Bio of Jesus "Laz" Montano

Jesus “Laz” Montano, a three-time CISO, has directed complex global information security for five FORTUNE® 500 firms - Citigroup, Travelers, MetLife, Voya Financial (formerly ING) and MassMutual. He has led diverse international teams of hundreds of security professionals across 25 countries through technology evolutions, mergers and acquisitions, and increasing threat landscapes for over 20 years.


Laz is a Board Advisor to Cyberstarts, a VC backed investment fund, that invests in early stage cyber security companies and a member of the National Technology Security Council (NTSC) who advocate for CISOs regarding public and private sector policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness. 

Laz has presented at numerous information security and other forums about topics ranging from cyber security threats, cyber regulatory and legislative matters and how embrace diversity to address the critical cyber talent pool. He was nominated as an “Information Security Executive of the year” by The Executive Network in 2009 and 2011. Most recently, he was recognized as one of the 100 Top Influential Hispanic Leaders for 2019 by the Hispanic IT Executive Council.

Mr. Montano now heads up his own cyber security consulting practice to help organizations evolve and transform their information security programs to meet the ever-changing cyber security threats globally. He supports CISOs in highly regulated industries as a virtual CISO, Board Advisor and Mentor.