Tim McKnight

Chief Security Officer


Tim McKnight heads SAP’s Global Security unit in the Global Finance & Administration board area, reporting directly to Luka Mucic, Chief Financial Officer and member of the executive board of SAP SE. He is responsible for SAP’s overall security strategy, ensuring that SAP and our customers have a consistent and convenient security experience, establishing SAP as a recognized and trusted leader in the industry. In his role, Tim develops, implements, and manages SAP’s overall security policies, standards and guidelines in accordance with ongoing security initiatives and worldwide IT, physical and personnel security, cybersecurity activities, data protection and privacy laws.

Before joining SAP in December 2018, Tim was chief information security officer for Thomson Reuters, responsible for all aspects of the company’s global information security risk management program. Prior to that, he served as Chief Information Security Officer for General Electric, executing its information security and IT risk strategy. Previously, Tim was executive vice president of Fidelity Investments’ Information Security and Technology Risk. He also served in various IT Security leadership roles at Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and Cisco Systems. Tim began his career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation as lead investigator of all National Infrastructure Protection Center matters, including high-tech crimes, corporate espionage, foreign counterintelligence and telecommunications fraud.

In addition to these roles, Tim has held the roles of chairman of the Internet Security Alliance and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in digital forensics as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Clearsky Security and Tenable.