Ismael Valenzuela

Ismael Valenzuela is coauthor of the Cyber Defense and Blue Team Operations course, SANS SEC530: Defensible Security Architecture and Engineering. Ismael is a Senior Principal Engineer at McAfee, where he leads research on threat hunting using machine-learning and expert-system driven investigations. Ismael Valenzuela has participated as a security professional in numerous projects across the globe over the past 19 years, which included being the founder of one of the first IT Security consultancies in Spain.

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As a top cybersecurity expert with strong technical background and deep knowledge of penetration testing, security architectures, intrusion detection and computer forensics, Ismael has provided security consultancy, advice and guidance to large government and private organizations, including major EU Institutions and US Government Agencies

Prior to his current role at McAfee, Ismael led the delivery of SOC, IR & Forensics services for the Foundstone Services team within Intel globally. Before that, Ismael worked as Global IT Security Manager for iSOFT Group Ltd, one of the world's largest providers of healthcare IT solutions, managing their security operations in more than 40 countries.

Ismael holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Malaga (Spain), and is certified in business administration. Additionally, he holds many professional certifications, including the highly regarded GIAC Security Expert (GSE #132) in addition to GREM, GCFA, GCIA, GCIH, GPEN, GCUX, GCWN, GWAPT, GSNA, GMON, CISSP, ITIL, CISM, and IRCA 27001 Lead Auditor from Bureau Veritas UK.


"He was clearly one of the best minds we had on how SOCs worked. He was an expert in network traffic analysis and has responded to countless intrusion cases over his career." - Rob Lee- SANS Fellow, DFIR Curriculum Lead and Technical Advisor to US DOJ

"He’s really a trailblazer in our industry." - Chris Young, Former CEO McAfee