Author: Bill Conner

Bill Conner

About: Bill Conner

Bill Conner is among the most experienced security, data and infrastructure executives worldwide, with a career spanning over 30 years across numerous high-tech industries. Today, he is the President and CEO of SonicWall, a trusted security leader of 25 years protecting over a million networks globally. SonicWall’s award-winning network security, access security and email security solutions protect medium-sized enterprises and enterprise organizations. From leading key divisions of AT&T, to taking Nortel into data with the $9 billion acquisition of Bay Networks, to his work to secure digital identities with Entrust, and bringing secure communications and privacy from the consumer to the enterprise through mobile and cloud with Silent Circle, Conner has been the vanguard of four of the Digital Information Age’s most transformational technology shifts. Upon taking Silent Circle’s President and CEO role in January 2015, he quickly re-positioned the consumer privacy company into an Enterprise Privacy Platform (EPP) focused business. This included creating the marketing category, building the products, and re-building the sales, service and marketing functions. On assuming Entrust’s President and CEO role in April 2001, he quickly created a best in class company. Upon taking Entrust private in 2009, he reset corporate priorities to take advantage of new market dynamics and successfully created organic growth. As mobile devices and cloud computing became drivers of organizations’ buying behaviors, he directed the investment in technological innovations to help organizations realize the potential gains presented by these technologies. Conner travels globally to meet with leaders at major financial institutions, enterprises and governments. He also created and hosted “Hacked” for SiriusXM’s business radio. He has been recognized with several awards including: Marketing Computers “Marketer of the Year”, Tech Titans “Corporate CEO of the Year”, Federal Computer’s “Top 100 Award”, and the “National Youth Science Camp Alumnus of the Year”.
SonicWall Threat Report Cybersecurity Graphic

In the war against cyber crime, no one gets to avoid battle. That’s why it’s crucial that each of us is proactive in understanding the innovation and advancements being made on both sides of the cybersecurity arms race. To that end, today we introduced the 2017 SonicWall Annual Threat Report, offering clients, businesses, cybersecurity peers and industry media and analysts a detailed overview of the state of the cybersecurity landscape.


According to a recent PWC survey, 54 percent of respondents buy products online every month. And millions of employees shopped online yesterday with their work devices on business networks. The critical business threat: Will any of your business computers or networks get infected with malware when employees make personal online purchases?

Commencing a New Era in SonicWall’s Legacy of Leadership

Like any veteran of the cybersecurity field, I’ve known SonicWall by its sterling reputation since the company’s early days as a business network security solution provider. Today, it’s a great privilege to find myself at the helm of this world-class team during not only one of the most exciting times in the business’ 25-year history, but also the most complex and critical cybersecurity landscape the world has ever seen.