Intel Fellow & Technical Lead, Data Center Group at Intel Corporation
Ronald (Ron) Perez is an Intel Fellow and the technical lead for security architecture pathfinding in the Data Center Group (DCG) at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for defining the strategic direction of platform security and architecture for DCG products. Perez collaborates with Intel’s strategic planning organization and various business units across the Platform Engineering Group, Software and Services Group and Intel Labs to unify DCG security requirements and optimize the group’s security technology roadmap.
An IT industry veteran and proven innovator, Perez joined Intel in 2017 with a breadth of experience spanning security, semiconductors and cloud computing. Most recently, he was a vice president in the Visa Research organization at Visa Inc. As head of security research, he led a team conducting fundamental and applied security and blockchain research critical to Visa and its business partners in the global digital commerce community. Before joining Visa in 2016, Perez spent two years as a fellow and chief technology officer in the cryptography research division of Rambus Inc. and five years as a senior fellow at Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), where he led the company’s security architecture organization.
Earlier in his career, Perez spent more than a dozen years as a senior manager and technical leader at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. During his tenure there, he led the systems solutions and architecture department, as well as multiple teams of research scientists and engineers pursuing advances in various systems technologies, including virtualization and systems management, next-generation memory subsystems, stream computing, multimedia and information theory. Perez began his career in 1984 as a software engineer at Motorola Inc. and Tandem Computers Inc.
Perez earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been granted more than two dozen patents related to various aspects of security, with additional patents pending. He is also the author or co-author of more than 20 publications on topics related to virtualization and security. His industry contributions include co-founding and representing AMD on the board of directors of the Cyber Security Research Alliance Inc. and representing IBM as vice president of the Trusted Computing Group.