Industry Veteran Joins IOActive to Serve as Software Security Strategist
Seattle, Wash., October 10, 2018 – IOActive, Inc., the worldwide leader in research-fueled security services, today announced that Tom Brennan will serve the organization as its East Coast Director. In this role, Brennan will be responsible for helping IOActive’s Global 1000 customers architect and customize software security programs based on Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) best practices.
Tom will represent IOActive’s full range of technical and programmatic professional services to help bolster security for IOActive’s clients along the East Coast, including critical infrastructure and financial services. He will also work directly with IOActive’s clients to help them understand the full impact of their world-renowned vulnerability research.
“For the past 20 years, IOActive’s team has discovered countless application security vulnerabilities that we’ve shared with clients and the broader industry to help them improve their software security practices,” said Jennifer Steffens, CEO of IOActive. “Tom’s intricate knowledge and understanding of how to code properly in order to build solid software security strategies will be a huge asset to our customer base as we continue to expand our service offerings.”
Brennan brings over 20 years of software security expertise to this role and is widely known across the cybersecurity industry for his dedication and contributions to improving the SDLC. Brennan is currently the Chairman of the Americas Board for CREST International, a not-for-profit accreditation and certification body that represents and supports the information security market. He also spent the last decade serving on the Global Board of Directors at the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Foundation and worked with SAFEcode to create several software security standards and publications. He founded the New Jersey OWASP Chapter and grew the New York City OWASP Chapter as its President for 13 years.
Brennan is also a member of Proactive Risk, where he co-developed PENTESTON® at New York University FutureLabs and conducted penetration tests to help improve data protection for critical infrastructure. He has also held a variety of software security leadership roles with McAfee, Intel Security, Trustwave SpiderLabs, WhiteHat Security, ADP and Datek Online. Tom also served in the United States Marines.
In his spare time, Brennan participates as technical advisor for New Jersey Institute of Technology, County College of Morris, Morris County Economic Development Corporation, is a Rockaway Township Official and is a member of the CERT team. He is a technical advisor for the Science Technology Education and Math (STEM) program for kids at Morris County School of Technology and is a technical advisor to “The Cyber Hero Adventures, Defenders of the Digital Universe” comic book.
“To me, service to this country doesn’t stop when you get out of uniform,” said Brennan. “For the past two decades, my personal mission is to make the interconnected world a safer place by collaborating with the software supply chain community to improve software security and define standards and best practices around them. I’m excited to take on this new role with IOActive that will not only help customers build resilient and safe software, but also help build better cyber cultures.”
IOActive is the industry’s only research-driven, high-end information security services firm with a proven history of better securing our customers through real-world scenarios created by our security experts. Our world-renowned consulting and research teams deliver a portfolio of specialist security services ranging from security advising to penetration testing and application code assessment to chip reverse engineering across multiple industries. IOActive is the only security services firm that has a dedicated practice focusing on Smart Cities and the transportation and technology that connects them. Global 1000 companies across every industry trust IOActive with their most critical and sensitive security issues. Founded in 1998, IOActive is headquartered in Seattle, US, with global operations through the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pac regions. Visit www.ioactive.com for more information. Read the IOActive Labs Research Blog: http://blog.ioactive.com. Follow IOActive on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ioactive.
Michelle Schafer, Merritt Group for IOActive
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