Mark Ryland is the Director of the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO) at Amazon Web Service (AWS). Ryland reports to Steve Schmidt, the CISO for AWS, and leads a global team of Security Architects who help customers to understand more deeply how AWS builds and operates its highly secure cloud platform, and how they can best leverage that modern platform to enhance their own IT security. In addition, the OCISO works as a key channel for incoming customer requirements, making sure customer needs in the area of security and compliance are understood and prioritized across AWS engineering and service teams. The OCISO also supports a number mechanisms for deeper customer engagement in the security space, including the bi-annual meetings of CISO Advisory Council, and other regional events and groups.
Ryland has more than 27 years of experience in the technology industry across a wide range of leadership roles in cybersecurity, software engineering, distributed systems, technical standardization, and public policy. Most recently he was the Director of Solutions Architecture and Professional Services for the AWS Worldwide Public Sector team, founding the team and growing it to a large global organization from 2011 through early 2018. Prior to AWS, Ryland worked for Microsoft for 13 years in two different stints (1991-2000 and 2008-2011) in multiple roles including Director and founder, Standards Strategy Group. In between stints at Microsoft, he was co-founder and CTO of two start-ups, and served as vice-president of a public policy think tank.