Philip de Souza is founder and president of Aurora (aurorait.com), a California-based consulting firm specializing in cyber security and compliance. Established in 1990, Aurora serves as an experienced and trusted security advisor to medium and large enterprise global clients. de Souza spearheads company initiatives to keep Aurora and the industry at the forefront of protecting clients from constantly evolving security risks through education and unique technology and service offerings. To that end, de Souza created SecurePATH™ (securepathinc.com), a data encryption and regulatory compliance software company that helps top-tier corporations protect their data and avoid expensive losses in theft, resources and intellectual property.
de Souza is deeply rooted in his community through supporting socio-cultural, volunteer and philanthropic causes. With a passion to develop future leaders, he mentors students from two local high schools, coaches executives seeking career advancement and advises growth focused mid-sized businesses. He and his wife founded Ainiti (ainiti.org), a nonprofit advancing education to empower underprivileged girls in developing countries. He is a past chairman of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, served on Pepperdine’s prestigious Management Partners Council, and is a current Board Member of the California Small Business Association, US Chamber’s Small Business Council and the Saint James Education Foundation. de Souza holds an MBA Finance from Pepperdine University, a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Bombay and is a Fellow of Institute of Cost and Works Accountants. He resides just outside Los Angeles and enjoys riding his Harley, traveling and spending quality time with his family.