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Sekhar Sarukkai

Chief Scientist
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Sekhar Sarukkai is the Chief Scientist at Skyhigh Networks, where he is responsible for driving innovations in cloud security technology. He brings more than 20 years of experience in enterprise networking, security, and cloud services development.

Prior to founding Skyhigh Networks, Sekhar was a Sr. Director of Engineering at Cisco Systems responsible for delivering Cisco’s market leading network access control products, including Cisco’s Identity Services Engine.

He joined Cisco through Cisco’s acquisition of Securent where he was a Co-Founder and CTO/VP Engineering. Prior to Securent, Sekhar was Founder and CTO/VP Engineering of Confluent Software, which was acquired by Oblix/Oracle. Sekhar also previously worked as a senior researcher at HP Labs where he was granted many patents in the areas of web services, parallel computing, caching, and one of the earliest patents on browsing the web using speech. He started his career at NASA Ames Research Center after obtaining his MS/PhD in Computer Science from Indiana University. In addition, he has worked as a graduate intern at IBM Watson Research Center.

Throughout his career Sekhar has been fortunate to have lead many initiatives that have resulted in recognitions including Infoworld Top 25 CTO award, Cisco Pioneer award, and Computerworld Honors Laureate award (and 21st century achievement award finalist) for his work on Micrograam.