I am an expert in several areas of cybersecurity including IoT security and GRC (governance, risk management, and compliance). I provide cybersecurity thought leadership through mentoring, speaking at industry events, writing and volunteering.
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I started my career in information security in 1999, when I was hired to help Goodyear prepare for Y2K. I’ve spent most of my career in the manufacturing sector securing the global enterprise, plant ICS and SCADA networks and helping to secure IoT products.
I have over 20 years of experience in Information Technology and have grown with the security industry since 1999, when Y2K came along as the ultimate unfounded FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) event. I have a Master’s Degree in Business (MBA), a Bachelors Degree in Business (BBA), and an Associates Degree in Computer Networking. I have several security certifications, including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE), and ITIL Foundations. I have previously taught classes in IoT security, computer forensics, server security, and family and personal safety on the Internet.
I currently serve on several advisory boards, including EC-Council’s CISO Advisory Board, HMG CIO Executive Leadership Advisory Board, and Evanta’s CISO Governing Body. I’ve also been a member of InfraGard since 2016 and a proud volunteer of the Danville Area Humane Society since 2000. I’ve been in a unique position to see the security industry mature over the last 20+ years and have been blessed to work with some of the finest people in the field.
What I enjoy most about my professional career is that I am in a position to help others. Whether it is combining technical and security knowledge with business acumen to address cyber security risks to critical business processes or simply answering a question about how to protect a coworker’s family online, I honestly love helping people.
I consider myself to be a professional student. I am extremely goal-oriented and love learning and challenging myself. I am always working on my next class, project, or certification.
Over the last several years, I have watched Cybrary grow and mature. It is a unique platform that connects the learner to instructors and other professionals in the security field. They offer over a thousand hands-on learning experiences that add practical skills to academic knowledge. As a hiring manager, I have learned that this mixture practical and academic knowledge is invaluable. I am excited to be associated with Cybrary.
Fun Fact: I once (technically) lived on a cruise ship. We sold our home and cruised two weeks before we closed on another one. In the period between owning homes, our only permanent address happened to floating in the ocean.