De Paula’s promotion demonstrates KnowBe4’s commitment to complying with data protection requirements and standards
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced that Lecio De Paula Jr. has been promoted to vice president of data protection.
In this new role, De Paula will be responsible for coordinating and managing KnowBe4's Privacy and Data Protection Programs. This includes operations of the program, development, implementation and maintenance of policies and procedures, overseeing program compliance, investigation and tracking of security incidents in compliance with federal, state and international laws as well as contractual obligations.
As VP of Data Protection for KnowBe4, De Paula will focus on navigating global data protection requirements and ensuring KnowBe4 meets its data protection standards. He began his career at a privacy tech company where he became an expert in all things U.S. privacy, with a specific focus on HIPAA compliance. He now leads KnowBe4's effort in protecting its information assets on premise and in the cloud. De Paula has extensive expertise in many European and U.S. privacy laws, such as GDPR, CCPA and HIPAA. His primary focus is bridging the gap between privacy and security to create a robust data protection program. De Paula holds a CISSP as well as an AWS/Security certification and is currently Fellow of Information Privacy certified. He is also certified by the IAPP and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional for Canada, Europe and the U.S.
“Lecio has been a key part of the security team for several years now and this promotion is well deserved,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. “He is an accomplished privacy professional who holds many industry certifications, with a wide breadth of knowledge on international data privacy requirements and laws. We are lucky to have Lecio as part of the team and I am confident that he will make great contributions in this new upper management role.”
"I am very happy to be part of an organization that puts data protection top of mind in every decision we make,” said De Paula. “It is our goal at KnowBe4 to earn our customers’ trust and provide them with assurances that we are protecting their data adequately and complying with global privacy and security requirements. KnowBe4 has been a pioneer in the security industry with providing security awareness training and simulated phishing for its customers. I am excited to assist KnowBe4 in their vision to enable the human firewall and protect organizations from new advanced threats."
For more information on KnowBe4 careers, visit www.knowbe4.com/careers.
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 41,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist, Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud, and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as their last line of defense.