Stephen Trilling is the chief technology officer at Symantec. In this role, Trilling, a sixteen-year veteran at the company, is responsible for developing the overall technology vision for the company, driving cross-company engineering initiatives and collaboration, and overseeing Symantec’s shared engineering organizations. The CTO organization includes Security Technology and Response, Symantec Research Labs, Product Security, Standards, as well as the Shared Engineering Services division that comprises product localization, user experience, product certification, and shared engineering tools.
Prior to transitioning to the CTO role, Trilling served as senior vice president of Symantec’s Security Technology and Response (STAR) division. STAR is a worldwide team of security engineers, threat analysts, and researchers that provides the underlying functionality, threat expertise and security content for all of Symantec’s enterprise and consumer security products. Under Trilling’s leadership, Symantec’s security products consistently achieved top protection ratings in independent reviews, winning such awards as the AV-Comparatives Product of the Year Award and the Wall Street Journal’s Technology Innovation Award. Trilling also oversaw the development by the STAR team of Symantec’s award-winning Insight technology, a transformational protection capability that leverages the wisdom of hundreds of millions of Symantec users to automatically compute security ratings for virtually every software file on the planet. Insight, now incorporated in all of the company’s endpoint security products, enables Symantec to identify and block even the most complex malware and targeted attacks without traditional virus fingerprints.
Prior to his role leading STAR, Trilling was the founder and vice president of Symantec Research Labs, the company’s advanced research division. During his tenure at Symantec Research Labs, the team researched, prototyped and collaborated to commercialize numerous new technologies across all of Symantec’s security and availability business areas. These innovations have collectively impacted hundreds of millions of Symantec customers.
Mr. Trilling has represented Symantec publicly on numerous national television and radio programs, including “Good Morning America”, “The Today Show”, and “60 Minutes”. He has published a number of papers on security-related issues and has also testified before the United States Congress. He is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Trilling holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Yale University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.