Steven Astorino

VP of Development, Hybrid Cloud, z Analytics
and Canada Lab Director


Steven is a development executive with proven transformational leadership and expertise in leading large enterprise development teams and an experienced change agent with a proven track record to drive improvements and efficiency. Most recently he has been leading and driving the Machine Learning and Data Science strategy for IBM's analytics group and has delivered key strategic solutions including IBM Machine Learning and Data Science Experience.

Early in his career, Steven has spent several years working with network testing technologies for the telecom Industry and played a key role in providing VoIP testing solutions and has extensive experience with data technologies such as data movement and transformation from his days at DataMirror, to Database technologies such as DB2 LUW, DB2 for z/OS, IBM's latest Data and Analytics platform enabling data science and machine learning.

He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science with a strong business background.

Walid Rjaibi

CISSP CTO, Data Security at IBM


Walid Rjaibi is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Data Security at IBM. As a Technical Executive and Distinguished Engineer, he drives the technical strategy and architecture for data security across products and cloud services (Guardium Database Activity Monitoring, Guardium Data Encryption, Security Key Lifecycle Manager, Guardium Multi-Cloud Data Encryption, and IBM Key Protect). Prior to his current role, he held several technical and management roles within IBM including Research Staff Member at the Zurich Research Lab, Security Architect for DB2 LUW, and Chief Security Architect for IBM Analytics. His Data Security work resulted in over 20 granted patents and several publications in leading scientific and academic conferences such as the international conference on Very Large Databases (VLDB), the International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), and the international conference on security and cryptography (SECRYPT). Walid is also a frequent speaker at industrial conferences such as IBM World of Watson, Interconnect, Security Congress, and the International DB2 User Group (IDUG).

Specialties: Information Technology, Software Development, Data Security, Application Security, Cloud Security, Security Compliance, Secure Engineering Deployment, Database Technology, Leadership, Staff Management and Team Building, Client Partnering

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