Dug Song

Co-Founder & Former CEO

Duo Security, a Cisco business unit

Dug Song is Vice President and General Manager of, one of the fastest-growing cybersecurity providers in the world. In 2018, Duo was acquired by Cisco for $2.35 billion, making it the largest exit ever for a Michigan-based software company.

Founded in 2010, Duo protects more than 14,000 organizations against data breach by making security easy and effective. Duo’s Trusted Access security products verify the identity of users and the health of their devices before granting them access to applications - helping prevent breach and account takeover. 

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Duo has more than 700 employees with offices in San Mateo, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Detroit and London. Prior to its acquisition by Cisco, Duo raised $119 million in total capital, backed by Benchmark, Geodesic Capital, Google Ventures, Index Ventures, Lead Edge Capital, Meritech Capital Partners, Radar Partners, Redpoint Ventures, True Ventures and Workday.

Dug is a renowned hacker and leading voice in the information security industry. He is often quoted on cybersecurity issues by international media, and appears onstage at industry events around the world.  Prior to launching Duo, Dug spent seven years as founding Chief Security Architect at Arbor Networks, protecting 80 percent of the world’s Internet service providers, and helping to grow the company to $120M+ annual revenue before its acquisition by Danaher. He also built the first commercial network anomaly detection system, acquired by Check Point Software
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Dug is heavily involved in mentorship and fostering entrepreneurship in Michigan. He is a founding member of Ann Arbor’s a2newtech and an active participant in Tech Brewery, a2skatepark and the Entrepreneurs' Foundation of Ann Arbor. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Michigan.

 

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Dug Song co-founded Duo Security in 2010, which now protects more than 14,000 organizations against data breach with its simple and easy two-factor authentication and Trusted Access security products. Duo was acquired by Cisco in 2018 for $2.35 billion. Dug is a renowned hacker, open source contributor and leading voice in the information security industry. Prior to launching Duo, Dug spent seven years as founding Chief Security Architect at Arbor Networks, protecting 80 percent of the world’s Internet service providers. He also built the first commercial network anomaly detection system, acquired by Check Point Software Technologies.