Ryan is a seasoned IT security and risk management leader with over 10 years of experience working in technical and leadership roles as a defense contractor. He is passionate about helping clients transform their culture to improve security awareness, gain efficiencies, and maintain compliance. Ryan promotes business-driven security and believes that good IT security practices can help companies be more competitive by enabling them to make better decisions quickly and confidently. Ryan’s areas of expertise include incident response, regulatory compliance (GDPR, HIPAA, PCI DSS, CCPA), security frameworks (NIST Cybersecurity, 800-53/171, ISO 27001/2, and CIS), risk management, and data protection / governance.

Prior to joining CREO, Ryan was a senior computer network defense analyst and led a regional cyber security incident response team for Jacobs Technology supporting the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) global enterprise network on the SITEC II Contract. Ryan’s team was responsible for coverage of approximately 60 percent of the global enterprise covering the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) continental US assets. Ryan was instrumental in building and strengthening the team and improving operational efficiency and accuracy by 300 percent over first 90 days as team lead. Prior to Jacobs, Ryan worked for General Dynamics IT, where he spent 8 years working in multiple roles starting as system administrator, network administrator, technical instructor, and the last 3 years as information systems security officer (ISSO).

Ryan earned his undergraduate degree in Software Engineering from the University of Phoenix, and graduate degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance from Western Governors University. Ryan holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), and is also a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

Ryan enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and training with his service dog.