Derek has served as a founder, CEO, or advisor of early-stage companies for the last 20 years with a frequent focus on cyber security.
Most recently, he has founded Control System Cyber Security Association International (CS2AI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting local practitioner peer groups around the globe. He is currently a co-founder and board member of NexDefense, Inc., an Atlanta software company focused on the specific security needs of industrial control systems (ICS) asset owners.
Derek’s experience also includes co-founding and helping to grow the ICS business at the SANS Institute, GICSP Certification Steering committee chair and CEO and co-founder of LogiKeep, Inc. At LogiKeep, Inc., he was the co-inventor of Intellishield™, a pioneer IT security product which was later acquired by Cisco Systems. Derek is a former U.S. Navy Officer with experience in combat information management, communications security, and intelligence.
Derek pulls from his decades of experience as an entrepreneur, business owner and in cyber security to share interesting and relevant stories with his audiences.
Derek lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife Trisha and their two young sons. He enjoys spending his free time volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America and teaching people to SCUBA dive.