Aubrey Merchant-Dest leads the cybersecurity strategies unit at Blue Coat Systems as federal chief technology officer, with focus on researching next-generation security technologies and fostering partnerships using big data and analytics to determine the latest threat indicators.
He joined the Sunnyvale, California-based security company from Solera Networks in 2014, bringing with him more than two decades of experience in network and systems engineering and directly reporting to Hugh Thompson, senior vice president and CTO at Blue Coat.
Merchant-Dest spent two years as federal systems engineering manager at Solera, and previously was consulting engineer for Qosmos, which specialized in platforms for systems integrators, network equipment providers and software vendors.
He also held prior SE roles at Ellacoya Networks, CloudShield and iPolicy Networks, his work centering on traffic engineering and management, security and network analytics.
Merchant-Dest studied computer technology at the Control Data Institute.