A serial entrepreneur and pre-seed investor in technology companies, Derek has founded, led, and advised new enterprises for more than 20 years. In addition to his current role with NexDefense, Derek helped launch and provides leadership to the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Cybersecurity Business at the SANS Institute. He is also a founding steering committee member and co-manager of the Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) certification, which launched globally in 2013.
A Navy veteran, Derek served as a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer tasked with physical security, combat information management, communications security and intelligence responsibilities.
After distinguished service in the Navy, Derek launched his career in the private sector as the Co-Founder and the CEO of LogiKeep, Inc., a network security intelligence firm. During his time with LogiKeep he co-invented Intellishield™, a pioneer IT security product later acquired by Cisco Systems. Under his leadership, LogiKeep experienced extremely rapid growth, serving dozens of Fortune 500 companies, including those in major financial and pharmaceutical distribution industries and government institutions.
Derek is a recognized thought leader, frequently appearing in national publications and speaking events on the topics of entrepreneurship, capitalization, business, intelligence systems and security.
Michael is an, award- winning expert and internationally recognized thought leader in information, automation and control systems cybersecurity. In addition to his current role with NexDefense, Michael is the Founder and Chair of the National Board of Information Security Examiners (NBISE), serves on the board for the Council on Cybersecurity and is the ICS & SCADA Lead for the SANS Institute.
Previously, Michael served as Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), where he oversaw the implementation of cybersecurity standards across the North American electric power industry. Prior to joining NERC, Michael was Vice President and Chief Security Officer for American Electric Power and held notable leadership positions at Idaho National Labs (INL).
While at INL, Michael recognized the need to bring intelligence-type analysis to corporate networks as he identified numerous risks to the hardware, software and systems used by many individual organizations. Additionally, Michael became involved in the development of SOPHIA, a patent-pending Industrial Network Anomaly Detection (INAD) system that covertly detects deviations from normal automation or systems controls operations.