Who Are the IANS Faculty?

August 17, 2021 | By IANS Research

If you’re less familiar with IANS you might be wondering, “who are the IANS Faculty?" Far more than contributors to the blog, the Faculty’s skills and expertise are the core of all of IANS’ services, insights and educational events.

The IANS Faculty is made up of over 80 independent information security practitioners, many of whom are nationally recognized experts in both offense and defense, and span nearly every field, from Big 5 banking and the federal government to healthcare and manufacturing.

Faculty members include information security professionals who started security programs in small companies, as well as current or former CISOs for the Fortune 1000. Our current members include Jake Williams, Dave Shackleford, Aaron Turner, Justine Bone, James and Kelli Tarala, Wolfgang Goerlich, Tanya Janca, Rich Guida, among others.

As actual practitioners, rather than analysts, our Faculty encounter the same challenges faced by security teams every day and understand the world many InfoSec professionals face - one of increasing threats and limited budgets. They are actually "in the trenches," and as a result, they bring insights based on real-world experience and expertise, not theories.

IANS Faculty Areas of Expertise

  • Mobility and Communications
  • Governance, Risk Management and Compliance
  • Threats and Vulnerabilities
  • Incident Response and Recovery
  • DevSec Opps
  • Enterprise Software
  • Cloud Computing
  • Data Protection, Integrity and Availability
  • Networking
  • Management and Leadership
  • Infrastructure
  • Security Operations
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Managing Vendors and Third Parties  


IANS Faculty Member Accomplishments

Faculty include founding members of the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES), a co-founder of the Technology Association of Georgia’s (TAG) Information Security Society and many who have created penetration-testing tools that are now industry standards, including the PenTesters Framework (PTF), Unicorn, MailSniper, SamuraiWTF and MobiSec, as well as dozens of custom tools.

In addition, our Faculty have authored books spanning the security landscape, including:

  • Metasploit: The Penetration Testers Guide by Dave Kennedy;
  • Offensive Countermeasures: The Art of Active Defense by John Strand;
  • The Practical Guide to HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance by Rebecca Herold and Kevin Beaver;
  • Threat Modeling: Designing for Security by Adam Shostack;
  • How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk by Richard Seiersen.

What Clients Say About the IANS Faculty

Jeff Brown, formerly at BNY Mellon


The Role of the IANS Faculty

It's the goal of the IANS Faculty to improve our clients’ security skill sets, help teams better understand the risks and threats they face, and provide step-by-step action plans for mitigating them effectively. Our 80-plus Faculty members can provide a breadth of experience to help solve complex security challenges at any stage in a security project, across any level of maturity.

Here are is a small sampling of actionable resources our Faculty provide to our clients. 

Each Faculty interaction, whether it’s providing guidance on implementing secure CI/CD pipelines with our Ask-An-Expert service or a penetration test through a consulting engagement, is designed to transfer knowledge and strengthen a security team’s internal capabilities.

Security expertise is difficult to find and retain. When you need outside help, you want to make sure you’re bringing in the best— not someone who is learning on the job. With IANS, you work with the top experts in information security.

Get in touch with IANS to learn how our Faculty can help move your security program forward.

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