JLL hires cybersecurity chief to tackle technology threats

Global property services firm JLL has appointed its first ever chief information security officer (CISO), to defend the company against cyber threats arising from the increasing digitalisation of real estate.

Joe Silva has been selected to lead JLL’s information security strategy, working closely with global technology teams across the company, including JLL Technologies (JLLT), JLL’s business division dedicated to commercial real estate technology.

As the commercial real estate industry becomes increasingly data driven and technology enabled, Silva will oversee all facets of JLL’s information security approach to protect employees, customers and products. His remit will include threat management and oversight of security policies, procedures and preventative measures.

George Thomas, chief information officer at JLL, said: 'Technology has become mission critical for real estate companies. As the commercial real estate industry embraces technology and data-driven decision-making, we are pleased to welcome an industry leader like Joe Silva to head up our security posture.

'With Joe’s experience leading security practices, both internal and commercial, JLL is well positioned to lead the industry in reshaping the future of work and the built environment with technology.'

Prior to JLL, Silva worked at credit reporting agency and data analytics company TransUnion, where he built and led a large, global organization responsible for cybersecurity, insider risk and product security.

Before that, he worked on the commercial product side of cybersecurity with Symantec and iSight Partners, which was acquired by FireEye in 2016.

Said Silva: 'JLL is the leader in commercial real estate because of its strategic focus on technology. I am thrilled to join its world-class security team and drive security innovation that supports JLL’s mission to shape the future of real estate for a better world.'

Silva spent his early career in a variety of security roles in the US military and federal government with a significant focus on addressing cyber threats to critical infrastructure. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University and a master’s degree in computer and network forensics from George Mason University.