Chief Technology Officer. Taher has also held executive roles at technology and security companies, including CSO of Axway, Inc. from 2008 to 2011, CTO of Tumbleweed Communications from 2006 to 2008, CTO of Securify, Inc. from 2001 to 2004, CEO and president of Securify, Inc. from 1998 to 2001 and chief scientist of Netscape Communications from 1995 to 1998.