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CCZT Inaugural Class

Inaugural Class

Backed by the titans of Zero Trust, the CCZT is the industry’s first Zero Trust certificate built by integrating the guidance of Zero Trust experts, foundational documents from authoritative sources, and innovative leadership from vendor-neutral CSA Research. CSA is honored to introduce the Inaugural Class of CCZT recipients who continue to lead the industry with the creation and adoption of critical tools to improve Zero Trust knowledge.

CCZT Inaugural Class

John Kindervag
John Kindervag
Creator of Zero Trust, Chief Evangelist at Illumio

John Kindervag

Creator of Zero Trust, Chief Evangelist at Illumio

John Kindervag joined ON2IT in March of 2021 as Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Strategy and ON2IT Global Fellow. Previously he was Field CTO at Palo Alto Networks and VicePresident and Principal AnalystatForrester Research. John is considered one of the world's foremost cybersecurity experts. He is best known for creating the revolutionary Zero TrustModel of Cybersecurity. John also serves as an executive advisor to Cloud Security A...

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Juanita Koilpillai
Juanita Koilpillai
Pioneer of Software Defined Perimeter

Juanita Koilpillai

Pioneer of Software Defined Perimeter

Juanita Koilpillai was Founder and CEO of Waverley Labs, a pioneer in software defined perimeters (SDP) and digital risk reduction solutions. She had 30 years’ experience researching and developing systems in computer security, network management and real-time distributed software. She led the open source software-defined perimeter (SDP) effort for ‘black’ apps in the cl...

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Tammy Bean
Tammy Bean
Zero Trust Partner & Relationship Lead at DoD

Tammy Bean

Zero Trust Partner & Relationship Lead at DoD

Ms. Bean serves as the Partner Engagement and Relationship Lead for the Department of Defense (DoD) Zero Trust Portfolio Management Office (ZT PfMO). Her position is to provide foundation and direction to help align initiatives across all elements of Doctrine, Organization, Training, material, Leadership and Education, Personnel, Facilities, and Policy (DOTmLPF-P). She is responsible for ZT cybersecurity matters related to enterprise wide Z...

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Leslie Call
Leslie Call
DoD CIO Zero Trust PfMO Deputy Director

Leslie Call

DoD CIO Zero Trust PfMO Deputy Director

Mr. Les Call is the Deputy Director for the Department of Defense (DoD) Zero Trust Portfolio Management Office. He is responsible for implementing the DoD’s Zero Trust Strategy to stop adversarial lateral movement on Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) and Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) by the end of fiscal year 2027.

Mr. Call has spent the greater part of the past 25 years working with DoD in ...

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Jerry Chapman
Jerry Chapman
Chief Identity Officer at Fischer Identity

Jerry Chapman

Chief Identity Officer at Fischer Identity

With over 25 years of industry experience, Jerry has successfully guided numerous clients in the design and implementation of their enterprise IAM strategies, in ways that align with both security and business objectives. His job roles have spanned enterprise architecture, solution engineering, and software architecture and development. Jerry is a co-author of “Zero Trus...

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Jay Chaudhry
Jay Chaudhry
CEO, Chairman and Founder at Zscaler

Jay Chaudhry

CEO, Chairman and Founder at Zscaler

Jay is an accomplished entrepreneur, having founded a series of successful companies, including AirDefense, CipherTrust, CoreHarbor, SecureIT, and Zscaler, now a public company as of March 16, 2018.

Jay has a history of introducing visionary innovations to market that address the demand for securely enabling emerging technology trends, such as the Zscaler global security cloud for distributed and mobile enterprises. Jay’s considerable...

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Jerry Cochran
Jerry Cochran
Deputy Chief Information Officer & Division Director, Cybersecurity & DigitalOps Division in the Computing & IT Directorate, at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Jerry Cochran

Deputy Chief Information Officer & Division Director, Cybersecurity & DigitalOps Division in the Computing & IT Directorate, at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

A 35-year+ IT industry veteran, Jerry Cochran serves as Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Deputy Chief Information Officer (D/CIO) and division director, Cybersecurity & DigitalOps Division in the Computing & IT Directorate. In this role, Jerry oversees enterprise cybersecurity as well as IT engineering, operations, and support. Jerry also leads a 5-year cybersecurity research & development initiative (LDRD) - RD2C for the National S...

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Sean Connelly
Sean Connelly
Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) Program Manager and CSD/OTD at CISA

Sean Connelly

Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) Program Manager and CSD/OTD at CISA

Sean Connelly serves as the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) Program Manager and Senior Cybersecurity Architect, Cybersecurity Division at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The TIC initiative is the federal government’s strategy to securely protect government networks that connect to the Internet and cloud providers. CISA’s TIC Program Office works with a wide-spe...

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Chase Cunningham
Chase Cunningham
Chief Strategy Officer at Ericom

Chase Cunningham

Chief Strategy Officer at Ericom

Creator of the Zero Trust eXtended framework and a cybersecurity expert with decades of operational experience in NSA, US Navy, FBI Cyber, and other government mission groups, Chase Cunningham is responsible for Ericom’s overall strategy and technology alignment. Chase was previously VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research; Director of Threat Intelligence for Armor; Director of Cyber Analytics for Decisive Analytics; and Chief Crypto...

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George Finney
George Finney
Chief Information Security Officer at Southern Methodist University

George Finney

Chief Information Security Officer at Southern Methodist University

George Finney is a Chief Information Security Officer, author, speaker, professor, consultant and founder of Well Aware Security that believes that people are the key to solving our cybersecurity challenges. George is the bestselling author of several cybersecurity books, including Project Zero Trust and the Book of the Year Award winning, Well Aware: Master the Nine Cybersecurity Habits to Protect Your Future. George was recognized in 2021...

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Bob Flores
Bob Flores
Co-founder and Partner at Cognitio

Bob Flores

Co-founder and Partner at Cognitio

Bob Flores is a co-founder and partner of Cognitio. Prior to this, Bob spent 31 years at the Central Intelligence Agency. While at CIA, Bob held various positions in the Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Support, and the National Clandestine Service. Toward the end of his career at the CIA, Bob spent three years as the CIA’s Chief Technology Officer where he wa...

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Sanjit Ganguli
Sanjit Ganguli
VP, Transformation Strategy, Field CTO at ZScaler

Sanjit Ganguli

VP, Transformation Strategy, Field CTO at ZScaler

PMI PMP and ISC2 CISSP, ISSEP, CCSP certified.

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Jason Garbis
Jason Garbis
Founder and Principal at Numberline Security

Jason Garbis

Founder and Principal at Numberline Security

Jason Garbis is Founder and Principal at Numberline Security, a consulting firm helping enterprises prepare for, define, and execute on effective Zero Trust security strategies. Jason has authored several books, including Zero Trust Security: An Enterprise Guide, is co-chair of the Zero Trust Working Group at the Cloud Security Alliance, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Jason holds a CISSP certification, has a BS in Comput...

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Chris Hogan
Chris Hogan
VP, Information Security Engineering at Mastercard

Chris Hogan

VP, Information Security Engineering at Mastercard

With over 25 years of experience in both Information Technology and Cybersecurity, Chris has a unique background that covers a multitude of technical and security domains. He started his career managing IBM System/370 and AS400/iSeries platforms for the Indiana State Lottery. He also spent several years performing security risk assessments and building a digital forensics program for Enterprise Car Rental. Today, he leads a global team of s...

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Ian Horne
Ian Horne
IT Security and Operations Director at Kaplan International

Ian Horne

IT Security and Operations Director at Kaplan International

Ian Horne is the Director of Security & Operations for Kaplan International. He has 20+ years of experience architecting, deploying and leading global enterprise security programmes and solutions across a variety of market sectors and regulatory regimes.

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Junaid Islam
Junaid Islam
Secure Communications Expert

Junaid Islam

Secure Communications Expert

Junaid Islam is the CTO and founder of Vidder which provides distributed access control solutions to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to founding Vidder, Junaid founded Bivio Networks which developed the first Gigabit speed software based securityin the industry. Earlier in his career Junaid helped create networking standards such as Frame Relay, ATM and MPLS while...

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Brett James
Brett James
CTO in Residence at Zscaler

Brett James

CTO in Residence at Zscaler

An IT infrastructure and security leader with 23+ years experience, currently serving as CTO in Residence at Zscaler. Brett's career has evolved from help desk support, server and datacenter operations, through to leading global teams with responsibilities across operations, engineering design and enterprise architecture disciplines.

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Jacob Kline
Jacob Kline
Principal Cyber Architecture and Resiliency Engineer at MITRE

Jacob Kline

Principal Cyber Architecture and Resiliency Engineer at MITRE

Successful exploitation of the United States by ever increasingly sophisticated cyber adversaries continues to accelerate and adversely impact American lives. Jacob Kline’s current pursuit is to maneuver the Department of the Air Force into the adoption of a Zero Trust Architecture, enabling the Warfighter to securely access data anytime and anywhere, and enhancing the DAF’s ability to project power over the adversaries of the United States...

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Shruti Kulkarni
Shruti Kulkarni
Cyber Security Architect at 6point6

Shruti Kulkarni

Cyber Security Architect at 6point6

I am a security professional with experience across various domains of security. I work in defining organisation’s security strategy, security architecture and security practices. Translating business objectives and risk management strategies into specific security processes enabled by security technologies and services. I work on gap analysis, design, implementation and...

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George Kurtz
George Kurtz
CEO & Co-Founder at CrowdStrike

George Kurtz

CEO & Co-Founder at CrowdStrike

George Kurtz is the president, CEO and co-founder of CrowdStrike, a leading provider of next-generation endpoint protection, threat intelligence, and services. Mr. Kurtz is an internationally recognized security expert, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. He has more than 30 years of experience in the security space, including extensive experience driving revenue growth and scaling organizations across the globe. His entrepreneurial backgrou...

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Rob LaMagna-Reiter
Rob LaMagna-Reiter
VP, Information Security & Compliance, and CISO at Hudl

Rob LaMagna-Reiter

VP, Information Security & Compliance, and CISO at Hudl

Robert LaMagna-Reiter is a leading, trusted Information Security & Risk Management professional. As CISO for Hudl, Robert leads information security strategies and roadmaps; oversees risk management; strategy; architecture and engineering; regulatory compliance, privacy engineering and IT governance. Leveraging more than 18 years of expertise, Robert helps others deliver value through proper security strategy aligned to zero-trust principle...

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Todd McKinnon
Todd McKinnon
CEO & Co-Founder at Okta

Todd McKinnon

CEO & Co-Founder at Okta

Todd McKinnon is the CEO and co-founder of Okta, the leading independent identity provider, which he co-founded in 2009 with Frederic Kerrest. Under Todd’s leadership, Okta has transformed the way millions of people access technology and put identity at the forefront of security.

Todd’s experience as a leader and technology visionary spans more than 25 years, with deep roots in enterprise software and cloud transformation. Prior to Ok...

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Matthew Meersman
Principal Cyber Security Engineer at MITRE

Matthew Meersman

Principal Cyber Security Engineer at MITRE

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Rich Mogull
Rich Mogull
CEO at Securosis

Rich Mogull

CEO at Securosis

Rich is the VP of Product for DisruptOPS and Analyst and CEO of Securosis. With twenty years of experience in information security, physical security, and risk management, Rich is one of the foremost experts on cloud security, having driven development of the Cloud Security Alliance’s V4 Guidance and the associated CCSK training curriculum. He is a prolific writer and fe...

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Robert D. Morris
Robert D. Morris
Lead Cyber Security Architect at MITRE

Robert D. Morris

Lead Cyber Security Architect at MITRE

A cybersecurity expert with 16 years of experience ranging from incident response, forensics, solution engineering, risk management, compliance, security architecture, and leadership in industries such as high-tech, defense contracting, and public sector.

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Chris Niggel
Chris Niggel
Regional CSO, Americas at Okta

Chris Niggel

Regional CSO, Americas at Okta

Chris is the Regional CSO, Americas at Okta, where he is responsible for corporate security compliance, third-party risk, and responding to customer security inquiries. During the winters, Chris has almost 15 years experience as a Ski Patroller, search & rescue, and teaching ski mountaineering & outdoor survival.

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Vinay Patel
Vinay Patel
CISO at Finastra

Vinay Patel

CISO at Finastra

As Finastra’s CISO, Vinay is responsible for establishing an intelligence-led, threat-focused information security program capable of detecting and protecting against emerging cyberattacks targeting Finastra and/or its clients.

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Paul Simmonds
Paul Simmonds
CEO at Global Identity Foundation & Board Member of CSA UK Chapter

Paul Simmonds

CEO at Global Identity Foundation & Board Member of CSA UK Chapter

Paul is the CEO of the Global Identity Foundation and formerly the global CISO of AstraZeneca, ICI and prior to that Motorola Cellular Infrastructure. He is twice listed as one of Network World’s “most powerful people in networking”. He is a director of the Cloud Security Alliance (Europe), co-founded the Jericho Forum, and sits on the advisory boards of a number of global tech companies.

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Dr. Mari Spina
Dr. Mari Spina
Sr. Principal Cybersecurity Engineer / Cloud Security Capability Leader at MITRE

Dr. Mari Spina

Sr. Principal Cybersecurity Engineer / Cloud Security Capability Leader at MITRE

Dr. Spina joined MITRE in 2014 and has been supporting a multitude of MITRE Federal sponsors including DHS, DoD and the IC in the area of Cloud Security. At MITRE, she is a Principle Cybersecurity Engineer, leads the Cloud Security Capability Area, and teaches Cloud Security for the MITRE Institute. She has also taught many Information Technology courses for the George Washington University schools of engineering and business. Before joini...

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Chris Steffen
Chris Steffen
VP of Research at Enterprise Management Associates

Chris Steffen

VP of Research at Enterprise Management Associates

Chris is the director of information security/risk and compliance management for a technology industry analyst and consulting firm. He is an industry thought leader and has presented at numerous industry conferences and has been interviewed by multiple media sources. He holds over a dozen technical certifications, including CISSP and CISA.

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