Prior to his current position, Derek held Information Security, IT management and technical roles at both large and small companies. In each role, he consistently focused on managing high-performing teams, delivering efficient solutions and providing excellent services to a variety of stakeholders, maximizing uptime and security. Derek also has significant experience in cloud technologies, responsible for moving, securing and maintaining them in various cloud environments through their lifecycle.
Derek holds an MBA from Willamette University and an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems from Oregon State University. He has various security, privacy and IT credentials including a CISSP and multiple GIAC certifications. Derek also served in the US Army as a squad leader and is a trained paratrooper.
Derek is a very technically savvy engineer with heavy focus on security, integration and service delivery. His education and experience bring an understanding of how technology can affect the business, both positively and negatively. He is an excellent leader and problem solver and prides himself on being able to help the business achieve their goals with the assistance of technology.
Security is a very dynamic and fast-moving field. He stays current on new threats, trends and technologies through teaching, networking, research, training classes and conferences. Derek is an active member of ISSA and OWASP security organizations. Maintaining awareness and skill level allows him to better plan and prioritize future work inside a company. Derek is very driven and goal oriented and brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and interpersonal skills to a new opportunity.