With over 19 years of experience as an Advanced Information Systems and Cybersecurity Professional, I am a seasoned expert in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex systems, network infrastructure, security, and compliance. My expertise in auditing and assessing third-party cyber and information security risks has helped organizations minimize their vulnerabilities and maintain high standards of protection.
As a diligent and highly proficient Third-Party Risk Information Security Professional, I bring over 19 years of comprehensive experience in managing vendor risks, implementing robust security measures, and ensuring regulatory compliance across various organizations. I excel in collaborating with cross-functional teams and external vendors to establish, monitor, and enhance the security posture of third-party engagements. My proven expertise lies in conducting meticulous risk assessments, driving the continuous improvement of security frameworks, and effectively communicating complex security concepts to non-technical stakeholders. I am known for my strategic yet hands-on approach towards problem-solving, complemented by a keen ability to stay ahead of evolving cyber threats. Being a highly committed professional with a strong ethical framework, I have an exemplary track record of leading initiatives that fortify organizational resilience against third-party related cyber risks.
My years of service as a retired Chief Warrant Officer 3 in the United States Marine Corps have honed my skills as a dedicated problem-solver and subject matter expert, and I am passionate about developing top talent and fostering leadership. I am dedicated to staying at the forefront of the latest industry developments and best practices, and I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to every project I work on.
As a recipient of the National Engaged Leadership Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success, I am dedicated to driving positive change and making a lasting impact in the field of information systems and cybersecurity. Whether working with military or private sector platforms, I am committed to delivering results that meet the highest standards of excellence.
June 2022 - Present
Quality Assurance & Tools Development Lead | Third-Party Cyber Risk Services
• Orchestrated and executed four rigorous control tests encompassing 120 assessment samples, with over 600 artifacts scrutinized, culminating in a flawless 100% pass rate with zero discrepancies identified.
• Championed and conducted 700+ Quality Assurance (QA) reviews of risk assessments, pinpointing and rectifying over 90 defects, thereby elevating the precision of each assessment prior to final examination and approval by control partners, auditors, and/or regulators.
• Engaged stakeholders in developing the CISO Dashboard for senior leadership, showcasing key metrics related to third-party risk assessments and improving executive insight regarding our risk posture.
• Pioneered a cost-cutting initiative that transitioned approximately 70+ onsite assessments to virtual platforms, carving out an impressive savings of ~$259,200 for the enterprise, all while adhering rigorously to TPRM's mandates and without amplifying risks. This initiative encapsulated a risk-based approach for both Net New vendors and Cyber Critical/High vendors, underscoring our adeptness in adapting innovatively without jeopardizing security or regulatory accord.
• Utilized adept critical thinking and honed expertise in data analysis tools including RSA Archer, Enlighta, and Salesforce to craft and disseminate comprehensive risk reports. These instrumental reports, advocating a data-driven, risk-based strategy, informed and catalyzed discerning decision-making among leadership tiers up to the CISO, engendering pivotal strategic augmentations in our risk management architecture.
• Dedicated approximately 30 hours executing an exhaustive alignment and gap analysis between TruSight’s Best Practice Questionnaire (BPQ) and USAA InfoSec’s Due Diligence Questionnaire (DDQ), which propelled the efficiency and throughput of third-party risk assessments substantially.
Nov 2019 - Present
Lead Information Security Advisor | Third-Party Cyber Risk Assessments
• Spearheaded third-party risk assessments by fostering collaborative engagements with internal partners like third-party relationship managers, and second and third-line risk and compliance auditors, as well as external partners including vendors and C-Suite executives. Thrived in a highly collaborative and effective environment, ensuring a harmonized approach towards comprehensive risk management and compliance adherence.
• Performed over 300 information security risk assessments of varying complexity for dynamic projects, technologies, environments, business partners, and third parties throughout the financial and tech industries.
• Drafted enterprise-level requirements for the on-boarding and integration of a new Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) tool, enhancing system security configurations and risk mitigation effectiveness while increasing operational efficiency by 35%.
• Developed 29 Quick Reference Guides (QRG) and recorded 27 hours of instructional videos, increasing the efficiency of onboarding, training, and standardized operating procedures throughout the enterprise.
• Formed partnerships with internal and external Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) teams, producing over 75 Intelligence Reports that directly contributed to the reduction of enterprise cyber risk by 27%.
• Developed, published, and maintained complex Information Security governance (e.g., policies, principles, standards) that define Information Security requirements.
• Served on Shared Assessments Standardized Control Assessments (SCA) Committee providing guidance in the security tenets of Physical Environment, Server Security, Network Security, Cloud Security, and Threat Management.
Sep 2019 - Nov 2019
Red Team Lead
• Co-led the development and integration of a penetration testing framework and methodology derived from industry standards and best practices such as National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), MITRE's Adversarial Tactics, Techniques, and Common Knowledge (ATT&CK) framework, and Common Attack Pattern Enumeration and Classification (CAPEC).
Nov 2018 - Nov 2019
Principal Cybersecurity Architect
• Served as a key stakeholder in the development of the cybersecurity team’s penetration testing and vulnerability assessment roadmap and capabilities for Honeywell Aerospace's product teams, including the Connected Aircraft, with specific regards to SATCOM, GPS, and cellular communications.
• As a co-inventor, submitted three patent applications aiming to solve common complex Aerospace engineering problems with innovative solutions.
• Led and co-authored a Product Security Guidelines (PSG) handbook for engineering teams to ensure systems security is woven throughout the entire Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC), from concept to market.
• Established a training and education program with a strategic focus in security through various industry partnerships and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).
• Co-led an effort to establish and standardize Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) for the team and organization.
• Authored and reviewed cybersecurity artifacts for Honeywell Aerospace products and systems adhering to the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) guidelines (DO-326A, DO-178C and DO-356).
U.S. Marine Corps, Tactical Training and Exercise Control Group
Twentynine Palms, CA
June 2016 - Nov 2018
Signals Intelligence, Electronic and Cyberwarfare Officer
• Managed and operated a $38 million cellular telecommunications network and virtual cyberspace training environment, comprised of over 6,000 end items, creating a multi-tiered, cross-platform-compatible, adaptable, wireless telecommunications system. This system is utilized in support of service-level training exercises, providing an Opposing Force communications environment for the tenets of Signals Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and holistic Cyberspace Operations.
• Authored an Urgent Universal Needs Statement (UUNS) to replace the training network with a plethora of communications assets valued up to $50 million, updating the training ranges and electromagnetic signals environment to a modern electronic battlefield.
• Established a partnership with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on the development and implementation of Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS) swarming technologies implemented on today’s battlefield and initiated a $3.1 million grassroots project designed to develop Counter-SUAS training for the Department of Defense (DoD).
• Trained forward-deploying Marines on Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised-Explosive-Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) procedures and electronic countermeasure employment.
U.S. Marine Corps, 1st Radio Battalion
Camp Pendleton, CA
June 2013 - June 2016
• Co-Authored a comprehensive Battalion Cybersecurity Policy covering: Acceptable Use Agreements, Clean Desk Policy, Change Management, Email Policy, Ethics Policy, Password Construction and Protection Policy, Authorized Software and End User License Agreements.
• Led a collaborative project with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (MIT-LL), and Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) on the development of a multi-million-dollar Tactical Cyber Range (TCR) to train and certify Marines on full spectrum cyberspace operations, from the national to the tactical edge.
• Developed a state of the art Joint Cyberspace Operations Lab for the employment and testing of Offensive and Defensive Cyberspace Operations (OCO/DCO) tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs). This lab was engineered with no cost to the command, while valued over $400,000.00.
• Designed mission critical hardware and software platforms designed to conduct Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) in a forward-deployed setting while maintaining secure software updates, policy compliance, and accountability of $1.2 million of assets.
• Designed, and configured a state of the art wireless network training lab, enabling the development of multiple training scenarios allowing for flexibility and realism utilizing a combination of virtual and physical environments comprised of over 30 cyber personas, 50 client devices, 45 mobile devices, 20 servers, and 15 Wireless Access Points (WAPs), using a wide variety of desktop and mobile operating systems, with a total system valuation over $1.8 million.
• Led 25 Wireless Network Engineers through a training and certification program of Signals Intelligence support to Cyberspace Operations and Computer Network Exploitation on behalf of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command (MARFORCYBER).
National Security Agency (NSA) / U.S. Marine Corps
Camp Pendleton, CA
June 2013 - June 2016
Cyberwarfare / Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) Officer
• Served as a Direct Liaison for National Tactical Integration (NTI) of Signals Intelligence support to Cyberspace Operations and Computer Network Exploitation on behalf of the National Security Agency / Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command (MARFORCYBER).
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Cybersecurity - Secure Cloud Computing
2022 - 2026
The Doctor of Philosophy in Cybersecurity (PhD-CY) combines four knowledge areas to complete research or synthesize cybersecurity solutions for enterprises subject to national exposures and global threats. The combined resolution of risk, compliance, audit, and privacy will enable graduates to create enhanced solutions while limiting the need for resources. The Secure Cloud Computing specialization investigates current and anticipated needs and solutions emphasizing the cloud computing. Learning and research adds practical and strategic insights to enable reduced risks for cloud computing and multi-cloud cybersecurity solutions. The degree is designed to prepare researchers, consultants, and technology strategists capable of leadership roles and executive positions in private and public sectors where advanced or complex cloud computing is important. Competencies include complex secure data communications, identity management, and access controls.
University of Phoenix
2022 - 2023
Storing data in the cloud makes it easy to access information. But businesses still depend on qualified professionals to do the hard part: setting everything up. With our Certificate in Cloud Computing, you’ll gain the foundational knowledge and skills to help organizations build and manage cloud services. Coursework in this program is aligned to industry certifications exams like those for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Practitioner, Cloud Developer and SysOps Administrator.
Master of Science (M.S.)
2019 - 2020
Throughout this Master's program, I had the opportunity to enhance my knowledge of advanced defense of computer and network security, providing me with the analytical framework necessary for the prevention, detection, countering, and recovery from security vulnerabilities and cyber incidents.
My studies included coursework in Advanced Computer Security, Digital Forensics, Ethics, Legals Issues & Policy, Applied Network Security, Applied Cryptography, Secure Software Engineering, Security Engineering, Issues in Security, Privacy, & Anonymity, Web Security, and Ethical Hacking.
Johns Hopkins University
Master of Science (M.S.)
2018 - 2019
No degree completed. Transferred to Liberty University.
Consistently rated as one of the best online master’s degrees in cybersecurity, the Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals cybersecurity program combines knowledge from instructors who are working to fight cybersecurity threats on the front lines with relevant courses designed to put you ahead. Deepen your ability to assess enterprise security risks, as well as gain skills in encryption, hash functions, signature schemes, authentication, and research.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Information & Computer Science: Networking & Security
2009 - 2017
The Information and Computer Science (ICS) degree program prepares students to apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and use popular computer technologies in creating technology solutions.
Networking and Security – prepares students for a career in network infrastructure support, based on Cisco’s CCNA curriculum.
Marine Corps Leadership Expedition
You’ve dedicated your life to service. A NOLS course can honor your experience and create opportunities to take your skills to new heights.
Born in part from our founder Paul Petzoldt’s service in the 10th Mountain Division in World War II, today NOLS is a leading source of expedition-based leadership training and wilderness medicine certifications and has been serving military members for decades.
With NOLS, service members will find course options for every phase in their career, from ROTC and officer candidates to active duty members to veterans. We are committed to offering experiences that complement and enhance your training—and your life.
GOVERNANCE & RISK MANAGEMENT
COMPLIANCE & AUDIT MANAGEMENT
COMMUNICATION & NETWORK SECURITY
IDENTITY & ACCESS MANAGEMENT
THIRD PARTY RISK MANAGEMENT
CLOUD COMPUTING & ARCHITECTURE
CLOUD DESIGN REQUIREMENTS
CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY
CLOUD DATA SECURITY
CLOUD PLATFORM SECURITY
CLOUD LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
PATENTS & PUBLICATIONS
Mobile Device Authenticator (MDA)
Critical Transportation Systems (CTS) are becoming edge--enabled to connect mobile devices for safe and secure connected vehicle services. However, these edge-enabled CTS networks have weak cybersecurity implementations. To mitigate cybersecurity threats in the edge enabled CTS network, the paper proposes a novel idea for secure mobile device authentication in the edge enabled CTS network. The proposed idea is a mobile device authenticator module, which allows any mobile device to connect securely to legacy devices through wireless connectivity. This allows a simple implementation to enable a secure Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) solution to authorize mobile devices to connect to legacy devices.
IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000260138D
Publication Date: 2019-Oct-25
COPYRIGHT: Honeywell Aerospace
PSYOP, Deception, and Cyberspace in the Open: Analysing Fake
News in a Cyber new Normal Communications Environment
Over the past 24 months; fake news and integrity cyberspace attacks have become a serious threat to government entities, companies, and individuals. The intended, and unintended, consequences that result from these types of attacks have escalated in complexity, costs, and appear to be a new collection of attack methodologies unique to today’s cyber enabled communications environment. Compromising information systems and exposing the results of targeted information attacks however, have always been a component of warfare tactics called psychological operations (PSYOP) and deception operations. In this paper, we explore the recent rise of the use of traditional psychological and deception attacks against multiple organizations like the Country of Sweden, the United States Democratic National Committee, and hacks against European financial institutions like Deutchse Bank using open-source unclassified cyberspace tools and methods. We apply a Grounded Theory approach to the problem set in order understand how fake news works as a process and determine why some stories go viral and others don’t. We present a resulting model that is both militarily influenced and biologically inspired. We argue that biological nature of the emerged model confirm many exert hypothesis that getting rid of fake news is impossible, but that companies, governments, and individuals can take steps to ‘immunize’ themselves. Throughout the paper, we highlight the effectiveness of these attacks in terms of explicit costs and tacit organizational power. The research shared in this paper also reveals a potential trend towards these types of attacks for the foreseeable future. We conclude this paper by positing a definition of the Cyber New Normal Communications Environment where government entities and businesses conduct information competitions using these tactics to gain business and political advantage.
Keywords: fake news, cyber new normal communications environment, information warfare, biologically inspired
information attacks, integrity attacks, and grounded theory
Terry Traylor • William Wong