Chad Freese is an Advanced Information Systems and Cybersecurity professional with over 15 years' experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting systems, network infrastructure, security, and compliance to a myriad of government, military, and private sector platforms. He currently serves as a Lead Information Security Advisor for United Services Automobile Association (USAA), where he is a member of the Cyber Supply Chain Assessment team located in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, Arizona. Chad's team conducts third party information security risk assessments, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, availability, and authenticity of the member's data and services.
Prior to his current role at USAA, Chad served as a Principal Cybersecurity Architect for Honeywell Aerospace, where he designed and implemented a robust security architecture for products integrated throughout the commercial airline industry and NASA. He had the distinct pleasure of working with some of the most brilliant and talented engineers in the world, leading to filing multiple patents defensive publications. In a world full of social engineering and fake personas, there is a need for valid identification and authentication. Chad partnered with Andrew Wise and Praveen KR to design the Mobile Device Authenticator.
Chad retired from the Marine Corps in November 2018 as a Chief Warrant Officer 3, where he served in the Signals Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Cyberspace Operations field. His career included time as an Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems Engineer, Communications and Data Chief, Network Systems Engineer, and Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) Officer, where he specialized in communications security and exploitation. Throughout his time in the Corps, Chad had the unique opportunity to serve in a wide variety of tactical cryptologic components of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command (MARFORCYBER). Chad was recently accepted to serve as a civilian in the Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary program. Click the link to see his full Military Bio.
Originally from East Tennessee, during Chad's junior year of high school, his family relocated to rural Missouri, where his new school was K-12, all on the same property, and consisted of less than 100 students. Due to circumstances outside of his control, Chad received his GED and immediately entered the workforce. Two short years later, Chad moved back to East Tennessee to join the Marine Corps. One major thing holding him back was the GED. At 19 years old, he returned to High School through an adult learning bridge program and completed his High School Diploma in a few short months.
Chad holds a Master of Science in Cybersecurity from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science with a minor in Networking and Security Engineering. Additionally, he is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Cyber Defense from Dakota State University.
Chad also holds several professional IT and security certifications such as CISSP, CTPRP, CRVPM, CDPSE, CRISC, CCNA, A +, Network +, Security +, and LSSYB. He is also a licensed General Class Amateur Radio Operator, callsign KM6EPQ. Click the link to see his Licenses and Certifications.
In his spare time, Chad enjoys writing about himself in the third person, adventuring throughout the outdoors, and loves hiking, camping, and SCUBA diving. He has a passion for IoT, robotics, education, teaching, mentoring, leadership development, and helping others succeed. Chad is an active volunteer in his community and is involved in his church, The Trinity Church, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Chad has a beautiful wife, Mary, two amazing teenage daughters, Izzy and Michala.
He is the Founder of Bit Byte Hash, where their mission is to "Educate and provide resources to the world on all things technology, computer engineering, and cybersecurity."
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